European university alliances alongside Ukrainian universities
On 13 March, the EPICUR alliance hosted the event "Cooperation between European and Ukrainian universities" at the University of Strasbourg, in collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz University, under the patronage and with the participation of Ewa Kopacz, Vice-President of the European Parliament.

Fifteen rectors of Ukrainian universities came to Strasbourg to discuss their future, collaboration with certain alliances and universities in Europe, and to share information on how universities try to continue to work in times of war.

The Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Education, members of the European Commission (DG NEAR and DG EAC), the Rector of the University of Poznan, the President of the University of Strasbourg and representatives of European university alliances also took part in the event. Five of these alliances (Euniwell, Sea-EU, EC2U, Enhance and Civi) presented examples of the good practice they are implementing to help Ukrainian universities.

At the end of this event, which marked the desire to establish institutional partnerships between European and Ukrainian university networks, a declaration of strategic partnership was adopted by all parties. This declaration invites the European Commission to provide financial support to the European University Alliances and other European higher education establishments already involved in cooperation and assistance to Ukrainian universities.

Understanding and addressing long-term cooperation needs is crucial, and mobilizing future European parliamentarians on these issues to develop appropriate tools and resources is important,” stated Jean-Marc Planeix, Vice-President of the Université de Strasbourg and Strategic Director of the EPICUR alliance.