On 20 April 2018 six universities (later to become eight) signed an agreement to create an Alliance of European Universities, Una Europa. It was based on a commitment to develop close cooperation and greater long-term integration between them, focusing on research and excellent and innovative education.
Finally, the eight universities – Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (Italy), Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie (Poland), KU Leuven (Belgium), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France), University of Edinburgh (Scotland, United Kingdom), Helsingin Yliopisto (Finland) and Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) – aim to further structure their relations by creating an innovative partnership based on the complementarity of their disciplines and on numerous joint programmes. Students can attend integrated courses in several countries and in different languages, and researchers can move freely between institutions, according to the needs of their research projects.
Beyond the existing agreements, the institutions associated to this University Alliance commit themselves to develop coordinated and joint actions at international level, based on common interests, objectives and values, in order to face the challenges of European society. And from this commitment arose the UNA4CAREER project.
In UNA4CAREER those contracted by the UCM will have the opportunity to carry out stays in the rest of the universities of the Alliance. The partner institutions of these University Partnerships are also united by a deeply rooted European heritage, which reinforces a more dynamic European identity, while remaining fully open to the world.