UNICA – Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe

Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium

President: Luciano Saso


UNICA is an institutional network of 53 universities from 37 capital cities of Europe, combining over 175,000 staff and 1,950,000 students. UNICA was established in 1990 and Comenius University in Bratislava joined the network in 1994.

The aim of the organization is academic cooperation between members, development and implementation of the Bologna process and facilitating the integration of universities in Central Europe and Eastern Europe into the European Higher Education Area. The highlight of the annual event is the General Assembly, which, on the recommendation of the Steering Committee, elects, proposes future strategies and helps to implement them. Its intention is to increasing the number of foreign students, the emphasis is on the visibility of the university network. UNICA communicates the views and opinions of member universities to the European institutions and national governments. It provides its members with information on European programs and initiatives and supports projects based on mutual cooperation.

For the first time in March 1996, Comenius University in Bratislava organized the General Assembly of the UNICA association, which took place at Smolenice Castle. At that time, UNICA had only 24 members. The second General Assembly took place at Comenius University in Bratislava in October 2004, with a membership base of 38 universities. The third and so far last in a series of prestigious UNICA events took place at Comenius University in Bratislava in November 2019, when the number of members reached 49.


Utrecht Network

Headquarters: Bologna, Italy

President: Sabine Pendl

Executive Secretariat: Silvia Mastrapasqua



Utrecht Network is a network of European universities. Founded in 1987, the network promotes the internationalisation of higher education through summer schools, student and staff exchanges and joint degrees. The Utrecht Network has 26 members in 24 countries.

Utrecht Network is committed to initiatives that strengthen the international profile of its member universities. It carries many joint activities leading to further internationalisation of member institutions with focus on international projects, summer schools, staff trainings, exchanges, university services and organisation. It also offers Young Researchers Grant programme.


Danube Rectors’ Conference (DRC)

Headquarters: Viedeň, Rakúsko

President: Prof. Dr. Zdravko Kačič (Rector, University of Maribor)

Rectors from universities in Ulm, Linz, Vienna, and Budapest established the DRC in Vienna in 1983. Today the DRC is an association of 70 universities which emphasizes academic and scientific cooperation in the Danube region in the interests of its further development. The DRC cooperates with the European Commission in accordance with its EU Strategy for the Danube Region, and it strengthens and endeavours to establish a full exchange programme of university studies in central Europe. Its largest event each year is its General Assembly, which is attended by the rectors of member universities, who also meet for the annual DRC conference.


EUA – European University AssociationHeadquarters: Brussels, Belgium

President: Michael Murphy



EUA is one of the most influential organisation regarding higher education and scientific policies of European Union. Its members are members of universities´higher management (Rectors, presidents, vice-rectors, vice-presidents), national rectors conferences, university associations and networks. Non-profit organisation EUA counts around 850 members from all European countries. Its deep analysis and expertise is available to all its members, while conferences, seminars, workshops and web sites are means by which these analysis and views and visions are spread.


EAIE – European Association for International Education

Headquarters: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

President: Michelle Stewart

Vice-President: Piet Van Hove


EAIE is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 in Amsterdam. Its main objective is to contribute to internationalization both in Europe and worldwide, by meeting the needs of higher education professionals. At present, the EAIE has more than 2,500 members from more than 80 countries. It brings together staff from the field of international education - from rectors to teachers and coordinators of international relations, who are responsible for internationalization, implementation of the Bologna process, the use of European programs and other activities at their higher education institutions. During the year, EAIE organizes a number of activities and events, such as management courses, executive forums, academies, fairs and conferences.

Organizational structure:

The management of EAIE consists of the President, the Vice-President, the Executive Director, the Board of Directors and the General Board. The highest session of the EAIE is the Annual Conference, the core of which consists of professional and specialist sections. These offer lectures and workshops throughout the conference. Each Annual Conference also includes an educational fair.

Since 1995 Comenius University in Bratislava has regularly participated in EAIE Annual Conferences. The annual EAIE conference and especially the participation in educational fairs brings CU the opportunity to make new contacts, expand the portfolio of potential partners, cooperation within the Erasmus + program, promote the study and Comenius University as a brand abroad and much more.


The Francophone University Agency (AUF)

President AUF: Sorin Mihai Cîmpeanu
Rector AUF: Slim Khalbous
Centrálne sídlo AUF: Montreal,Canada, Paris, France
Director regional for central Europe: Mohamed Ketata
Seat for central Europe: Bucharest, Romania
Membership of CU in AUF: 2013

The Francophone University Agency (AUF), founded in 1961in Montreal, brings together 944 universities, colleges, university networks and scientific research centres that use the French language, in 116 countries. It is one of the largest associations of higher education and research institutions in the world. AUF respects the diversity of cultures and languages and accompanies Francophone universities to engage in broader economic, social and cultural development issues and promotes cohesion between higher education and research institutions to foster collaboration around projects that significantly improve the academic systems. AUF has a network of 59 regional local offices. Its headquarters are divided between Montreal and Paris. 10 regional offices are located in: Central Africa and the Great Lakes; Northern Africa; West Africa; North, South & Central America; Asia-Pacific; the Caribbean; Central and Eastern Europe; Western Europe; the Middle East; and the Indian Ocean. 7 administrative offices, 36 francophone « digital campuses » and 4 Francophone institutes dedicated to training, research, advice and expertise complete this regional management network.
The Comenius University in Bratislava became a member of AUF in 2010. It belongs to Central and Eastern Europe Region of AUF. Other AUF member universities in Slovakia are the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica and the University of Economics in Bratislava.

The contact person
for Central and Eastern Europe AUF offering advice to the students, lecturers and researchers, including the funding of mobilities, access to online courses:
Mihaela ALION, Administrative assistant Bucharest, Romania, tel: +40213121276, email:  
Support of research projects: Irina-Maria HULEA, Project manager, Central and Eastern Europe of AUF, e-mail:
Contact person for AUF at Comenius University in Bratislava: Mgr. Ivana DZÚRIKOVÁ, International Relations office, Rectorate CU, email:

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The Magna Charta Observatory

Headquarters: Bologna, Itálie

President: Sijbolt Noorda

Secretary General: Carla Pazzaglia


Contact: updated soon

The Magna Charta Observatory idea comes from Universita di Bologna, the oldest university in Europe and European University Association (EUA). Its aimes are support and defending of basic academic principles and values such as autonomy of universities and maintaining their academic freedoms. Over 700 universities signed Magna Charta Since 1998.