Ulysseus European University receives funding for the years 2023–2027
The European Commission has granted €13 million in funding to Ulysseus European University, securing its deployment over the next four years. This funding strengthens Ulysseus and its partners' commitment to fostering long-term strategic collaboration in higher education.
The Ulysseus European University, founded in 2020, is one of the altogether 50 European University alliances. The funding allows the alliance to further develop and internationalise European higher education. The second phase of Ulysseus is set to commence in November 2023, coinciding with expanding the partnership from six universities to eight.
The total budget allocated to the Ulysseus alliance for the years 2023–2027 amounts to 12,8 million euros, with Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences receiving a direct funding of nearly 2 million euros. This is the biggest RDI financing Haaga-Helia has ever received.
– This collaboration means a stronger and more integrated European higher education community. It adds substantial value to education, research and development at Haaga-Helia. Financing also carries a tremendous symbolic significance, as there is intense competition for the European Commission's funding, says Kitte Marttinen, Project Director of Ulysseus.
A stronger role for Haaga-Helia in developing European joint education
Haaga-Helia takes pride in being among one of the first universities of applied sciences from Finland in an European University initiative.
Haaga-Helia will play a pivotal role in the second phase of Ulysseus by leading the Human Capital Development work package. This responsibility entails developing an educational and pedagogical ecosystem and overseeing the development of joint and double degree programs, new academic courses, and innovative pedagogics. Haaga-Helia will build upon the work initiated in the first phase when developing the alliance's language programme, for instance. In the second phase Haaga-Helia will also continue developing its Innovation Hub, renamed Applied AI in business and education.
Minna Hiillos, President and CEO of Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, says the new funding and expansion of partnerships for Ulysseus mark a significant milestone for Haaga-Helia and universities of applied sciences at large.
– Being among the few Finnish universities of applied sciences involved in European university alliances, Haaga-Helia's participation demonstrates our commitment to advancing internationalisation in higher education and contributing to the EU's goals, Hiillos says.
The Ulysseus European University is an alliance of European higher education institutions that develops joint degrees and training and promotes mobility and research cooperation. Ulysseus is one of the altogether 50 European Universities alliances.
The Ulysseus alliance includes eight member universities: in addition to Haaga-Helia, the partners are University of Seville, Spain; University of Genoa, Italy; Université Côte d’Azur, France; the Technical University of Košice, Slovakia; MCI The Entrepreneurial School, Austria; University of Münster, Germany; and University of Montenegro.