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The European university Project FORTHEM starts in Universitat de València


The Universitat de València holds, October 16th-18th in La Nau Centre Cultural, the first FORTHEM meeting, the new strategical action of the Erasmus+ programme supported by the European Commission.

Universitat de València takes part in this university alliance with Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, University of Burgundy (France), University of Opole (Poland), the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), the University of Latvia and the University of Palermo in Italy.

This alliance of seven European universities called FORTHEM tries to develop the European citizenship’s concept inside diversity, multiculturalism and multilingualism with the aim of merging the various mobility agreements, research programs, and dual and multiparty arrangement of the partner universities into a Transnational Higher Education. The universities’ alliance will receive five million euros the next three years to carry out its goals.

The first FORTHEM meeting, which takes place in Universitat de València the next three days, has institutional representatives of the seven European universities. The meeting that is the starting point of the project means the official constitution of the alliance with the creation of the government body and the working groups.

On 17th October took place the official presentation of the project with the participation of the Universitat de València Principal Mª Vicenta Mestre, who has assured that “this new project started by the European Commission will take to a new era with the academic community in order to strengthen the existing links and to increase the mobility, the research and the society relationships”. In this sense, she has declared that “this project is the natural evolution of the ERASMUS project in all versions, but, especially, regarding to exchange students” and “as example of the European links’ long road, we want to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the link Universitat de València and Johannes-Gutenberg University of Mainz”.


FORTHEM is one of the 17 European projects accepted in the European Universities action. Universitat de València has been one of the 11 Spanish universities project accepted in the 2019 call and the only public institution in the Valencian Community.

The project has been promoted by the institutional support of Universitat de València, with the Board of Directors, and will be coordinated by the Office of the Vice-Principal for Internationalisation and Cooperation. This grant means a strategical force to the institution’s internationalisation policies and represents the consolidation of the University’s European leadership within the Erasmus+ programme.

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