Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia and Aurora President David Richardson celebrates the 4th birthday of Aurora. He reflects in a personal note on how far we have come as a network and alliance of European universities.
Much has developed across the Aurora European partnerships since the Network inception in 2016 and in the three years since UEA hosted the third bi-annual when I took over the role as Network President. It felt only right, therefore, that I should say a few words in celebration of our 4th birthday this month, on 21st October to be precise!
The focus of our collaborations continue to deepen and expand, and it’s so exciting as Vice-Chancellor of one of the originating universities to see how these partnerships have developed over a relatively short time.
Highlights for me include visiting our partners’ campuses, meeting and chatting with staff and students about their interests in Aurora and the exciting initiatives on which we’re collaborating, building an inclusive university community. And it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t mention this year’s acceptance by the European Commission of the Aurora European University Alliance programme, an initiative to lead the way to European universities and university education that contribute to a Europe of prosperity and well-being.
At the heart of everything we do, of course, is our students. And so I’m delighted to celebrate our birthday by announcing the latest of the Aurora Student Councils’ initiatives. The Aurora Student Champions Scheme gives our collective student community opportunities to get involved in the heart of the very ethos for which we unite, working collectively with other Aurora students, and staff, on themes that matter to Aurora.
I’d like to say thank you to everyone across all the partner universities who have contributed to the outstanding achievements of the past four years, and congratulate us on this successful partnership, today and for many, many years to come.
Happy 4th Birthday Aurora, happy birthday to us all.