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Europe Day ATHENATHON 2022

The seven Universities of the ATHENA European University are proud to launch the second edition of the Europe Day ATHENATHON, a sporting event destined to reach a distance of 11 000 km.

From 9 May until 9 June 2022, we invite the students and staff of each university, and every person who wants to participate to join this event.

Last year, the initial goal of 11 000 km, which represents the cumulative distance between our 7 European campuses, was more than met, as we covered more than 33,000 km!

In 2022, we need to break this record!

Starting on Europe day, this one-month long initiative is embedded in a more global vision of a green and climate-friendly Europe. For this reason, we will only consider these carbon-free activities: running, walking, swimming, biking, hiking, aqua-biking, skating, treadmill running, indoor biking, rowing, canoeing, rock-climbing, stair-climbing, etc.

In order to take part in the event, each participant will submit the number of kilometres they made by posting it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the official hashtags of the event #move4athena or #athenathon and a screenshot of their favourite tracking app performance as evidence, or by joining our Strava Club: Europe Day ATHENATHON. Each participant can contribute multiple times and join from anywhere in Europe and beyond!

What is Europe Day: Europe Day is held on 9 May every year and it celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical “Schuman declaration”, a speech made by Robert Schuman in Paris in 1950 presenting his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.

What is ATHENA European University? The European Universities Initiative is a flagship project of the European Union in the field of higher education and research, aimed at making European universities more internationally open, more efficient and inclusive.

The Advanced Technology Higher Education Network Alliance (ATHENA) is one of the pilot projects of European Universities selected by the European Commission in 2020, bringing together the Polytechnic Institute of Porto (Portugal, coordinator), the Universities of Maribor (Slovenia), Orleans (France), Siegen (Germany), Hellenic Mediterranean University (Greece) Niccolò Cusano University (Italy) and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania).

Focused on the theme of the digital transformation of societies, ATHENA’s ambition is to create resolutely internationalized training courses, to offer international mobility to the greatest number of students including those with disabilities, to promote the emergence of collaborative projects in research and development and to foster new European perspectives not only to the more than 120,000 students and 10,000 staff of the alliance, but also to local communities and partners.

More information:

Internationalization @ home: participate in a international learning experience without leaving home