The European Dual Studies University


EU4Dual Alliance Meeting to Address Major Societal Challenges through dual higher education

Paola, Malta – June 19, 2023

The EU4Dual Alliance, an unprecedented collaboration of nine leading dual university institutions in Europe, proudly announces the adoption of its first work-plan, during a meeting which has taken place in Malta on June 19 and 20, 2023. The rectors of each of the nine institutions have come together to plan the implementation of the mission & vision of the alliance and organise the contribution of their respective universities to its operations.

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to make dual education the future of higher education to address emerging economic, environmental and social challenges.

Our vision is to become the top-quality reference for dual higher education. We will form the largest integrated dual education institution in the world – a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary institution, committed to close integration between academia, industries and regions.

We are organised along three axes of action: The future of work, green economy and healthy living.

Inaugural Meeting Highlights

In a meeting hosted by the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST), the Alliance has elected its new secretary general, Mr. John L. Harris. Mr. Harris brings to the Role over 30 years of experience in industry, corporate diplomacy and stakeholder engagement across multiple continents.

The meeting approved a work plan for the first year. A top priority for 2023 will be the establishment of governance bodies, which include the Academic and Student Councils, Industry-Relations Council, and Advisory Board. Furthermore, the Alliance will embark on a research program that will investigate the methods and impacts of dual higher education.

Until the end of 2023 the alliance will announce a first of its kind dual studies masters until the end of the year, as well as its first catalogue of micro-credentials focused on the Future of Work. It will also launch a Dual Studies Centre of Excellence – an initiative pooling the institutions’ collective expertise in dual studies for the purpose of promoting the modelling globally. This will lead to the organisation of a first conference on dual higher education in Malta in early 2024.

From the start of the 2023-24 academic year, students and staff at the 9 institutions will gain additional opportunities across the EU4Dual network, as well as participate in multiple new research projects launched in areas linked to the green transition and future of work.

We are confident that our collaborative efforts will cultivate novative solutions to address the complex challenges we face today and tomorrow.

Contact Information

For more information, please visit the EU4Dual Alliance website at or contact