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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…

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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…

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Arqus holds the first meeting of the Arqus PhD Council

On June 30th, the first virtual meeting of the Arqus PhD Council took place, which was organized by the University of Graz as part of the Arqus Action Line 6 "Research Support and Early Stage Researcher Development".

The aim of the PhD Council is to enhance and intensify the collaboration in the field of doctoral training within the Alliance and to explore the possibility of the creation of an Arqus Graduate School.

At this first meeting, the PhD Council, consisting of scientists and experts in the field of doctoral education, discussed best practice examples in the training of doctoral students at the seven Arqus universities as well as institutional strategies for a successful…

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One year since Arqus was selected as one of the first European University Alliances

On the 26th of June of 2019, the European Commission announced the first 17 alliances of the European Universities Initiative funded by the Erasmus+ programme.

This initiative was proposed by the European Commission in 2017, calling for the emergence of at least 20 European universities by 2024 as part of the push towards establishing a European Education Area by 2025.

It is foreseen that there will be a further 24 alliances joining the 17 from the first call, which will make a total of 41 pilot alliances in place that will work on enhancing the quality and attractiveness of European higher education and boosting cooperation between institutions, their students and staff.

We are extremely happy to be part of this initiative and will continue working on testing…

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Arqus starts its International Soft Landing for Young Entrepreneurs (ISLYE) programme

During this week, a series of webinars on Business culture of the different Arqus cities and countries are taking place for student-entrepreneurs of all Arqus institutions and partner incubators.

Arqus Action Line 5, Entrepreneurial University and Regional Engagement, led by the Université de Lyon, has the objectives of stimulating entrepreneurial mind-set and creativity, reinforcing regional engagement and building on complementary strengths and cross-sectoral collaborations.

As part of its planned activities, the International Soft Landing for Young Entrepreneurs (ISLYE) programme has been designed to offer international mobility opportunities between Arqus cities to student…

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Arqus celebrates the LGBT Pride Day by temporarily changing its official logo.

On the occasion of the LGBT Pride Day that is celebrated on June 28, Arqus has temporarily modified its official logo on social networks to show the support of the Alliance to the LGBT community, supporting the defense of their rights and the demand for equality in all those countries in which this community is not yet respected and treated equally.

In addition, Arqus has proposed to the members of the Alliance to do the same, contributing our grain of sand to temporarily more colorful social networks that give visibility to the LGBT community and thus showing our support for their fundamental rights and freedom. The first one to start this initiative was the University of Bergen, who changed its logo on Instagram at the beginning of June and will show its support to the LGBT…

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Arqus participates in the 6th Day of Teaching and Learning organized by Leipzig University

The Day of Teaching and Learning takes place every year in Leipzig. It gives a great opportunity for students, lecturers and staff not only from Leipzig University but also from all higher education institutions in Leipzig to exchange about the issues in teaching and learning.

This year the event has become very international with the participation of international guests as well as due to its virtual format. On the 24th of June, international lecturers and students will be coming together in a virtual space to present new ideas on digital learning or future-oriented teaching scenarios.

Arqus will be highly involved in this Day. The Alliance Coordinator, Dorothy Kelly, will present a “Reflection of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the…