The European University for Well-Being (EUniWell) is a European university alliance selected for funding by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme and Horizon 2020.
EUniWell currently unites 11 universities in a cross-sectoral, interdisciplinary, knowledge-based perspective. In addition to the University of Florence, EUniWell includes the Universities of Birmingham (England), Cologne (Germany), Konstanz (Germany), Inalco (France), Linnaeus (Sweden), Murcia (Spain), Nantes (France), Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Semmelweis (Hungary), and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine). Furthermore, EUniWell is supported by more than 100 associated partners from all sectors of society.
The consortium's core mission is to understand, improve, measure, and rebalance the well-being of individuals, our own community, and society, as well as renewing European research and education. Activities take place within research arenas and work packages that bring together academics, experts, administrative staff, and students from all partner universities.
General contact email: euniwell(AT)unifi.it
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Within the Erasmus+ programme, EUniWell focuses on well-being in four interdisciplinary research areas, called "arenas", aligned with the priority areas of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD, of the EU Council, and of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
These priority areas are where EUniWell's partner universities are global leaders in research and education, and where their strengths and synergies are strongest, enabling them to have the maximum impact.
By working collaboratively with stakeholders in society and through the research-innovation-education nexus, EUniWell aims to generate new knowledge and play a critical and intermediary role in the development of research-based policies. Additionally, the consortium aims to support education, training, and the development of fundamental skills for students, researchers, professors, administrative staff, and to have a measurable impact on the well-being and quality of life of European citizens.
Teachers and researchers are joining forces to tackle the challenges related to climate change and environmental protection. These actions result in a series of joint research and training projects, which are fundamental components to support individual and collective well-being. Within this arena, the EUniWell Academy is being created to promote environmental research through analytical studies, scientific dissemination, and training, addressing topics such as climate change and the promotion of civic sense as well as individual and collective well-being. To learn about colleagues working on common interest projects, please visit the EUniWell website.
Dedicated to the growth of future teachers' competences, the main objective is to define a common framework for the training of European teachers that leads to a transversal curriculum and the introduction of an international teaching certificate. EUniWell universities, by promoting the international mobility of teachers within the consortium, aim to create a network of increasingly broader international partners focused on the development of new skills. The arena offers three distinct courses for future teachers.
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UniFi and EUniWell offer digital credentials, known as micro-credentials, with the goal of improving lifelong learning, acquiring new skills and personal empowerment. A micro-credential certifies the educational outcomes of a brief learning experience. These results are recognised with transparent and clearly defined standards. Courses leading to micro-credentials are designed to provide students with specific knowledge, skills, and competencies that respond to social, personal, cultural, or labor market needs.
The student receives their micro-credentials through open badges, which contain metadata about the acquired competencies and to whom they belong. Each badge is unique, readable on any computer, and the information can be verified in real-time by any system that supports Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI), making it an ideal addition to one's CV. More information.
The first UniFi courses offering micro-credentials are:
EUniWell #Research is a project funded by Horizon 2020 through the Science with and for Society (SWAFS) call. The project aims to strengthen and integrate the EUniWell Erasmus+ work programme and is focused on research activities. The goal is to maximise the potential of research and innovation to address contemporary problems, thus contributing to an improvement in collective well-being. More information.
In particular, this project:
Born in September 2022, it is a collaborative research initiative on the theme of well-being. Researchers from participating universities are invited to submit proposals for collaborative online workshops on topics related to the research arenas. The goal is for researchers to use the European alliance to expand their networks, learn about ongoing research activities across Europe, identify common interests, synergies, and potential collaborative initiatives. To this end, the workshops should bring together researchers and/or research staff from at least three EUniWell partner universities.
Workshops should be an opportunity to create connections and explore opportunities for future collaboration. It is up to the candidates to decide the best way to do so, whether it be a networking session for people working in related fields, or a meeting within an already established partnership.
To advertise your own workshop idea or to learn about ideas that have already been proposed, consult the Well-Being Research Incubator page.
The Student Board comprises two representatives from each university in the consortium, as well as student executives and the Chief Student Officer. This allows an international and diverse group of students to represent the student bodies of individual universities, to be regularly in contact and to be involved in the decision-making process of EUniWell.
At the University of Florence, there is also a larger student council involved in EUniWell activities. The council participates in online and in-person meetings, organises UniFi events on EUniWell themes, and spreads information about EUniWell opportunities among students.
To join the student council, please email studentboard.unifi(AT)eunapplication.org. T
o get involved and contribute to the organization of specific events, you can check the Euniwell news or subscribe to the Newsletter.
An annual event that celebrates international exchange and cooperation by proposing academic and cultural initiatives and contents (music, theatre, food, sports, etc.).
The Seed Funding Call promotes collaborative projects among researchers, students, professors, and administrative staff from the universities of the consortium.
The programme supports initiatives in line with EUniWell's mission and contributes to deepening mutual ties and creating innovative ideas to promote well-being, improve existing collaborations between partners, and start new ones.
The projects can cover a wide range of topics related to health (both mental and physical), individual and social well-being, quality education, and environmental sustainability, all essential elements for well-being and quality of life.
Seed Funding Calls open twice a year and are jointly funded by all partner universities in the alliance. Each proposal submitted must involve at least 4 EUniWell partner universities and can receive funding of up to a maximum of 25,000 euros.
Call for applications 2023 - deadline April 9th, 2023
EUniWell supports PhD students, invests in their training, and promotes innovative approaches in the field of scientific dissemination.
Two PhD students from each partner university were selected for the 2022 research thesis award, with a total of 16 winners. The theses addressed two specific thematic areas: ‘Individual and social well-being’ and ‘Environment, urbanity and sustainable development’. UniFi winners.