The European Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences (ECOLAS) consortium is an advisory non-governmental organization that deals with the development of new forms of education in 21st century Europe in the context of the Liberal Arts and Sciences tradition. Its founders are three experienced scientists and educators: Samuel Abraham (Bratislava International School for Liberal Arts, Slovakia), Hans P.M. Adriaenssens (founder and dean of University College Roosevelt, The Netherlands) and Laurent Boetsch (President Emeritus of ECLA, Berlin). The group was conceived as the first European network to implement and promote undergraduate Liberal Arts and Sciences as an expression of the Bologna reform of European higher education.
ECOLAS places emphasis on improving the quality of undergraduate studies understood both as independent preparation for work and an introduction to more advanced studies at the master's level. By promoting the Liberal Arts and Sciences tradition, ECOLAS strives to develop programs that, in addition to providing specialist knowledge in specific disciplines, necessary for their subsequent specialization, also allow students to acquire leadership skills that are necessary not only in the global job market but also for fulfilling civic obligations in an increasingly diverse European Union.