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Yearly UNIC Conference: Institutional Shaping of Post-industrial Cities - the Role of Universities

University of Zagreb is part of the important and valuable UNIC project - institutional shaping of a European university for post-industrial cities. This alliance is bound by a mission of education modernisation and the universities' answer to the needs of diverse communities in which they operate, as well as establishing a unique study experience by connecting all students, research activity, professors and other staff, city communities, civil society, and the city economy within a framework of a joint European university.

On Friday 11th June 2021, the UNIC Alliance will organise its yearly conference titled Regenerating our Post-Industrial Cities: the Role of Universities. The conference will be held in the form of a webinar and is scheduled to take place from 11:00 to 17:00 CET via the Zoom platform.

The conference will be open to the public, and all interested participants can register HERE.

The conference programme is available HERE.


It is expected that the UNIC activities will fully develop over a six-year period, but the European University of Post-industrial Cities will remain a lasting institutional form of cooperation between partner universities of the UNIC Alliance: University of Deusto in Spain, Ruhr University Bochum in Germany, Koç University in Turkey, Erasmus University in the Netherlands, University College Cork in Ireland, University of Liège in Belgium, University of Oulu in Finland and the University of Zagreb in Croatia. The alliance has around 225,000 enrolled students across its partner universities, of which nearly 8,000 comprise doctoral students, and it employs over 3,500 university staff.

The UNIC creation project has three main components, for the most part implemented online: establishing a UNIC Campus and a Superdiversity Academy, as well as implementing City Labs.

UNIC was founded on the following core principles: a joint university in eight unique post-industrial cities, devotion to academic excellence with a shared ambition for achieving societal impact, respect towards the superdiversity of all universities, cities and citizens to ensure the availability of study, social justice and inclusion for all aspiring students, researching and creating sustainable ways of strengthening European student mobility, cooperation with city institutions to open the possibility of students becoming the drivers of change in the cities' future, engagement in new forms of teaching, researching, and learning which respond to the challenges of post-industrial cities and contribute to their urban resilience, learning from one another, cooperation and creation of new and innovative ways for European universities of the future to act.