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The COPERNICUS Alliance finds its origins in 1993, when the COPERNICUS CAMPUS was launched and the CRE COPERNICUS Charta was published. This document was signed by 326 universities as a self-commitment to follow its principles on sustainable development. In 2011 the network was re-launched as the COPERNICUS Alliance and a new Charta was developed.  

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The COPERNICUS Alliance aims to achieve its goals through a growing network of European higher education institutions and develop a platform to strengthen integration of sustainable development in higher education management, education, research and society. 

The COPERNICUS Alliance is run by members for members. It is self-financed and uses its funds to achieve its mission. The Alliance seeks external funding for specific projects and activities.

The Alliance is built on the participation of its members. Based on their activities, it forms an innovation network for integration of sustainable development at higher education institutions with multiple contacts and possibilities of exchange at a European level.

The COPERNICUS Alliance is in close partnership with following networks


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COPERNICUS Alliance aims to achieve the following: 

  • Networking: Exchanging good practice and enhancing knowledge on sustainability and Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education.
  • Policy and Representation: Informing higher education policy-making in Europe and globally. Engaging and participating in international gatherings, dialogues, committees and expert groups.
  • Professional development: Developing tools and materials and providing professional development opportunities.
  • Outreach: Working in partnership to promote sustainable development in European Higher Education.



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The COPERNICUS Alliance was established and is run by members, for its members. It is registered as a non-for-profit organisation under German law. The network is coordinated by a Leadership Team and supported by an Advisory Board, a Network and a Finance Coordinator. Learn more about the organisation and the people involved!

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