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Aurora and the European Universities Networks

The Aurora Universities Network has discussed the Call for proposals for European Universities Networks as part of the 2019 Erasmus+ programme.

Currently, five of the Aurora network members (the universities of Grenoble Alpes, VU Amsterdam, East Anglia, Aberdeen and Iceland) are working on a proposal for the second Call for proposals, expected in Fall 2019, together with a couple of non-Aurora universities (the Copenhagen Business School, Federico II in Naples). The core vision of the Aurora Universities Network is to match academic excellence with societal relevance, and this also underlies the intended EUN proposal.

In this context, the partners of the future alliance are in the process of constructing a European University centred around the theme of “Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation”, based on the full spectrum of activities of the university (education-research-innovation), with the aim to create added social value locally, nationally, and internationally. Within the alliance, they want to boost a set of pro-active skills, behaviours and mindset for students and staff aimed at transforming societies and economies while addressing global challenges (SDGs, H2020) figuring on the European agenda.

The partners are focused on a long-term strategy of internationalization committed to providing (i) innovative teaching with different expertise thanks to strong multi-lingual and multi-cultural settings, (ii) a cutting-edge research environment performing fundamental research and producing innovations with European added value.

To extend its comprehensiveness and relevance for the whole of Europe, the alliance is looking for an additional partner from Central-Eastern Europe who shares the set of values put forward and who would like to participate within the proposed project, fully committed to the priorities of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and the European Research Area (ERA). Any university interested in joining may contact us for further information.

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