European Margins Engaging for Regional and Global Empowerment

Putting the margins at the heart of Europe

At a glance

We are an alliance of nine diverse regional institutions of higher education located on the European periphery who have come together through a shared desire to tackle the particular challenges of engaging with Europe and creating the European Educational Area in these marginal spaces.

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University of Limerick / Ollscoil
Luimnigh /Ireland


Universidade da Coruña /Spain

Université Rennes 2 /France

Université de Bretagne Sud /France

Inland Norway University of
Applied Sciences /Norway

Univerzita Mateja Bela v Banskej Bystrici /Slovakia

Europa-Universität Flensburg /Germany

Neapolis University Pafos /Cyprus

Democritus University of Thrace /Greece

Associated partner:

University of Mostar /Bosnia and Herzegovina

The European Centre for Minority Issues /Germany

Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University /Georgia

BookHoof Αssociation /France

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Our vision

Although we are located far from the centre of Europe, European ideals and values are central for our institutions. Our purpose is to increase inclusion and engagement from and in the European periphery; to create a model of excellence in teaching, learning and research involving our students, staff and the wider community.
We will produce a transformational and sustainable educational capability that enables a personalised educational journey for students and equips them to tackle global challenges.
The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and
respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.
These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.
– Common Provisions, Article 2

Our core values

ENGAGEMENT: Promote SMART pathways: open, made-to-measure pathways for students, increasing access through application and use of Erasmus+ and blended mobility to encourage student engagement in the service of others across Europe and beyond.
EMPOWERMENT: Inspire our students to become active European citizens via the European Pathway by providing them with the knowledge, skills, including soft skills, and opportunities to engage with today’s challenges.
CREATIVITY: Foster SMART creativity to engage students and enable them to develop and showcase their skills and talents contributing to a greater understanding and passing on of the European spirit to the next generation.
INCLUSION: Develop an innovative suite of SMART mobilities (international, intersectoral, physical and virtual) offered to every student, promoting plurilingualism and proactively including students frequently marginalized by traditional mobility programmes.
SUSTAINABILITY: Develop SMART transferable, sustainable and green solutions, especially digital ones, to develop innovative pedagogies and research while promoting individual well-being and solidarity.


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Our mission

This project was created with the purpose of giving our students and staff the opportunity to experience all that Europe has to offer in terms of know-how, expertise, talent, perspective and energy. And through this to help them realize what they, their territory and their country can gain by opening up and cooperating at the continental level.


Combined, our nine institutions have over 110,000 students. While we each have varying cultures, languages and educational programs, our aim is to build a new long-term joint strategy with a bottom-up approach which will impact and support all of our areas of activities, from teaching and learning to research and innovation, whilst encouraging new forms of student and staff mobility. In short, we aim to create systemic changes in how we cooperate and operate to the benefit of our communities and local stakeholders.


University of Limerick

Democritus University of Thrace

Université Rennes 2

Université de Bretagne Sud

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Univerzita Mateja Bela v Banskej Bystrici

Europa-Universität Flensburg

Neapolis University Pafos

Universidade da Coruña