Rectors and vice-rectors of the CELSA partner institutions,

Prague, April 2016

Rik Torfs, addressing the newly established CELSA network, Prague, April 2016

CELSA was founded in April 2016 by 7 old and famous universities in 4 innovative European cities:

  • Budapest (Hungary)
  • Leuven (Belgium)
  • Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • Prague (Czech Republic)

The Alliance aims at promoting collaboration between its members, to exchange practice at both policy and operational level, and together to find solutions for the major problems Europe is facing.

The CELSA members’ mission is to educate Europe’s youngsters, to perform the best research in many scientific disciplines, and to reach out to society and economy with its talents and its state of the art research results.

CELSA intends to jointly organize training courses, exchange practice in common issues such as peer-reviewing, education evaluation, research assessments, open science, knowledge transfer, and in particular setup collaborative projects for research programs like Horizon Europe, and education programs like Erasmus+.

In 2017 the University of Tartu (Estonia) joined the CELSA-network, expanding the Network to the North. In  2019, two Polish universities joined the network: the University of Warsaw and Jagiellonian University (Krakow).