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U4 University Network makes up positive balance of 2014

26 November 2014

The seventh U4 Rector's Meeting took place at the Georg-August Universität Göttingen on 23 and 24 November 2014. During this annual meeting, the rector activities of the past year were evaluated and the strategy and agenda of the coming year were also established. U4 is the strategic partnership between Ghent University, the Georg-August University of Göttingen, Uppsala Universitet and the University of Groningen.

The Rector's Meeting is not just a meeting of 4 rectors. The managers of the partner universities, the cluster coordinators and student representatives are also invited to consult and plan future actions. Following the meeting, the 4 academic clusters and the cluster for institutional management presented their work-in-progress and their plans for 2015.

Significant progress

The balance of the meeting is that the U4 network has developed further and there is a significant progress. Specific examples are:

  • the 5th edition of the Antiquity Winter School
  • the collaboration The Aging Brain with 7 joint PhDs
  • the start of the second cycle of the Academic Leadership program
  • the mobility boost driven by the U4-DAAD project
  • the first successful sessions of the U4 peer review
  • the growing number of new bottom-up initiatives across the various clusters

Furthermore, an increasing number of U4 projects is exploring the possibilities of external financing under H2020. Particular attention was also given to the U4 Student Network.

The rectors also pushing for the continuation of these successful formats and encourage the search for valorisation through external project funding in national and European context. In this respect, the rectors will also involve research policy and the deans closely in the U4 network. Moreover, they encourage cooperation at the level of PhD and young researchers. The rectors signed a framework agreement to support initiatives at the level of PhD studies and cotutelles.

The next Rector's Meeting takes place in Uppsala on 15 and 16 November 2015.

Source: Ghent University

Last modified:29 January 2018 3.44 p.m.

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