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Seven European universities on a mission to create a better world

Group of 3IN developers and rectors in a group photo.
The Mission Statement for a new European University Alliance - 3IN Alliance - was signed on 13.2.2020 by presidents of Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (Finland), VID Specialized University (Norway), University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (Germany), Transilvania University of Brasov (Romania), University of Malaga (Spain), ISAVE - Higher Education Institute of Health (Portugal) and University Sorbonne Paris Nord (France). Diaconia University of Applied Sciences leads the alliance, and University Sorbonne Paris Nord joined the alliance as the newest member.

3IN Alliance – European university of inclusion, integration and involvement – was established in 2019 as a knowledge creating and learning community consisting of 95 000 students, 8 000 teachers, researchers and administrators, and hundreds of stakeholders of initially six, and since February 13th 2020 seven diverse universities and universities of applied sciences, located in all parts of the Europe. The fundamental purpose of the 3IN Alliance and the ambitious long-term goal is to co-create an innovative European University modus operandi for a better world – a world where no one is left behind.

3IN Alliance institutions vary significantly in terms of size, combination of study fields as well as pedagogical, academic and professional orientation. They all have unique traditions and profiles, distinguished and recognized regional, national and international strengths, and are all actively strengthening our strategic partnerships within and outside of the European Union. Together they represent a wide range of disciplines e.g. in social and health sciences, in social work and sociocultural animation, diaconia and youth work, humanities, engineering, arts, medicine, sign language and alternative and augmentative communication as well as robotics.

In their mission for a world, where no one is left behind, 3IN Alliance institutions are committed to share and combine intellectual capacity, human and material resources, experience and ideas in terms of education, research, development and innovation activities, support services and partnerships. This commitment takes concrete form in the joint long-term strategy comprising step-by-step action plan to integrate all levels and functions of the institutions in a joint European University.

The goal of the 3IN Alliance is to create new innovative lifelong-learning opportunities, improve the accessibility of education, diversify the modes of mobility and enrich regional development and capacity-building. As such, the alliance adds value to students, teachers, researchers and partners through shared educational strategy with strong linkages to both research and innovation and close collaboration with business and society.