The founding president of a new network of nine research universities in Europe says the member institutions are united by “the conviction that there is no trade-off between research excellence by global standards, broad access for students and an inclusive academic environment and societal impact in research, teaching and outreach.”
Jaap Winter, founding president of the Aurora Network, and the president of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, described plans to hold workshops and share practices across like-minded member institutions. “We found kindred spirits in our ambition, and we think we can learn a lot,” Winter said of the new network, which is being launched today.
All nine of the founding members of the network are part of different funding systems. In addition to Vrije, the eight other participating universities are: Université Grenoble-Alpes, in France, and the Universities of Aberdeen (in Scotland), Antwerp (in Belgium), Bergen (in Norway), Duisburg-Essen (in Germany), East Anglia (in England), Gothenburg (in Sweden) and Iceland.
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