26 June, 2019 - Minister welcomes Ireland’s success in selection for the European University initiative

Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin successful in the first round of European University funding

The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today welcomed the announcement of the first round of successful applicants in the European University initiative. 

“I am delighted that two of our Higher Education Institutions are members of successful consortia in this first round of the European Universities Initiative and I would like to congratulate the teams on this significant achievement.”

Both Trinity College Dublin, as a member of the CHARM European University (Challenge-driven, Accessible, Research-based, Mobile) and Dublin City University, as a member of the ECIU University (European Consortium of Innovative Universities) have been selected for the first round of pilot projects under the European Universities initiative.

Minister Mitchell O’Connor went on to say: We are at an exciting time in the evolution of the higher education system – integrated teaching, learning and research across borders is now a reality.  Students and learners of the future will truly be able to leverage the advantages of European partnerships across the member states.

“We must remember that these partnerships are the trailblazers in the European Universities initiative. There will be further calls for funding into the future. I agree with the European Commission when they say that there were only winners and future winners in this first call and I would encourage those who tried and those who did not try on this occasion to progress proposals for the second pilot call later in 2019.”

Notes for Editors


Dublin City University (DCU) is the Irish Member of the ECIU University (European Consortium of Innovative Universities).   DCU and ECIU member universities will deliver a three year pilot to pioneer Challenge-Based Education on a European scale. The challenge based model will allow students to learn by investigating solutions to real-world challenges and is due for launch in November 2019.

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is the Irish member of the CHARM European University (Challenge-driven, Accessible, Research-based, Mobile) which will focus on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) providing an interdisciplinary, challenge-based education across the five participating Universities.

A second pilot call for proposals will be launched later this year by the European Commission.

Further details on Erasmus+ and the European Universities initiative may be accessed on https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/selection-results/european-universities-2019-eaca032018_en

European Universities are alliances of higher education institutions sharing a long-term joint strategy based on a common vision and shared values, across various levels of the organisation and different areas of activity. 

Within these alliances, embedded mobility at all levels, including at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels, should be a standard feature allowing any student, academic or researcher to study, work or undertake research in different languages and move seamlessly across borders and disciplines.