Since its inception, the European University Network FORTHEM has boosted cooperation between its participating institutions. FIT FORTHEM plans to intensify common R&I activities, promote joint concepts and strategies, foster the co-creation of science, and reduce inequalities between members by sharing good practices and resources, both technological and human.
FIT FORTHEM will promote well-functioning living FORTHEM Labs that are excellent in teaching and in research and will encourage them to turn into a breeding place of solid innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. Knowledge and structures will be built up in such a way that they can easily be jointly used.
Activities will be supported by seven FORTHEM Labs, designed to advance collaborative research and establish new forms of cooperation. These co-creation labs will formulate needs and test new models and be the incubators of transformation in FIT FORTHEM.
FIT FORTHEM promote an efficient pooling of resources – human and technical – rather than a mere accumulation. FORTHEM researchers will benefit from brain and knowledge circulation as a result of the joint work within the alliance. By representing very diverse educational systems and countries, FORTHEM promotes a closer rapprochement at a time of declining confidence in Europe and in democratic systems.
FIT FORTHEM builds on the overarching idea that institutional transformation processes require strategic top-down management of ideas but are based on key bottom-up approaches and a broad acceptance of necessary changes. FIT FORTHEM provides the unique opportunity for upscaling the output and outreach dimension of the FORTHEM Labs by strengthening their research activities and by testing new forms of trans-institutional, trans-disciplinary and inter-sectoral cooperation. Transformation processes in this field will mainly be initiated by replacing single institutional approaches with common strategies and the exchange of best practices to be rolled out in the Alliance.
The methodology is based on five key elements.