Europe is currently facing many challenges, varying from economic and financial pressures over terrorism to the high number of refugees seeking protection and many other things that put the European idea and values under scrutiny.
Universities are key actors in addressing these issues. They are motors of economic recovery, educating the future generation and the leaders of tomorrow, delivering cutting-edge research and developing solutions to current scientific and societal challenges. They play an important role in building our societies, transmitting cultural heritage and European values as well as fostering social inclusion and forging relations with other parts of the world.
Nevertheless financial resources are scarce and governments are reluctant to provide the money needed, be it at national or at European level, to tackle these challenges and find common solutions.