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European Universities designing the horizons of sustainability

Project description

How universities are helping to build an inclusive society for all

The Sustainable Horizons alliance is a union of seven complementary universities that aims to contribute to an inclusive society by supporting researchers, academics and students and responding to societal challenges, in close relation with citizens, amongst other actions. The EU-funded Sustainable Horizons project will support the alliance. To that end, it will help higher education institutions define roadmaps to effectively implement inclusive approaches to open science policies, gender balance plans, sustainability agendas, career management and researchers' societal links. The project's sustainability research approach will anchor on traditional sciences contributing to the challenging new scientific field of sustainability. Ultimately, Sustainable Horizons aims to expand the alliance beyond European borders to have an effective impact on global changes.


Sustainable Horizon Alliance will contribute to an inclusive society, supporting researchers/academics deeply thinking, respecting nature, practical problem-solving professionals, adapting to new challenges. We are six young HEIs, open to innovation, located in small cities within EU periphery, from South Extreme (Faro-Pt, Huelva-Es), Central (Zlìn-Cz, Ludwigshafen-De), Eastern (Timisoara-Ro) to North (Lahti-Fi) carried out activities of co-production with relevant economic regional impact. The complementary strength in sustainability scientific fields aiming at inclusive institutional transformation and providing a platform as preferential partners collaborating with surrounding ecosystems. The goals are to support the Alliance created in 2019 and in especially the Widening Countries HEIs (UAlg, BUAS UTB) to, within the network and with the best practices, define road maps to effectively implement inclusive approaches to open science policies, gender balance plans, careers management, researcher’s societal links. Our sustainability research approach will be anchors on traditional sciences (environmental, socioeconomics) but with strong interdisciplinarity innovation based on Artificial Intelligence, allowing Entrepreneurship and Employability to impact regional ecosystems. The Alliance will rely on a creative governance model with a balanced top-down and bottom-up approach with the academic/researcher clusters (Science & Technology, Health, Socio-Economics), the leadership (Rectors& Directors), to an effective institutional change that will achieve balance between careers and life, to foster a variety of joint research projects based on excellence and trustful collaboration to allow International competitiveness. Using our HEIs geographic proximity, historic, cultural and linguistic links, we aim to project the Alliance outside Europe (eg. Africa & South America) offering Distance learning PhD supporting locally at global level sustainability and a Healthy Planet.


Net EU contribution
€ 733 470,00
8005 139 Faro

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Continente Algarve Algarve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 733 470,00

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Partners (16)