FORTHEM is a European University Alliance designed to enhance the mobility of students and staff, to bolster stakeholder collaboration, and to increase the civic participation of students. The University of Jyväskylä is one of 9 European universities that make up the Alliance. JYU's involvement in the Alliance entails the development of continuous learning products and services through the JYU Open University. The activities are supported by the European Commission.

The University of Jyväskylä and JYUOpen are engaged in the international consortium FORTHEM (Fostering Outreach within European Regions, Transnational Higher Education and Mobility). FORTHEM is part of the European Universities Initiative, funded by the European Commission. Initially operating from 2019 to 2022, in summer 2022 the Alliance was granted further funding for four more years all through 2026.

Primary responsible unit 

2019 – October 2022: Johannes-Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany
November 2022 – 2026: Université de Bourgogne, France


  • University of Jyväskylä
  • Uniwersytet Opolski, Poland
  • Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
  • Latvijas Universitāte, Latvia
  • Universitat de València, Spain
  • Universitetet i Agder, Norway
  • Universitatea Lucian Blaga din Sibiu, Romania


2019–2022, 2022–206


Erasmus + European Universities funding


Contact information for JYU's FORTHEM activities

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