On the path to the first European university: The first European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation EGTC “Eucor – The European Campus” supported entirely by universities is founded on the Upper Rhine. On 9 December 2015, the Universities of Basel, Freiburg, Haute-Alsace, and Strasbourg and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology signed the founding documents.
The European Campus was created against the backdrop of longstanding cooperation between the universities on the Upper Rhine. In 1989 they teamed up to form an international network called Eucor (European Confederation of Universities on the Upper Rhine). By establishing the European Campus, the five universities aim to take this cross-border cooperation in research and teaching to a new level in order to gain a key advantage in the international competition for the best minds and ideas.
The European Campus serves as a center of crystallization of cross-border science and research on the Upper Rhine. With the expertise and potential of 15,000 researchers and 11,000 PhD-candidates as well as 115,000 students the alliance expands into a science and research area without walls and borders and with an international reach. The five partner universities have a total budget of 2.3 billion euros.