The EUCU.NET Charter

The European Children's Universities Network (EUCU.NET) connects organizations and people involved with Children's Universities projects who follow a common basic understanding – the EUCU.NET Charter:
A Children's University means
  • Encouraging children to be curious and to think critically – the mainsprings of research and science
  • Communicating to them the idea of universities and providing insights into academic culture as well as their role in the society at large
  • Working with young people in such a way as to help universities to be more responsive and open
  • Making encounters between children and “the university” (as a community of academic staff and students) possible
  • Enthralling them with diverse scientific fields (from humanities, to social sciences and natural sciences) and with diverse scientific methods unbiased by commercial interest
  • Giving young people an understanding of their future educational choice and options

 A Children’s University is based on the aims of

  • Providing access for all children without boundaries and on a voluntary basis
  • Involving and providing benefit for children from disadvantaged groups (including barriers caused by social or economic, impairment, language or gender)
  • Providing an atmosphere of respect without pressure to perform
  • contributing to the enhancement of universities as concerning organizational, didactical and research development