Charles University

Charles University was founded in 1348. It is a publicly funded university which comprises a total of seventeen faculties, of which three are theological, six are faculties of the humanities and social sciences, five are medical and three are dedicated to the sciences. The university further includes four university institutes, five specialized centres, five special-purpose facilities and the Rectorate.

The seat of the University is in Prague, where most of its faculties and other constituent parts are located, with the exceptions being the Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Kralove and the Faculty of Pharmacy in Hradec Kralove.

Approximately 50,000 students are currently enrolled at the University. Four fifths of this number are engaged in on-site study, and more than half of those in the social sciences and humanities. Charles University educates students in a total of 300 degree programmes, 140 of which are for bachelor and master degrees and 160 for doctorates.

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Heidelberg University

Established in 1386, Heidelberg University – also known as Ruperto Carola – is Germany’s oldest university and one of Europe’s most research-intensive institutions. Its successes in the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments and its positions in internationally recognised rankings substantiate the leading role and excellent reputation of Heidelberg University in the academic, scientific and research landscape.

Heidelberg University is a comprehensive research university. Its broad subject spectrum includes the humanities, social sciences, law, natural and life sciences, and medicine. About 30,000 students are enrolled in the twelve faculties of Ruperto Carola. With approximately 160 bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes, Heidelberg offers a preeminent array of subject combinations. The university is especially committed to advancing exceptional individual disciplines, promoting dialogue beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries, and turning research findings to good use for society and the economy. In this endeavour, it also relies on strong partners outside the university.

The university actively participates in a worldwide network of teaching and research collaborations: 25 institutional partnerships at the overall university level and exchange arrangements with over 450 universities throughout the world underscore the strength of Ruperto Carola’s international ties.

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Sorbonne University

By joining two leading universities* at the centre of Paris, an exceptional centre of knowledge has been recreated under the world-renowned Sorbonne name.

Sorbonne University is a world-class research university, presenting the comprehensive disciplinary range of arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering and medicine. Sorbonne University is at the crossroads of diverse types of knowledge and capable of responding to the intellectual and scientific challenges of the 21st century.

The University offers its 55,400 students the best educational opportunities for the success

of each of their personal and professional projects, through monodisciplinary, bi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs. 10,200 of its students are international and 4,400 are in doctoral programs. With its three main faculties, it offers varied and original opportunities across disciplines.

Sorbonne University’s more than 130 research structures draw on over 3,400 professor-researchers in its laboratories and another 3,300 research partners from the major French research organisations. In addition to Nobel Prizes, Fields Medals and other awards, the university has exceptional transdisciplinary institutes and is also the headquarters for the European Marine Biological Research Centre.

International co-operation is expanded at Sorbonne University because it is more comprehensive, enabling its students, academic staff and researchers to increase their exchanges with the rest of the world.

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* Paris-Sorbonne and Pierre & Marie Curie Universities

University of Copenhagen

Founded in 1479, the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is the oldest university in Denmark. Today UCPH has approx. 39,000 students and 9,000 employees – of whom some 5,000 are researchers. The motivational force of the University's research activities is financially and politically independent, i.e. free basic research; however, specific collaborative endeavours with other institutions and companies also have a place among the countless research activities. The University is divided into six academic fields referred to as faculties. The faculties are further divided into 36 departments and more than 200 research centres acting as the primary workplace for the researchers. Nine Nobel Prizes have been awarded to researchers at the University.

UCPH is the largest educational institution in Denmark. Together, the six faculties offer over 200 programmes for study in health and medical sciences, humanities, law, science, social sciences, and theology. The University also offers a significant number of courses in English each semester.

UCPH is based in four campuses in Copenhagen and is home to ten museums and research gardens, such as the Zoological Museum, the Botanical Garden, the Medical Museion and the Øresund Aquarium.

Our revenues equal EUR 1.1 billion (2018 numbers). In 2017, UCPH won EUR 0.4 billion of external research funding. In the years 2014-2018 (until Oct.), the University received more than EUR 0.18 billion from Horizon 2020. UCPH is constantly among the ten universities winning the most funding from Horizon 2020.

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University of Geneva

The University of Geneva was founded in 1559 by Jean Calvin and Théodore de Bèze and it ranks amongst the top 1% universities in the world. It enjoys worldwide recognition and develops an ever-strengthening international network, building upon its unique situation at the heart of International Geneva, a world capital for multilateralism. The University of Geneva international strategy is set out both locally, through internationalizing its course offerings and continuously nurturing its close ties to IOs and NGOs based in Geneva, and on the world stage, through the development of more than 400 partnerships and exchanges with other institutions and universities.

The University of Geneva welcomes about 19’000 students coming from nearly 150 different countries in its nine faculties. Thanks to a comprehensive subject spectrum, students can enrol in 150 different bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D.’s degree programmes embracing Sciences, Medicine, Humanities, Economics and Management, Social Sciences, Law, Theology, Psychology and Educational Sciences, as well as Translation and Interpreting.

With its thirteen interdisciplinary centres, the University of Geneva focuses on multidisciplinary approaches fitted to address society’s more complex challenges such as the changes brought about by the digital era and the objectives set forth by the United Nation’s sustainable development goals. The long-term support it grants its researchers has led to several Nobel Prizes, Fields Medals and other important distinctions.

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University of Milan

University of Milan (UNIMI), established in 1924, contributes to society through the pursuit of education and research at the highest international levels of excellence. It is the only Italian member among the 23 prestigious Universities of the League of European Research Universities (LERU).

With a teaching staff of about 2,111 tenured professors, 120 visiting professors, 1893 technical and administrative staff and with around 60,000 students, UNIMI is the largest university in Lombardy, one of the most dynamic and internationally-oriented EU regions. UNIMI offers several study programs that cover: i) Economics, Law and Social Sciences: a) Political, Economic and Social Sciences; b) Law; ii) Humanities: a) Humanities; b) Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication; iii) Medicine and Healthcare: a) Medicine; b) Veterinary Medicine; c) Pharmacy; d) Exercise and Sports Science; iv) Science: a) Science and Technology; b) Agricultural and Food Sciences.

The broad range of subjects taught, in the running 67 Undergraduate programs, 57 Master programs, 9 Single-cycle programmes, 33 Doctoral Programmes, 26 Vocational master’s courses, 85 short course, 65 postgraduate schools of professional specialization, attracts students from all of Italy and the whole world.

The University also has a Choir and its own Orchestra, which actively contributes to the cultural life of the city and receives international acknowledgements on an increasingly frequent basis.

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University of Warsaw

The University of Warsaw is the largest university in Poland and best research centre in the country. Its academic community comprises 7 300 employees, more than 45 000 undergraduate and graduate students and 3 000 doctoral students. Besides 21 faculties, UW has also 30 academic and research centres. A wide range of studies in humanities, social, exact as well as natural sciences, including 25 English-language programmes, is provided by UW. The University works together with 800 international partners.

Almost one-third of the UW budget, equal to 330 million euro, is devoted to research. In the present financial framework, UW scholars have won over 50 grants from the Horizon 2020 programme. Researchers from UW have received so far 14 grants from the most prestigious European competitions of the European Research Council (ERC). UW received the “HR Excellence in Research” award, conferred by the European Commission.

In 2016, the University of Warsaw celebrated the 200th anniversary of its foundation. This year saw the beginning of the realization of a multiannual development plan (2016-2025) financed by the Polish government. With this funding, it will be possible to develop UW faculties and centres of humanities and social sciences.

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