Rectors' Council

University of Granada

Pilar Aranda Ramírez

Dr Pilar Aranda Ramírez is a full professor of Physiology at the University of Granada. She has occupied the posts of founding director of the Student Agency and Vice Rector for Student Affairs at the University of Granada, Executive Secretary of the Euro-Arab Foundation for Advanced Studies and Executive Secretary of the Regional Research Plan for Andalusia. She has been Rector of the University of Granada since June 2015 and is currently also Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Health Sciences Technology Park of Granada. She was Vice-President of the Spanish Rectors’ Conference from November 2017 to May 2019

University of Bergen

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Margareth Hagen

Margareth Hagen was appointed rector at the University of Bergen on January 7, 2021. Prior to this she was pro-rector from 2017 to 2021. In her role as pro-rector she had a particular responsibility towards research, ph.d.-programmes, and research ethics.

In the spring of 2021, Hagen was elected Rector for the next four-year period from August 2021 to August 2025.

Margareth Hagen is Professor of Italian Literature. Hagen has broad organizational and managerial experience from UiB. She has been Head of Research at the Department of Foreign Languages and has, further, led the Equality Committee at UiB. She was until 31.07.2017 Dean of the Faculty of Humanities.

University of Graz

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Rector Martin Polaschek

Rector Martin Polaschek was born in 1965. After completing his studies in law, he obtained his habilitation qualification in 2000 in the area of Austrian and European legal history. From 2003 to 2019, he served as the Vice-Rector for Studies and Teaching at the University of Graz. His academic focus is in the area of post-war justice.

“In today’s times of increasing uncertainty, thanks to “fake news”, universities have an increasingly vital responsibility to play a formative role in knowledge transfer, and to show that there is never just one single version of truth. Arqus will help us to meet these aspirations and to extend our commitment to the highest quality standards. Our comprehensive cooperation and engagement across many different fields is also an excellent example of democracy in action in Europe.”

Leipzig University

Beate A. Schücking

Professor Beate A. Schücking is the Rector of Leipzig University. She is the head of the University and represents itexternally. As chair of the Rectorate, she decides on its regulations and dealswith the orientation of research and teaching as well as the implementation ofSenate resolutions.

"With Arqus, Leipzig University sets forth to work with six internationally renowned partneruniversities in an intense exchange of ideas and views in order to achieve thegoals of higher education development. I believe that when more people canbring in their different perspectives, we can then have a more accurate pictureand gain more comprehensive knowledge."

Université de Lyon

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Khaled Bouabdallah

University professor, economist, KhaledBouabdallah is a specialist in labor market microeconomics and territorialeconomic development. He was head of the Higher Institute for Economy,Administration and Management (IAE Saint-Étienne) from 2003 to 2006, as well asthe technological research team on “territorial engineering”, from 2001 to 2010.

President of the Université Jean-Monnetfrom 2007 to 2015, he was at the same time re-elected Vice-President of the CPU (Conference of university presidents)till 2018.

Representative of the CPU on the board of directors for Campus France, he is also a member of the AUF (Francophone University Association) board of directors, and of the supervisory committee for the law on the reform of the French public school system.

Since July 2015, Khaled Bouabdallah has been President of the Université de Lyon, the second most importantscientific hub in France, that encompasses universities, prestigious highereducation institutions and research bodies in Lyon and Saint-Étienne site andis composed of 12 member institutions and several associated institutions. Honors: Knight of the FrenchNational Order of Merit, Knight of the French Legion of Honor.

University of Padua

Rosario Rizzuto

Rosario Rizzuto, MD PhD, is Professor of General Pathology. He was Director of the Department of BiomedicalSciences and member of the University Senate of the University of Padua(Italy). He was elected as the University's Rector on October 1st 2015. He willbe part of the Coimbra Group Rectors’ Advisory Group until 2021.

"The University of Padua is excited and proud to be partof this project. It is a supremely important development, whose aims we fullyshare, allowing us to plan with our partners the future of EuropeanUniversities and, more in general, of European society".

Vilnius University

Rimvydas Petrauskas

Rector of Vilnius University. He is a professor of History, specialized in Political and Social History of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. R. Petrauskas was a Dean of the Faculty of History at Vilnius University during the period of 2012-2020. In April 2020 he became the Rector. He is a full member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, President of the Lithuanian National Committee of Historians, a member of several international academic organizations and a member of the editorial boards of ten scientific journals.