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UNICA, Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe

National Network: 
Belgium
Address: 
UNICA a.i.s.b.l. c/°University Foundation rue d'Egmont, 11 B-1000 Brussels Belgium
Brussels
Belgium
Telephone: 
+32(0)25147800
Telephone (other): 
+32(0)25147900
Fax: 
+32(0)25147900
Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
1990
Fields of Activity: 
General Information: 

UNICA is a network of 42 comprehensive universities from the capital cities of Europe (further information on the partners are available at: www.unica-network.eu/members.html) with a combined strength of over 120,000 staff and 1,500,000 students. UNICA members are located in more that 30 European countries.
Structure: General Assembly; Steering Committee; International Relations Officers; Working Groups.
UNICA Secretariat is located in Brussels. It is composed of the Secretary General, two assistants and 1 or 2 trainees
The main source of funding is the annual membership fees: € 250.000 (2009). UNICA is also coordinator of several EC-funded Projects (see document in attachment).

Mission and Objectives: 

UNICA has developed a goal oriented approach aiming at:
- Promoting academic excellence, integration and co-operation between member universities.
- Being a driving force in the development of the Bologna process.
- Facilitating the integration of universities from Central and Eastern Europe into the European Higher Education Area.
- Implementing Diversity and Equality policies.
The UNICA Mission Statement on Equal Opportunities that was first signed in 2000 (on the occasion of 10th Anniversary of UNICA, see: http://www.unica-network.eu/equop.html). All UNICA Universities in the Capital Cities of Europe committed to democratic values pledge themselves to the implementation of policies, procedures and practices which do not discriminate on grounds of gender, marital status, age, disability, colour, ethnic origin, religious belief or sexual orientation.

Main Projects / Activities: 

UNICA organizes seminars, conferences, meetings, develops projects, etc. in the following 5 clusters of activities:
- Internationalization an mobility
- Education
- Research and Development
- Policy and Strategy
- Mission and Link with Society
For further information, visit: http://www.unica-network.eu/activities.html
UNICA is also coordinator of several EC-funded Projects (see document in attachment and http://www.unica-network.eu/projects.html).
In the field of Equal Opportunities, UNICA organizes workshops for the equal opportunities officers from the member universities to share good practices. Further information on these workshops is available on the UNICA website (www.unica-network.eu). A document on “Minimum Standards for Disable Persons” was presented at the General Assembly in November 2008 and adopted by the UNICA member Universities as a recommendation.