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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.

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Ready to get involved now? Below you can find current and recent Una Europa opportunities that are open to UZH members. Click on the images below to learn more about the opportunities.

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    Travel to Helsinki for the Student Congress (14 – 17 November 2023)

    The Una Europa Student Congress is an annual event bringing together students from all 11 Una Europa member institutions to discuss topics and themes relevant to Una Europa's student community. Hosted by the University of Helsinki in, attendees have the opportunity to connect with their classmates across Europe, participating in critical thinking and creative problem-solving as they work together to shape the alliance's for a European University of the Future. Application deadline for UZH students: Sunday, 24 September 2023. Application instructions can be found under "More".
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    Pitch your idea at Una Europa StartScience during the Berlin Transfer Week (21 November 2023)

    UZH researchers with an interest in sustainability and climate protection can now apply to pitch their idea at Una Europa’s StartScience session at the Berlin Transfer Week taking place on 21 November from 14:00-15:00 CET. Application instructions can be found through the QR code or under "More". About the Berlin Transfer Week: The online event aims to intensify exchanges and facilitate transfer between innovative businesses and scientists with a focus on the Berlin metropolitan region.
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    Participate in the ED-AFFICHE Survey

    Calling on UZH student to participate in the ED-AFFICHE Survey! The ED-AFFICHE project is on a transformative journey to pilot the joint European Degree label. The European Degree label is a new initiative aiming at facilitating joint diplomas, degrees and certificates across Europe. This will lead to greater cooperation between universities and educational institutions across Europe, offering students access to a truly European education – with mobility opportunities, cross-cultural experiences, transnational teaching and learning, and more!

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

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. Gabriele Siegert, Deputy President

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

Research Strategy Group

Research Strategy Lead: Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Stark, Vice President Research

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 Project Lead Valentina Manzato, Global Affairs
Communications Lead

Leslie Reinhard, Global Affairs (Communications Lead)

Patrizia Widmer, Central Communications (Support external 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

SSC Sustainabilty

Prof Dr. Maria Santos, Department of Geography

Prof. Dr. Jan Sibert, Department of Geography

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

Dr. Jeanette Behringer, Project Leader Sustainability

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

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. Jeanette 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


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Una Europa Seed Funds

The seed funding opportunities aim to initiate long-term collaborative activities in each of the five Una Europa Focus Areas: Cultural Heritage, Data Science & AI, European Studies, One Health, and Sustainability.


Activities under the Una.Futura project receive grant support from Movetia, which is funded by the Swiss confederation.

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