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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The VU is a comprehensive research university, founded in 1880 and aims to contribute to a better world. A world in which justice, humanity, and responsibility for each other and for the world, are central. The VU is ambitious in scientific research and education and encourages free and open communication of ideas. Our university values academic freedom and independence. This independence is reflected in our name Vrije Universiteit; free from church, state and commercial interests. We are committed to deliver Academic Value by developing academic character, embracing diversity and our orientation towards society.

Located at the VU Campus Science Park in the heart of the Amsterdam business district, the VU houses 10 faculties, has approximately 23.000 student of which 3.000 international students, 4.500 staff and offers around 70 international programmes. Our education and research is clustered around four interdisciplinary research themes: Governance for Society, Human Health and Life Sciences, Connected World and Science for Sustainability.

At VU, Esmee Paques ( is the institutional coordinator for Aurora.


University of Iceland

The University of Iceland, founded in 1911, is a progressive comprehensive research university, situated in the heart of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Great emphasis is placed on strengthening research and educating young people, preparing them for taking an active part in society as well as making their mark on the global community. The University of Iceland is ranked no. 201-250 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Currently some 13,300 students are enrolled at the University, including over 1,100 international students. The University of Iceland comprises five schools and 25 faculties offering over four hundred different programmes of study in all major academic disciplines, The University employs a large number of highly qualified academics who are a part of a strong global network within the scientific community. Dynamic and extensive collaboration with research institutions and industry is an important factor in the University’s operations.

At the University of Iceland, Friðrika Harðardóttir ( is the institutional coordinator for Aurora.


University of Gothenburg

37 000 students and 6 000 employees make the University of Gothenburg a large and inspiring place to work and study, with a continuous flow of new knowledge and ideas. The University contributes to solutions to major societal problems. The research is at the highest international level. Just a few of those fields in which the University of Gothenburg’s researchers can compare with the best in the world include science, democracy, ageing and learning.

Broad and successful research and education, combined with a wide range of programmes and courses, attract a large number of students every year. The University’s students are educated in a close inter-relationship with research. They are encouraged to adopt innovative and critical thinking.

By being open to the outside world and by participating in public debate, the whole work of the University influences and contributes to the development of society.

At the University of Gothenburg, Karolina Catoni ( is the institutional coordinator for Aurora


University of East Anglia

A research-intensive university, the University of East Anglia (UEA) is ranked one of the United Kingdom’s top 15 universities, one of Europe’s top 100, and is also in the world’s top 100 for research excellence.

Located in the Norwich Research Park (NRP), UEA has 15,000 students (4,000 of them postgraduate) and 25 per cent of students are international. UEA shares the NRP with the research-intensive Institute of Food Research, the John Innes Centre, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the Earlham Institute and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Specialisms range from environment and climate change, to health and nutrition, exploring issues of family and child policy, economics and business through to creative writing.

The university’s interdisciplinary approach, and the international reach of its research, ensures it’s well placed to continue to address significant research questions and make a real impact on the world.

At the University of East Anglia, Richard Harvey ( is the institutional coordinator for Aurora.


University of Duisburg-Essen

Founded in 2003 by merger of two universities in the cities Duisburg and Essen, we are one of the youngest universities in Germany. Located at the heart of the Ruhr metropolis, our university is like our region: dynamic, ambitious, and ever changing.

In our eleven faculties and four interdisciplinary research clusters – Nano sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Urban Systems, and Transformation of Contemporary Societies – our scientists develop ideas with a future. We deliberately interlock research and teaching as closely as we can to promote exchange of knowledge and perspectives.

At our two campuses at Duisburg and Essen and our university medical center, you meet 42,000 students from more than 130 countries. We embrace diversity and strongly support exchange and collaboration, both regionally – as with our neighboring universities in the University Alliance Ruhr – and worldwide, as in the network Aurora, or with our more than 250 Erasmus partner universities.

At the University of Duisburg-Essen, Petra Günther ( is the institutional coordinator for Aurora.


University of Bergen

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university. Academic diversity and high quality are fundamental for us. We have six faculties at UiB and there are a total of 14,800 students at the university, around 1,550 of these are international students. The university has a staff of approximately 3,600 members. UiB is an international research university in which all activity is based on academic freedom and curiosity-driven research. Our mission is to contribute to society through our expertise acquired through excellent research, education, dissemination of knowledge and innovation. We have three prioritized areas: marine research, global social challenges and climate and energy re-adaptation. In the years to come we will establish knowledge clusters, based on interdisciplinary collaboration, as one of several working methods by which we can reach UiB’s goal to develop outstanding research and education environments of excellence.

At the University of Bergen, Oddrun Samdal ( and Björn-Einar Aas ( are the institutional coordinators for Aurora.


University of Antwerp

The University of Antwerp is a young, dynamic, internationally renowned research university, with almost 22.000 students and more than 5.000 staff members in 9 faculties and various specialized institutes, ranging across all major disciplines. It has a particularly strong expertise in the following 9 key areas of research: Harbour, Transport and Logistics; Imaging; Neurosciences; Infectious Diseases; Drug Discovery and Development; Materials Characterization; Ecology and Sustainable Development; Urban History and Contemporary Urban Policy; Social Economic Policy and Organisation.

The University of Antwerp is ranked 10th in the QS worldwide ranking of young research universities, “Top 50 under 50”. Internationalization of education and scientific research is seen as a key condition for achieving quality and relevance in today’s globalized society. International collaboration is therefore a strategic priority for the University of Antwerp. A strong relationship with partner institutions in the Netherlands is of particular importance for the University of Antwerp.

At the University of Antwerp, Piet van Hove ( and Willem Bruyndonx ( are the institutional coordinators for Aurora.


University of Aberdeen

Established in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest in the UK and is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities.

Located in Europe’s oil and gas capital, the University is renowned for its world-leading research in health, energy, food and nutrition and environmental and biological sciences. The institution is also a cultural leader in the north-east, Scotland and beyond and has an outstanding track-record for arts and humanities research. A total of 76% of Aberdeen’s research was judged ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ through the UK’s most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

With a community of students and staff covering 120 nationalities, the University of Aberdeen has a global outlook and reach, and in 2016 was ranked by Times Higher Education in the top 40 of the world’s 200 ‘most international universities’, making it the second highest Scottish university to be included in the rankings.

In July 2016 the University was named among the top five universities in the UK for graduate employment with 96.6%.

At the University of Aberdeen, Richard Wells ( is the institutional coordinator for Aurora.


Université Grenoble-Alpes

A public university offering high-quality training in all disciplines, the UGA is located in Grenoble: a center of innovation in the French Alps. Particularly strong in the sciences and technology, the UGA has developed a number of innovative masters programs to meet the needs of today’s job market: programs in international business, new technologies, economic development and international law and human rights prepare students to meet the challenges of an increasingly globalized world. We also offer nearly 50 degree programs taught in English.

The UGA enjoys strong ties to Grenoble’s thriving international business community and large-scale research centers; our practical research and new technologies make us the 28th most innovative university in Europe. Visiting researchers and international students contribute to Grenoble’s international, cosmopolitan culture. The UGA also benefits from an incomparable alpine setting and a lively cultural and social life.

A public university, the UGA is also committed to equality and accessibility, providing specific services to publics with special needs, such as handicapped students and personnel, international students and staff, and refugees.

At the Université Grenoble Alpes, Jérôme Gensel ( and Sabine Sainte-Rose ( are the institutional coordinators for Aurora.


Universitat Rovira i Virgili

The Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) was created in 1991 by the Parliament of Catalonia. From the very first day, the university’s aim has been apparent: to place knowledge at the service of society to contribute to the social and economic development of the surrounding area, as it gradually transforms over time.

Located approximately 100 km south-west of Barcelona on the Mediterranean coast of Catalonia, the URV trains future professionals under the precepts of European harmonization, as a way of opening doors to a world of work without frontiers. With this aim, we currently provide over 130 different programmes of study in all areas of knowledge and at all levels, courses which are now enjoyed by over 14,000 students, with 34% of our 2,700 postgraduate students being international. The university has a staff of 2,900 members.

The special emphasis that the URV places on research allows it to play a leading role in regional development, especially in those areas that are closely linked to the region’s economic strengths: namely, Chemistry, Energy and New Materials, Nutrition and Health, Wine-making, Tourism, Housing, Heritage and Culture, ICT & Digital Economy.

At the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) , Marina Casals ( is the Institutional Coordinator for Aurora.