VIRTUE (VIRTual University Education) was established in 1997 as a joint research and educational project by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, USA, the Centre for Science Education at the University of Bergen, Norway and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
The research part of the project was completed in 2002 but the educational component continued between Sweden and the USA and has now been further developed.
VIRTUE in Sweden is a cooperation between the Department for Biological and Environmental Sciences and the Maritime Museum and Aquarium in Gothenburg.
VIRTUE is now (2017 - 2020) an international project with partners from Sweden, Germany, Spain and the USA and partly financed by the European Union, Erasmus+.
27 countries are represented in VIRTUE (June 2020)