YUFE Alliance launches the Virtual Campus

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Although the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced our traditional everyday education and facilitated the creation of mini virtual campi in almost every country, the YUFE Alliance has actively been working on developing the very first version of the YUFE Virtual Campus, a first building block of a unique and interactive virtual environment that contains information for all YUFE community members.

It functions as the interactive red thread of our Alliance, bringing together all YUFE activities in a personalised digital environment, thus pursuing its goal of promoting accessible international education, mobility, multilingualism, and university-citizens communities solving European challenges.

The YUFE Virtual Campus, officially launching on Monday 23 November 2020, will be the ‘home’ of the YUFE Student Portal, which will enable students from different European countries and of different backgrounds to enroll in courses from other YUFE universities.

The Student Portal will provide students all the necessary information about the application process. YUFE Student Portal is only the first of several portals that will address other stakeholder groups and areas of activity of YUFE.

The YUFE Virtual Campus will allow the students (and shortly teaching and non-teaching staff as well as citizens) to ‘travel around Europe’ and visit 10 universities in 10 different European countries, and do all they can to continue benefitting from and contribute to building our European University.

ErasmusJobs: Bridging the skills gap for the Erasmus Generation

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Participating in a mobility experience increases the long term employability of students. (Erasmus Impact Study 2014). However, at the same time, youth in Europe is facing huge challenges to find a job right after graduation due to the challenging labour market and the lack of skills and working experience. For employers, a mobility experience is generally considered an asset as 64% believe international experience is important, but eventually, the obtained transversal skills and knowledge are the aspects that matter the most (92%). Why are the skills gained through a mobility experience not clear and why does this lack of recognition still exist?

In response to this, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is launching ErasmusJobs, an Erasmus+ KA2 project, to bridge the skills gap for the Erasmus Generation. The project is a collaborative cross-European partnership between ESN, Masaryk University, LEO-NET, UNIVERSIDAD DE ALCALA, European Institute for Industrial Leadership, UNIVERSITE DE MONS, European University Foundation, Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata” and Expertise in Labour Mobility B.V.


From Education to Labour Market

ErasmusJobs project aims to bridge the skills gap and enhance the transition from education to the labour market. Building on the core principle that a mobility experience reduces long-term unemployment, the project aims to clearly identify the skills gained during a stay abroad and make those more understandable by employers. In order to achieve that, ErasmusJobs brings together many stakeholders to ensure a future of employable Erasmus+ alumni.

The project aims to identify the obtained skills and translate these to the CV and labour market. It aims to create tools to identify such skills and work on the recognition of skills with employers and the industry, to create understanding. Finally, the project intends to create a common understanding of how these skills can be mapped and raise awareness among employers.

Building on that, the project will create a platform for all involved stakeholders to advertise, recognise and recruit for specific transversal key competences. The platform, similar to ErasmusIntern.org, will help Erasmus+ Alumni to better advertise skills gained through a mobility experience, volunteering, or other non-formal learning.

Training Toolkit and Best Practices

Further aiming to increase the impact, the project will implement a training toolkit for the various stakeholders involved. The toolkit will further ensure that students are aware of their skills, raise awareness in the industry, support career offices and promote the various outcomes of the project through training content.

Finally, the ErasmusJobs project will work to translate all the outcomes of the research, competency profile and skills mapping, to easily understand and implement best practices. A final conference will be organized in Brussels to launch the Job platform of the Erasmus Generation. Several trainings for university staff will be organised, to equip them with the knowledge on how to identify and promote the skills gained by university students through informal learning.

Call for Application: Venice International University

Call for Application: Venice International University

Tor Vergata University of Rome has joined the Venice International University network in 2016. This prestigious outcome allows our university to expand even further our offer for international studies to our students within the Undergraduate and Graduate courses (Laurea triennale, Laurea magistrale and Laurea a ciclo unico), allowing them to complete their curricular track in Rome with a residential international experience in Venice.


Globalization Program

Students will be able to study for one semester with classmates coming from 17 other prestigious Universities of the world, learning about interdisciplinary issues taught into the Globalization Program.

The call for the Spring 2020 Semester is now available and you can apply now by filling the Pre-registration form. The Venice International University will evaluate the applications on a curricular base and select students from Tor Vergata and from the other partner Universities.


Scholarships

While access to VIU is free of charge Tor Vergata students, living expenses (room and board) are not. Deserving students may receive scholarships from VIU for their 15 weeks stay in Venice (read more and apply).

Moreover, students admitted by VIU may receive from Tor Vergata a scholarship (the amount granted will be equal to 250 euro per month, 1000 euro for the four months in San Servolo).

Please ask for information about scholarship writing to Mrs. Chiara Tranquilli at chiara.tranquilli@uniroma2.it.


Admission Requirements

Please read carefully the information in following link in order to fill your pre-registration form and learn about deadlines and procedures:


Info & Contacts

Once admitted to the Globalization Program, the student will have to contact Mrs. Chiara Tranquilli via email to receive instructions and information about how to fill out the Learning Agreement.

Exams not taken within the Learning Agreement will not be considered for the academic career at the Tor Vergata University of Rome.

YUFE, funded and ready to launch

YUFE, funded and ready to launch

The Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) is chosen to create one of the very first ‘European Universities’.

Professor Martin Paul, Chair of the YUFE alliance and President of Maastricht University, which leads the consortium, said:

“Our alliance, including eight young universities, will bring a radical change in European Higher Education by establishing itself as the leading model of a young, student centred, non-elitist, open and inclusive European University. A unique ecosystem linking universities to communities, YUFE will be based on cooperation between higher education institutions, the public and private sector and citizens across Europe.”

Management Consulting Summer School for Yerun students

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On Sunday June 30th 2019 students from 10 YERUN network universities (Antwerp, Autonoma De Madrid, Bremen, Carlos III, Essex, Konstanz, Maastricht, Nova Lisboa and Southern Denmark) started an intensive week of summer school dedicated to the Management Consulting in the Digital Age.

Consultants from important companies such as SAP, Reply, Deloitte, McKinseyAccenture and NTT Data were involved during this week throughout presentations and discussions with students.


Digital Transformation Processes

The course focused on five business cases in five days dealing with how digital technologies (mainly Social Media, Mobile technologies, Advanced Analytics/AU, Blockchain and IoT/Cloud) are enabling business models innovation as well as business process redesign in the areas of Strategy, Marketing & Sales and Supply Chain.

Every day summer school participants, after an initial class on the topic,  worked in team on the business case and during the afternoon they presented their analysis to a senior consultant.

This was the third  edition of this summer programme which offers participants a great opportunity to deepen their knowledge on digital transformation processes as well as to get exposed to leading consulting/IT companies in terms of simulation of the working environment and recruitment opportunities.

🔎 About Yerun

Yerun is a network of 18 young European research universities dedicated to synergistically cooperate towards increasing the influence on research policies promoted by the EU.


Yerun Website: www.yerun.eu

YUFE selected to create one of the first European Universities

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Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) is one of just 17 alliances of European universities selected by the European Commission to develop and implement the first models for a European University.

The YUFE alliance presented its vision to the European Commission earlier this year and has now been given the go ahead to implement it.

Professor Martin Paul, Chair of the YUFE alliance and President of Maastricht University, which leads the consortium, said: “Our alliance, including eight young universities, will build the first European University of the future that is open to anyone.”

“Our European University will provide students with the skills they need to be highly employable and will offer truly European career paths to all members of society. In doing so, the YUFE European University will strengthen our collective identity and contribute to a more cohesive European society.”

The foundations for this European University will be laid in the next three years.


The YUFE vision

Studying throughout Europe

The YUFE European University will enable prospective students to compile their curricula, choosing from programmes offered at each of the eight YUFE universities. To allow access to all systems and facilities of these universities, the alliance will introduce a YUFE student card, valid at all participating universities.

The official language of YUFE study programmes is English, but students who spend a period at a university in another country are encouraged and supported to learn the language oftheir host country. When they have successfully completed their studies, students receive a European diploma that will be valid anywhere in Europe.

The diploma will not only acknowledge students’ academic performance, but also acknowledge their effort in mobility, language learning, professional training, job shadowing and community volunteering.

Feeling at home in the YUFE cities

To guarantee accessibility for as many students as possible, YUFE is preparing to set up a virtual European campus. Part-time students or interested citizens who want to follow a single virtual or physical course can also make use of the YUFE offer.

For full-time students studying at one of the partner universities elsewhere in Europe, YUFE will develop housing solutions that facilitate cultural exchange, mutual support and integration with the local community. For example, an option YUFE is considering is furnishing special homes where students can live for free during their stay and in close proximity with local residents.

They will be given the opportunity to contribute to the community in their neighbourhood, and to foster a culture of mutual support in all YUFE cities and communities.

YUFE students will be immediately immersed in the local and regional society and will thus be the catalyst for further European integration.


Regional focus and impact

The YUFE programme itself pays a lot of attention to the specific regions in which the eight YUFE universities are located. When it comes to internships, for example, every university will work together with local authorities, the business community and other organisations.

These collaborations are based on challenges that are of great importance to the YUFE regions. In Limburg, for example, the region of the coordinating institution Maastricht University, the Brightlandsecosystem will be an excellent setting to implement the joint YUFE approach.

In Cyprus, students will contribute to the development of more efficient public transport in the capital Nicosia. In Essex (UK), YUFE projects will contribute to solving socio-economic disadvantage in a post-industrial region.

Dr Daniela Trani and Jan Hupkens, coordinators of the YUFE-alliance, said: “In this way, YUFE education provides a European mind-set for students, enabling them to view matters from different perspectives and allows the various regions and their residents to benefit from this exchange of knowledge across Europe.”


European integration

Professor Paul said: “The selection of the YUFE proposal represents an important milestone for our alliance and we are keen to contribute to a unique momentum in European higher education.

Together with our partners we will develop a shared vision for European higher education and contribute to creating a bright future for all European citizens, regions and countries.

🔎 About YUFE

The Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) allianceis a major strategic partnership established between eight young research-intensive universities from as many European countries.

The YUFE alliance, together with its six associate partners, aims at bringing a radical change in European higher education by establishing itself as the leading model of a young, student-centred, non-elitist, open and inclusive European University.

A unique ecosystem linking universities to communities, YUFE will be based on cooperation between higher education institutions, the public and private sector, and citizens across Europe.

👥 Members of YUFE

The YUFE alliance is geographically diverse and includes universities, cities and companies. YUFE full partners are:

  • 🇳🇱 Maastricht University (coordinator)
  • 🇪🇸 Carlos III University of Madrid
  • 🇧🇪 University of Antwerp
  • 🇩🇪 University of Bremen
  • 🇨🇾 University of Cyprus
  • 🇫🇮 University of Eastern
  • 🇬🇧 University of Essex
  • 🇮🇹 University of Rome Tor Vergata
🌐 YUFE Contacts

For more information visit:

Website: www.yufe.eu

Twitter: @AllianceYufe

Instagram: @yufe_alliance

Facebook: facebook.com/YUFEalliance