Who we are

We are

a strong partnership between nine universities developing science and innovation into a hub of excellence on Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability (SmUCS).

We Promote

European values and identity by bringing together a new generation of European citizens.

We create

a unique way of studying and carrying out research through institutional alignment and seamless mobility for all, shaping regional policies and promoting national cultures of the partner countries.


The European University for Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability – EU-CONEXUS is committed to creating a new institutional framework for higher education in Europe that allows for a truly European way of studying and carrying out research through institutional alignment and seamless mobility for all.

Mission statement


The European University for Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability is an integrated transnational higher education and research institution covering the smart urban sustainable coastal development form a holistic perspective. The thematic focus creates a unique competitive advantage for EU-CONEXUS which is well positioned to assemble and build on complementary thematic expertise from all its partners and regional ecosystems, through inter- and transdisciplinary based approaches.

Perfectly distributed across Europe, the campus covers all European coasts. Students, teachers, researchers, and staff are studying, teaching, conducting their research activities, innovating and working on a European scale.


To provide common European degrees and common European diplomas

50% mobility of students and academic personnel

A European higher education inter‐university ‘campus’ based on an ever‐closer academic and administrative integration

To integrate bachelor, master and PhD programmes which will combine the strengths in education, research and innovation

To integrate multidisciplinary, multilingual and innovative joint educational programmes

To approach education and research to business and public policy-making

To become the global leader in higher education and research in the area of smart urban coastal sustainability, with a perspective of expansion beyond the size of its founding consortium

Thematic Focus

Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability (SmUCS) means for EU-CONEXUS to focus its education, research & innovation, and knowledge-sharing activities on defining, understanding and addressing societal challenges that are experienced by communities from urban and semi-urbanised coastal regions (rivers, seas and oceans).

Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability (SmUCS) is not a subject-driven thematic framework, but a challenge-driven education and research domain. Coastal environments are interfaces between inland areas and marine offshore parts where social and economic activities interact with highly valuable and unique coastal ecosystems. Socio-economic activities along our coasts have a direct and indirect connectivity and impact on these ecosystems through the provision of goods and services. The functioning and evolution of urban coastal societies and environments in the context of climate change and increasing anthropogenic pressure are major challenges that are addressed in the framework of Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability.

By providing sustainable, smart, nature-based solutions, EU-CONEXUS can achieve key sustainability goals, reduce the impact on the coastal ecosystems, respond to present challenges and anticipate future ones.

Examples for domains for research and education as covered in the Joint Research Institutes are

  • Coastal governance and coastal engineering (cultural heritage, ecological justice, fisheries policy, understanding of coastal uses, on-/off-shore renewable energy – construction and operation of facilities, legislation…)
  • Coastal ecosystems with its social and natural components and stakeholders (defence of biodiversity, improvement of water quality, water resources management, sustainable tourism, logistics, water lifecycle, SMEs, circular economy…)
  • Wellbeing of coastal communities and improvement of the quality of life (civic education and awareness of naturally available resources, prevention of physical and mental diseases, healthy habits…)
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