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Aurora European University Alliance Programme Accepted

Proud and happy we announce that the Aurora European University Alliance programme has been accepted by the European Commission.

The Aurora Alliance has been selected as one of the now 41 European University initiatives supported through the Erasmus+ programme to lead the way to a European Higher Education and Research sector that contributes to a Europe of prosperity and well-being.

The Aurora Alliance stems from the Aurora Universities Network. Originally formed in 2016, Aurora is a network of research-intensive universities deeply committed to the social impact of our activities, and with a history of engagement with our communities. The Aurora Alliance consists out of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, University of East Anglia, University of Iceland, University Duisburg-Essen, University Rovira I Virgili, University of Naples, University of Innsbruck, Copenhagen Business School, and Palacky University in Olomouc. The Alliance has a number of associate partners, four of those are universities in Central and Eastern Europe.

Aurora President Prof David Richardson is extremely delighted with this news. Mr Richardson says that universities are here to serve society and therefore they have to be socially inclusive. Aurora is a socially inclusive network. It has exciting ideas on how to deliver relevant inclusive curricula for the future.

Aurora Board member and Vrije Universiteit President Mirjam van Praag shares her gratitude as the Aurora Alliance receives the European Universities Alliance Grant. She says that the Aurora Alliance can now start building programs based on social entrepreneurship and apply it to societal relevant topics.

Callum Perry, Aurora Student President, finds Aurora to be remarkable and is honoured to be part of such a grand network of students and staff. The crux of Aurora lies in that Aurora doesn’t ask what society can do for universities but what universities can do for societies. Please watch his video testimonial below:

We are looking forward to implementing and executing our strategy in the coming months to kick-off the Aurora Alliance Programme.

For further information please contact Aurora secretary-general Kees Kouwenaar: kees.kouwenaar@aurora-network.global (email) +31 6 5111 9635 (phone). Please access our press release and visual materials below.

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