Openness, tolerance and inclusiveness are fundamental university values, and diversity of opinion and the free exchange of ideas are the basis of all academic teaching and research. European universities in particular have a long history of cooperating beyond national boundaries be it in Europe or with partners around the world.
Over the past decades cooperation has flourished with the support of national and European policies and funding. EUA’s 2015 Trends report shows that increased internationalisation has been one of the most important developments for universities in recent years. This trend is expected to continue as a result of increase in student numbers globally and a growing interest in Europe as a study destination. The world is facing complex and interconnected challenges that require global solutions, making it essential for today’s students to become not only European but global citizens.