Most members of the European Union are living in small and medium-sized cities or in the countryside. So, as young universities with the power and commitment to reform, we are the most important drivers of innovation and social change, in our regions.
Global challenges such as climate change, digitalization, demographics, and urbanization are the megatrends of the time. They affect metropolises and regions differently. Megatrends fuel growing populism, worries and the call for authoritarian structures, especially outside capitals. The regions beyond the metropolises are the places where Europe’s future is negotiated on a daily basis: as an opportunity and as a challenge.
NEOLAiA makes Europe an experience. Our students are first generation academics, often with a migration background within the family. They are ambitious, they are diverse, and they are talented. Our societies and the future of the European Union need their potential.
NEOLAiA wants to raise the potential of our regions. Empowering regions means strengthening democracy, preventing populism, fostering inclusion, exploiting the potential of heterogeneity, countering extremism, and making excellent research and teaching an everyday experience.