SAVES is a project run within the framework of the European Commission Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE) programme, coordinated by National Union of Students of the United Kingdom (NUS-UK).

SAVES is an inter-dormitory energy-saving competition that will be run in 484 dormitories at 19 universities housing over 25 000 students in five countries over the academic years 2014/15 and 2015/16. SAVES will enable and motivate students to save energy by creating a race between dormitories, competing to save the most energy and win prizes. The project aims to install energy-saving habits in students at a key moment of change in their lives so that they can continue energy-saving actions throughout their private lives. SAVES aims at delivering 8% average electricity savings in participating dormitories. The project will engage with student communities through social media, run real-time energy challenges and use digital communications to show how students can save energy in a fun way.

UNICA will be the task leader in dissemination of the project, playing a key role in raising awareness about the energy-saving actions and supporting the project utilizing the established partner network and communications. This will be achieved by spreading the project via UNICA and UGAF websites and newsletters, as well as high profile presentations at the UNICA conferences, meetings and workshops. UNICA will help celebrate and communicate the successes of the project to other key actors.


  • NUS-UK,
  • Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC),
  • the European Student Union (ESU),
  • the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and SENSD.

Following is the full list of dormitory providers:

  • United Kingdom: University of Bath, Cranfield University, De Montfort University, The University of Northampton, Queen Mary University of London, University of West of England, University of Worcester;
  • Lithuania: Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU), Vilnius University of Applied Engineering Sciences (VTDK), Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA), Vilnius Co-operative College (VKK), Klaipeda University (KU), Klaipeda State College (KVK), Siauliai University (SU);
  • Greece: University of Athens, Technical University of Crete;
  • Cyprus: University of Cyprus;
  • Sweden: SGS Studentbostäder, Olofshöjd, Göteborg; Stiftelsen Stockholms Studentbostäder (SSSB), Stockholm



Green-Tech-WB: Smart and Green technologies for innovative and sustainable societies in Western Balkans is an Erasmus Mundus action focused on partner countries in lot number 2: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro & Serbia. GREEN-TECH-WB mobility includes 153 grants (28 for Europeans and 125 for WB) around the triangle: cooperation in higher education, research and innovation and under the umbrella of the thematic field of green technologies.

GREEN-TECH-WB promotes European HEIs as centres of excellence in learning and research around green technologies and drives this excellence to Western Balkan countries in order to contribute to their better governance and social cohesion, as well as to further connect the region to the global economy.



UMEI: "Universités du Maghreb: Enseignement Inclusif" (Maghreb Universities: Inclusive Education), is a project funded by the European Commission with the objective of improving the access to universities in the Maghreb for three target groups of students with special needs (related to economic insecurity, geographical origin or disability).

UMEI is aimed at the creation and implementation, within universities, of an Assistance Unit of Awareness, Support and Mediation (CASAM), which will support students with special needs (related to economic insecurity, geographical origin or disability) so they get to go to college and/or continue their studies.

Existing analysis in the three Maghreb countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia) show, with some nuances, that access to higher education poses real difficulties for students targeted in this project. The number of students with disabilities enrolled in Maghreb universities does not exceed 2%. Students from rural backgrounds are underrepresented (less than 6%), especially among girls. And many students experience real integration difficulties. Similarly, the conditions of poverty faced by students of a third category have a crucial impact on their academic career.

Some of the activities of the Project will be seminars and ‘in situ’ visits. The main purpose of the seminars (spaces for academic debate) is to achieve a transfer of knowledge and skills of European partners specialized in the field, to the CASAM officers. The ‘in situ’ visits will take place after the first year of reflection and analysis and will allow the future CASAM officers to deepen their knowledge and enhance their skills. They will be invited to three trainings in different centers of excellence in Europe.

Erasmus Student Network is part of the Quality Assurance team aiming at bringing the student perspective to the study.


  • Erasmushogeschool Brussel (Coordinator)
  • UNICA (BE)
  • Université Abdelmalek Essaâdi (MA)
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE) - UNICA member university
  • Erasmus Student Network (BE)
  • Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (ES)
  • Compostela Group (ES)
  • Université Paul-Valéry (Montpellier III) (FR)
  • European Access Network (UK)
  • Fontys / Opleidingscentrum Speciale Onderwijszorg (NL)
  • Comenius University Bratislava (SK) - UNICA member university
  • Université Hassan II Mohammedia Casabalanca (MA)
  • Université Ibn Zohr (MA)
  • Association de Développement Local Méditerranéen (MA)
  • Association Louis Braille, Tétouan (MA)
  • Université de Sousse (MA)
  • Université de Sfax (MA)
  • Université Mentouri Constantine (AL)
  • Univérsité de Béjaïa (AL)
  • Université Aboubekr Belkaid (AL)