Rectors' Council


Pilar Aranda Ramírez


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Dag Rune Olsen

Rector Dag Rune Olsen is a Professor of Medical Physics specializing in cancer and radiation research, and elected Rector of the University of Bergen since 2013. He is also chair of Universities Norway (UHR), the national association of universities.

"As a university, we have a responsibility to contribute to social development andto educate good fellow citizens, who also take the initiative to shape thesociety of the future. We want to collaborate with other European universitieswhere we find congruent ambitions and values, and with emphasis onstudent-active forms of learning. We have found this in Arqus."  Oddrun Samdal.

University of Graz

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Christa Neuper

Christa Neuper began her academic career at Graz University of Technology. Later she became Professor of “Applied Neuropsychology: Interface Man-Computer” at the University of Graz, headed the Department of Psychology and coordinated the “Styrian Brain Research Initiative INGE-St” research platform. Christa Neuper has been Rector of the University of Graz since 1 October 2011.

"The Arqus consortium provides our universities with a wide range of possibilities to break new ground together and to develop and expand on the basis of our complementarity and our strengths. By following the vision of creating a shared inter-university campus across borders, we offer the members of our universities new options to experience an international (European) dimension in their daily work. By intensifying our cooperation, we want to explore new formats and frameworks which would allow seamless mobility in the future and we want to generate new ideas to enhance cooperation and thus raise the quality in education, research and university administration."


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Beate A. Schücking

Professor Beate A. Schücking is the Rector ofLeipzig 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."


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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.


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

Arturas Zukauskas
Arturas Zukauskas

Rector of Vilnius University, with previous experience as Director of Institute of Applied Sciences, Head of Semiconductor Optoelectronics Division, acts as a member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences and a President of the Board of the Association of Advanced Lighting Technologies Developers. Previously a visiting researcher at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, United States.

Rector of Vilnius University elected in 2015 and since 1980s pursued an academic career at Vilnius University. Had an extensive, of more than 35 years, experience as Senior Researcher and Associate Professor. Previously a visiting researcher at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, United States.

Other experience includes positions as Director of Institute of Applied Sciences (10 years) and Head of Semiconductor Optoelectronics Division (3 years), acts as a member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences and a President of the Board of the Association of Advanced Lighting Technologies Developers, re-elected for second time as President of Lithuanian University Rector’s Conference, is a member of numerous science societies and boards.

Well known academic in Physics, awarded for Lithuanian science prize, IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award, Lithuanian National Award of Advancement in Science and another prestigious awards. The main academic interests are LED application in lighting optical properties of semiconductor materials and structures, applications of light-emitting diodes in lighting and measurements. He has published more than 270 scientific articles, patented 10 inventions.