18 Dec 2023

In December 2023, the KreativEU Alliance fostered even closer involvement of students, through the organisation of eleven national focus groups and an international one. The purpose of the national focus groups was to record a general sense of how receptive students were towards the KreativEU Alliance and what recommendations they had based on their student perspective. The purpose of the international focus group was to collect specific feedback about each work package and dedicated activities.

As a general feeling across the students from the eleven partner institutions, the idea of having a European University aimed at offering high quality education, research, and entrepreneurial activities based on the EU cultural and artistic diversity proved to be great. Students were really excited with the perspective of getting to be involved with the KreativEU, because experiencing and ‘touching‘ new counties, new cultures, new traditions, and new ecologies very much attract them. They consider that multiculturality is extremely import nowadays, as a facilitator bridge over the countries in case they want to work worldwide in the future, based on the thought that getting to know other lifestyles, cultures and ways of study/work would certainly help developing soft skills. For students, this is also fundamental to fight and overcome global challenges. Therefore, training students to become European citizens and be aware of their identity and European values and culture is extremely relevant in their perspective. 

For students, the KreativEU Alliance has the potential to be a BIG EUROPEAN FAMILLY (to use their own words) by sharing a common ecocultural identity, with each partner, however, having its own reginal/national cultural uniqueness. In other words, with the KreativEU the concept of a European ecocultural identity may foster a sense of unity amidst the European diversity, acknowledging the rich tapestry of traditions, languages, and histories that make up the European cultural landscape. This shared identity not only strengthens the bonds among member states but also promotes a collective understanding of Europe interconnected past and future. Embracing this European ecocultural identity can contribute to a more cohesive and inclusive continent, where the diversity of its people is celebrated as a source of strength and collective heritage. With the KreativEU Europe is definitely more united, by fostering a common understanding of its artistic and cultural diversity and pluralism.