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Una Europa

Established in 2018, Una Europa was among the first alliances selected to receive European Commission funding under the prestigious European Universities initiative. The alliance has pioneered a Europe-wide living lab of over 20 innovative educational formats, with mobility at the core. Opportunities for students, academics and university staff span joint bachelor’s degrees and PhD programs to challenge-based learning and international training placements. Una Europa is also developing a research and innovation ecosystem by building a common research and innovation agenda, developing joint strategies for sharing infrastructures, and strengthening human capital. The university of Zurich joined Una Europa in 2022.

Una Europa and You – Overview of Opportunities

Una Europa's activities are characterized by openness and collaboration. Whether you are a student, an academic or a member of professional service staff, you can get involved throughout the year.

As a student you can:
•    Become part of the local Una Europa student task force and help building the international student community
•    Participate in one of Una Europa's exchange schemes
•    Participate in international, multilingual, and interdisciplinary learning opportunities

... and more! Find out more on the Una Europa website

As a researcher, you can:

  • Get involved in transdisciplinary research
  • Apply for seed funding to finance collaboration with your peers in Una Europa
  • Participate in mobility schemes for research staff

... and more! Find out more on the Una Europa website

As professional service staff, you can:

  • Participate in mobility schemes for professional staff
  • Participate in joint staff training opportunities

... and more! Find out more on the Una Europa website

If you would like to get involved in Una Europa as a UZH member (student, researcher, staff), please write an email to

Get Involved now | Opportunities

  • APPLICATION OPEN – One Health Summer School 2024

    The next Una Europa One Health Summer School will take place in the summer of 2024 at Helsingin yliopisto/ Helsingfors universitet! Check out this opportunity to explore One Health concepts in depth and connect with doctoral researchers and staff from across Una Europa and beyond, and to develop more transdisciplinary knowledge that could significantly contribute to your research.
  • CALL OPEN – global_innovation

    The UZH Teaching Fund (ULF) is launching a special call of the funding line global_innovation to support formats that establish and consolidate institutional collaborations in teaching with Una Europa partner universities.

Collaborative Initiatives Spotlight

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Una Europa – What’s the Story?

More about Una Europa – What’s the Story?

“Ag tōgāil ollscoil don todhchaī” – this is Irish and stands for “building the university of the future”. Representatives of UZH, together with members of ten other universities have gathered to work towards this goal at the biannual Una Europa General Assembly, hosted by the University College Dublin (UCD).

Una Europa Staff Week – Fostering a More Inclusive and Diverse Future

More about Una Europa Staff Week – Fostering a More Inclusive and Diverse Future

Diversity and Inclusion took center stage as a group of over 50 dedicated Human Resources and Professional Staff members representing the 11 Una Europa Universities convened at the University of Bologna for the Una Europa Staff Week.

One year of Una Europa membership – A glance at what has been done so far

More about One year of Una Europa membership – A glance at what has been done so far

In May 2023, the University of Zurich celebrated its one-year anniversary of joining the University Alliance Una Europa. In this context, the Una Europa Community at the University of Zurich (“CommUNAty”) came together to look back on this first year of membership.

Una Europa @ UZH: Internal organization

Una Europa’s Focus Areas act as the thematic glue that ties together the network’s member universities. Each focus area is governed by a Self-Steering Committee (SSC) with experts hailing from each member university. The SSC develop formats based on the Focus Areas. They are complemented by Thematic Clusters, which revolve around the topics of Research, Teaching and Learning, and Mobility. The clusters support the implementation of the formats developed by the SSC. Further, through representatives for the topics of International Strategy, Sustainability and Diversity, alignment with the UZH's strategy and policies in this regard is accounted for. In addition, Student Representatives ensure that student’s voices are heard within Una Europa. Open the drop-down menus below for detailed information about UZH representation within Una Europa.

Una Europa Governance Bodies

Board of Directors

Director: Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Stark, Vice President Research

Support (Una Europa Senior Local Leads): Katja Durkin and Carmen Richard, Global Affairs

Research Strategy Group

Research Strategy Lead: Prof. Dr. Beatrice Beck Schimmer, Vice President Medicine

Research Strategy Support: Laura Lots, Research Development

Teaching & Learning Strategy Group

Teaching & Learning Lead: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Siegert, Vice President Education and Student Affairs

Teaching & Learning Support: Dr. Thomas Hidber, Educational Development


Project Management and Communications

Una.Futura Senior Local Lead Valentina Manzato, Global Affairs
Communications Lead

Leslie Reinhard, Global Affairs (Communications Lead)

Patrizia Widmer, Central Communications (Support social media communication)


Una Europa Self Steering Committees (SSC)

SSC Cultural Heritage

Prof. Dr. Mareile Flitsch, Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies

Prof. Dr. Inga Mai Groote, Director Department of Musicology

Prof. Dr. Rebecca Sauer, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies

SSC Data Science & AI

Prof. Avi Bernstein Ph.D, Director Digital Society Initiative

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Furrer, Department of Mathematics and Department of Computational Science

SSC Future Materials

Prof. Dr. Greta Patzke, Department of Chemistry

Prof. Dr. David Tilley, Department of Chemistry

SSC Europe and the World

Prof. Dr. Andreas Heinemann, Faculty of Law

Prof. Dr. Martin Dusinberre, Department of History, Global History

Prof. Dr. Peter Finke, Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies

SSC One Health

Prof. Dr. Adrian Hehl, Vetsuisse Faculty

Prof. Dr. Jan Fehr, Institute of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute

Prof Dr. Thomas Lutz, Institute of Veterinary Physiology

Dr. Laura Tüshaus-Rudin, General Manager, One Health Institute

SSC Sustainabilty

Prof Dr. Maria Santos, Department of Geography

Prof. Dr. Jan Seibert, Department of Geography

Prof. Dr. Stefano Battiston, Department of Banking and Finance

Dr. Jeannette Behringer, Project Leader Sustainability

Prof. Dr. David Atwood, Department of Religious Studies

Una Europa Thematic Clusters

Teaching & Learning Cluster Support and coordination of joint education initiatives, internal coordination of all Teaching & learning questions and formats

Dr. Annika Martin, Dr. Franziska Fecher, Coordinator Educational Programmes Una Europa

Mobility Cluster Support and coordination of student mobility initiatives and mechanisms Afra Schacher, Andrea Orbann Oechslin, Global Student Experience
Research Cluster Support and coordination of research and third party funding initiatives Maurus Bolfing, Laura Lots, Research Development
Student Administration Cluster Support and coordination of joint courses and innovative learning opportunities for students. Helen Datsomor, Student Services
Legal Cluster

Provision of legal support to all clusters and legal project attendance in order to guarantee conformity between Una Europa activities and national laws operating at each University.

Amelie Eidenberger, Simon Meier, Legal Services and Data Protection
Doctoral Training Cluster

Connecting PhD students and supervisors from different UNA universities, enriching the PhD trajectory by joint activities.

Dr. Claudine Leysinger, Graduate Campus
Quality Assurance of Educational Formats Cluster

Responsible for practical guidance, process management and monitoring of internal quality assurance at each UNA university. 

Dr. Jana Ebermann, Educational Development
Educational Development/Digital Eduction and Innovation   Dr. Alexandra Jansky


Una Europa Taskforces

International Strategy Taskforce Ensure that Una Europa initiatives are compatible with the UZH Global Strategy 2030 Katja Durkin, Global Affairs
Sustainability Taskforce Ensure that Una Europa initiatives are compatible with the UZH sustainability policy

Dr. Jeannette Behringer, Sustainability Team

Diversity Council Ensure that programmes and initiative are open and inclusive Dr. Karin Gilland Lutz, Gender Equality and Diversity

Student Representation

Alexander Feltes Member Una Europa Student Board
Ladina Bischof Member Una Europa Student Board


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This project is financially supported by Movetia. Movetia promotes exchange, mobility and cooperation within the fields of education, training and youth work – in Switzerland, Europe and worldwide.

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