Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași (UAIC) organised the EC2U Student Event entitled Shaping the future through EU elections,  between 15 and 17 May 2024. 71 students attended the event, coming from the 8 universities that are members of the EC2U Alliance – Coimbra (Portugal), Jena (Germany), Pavia (Italy), Poitiers (France), Salamanca (Spain), Turku (Finland), Linz (Austria) and Iasi (Romania) – and 2 students from the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (Ukraine), a strategic partner of the alliance.

The main activity of the EC2U Student Event was a debate modeled after the European Parliament, during which the students focused on the importance of the EU elections and the active involvement of the European citizens in the electoral process.

Another one of the focus sessions of the event was the round table hosted by the Iași City Hall, where participating students exchanged views on European integration with experts from various fields of activity, such as local authorities, the diplomacy, the media, higher education and NGOs.

The event also included a city tour, an intercultural workshop entitled Mosaic of Identities: A workshop on intercultural understanding and belonging, a student council meeting, a picnic lunch in the Botanical Garden, as well as networking and sports activities. By attending the event, students had the opportunity to learn more about the democratic process of the European Union, the concept of European identity, and to develop their sense of belonging to the EU.

More information about the EC2U Student Event is available here:

The European Campus of City-Universities Alliance (EC2U) is an academic consortium of 8 universities from different regions of the European Union: the University of Poitiers (coordinator, France), Johannes Kepler University Linz (Austria), the University of Coimbra (Portugal), Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași (Romania), the University of Salamanca (Portugal), the University of Pavia (Italy), Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) and the University of Turku (Finland). The Alliance is based on a unique cooperation between universities and cities, involving academic communities, municipalities, regional authorities, socio-economic actors and citizens. The EC2U promotes an unprecedented challenge-based global initiative, focusing on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). More information about the EC2U Alliance is available here: