Association of European Universities

Association des universités européennes (CRE)

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Sep 1959, Dijon (France), at 2nd Conference of Rectors and Vice-Chancellors of the European Universities, the 1st Conference having been held July 1955, Cambridge (UK). Constitution adopted Sep 1964, Göttingen (Germany FR). Original title: Standing Conference of Rectors, Presidents and Vice-Chancellors of the European Universities -- Conférence permanente des recteurs, présidents et vice-chanceliers des universités européennes. Current title adopted when membership and emphasis shifted from rectors of universities to the universities themselves. Registered in accordance with Swiss law. Merged with Confederation of European Union Rectors' Conferences to form European University Association (EUA), Mar 2001.


Promote cooperation among universities in Europe; reflect on the role of the university in society; serve as a forum of discussion among university leaders; help university heads to find solutions to common problems by providing information on topical issues and placing expertise, competence and network of members at their disposal; provide services in institutional management and development; inform members and other interested parties about developments in university policy in Europe; represent the university's point of view to governmental and non-governmental bodies concerned with higher education, research and training in Europe; act as contact-point for academic leaders and economic and political decision-makers.

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Organizes: conferences (2 a year); institutional management seminars for recently appointed rectors; occasional seminars on specific themes and current projects. Operates projects dealing with higher education policy: institutional evaluation of quality management strategies; new technologies; universities' European strategies; linking universities with their social partners; Academic Task Force (ATF) to support war-damaged universities; involvement in the establishment of the European Space for Higher Education; evaluation of the expanding international activity of universities; transatlantic dialogue bringing together leaders of European universities and their North-American counterparts. Together with COPERNICUS, set up University Charter for Sustainable Development as an instrument for inter-university cooperation on the environment.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Formal Consultative Relations).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 6 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 10 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 45 countries
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Subjects *

  • Social Activity
    • Organization
  • Education
    • Secondary and Higher Education
    • Universities
  • Management
    • Management

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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