The Vives Network is a non-profit institution that represents and coordinates the joint action in higher education, research and culture of 22 universities from 4 different European countries. Since 1994 it offers a platform leader in services for universities, public and private organizations and the society. Its main objective is contributing to the construction process of this cross-border interuniversity region in the Mediterranean Europe and its social and economic development.
• 22 universities from 4 countries in the European Mediterranean Arch: Andorra, France, Italy and Spain.
• The only platform formed by private and public administration in this cross-border territory.
• Extensive range of innovative and shared quality services that surpasses the philosophy of institutional representation that other organizations develop.
• A bridge for international visibility..
• University community composed by 500.000 students, 40,000 professors and researchers and 10,000 administration and services staff.
• 12 leading science and technological parks throughout Europe and the rest of the world.
• An active working group of 300 members in the government teams of the universities belonging to the Vives Network hundreds of professors and experts who take an active part in the development of programmes and services of common interest.
Networking provides benefits to the university community and to society with all guarantees for qualified experience and commitment towards excellence.
To be the leading network for joint action and the platform for development of shared strategies by universities in the area comprising societies with Catalan culture and language, spread throughout the Pyrenees and Mediterranean region.
The Vives University Network promotes the cohesion of the university community and strengthens the reach and impact of universities on society. The Vives University Network performs its mission:
- Through a coordinated, shared working system, based on equity between its members, quality and service.
- By formulating joint proposals by universities and facilitating their inclusion in the social and political agenda of each administrative context.
- By contributing to further strengthening higher education and research.
The Memorandum of Association of the Vives Network was signed on the 28th October 1994 in Morella (Valencian Community), where the rectors of the 13 founding universities got together. From the very first moment, it is the only platform that gathers private and public administrations from Catalonian, Valencian Community, Balearic Islands, Northern Catalonia, Andorra and Sardinia.The Memorandum According to the strategic plan of the association, its strategic vision is being the reference network for the joint action of universities in the Catalan-speaking territories. The Vives Network hopes to lead the provision of value-added and innovative services to its university members and to society. It also hopes to consolidate the collective representation of the universities internationally and achieve and strengthen knowledge and recognition vertebrated by society.
Furthermore, since its constitution, the Vives Network has paid tribute to remarkable personalities of the academic and intellectual world. Universities have recognized the career and importance of the work of some people who have left their mark on the Catalan culture thanks to the work developed in different disciplines and fields. The following people have received the Medal of Honour by the Vives Network:
• Miquel Dolç i Dolç, philologist (1995)
• Miquel Taradell, archaeologist (1995)
• Pierre Vilar, historian (1996)
• Joan Coromines i Vigneaux, linguist (1998)
• Miquel Martí i Pol, poet (1999)
• Miquel Batllori i Munné, theologist and historian (1999)
• Antoni Caparrós i Benedicto, psychologist, former rector of the University of Barcelona and former president of the Vives Network (2001)
• Joan Francesc Mira i Casterà, writer and anthropologist (2005)
• Maria Antònia Canals i Tolosa, mathematican (2012)
• Eliseu Climent i Corberà, editor (2012)
• Montserrat Casas Ametller, physicist and former rector of the University of the Balearic Islands (2013)
• Joan Veny i Clar, linguist (2013)
• Germà Colón i Domènech, philologist and lexicographer (2014)
• Pilar Bayer Isant, mathematician (2015)
• Antoni Miró, plastic artist (2015)
• Josefina Castellví, oceanographer (2016)
• Isabel-Clara Simó, writer (2016)
• Raimon, singer (2016)
• Linguistic unity of the members of the university community, with common geographical, historical and cultural bonds
• Interuniversity collaboration
• Equal treatment among universities
• Respect to university autonomy
• Democracy as a form of government of the institution
• Will of projection and joint services for the society
Strengthening the role of higher education
institutions as a driver of innovation
and improving competitiveness