The Strategic Alliance for Regional Transition (STARS EU) is an alliance between nine complementary European universities to establish channels of collaboration in initiatives of different types, seeking to promote the exchange of ideas, people and innovation in both research and teaching

Innovation in the classic functions of the university is necessary in the face of a future of unprecedented social change. Preparing future generations for increasingly automated, digitalised and fluid labour markets implies reforming both educational models (through international exchange, challenge-based education, micro-credentials and other strategies) and research models, with collaboration as the driving force.

Thematic Interest Groups

STARS EU has identified areas on which the alliance should focus its teaching and research activities, known as Thematic Interest Groups (TIGs). These priority areas are:

  • Circular economy
  • Digital transition
  • Energy transition
  • Healthy ageing
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Arts and creative industries
  • Living Spaces

Each of these TIGs has a lead and a co-lead institution. The University of La Laguna leads the Energy Transition group and co-leads the Healthy Ageing group.

European University

STARS EU alliance has applied to the European Commission’s call to become a  European University, whose resolution will be known by the end of July 2022. This EU initiative promotes the creation of transnational alliances «that will become the universities of the future, promoting European values and identity and revolutionising the quality and competitiveness of European Higher Education».

With that vision, STARS EU aims to take inter-institutional cooperation to the next level, testing various innovative and structural models across the four missions of higher education institutions: teaching, research, innovation and service to society. It also aims to create an open campus where students, teachers, researchers, staff and other actors will collaborate physically and virtually.

  • Contact
  • Esther García Arranz
  • International Projects – Promotion Unit
  • T: +34 922 316 502 ext. 6438