As president of Aurora Universities Network, I am delighted to welcome the University of Innsbruck and the University of Naples Federico II to the Aurora Universities Network.
They will join the other seven members of the Network which are: the University of Iceland, University of Aberdeen, University of East Anglia, University of Duisburg-Essen, Université de Grenoble Alpes, Universitat Rovira I Virgili and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. We are looking forward to working with the rectors, students, academics and administrators of both new members; getting fresh perspectives within our working groups and interchanging knowledge.
At the same time, we have to announce that sadly the University of Antwerp has decided to leave the Aurora network, as will – as earlier announced – the University of Bergen, and the University of Gothenburg by the end of this year. As a network, we aim to learn from and with each other to excel in research and academic endeavours that contribute to societal impact. We will forever remember all academic and interpersonal contributions the three departing universities made to Aurora and our working groups.
Also, Patrick Lévy will leave the Board as his term as President of UGA will expire in January. We would like to thank him for his tireless efforts to support Aurora both as Board member and as president of UGA. We are happy to inform you that the General Council has agreed that the president of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Mirjam van Praag, will take his place and will be joining Jon Atli Benediktsson and David Richardson in the Aurora Board.