Arqus European Day of Languages

Happy European Day of Languages!

Today Arqus is celebrating the European Day of Languages. By focusing on the advancement of multilingual and multicultural universities, the seven partner universities of the Arqus European University Alliance are united in their commitment to promote linguistic and cultural diversity.

This commitment has been shown through numerous activities which the Alliance has been able to carry out despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of this include the development of eLearning material for language learning, various workshops – for both students and colleagues – on language and intercultural competence, as well as the collective work on a common certification system. A bilateral exchange between Leipzig and Granada has been particularly fruitful. At this virtual…

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Vilnius University awards Emmanuel Macron the title of Doctor Honoris Causa for the idea of creating the European Universities Initiative

Next Tuesday, 29th of September, Vilnius University will award the Presidence of France, Emmanuel Macron, the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the University.

The Arqus European University Alliance would not be a reality if the European Universities Initiative did not exist. And it all started when Mr Macron first made such a proposal in his famous speech at the University of Sorbonne, in Paris, in 2017. That speech became the framework for the vision of the Gothenburg Summit of EU leaders in the area of education and culture.

In its December 2017 Conclusions, the European Council called on Member States, the Council and the Commission to take forward a number of initiatives that included '…strengthening strategic partnerships across the EU between higher education…

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Arqus creates a pathfinder group on the future of mobility

The new pathfinder group will explore how to maximize the benefits of mobility of students and staff in the changing context of the new decade. Thus, the experts will discuss issues such as sustainability, digitalization, inclusion and quality learning among many others.

The crisis caused by COVID-19 is testing many aspects of higher education systems. One of them is mobility, which is deeply debated and questioned at a time when it seems unlikely that we will be able to travel between countries freely and without concern.

Mobility is changing, and this time for good. It is becoming evident that mobility will not be business as usual anymore. After over 30 years of Erasmus, the creation of a new set of European University Alliances, the necessary sustainability…

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Arqus opens the first call for applications for mentoring stays.

High quality mentoring of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers is one of the main objectives of the Arqus career development scheme. To this end, Arqus opens the first call for supporting mentoring stays of 3 days at one of the Arqus partner universities, for 4 to 5 doctoral/postdoctoral researchers, that will have personal mentoring sessions with experienced researchers and learn more about their research environment.

The funding of this call will be maximum € 1.000 per person, to cover the expenses of a 3-day stay plus 2 travel days.

The stay may consist of personal meetings with the research team of the mentor (doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, other experienced researchers), a presentation of the PhD/postdoc project (e.g. in a research seminar…

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Arqus holds its first virtual workshop for teachers of German as a foreign language

For every lesson, but especially for teaching (in) a foreign language, clear and correct pronunciation is a prerequisite for success. "Research studies on the effects of speaking have shown that the better the pronunciation, the more competent you will be rated by the listeners," explains Leonore Spiegel, the phonetics trainer of this workshop on how to teach pronunciation in German as a foreign language (DaF).

Leonore has spent more than six years focusing on phonetics, phonetics training, working with German learners and, in particular, the further education and training of teachers in the field of phonetics in German as a foreign or second language.

In this workshop, organised by Leipzig University, Leonore Spiegel used a variety of practical exercises to share her…

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Arqus universities have received more than €4.5M for COVID-19 related research projects

The universities of Bergen, Granada, Leipzig, Lyon and Vilnius have received more than €4.5M for research on COVID-19, whereas Graz and Padua have launched fundraising campaigns to support COVID-19 research projects.

It has been nearly 5 months since the pandemic hit Europe back in March and researchers from all over the world are working against the clock to develop a vaccine and to try to understand how the virus works in order to find the best drugs to beat it.

The Arqus universities have been fully committed to helping with the COVID-19 pandemic since the very beginning, offering their staff, materials and premises to help in the diagnosis of possible infections and in the management of the crisis.

After some months, the first funding has started to arrive…

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The Arqus European University Alliance awarded €2 million in the H2020 call for support for the Research and Innovation Dimension of European Universities

Through this project, Arqus aims to enhance the research and innovation dimension of the Alliance’s activities and to address current global societal challenges through intensified joint research characterised by the pursuit of excellence, openness, transparency and effective engagement with society.

We are very happy to announce that the Arqus Alliance has been awarded €2M for a 3-year period to foster the partners’ cooperation in research and innovation. Based on the analysis of existing strengths, prior cooperation and shared strategic research interests, the Alliance will focus on the fields of Artificial Intelligence/Digital Transformation and Green Deal/Climate Change as transversal priority areas for enhanced research collaboration, characterised by their…

ISLYE call for applications 2020-21

Arqus opens the call for the ISLYE (International Soft Landing for Young Entrepreneurs) applications 2020-21

After the webinars on the different business cultures that took place at the end of June, Arqus opens the call for applications for the Arqus ISLYE (international mobility for young entrepreneurs) programme for student entrepreneurs, which aims to offer international mobility opportunities between incubators (in collaboration with higher education institutions), to student entrepreneurs through partnerships based on the principle of reciprocity, in order to support them in the development of their internationalisation strategy.

All services and resources offered to incoming student entrepreneurs from partner incubators are offered free of cost.

Programme objective

Experiencing an international…

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Arqus is preparing its Virtual Company Creation Challenge

The Arqus “Entrepreneurial University and Regional Engagement” Action Line is preparing the 2020 Virtual Company Creation Challenge European Finals.

Each partner university will select its best student team from their local programmes to participate in the common European finals on the 27th of October in Bergen. Given the current sanitary situation, the 2020 finals will take place virtually.

This challenge encourages students who are already involved in entrepreneurship to learn how to implement practical tools and the know-how that they will have learnt through their local programmes on entrepreneurship.

Together with a local mentor, they will work on their project and…


Arqus opens the second round of calls for Research Exchange Stays and Networking Site Visits

These programmes are addressed to PhD students, postgraduate students, early stage researchers, senior researchers and professors of the 7 universities that form the Alliance.

Among other activities, Arqus is meant to support research stays at one of the Arqus partner universities by funding travel expenses and providing opportunities for further intensified cooperation with the host university. It is also meant to support joint doctoral training within the group of partner universities by enabling site visits and joint activities.

This call offers 2 types of stay…