Create an international network among University Colleges, promote cultural and academic exchanges between European students and encourage active citizenship among young people: this is the vision that EucA, the European University College Association, carries forward throughout Europe and beyond in order to promote the excellence of the complementary education focused on soft skills acquisition of University Colleges. Formally established in 2008, it represents around 30 thousand students and 194 halls of residence in ten countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain, Hungary and United Kingdom).
University colleges offer students a unique environment that fosters academic, cultural, professional and personal growth, that go beyond a simple accommodation. The distinct features of a College are in the collegiality, the sharing of spaces and experiences, and also in the opportunities that living in a University College represent in terms of growth.
From dining rooms to common kitchens, from study rooms to libraries and sports structures, each university college is designed to provide the optimal atmosphere for study. In a world of faculty-based teaching, University Colleges bring together students from a wide range of disciplines, enriching each other’s lives at many levels. The value of this can hardly be overstated, and the time students spend in these institutions invariably plays a significant role in forming their minds and characters.
The international prestige of residents, the international activities and the Colleges’ multidisciplinarity allow a constant exchange of opinions that also contributes to building a stronger sense of European citizenship among young people.
Established with the aim of enriching the academic and professional development of students through non-formal and informal activities, Euca carries out projects and initiatives to promote academic merit, international mobility and the development of a responsible citizenship. The objective is to complement students’ academic education with a personalised educational project focused on the acquisition of soft skills. Based in Brussels, EucA coordinates activities along three lines of action:
- supporting Colleges of the association in their educational opportunities offered to students by facilitating participation in international activities, assisting with project proposals, and informing on the latest EU policies and strategies regarding Higher Education;
- promoting international and intercollegiate quality mobility of university students related to themes on European integration and soft skills achievement;
- implementing dialogue and cooperation between European institutions and civil society for a better understanding and dissemination of the collegiate model in Europe as a best practice for a integral and high quality education for students.