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1 Meet the University of the Greater Region. Together for the Europe of tomorrow… Bucharest, 26 th October 2011

2 Programme 11:30 How to create a European consortium of universities : best practices and governance structures by Prof. Dr. Volker Linneweber, President of Saarland University Best practices in double-degree Masters and PhDs by Prof. Dr. Rolf Tarrach, President of the University of Luxembourg How to create joint research projects with Romanian partners through exchange of young researchers and post-docs by Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Finance, President of the University Henri Poincaré (Nancy I) Closing Speech by Prof. Dr. Bernard Rentier, Rector of the University of Liège Seite/Page 2 11:00 Introduction by Conf. Univ. Dr. Mireille Radoi, General Director of the Central University Library of Bucharest Welcoming speech by Prof. Dr. Ioan Panzaru, Rector of the University of Bucharest 11:10 Presentation of the University of the Greater Region consortium by Prof. Dr. Michael Jäckel, President of the University of Trier and Prof. Dr. Helmut J. Schmidt, President of the University of Kaiserslautern

3 The University of the Greater Region Presentation of the consortium Bucharest, 26th October 2011

4 The Greater Region: A cross-border region in the heart of Europe 3 languages, 4 countries Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany the Belgian Walloon region with its French and German speaking communities the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg the French region of Lorraine A historical and cosmopolitan area A European crossroad of economic, political and cultural life 4

5 Germany Saarland University University of Trier University of Kaiserslautern Belgium University of Liège Luxembourg University of Luxembourg France Universities of Metz and Nancy (= University of Lorraine) The University of the Greater Region: Members of the University Consortium 5

6 The University of the Greater Region: A single higher education area for the future University of the Greater Region 7 universities students academic and research staff Teaching and research languages: French, German, English 6

7 The consortium promotes the higher education, research and innovation area of the Greater Region by improving mobility among students, researchers and administrative staff inter-connecting and creating joint study programmes close cooperation and joint efforts in doctoral education and cross- border research sharing information with other higher education institutes of the Greater Region for cooperation and best practice maintaining widespread international relations 7 The University of the Greater Region: Profile

8 GOVERNANCE MOBILITY OPENING EDUCATION RESEARCH international appeal cooperation in research students researchers cross-border studies recognition transports non-academic staff UniGR common higher education & research area libraries doctoral studies partnerships 8

9 9 The University of the Greater Region: What are the students benefits? coverage of a wide range of fields of study good support, small study groups and modern technical equipment high level of internationality and mobility: cross-border studies, numerous double degrees with international partner universities, European and international research programmes intercultural experience historical consciousness openness

10 Saarland Univ. Univ. of Liège Univ. of Luxembourg University of Lorraine Univ. of Kaiserslautern Univ. of Trier Education (Teacher training etc.) XXXXXX Humanities & Arts XXXXX Social Sciences, Business & Law XXXXXX Science (Life, Physical, Computing, Mathematics) XXXXXX Engineering, Manufacturing & Construction XXXXX Agriculture, Veterinary XX Health & Welfare (Medicine etc.) XXX 10 The University of the Greater Region: Areas of Study

11 How to create a European consortium of universities: best practices and governance structures Prof. Dr. Volker Linneweber Best practices in double-degree Masters and PhDs Prof. Dr. Rolf Tarrach How to create joint research projects with Romanian partners through exchange of young researchers and post-docs Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Finance Closing speech Prof. Dr. Bernard Rentier 11 The University of the Greater Region: Possibilities for cooperation with the UGR Consortium

12 How to create a European consortium of universities: best practices and governance structures Prof. Dr. Volker Linneweber, President of Saarland University

13 University of the Greater Region How to create a European, cross-border higher education and research area Key questions for a governance strategy: What do we decide to share? Who has to be involved and how?

14 Module 1: GOVERNANCE (Saarbrücken/Liège) Module 2: MOBILITY (Luxembourg/ Metz) Module 5 : OPENING (Liège/Nancy) Module 3: EDUCATION (Metz/Saarbrücken) Module 4: RESEARCH(Nancy/Luxembourg) UGR Cross-border higher education & research area Activities – covering all university key areas

15 Advisory Students Council Students representatives of each university UGR operational level Project officers at each university Experts committees UGR Steering Committee Vice-presidents / university representatives in charge of the project UGR Council University presidents + political stakeholders Working groups Pilot Activities Governance structure

16 Governance structure – involving all university levels (administrative and academic) Council: University presidents and political stakeholders Steering Committee: vice presidents Students Council: Students Experts Committees: University Administration Pilot activities: Scientists, professors, lecturers

17 MODULE 1 – GOVERNANCE Main results and best practices Common strategies Networking Bottom-up cooperation Visibility and communication

18 MODULE 1 – GOVERNANCE Main results and best practices Strategic level: Developing common strategies Operational level: Setting up networks between the partner universities by creating experts committees and working groups. Supporting bottom-up cooperation: 19 pilot activities in teaching and research.

19 Main results and best practices: Studying UGR student status (complete realization until beginning of 2012): Access to the courses of the partner universities Access to the libraries, cafeterias and other university organizations and student services UGR mobility fund (complete realization until beginning of 2012): Financial support for students attending courses, conferences, etc. at the partner universities Student council initiative

20 Main results and best practices: Research Scientific cooperation: Thematic workshops networking (e.g. biotechnology, virology) Database research equipment Cross-border doctorate training: Workshops for PhD students (e.g. European Doctoriales)

21 Main results and best practices: Communication & visibility Internet portal Database containing all the courses on offer (to be published by the end of 2011) Information on partner universities UGR as part of communication strategy of each partner university Common marketing strategy and material

22 MODULE 1 – GOVERNANCE Perspectives: From a project to a university network EUA evaluation Reflection on future UGR network structure, possible creation of an EGTC (European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation)

23 Timing …2020… UGR Interreg Project + Extension UGR NETWORK

24 How to create a European consortium of universities: best practices and governance structures Prof. Dr. Volker Linneweber Best practices in double-degree Masters and PhDs Prof. Dr. Rolf Tarrach How to create joint research projects with Romanian partners through exchange of young researchers and post-docs Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Finance Closing speech Prof. Dr. Bernard Rentier 24 The University of the Greater Region: Possibilities for cooperation with the UGR Consortium

25 Best practices in double-degree Masters and PhDs Prof. Dr. Rolf Tarrach, President of the University of Luxembourg University of the Greater Region Bucharest, 26 th October 2011

26 Seite/Page 26 Double / Joint degrees What are the advantages of double / joint degrees? Why are they that desired? Are double degrees a current trend or an evolution of the higher education offer? What are the challenges? What about a stepwise increase of integration? >> our objective : integrated higher education area

27 Seite/Page 27 Levels of educational cooperation 1.Degrees with joint lectures/seminars >> informal cooperation 2.Degrees with mobility windows / integrated mobility and/or cooperation agreements >> Erasmus, UGR agreement 3.Integrated degrees >> double or triple degrees, joint degrees, Erasmus Mundus, Co-tutelles Level of integration >> our aim: support all levels and lead to high integration

28 Seite/Page 28 Deliverables to provide basis for cooperation in education Joint online educational offer database (in progress – end 2011) Comparative academic calendar UGR student status to facilitate mobility Mobility handbook (in progress – delivery April 2012) Mobility funds Network of university libraries Charta for the doctoral education and European doctorate label (in progress) Handbook for cooperation in education (in progress – delivery mid 2012)

29 Seite/Page 29 Way of working Involve administrative staff: create joint experts committees to analyse issues, and develop and implement sustainable and shared structures and procedures Support initiatives of academic staff: finance and advise pilot activities to analyse barriers, develop solutions and to identify best practices

30 Seite/Page 30 Identified best practices 1/2 FLEXIBILITY Flexibility in curricula Flexibility in recognition JOINT ADMINISTRATION Involvement of all stakeholders – from students to academic staff to central administration Joint administrative procedures Pro-active support and networking of administrative staff and academic staff

31 Seite/Page 31 Identified best practices 2/2 DISSEMINATION AND ONE-STOP-SHOP PRINCIPLE Visibility of education offer Global information source Pro-active internal promotion of added values related to integrated study offer Pro-active support and promotion of mobility >> our statement: promote unity while respecting diversity

32 Seite/Page 32 Motivations, challenges & perspectives The UGR cooperation in education offers >> infrastructure to support the development of integrated and broad educational offer at all levels >> best preparation for a global labour market >> simple procedures for smooth running of mobility Our next challenges >> enlarge curriculum offer >> increase level of integration >> open our collaborations to third countries >> remain pro-active and maintain the current dynamism

33 How to create a European consortium of universities: best practices and governance structures Prof. Dr. Volker Linneweber Best practices in double-degree Masters and PhDs Prof. Dr. Rolf Tarrach How to create joint research projects with Romanian partners through exchange of young researchers and post-docs Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Finance Closing speech Prof. Dr. Bernard Rentier 33 The University of the Greater Region: Possibilities for cooperation with the UGR Consortium

34 Seite/Page 34 How to create joint research projects with Romanian partners through exchange of young researchers and post-docs Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Finance President of Henri Poincaré University, Nancy Provisional President of Lorraine University

35 Seite/Page 35 UGR – Romanian universities : Why to create join research projects? International research projects interests: –To share knowledge –To add complementary skills –To mix the thinking and culture an good way to quickly produce new knowledge and to obtain excellent results

36 Seite/Page 36 What are the difficulties to implement such cooperation ? Integration in the scientific strategy of each partner Trust between partners Lots of travel Long or medium term stays in the partners institution. corresponding costs high availability of researchers

37 Seite/Page 37 Success conditions? Choice of topics of common interest Trust between partners of long-term partnerships and well negotiated (intellectual property,…) Financial capacity to support costs Human resources : motivated and high available researchers

38 Seite/Page 38 Qualities of young researchers? Availability (few family constrainsts) Openness to other cultures Motivation for a research experience abroad –that will enrich their resumes –that will improve their chances of obtaining sustainable and high-level employment in an university or in a large international company

39 Seite/Page 39 Involving young researchers in join projects In existing collaborative projects To create new joint projects : –In prospective projects by providing a missing knowledge –By join response to calls for proposals from various European programs

40 UGR offer Broad spectrum of research topics Possibility of integrating collaborative projects between UGR universities Access to high performance scientific equipments in all UGR universities No need to speak neither German nor French, researchers often work in English Various proposed positions with or without teaching activity : post-docs, visiting researcher-lecturer Installation assistance – Euraxess centers Seite/Page 40

41 Seite/Page 41 Exchange procedure Dissemination of research topics proposed in the partner Dissemination of information on the intentions of response to calls for proposals in European programs Dissemination of the available positions Selection of candidates by the home university Final selection by the host university

42 Conclusion UGR universities are open to exchange young researchers Romanian universities have been selected as preferred partner UGR universities are ready to discuss a procedure for the exchange to be integrated into a partnership agreement Seite/Page 42

43 How to create a European consortium of universities: best practices and governance structures Prof. Dr. Volker Linneweber Best practices in double-degree Masters and PhDs Prof. Dr. Rolf Tarrach How to create joint research projects with Romanian partners through exchange of young researchers and post-docs Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Finance Closing speech Prof. Dr. Bernard Rentier 43 The University of the Greater Region: Possibilities for cooperation with the UGR Consortium

44 As a conclusion…

45 We are… 7 universities students 4 countries, 5 regions, 2 languages (+ English) We share … A common history and similar development challenges A European higher education and research area An ability to build cross border activities

46 We decided to… Take advantage of our location to work on our similarities and differences Strenghten our universities in common teaching and research Search innovation in multilateral collaboration (based on bottom-up proposals) Contribute to the European knowledge area : be a European lab for university networks; be attractive as a European region; be a strong link with stakeholders

47 We would like to… Make the UGR consortium visible and attractive Explain that our best practices possess added-value : your university, your exchange students, your researchers Convince that the UGR facilitates collaboration and is a very good tool for long term relationships –Students profile –Collaboration between universities –Study structures

48 We offer… A shared experience in university networking Mobility within the consortium: –Erasmus studies + internships –doctoral education and multicultural experiences Experience in research and joint degree development Multicultural and European experience: languages, soft skills, partnerships within European consortia

49 Seite/Page 49 For further information please visit our website Thank you for your attention! Project supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), « INTERREG IVA Grande Région » Programme LUnion européenne investit dans votre avenir Die Europäische Union investiert in Ihre Zukunft


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