The MINERVA program is an innovative concept in the European programs of inter-university cooperation which, like the ERASMUS program for students, promotes mobility among teaching staff of the participating universities. Created in 1991, in many ways it was the forerunner of the Socrates program. In 1993 it was awarded a prize by the EU as a pilot project, and in 2007 it gained new momentum with the introduction of new procedures for academic and administrative management.
MINERVA is based on the assumption that knowledge of other cultures and languages is essential to build a common European area. In this program, students from different departments and faculties share a single academic and foreign language curriculum. It also promotes student mobility and allows students to study for jointly awarded qualifications.