As president of Aurora Universities Network, it is my pleasure to announce that we have a new member: our General Council decided to invite the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Catalunya, to join Aurora and they have indeed accepted. We welcome the rector, the students, the academics and administrators from the URV to Aurora and our various activities.
At the same time, we have to announce that two of our original members will be leaving Aurora by the end of this year 2019. The University of Gothenburg and the University of Bergen both are part of a European Universities proposal outside the context of the Aurora network and for both I am happy to say that these proposals have been approved. Congratulations to both Bergen and Gothenburg. Gothenburg and Bergen have both decided that the very high demands in resources and leadership focus of their European Universities alliance is incompatible with the also rather high demands of Aurora as a network. We can only respect their decision and wish them well – as they have wished Aurora well. We all continue to share our commitment to the matching of Academic Excellence with Societal Relevance.
We can also congratulate the University of Antwerp with their participation in a successful European Universities proposal. Antwerp is still fully committed to both their Aurora membership and their European Universities alliance; so we doubly congratulate Antwerp: with their successful proposal and with their continued membership of Aurora.
Meanwhile, we continue with our intense efforts for the Aurora-flavoured European Universities proposal which we hope to submit in response to the 2nd Call for Proposals expected to come out this October.
David Richardson, President of Aurora and president of the University of East Anglia.