Soon after the first Children’s Universities have been launched at the beginning of the 3rd millenium the term Children's Universities became a well known synonym for science related lectures, workshops or demonstrations for children and young people.
Usually they are held by academic staff and specifically geared towards the needs and prospects of children typically aged from 7 to 14 years. Most of these activities take place at a university’s premises and imitate academic life to a certain extent.
Currently, activities of that kind take place at more than 350 locations in more than 40 countries worldwide. Estimated 530.000 children and 14.000 scientists participate every year at Children's Universities and similar programmes.
However, there is no one single model for organizing a Children’s University - there are different concepts inherent, ranging from a series of events over the year (after school sessions, out-of-school-hours programs or alike) to specific annual events (summer schools or similar), with various levels of curricularity and various degrees of cooperation with the school sector.
This diversity of admirable projects is why EUCU.NET was founded and aims to facilitate cooperation and exchange of knowledge among exiting organizers and supports to kick start new Children’s Universities.
The strategic objective of EUCU.NET is to consolidate the existing Children's Universities and enhance their further growth throughout Europe. Hereby it is intended to cement already existing procedures in order to successfully achieve the above aims. Furthermore, our network is intended to increase interaction among member states and to extent existing practices in a professional and concerted manner not only in Europe but on an international level.