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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 delivering Academic Value by developing academic character, embracing diversity and our orientation towards society.

Located at the VU Campus in the heart of the Amsterdam business district, the VU houses 10 faculties, has approximately 23.000 students of which 3.000 international students, 4.500 staff and offers around 70 international programmes. Our education and research are 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 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 Aberdeen

Since 1495 the University of Aberdeen has been open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others. We still have that purpose today. It defines our actions and underpins our ethos and our Aberdeen 2040 strategy. We achieve our purpose through excellence in our core activities of education and research, which transform the world around us. The combination of the rich heritage with a modern, 21st-century outlook attracts academics and students from across the world. Based in the cosmopolitan city of Aberdeen, we offer one of the largest medical campuses in Europe and the Sir Duncan Rice Library with its panoramic views across the golden beaches of the North Sea.

The University is ranked in the top 20 universities in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2022 and Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022) and in the top 160 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022). We are ranked 5th in the UK for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2021) and are in the global top 60 for positive impact on society (THE Impact Rankings 2021). The University is committed to being inclusive, interdisciplinary, international and sustainable. Our activities are focused on addressing five interdisciplinary challenges of our time: Energy Transition; Social Inclusion and Cultural Diversity; Environment and Biodiversity; Data and Artificial Intelligence; and Health, Nutrition and Wellbeing.

The University delivers programmes on a dedicated campus in Qatar in partnership with AFG College and has links with several other international networks and partners in Australia, China, North America and across the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the European University Association (EUA).

At the University of Aberdeen, Professor Karl Leydecker, Senior Vice-Principal ( is the Strategic Management lead and Dr Stephen Hill, Transnational Manager ( the Institutional Coordinator for Aurora.


University Federico II of Naples

Founded by the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire Frederick II in 1224, the University Federico II is the world’s oldest state-supported institution of Higher Education and Research. Based in Naples, the University is rooted in a challenging and lively socio-economic context and aims at bridging southern Italy to the global scientific community. The University Federico II committed to its public mission, and its laic and pluralistic vocation, supports the independence, openness and inclusivity of teaching, learning and research.

As a comprehensive public university, Federico II offers high-quality courses in all academic disciplines, at all levels, allowing its students to pursue both intellectual development and the acquisition of professional skills. Federico II is also committed to quality research, societal impact and community engagement. The development of interdisciplinary and innovative teaching, learning and research are, therefore, among its priorities.

At Federico II, fundamental and curiosity-driven research as well as applied and out-put oriented researchers are highly praised, placing the University among the most active Higher Education and Research Italian and European institutions.

At the University Federico II of Naples, Alessandro Arienzo ( 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.


Universität Innsbruck

Founded in 1669, Universität Innsbruck is the largest research and education institution in western Austria, with more than 27,000 students and 5,000 staff and faculty members. Located in the heart of the Alps, Universität Innsbruck is a research university comprising sixteen faculties and 81 departments. Its research activities are organised along with six main research areas, namely physics, mountain regions, cultural encounters – cultural conflicts, scientific computing, molecular biosciences and digital sciences. Furthermore, four interdisciplinary research platforms and 46 research centres shape our research profile, organised in a structure designed to promote inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration among our staff.

International higher education rankings regularly prove that Universität Innsbruck plays a distinguished role as an education and research institution in the European higher education area and enjoys an outstanding reputation in many fields of research. Universität Innsbruck strongly believes that the knowledge it generates is not only meant for the few but should benefit society as a whole.

At Universität Innsbruck, Thomas Baumgartner ( is the Institutional Coordinator for Aurora.