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.

YUFE Career Tracks: Postdoc Call on European Identity

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The YUFE academic Staff Journey begins, the first YUFE Postdoctoral Programme Call is now open.

Have you recently finished your PhD and do you have a keen research interest in European Identity? Apply for a three-year YUFE postdoc position at one of our YUFE universities – and take part in the research activities of one of the first European Universities!

The postdoc positions are open to promising early career researchers holding a PhD. The programme is targeted at researchers from the Social Sciences, Humanities, and any other relevant field concerning the YUFE focus theme European identity and responsibilities in a global world.

The Programme aims to build the first YUFE Career Track by providing early career researchers with excellent research conditions, dedicated mentoring and the opportunity to co-create one of the first European Universities.

Networking across YUFE and career development opportunities within YUFE and beyond will be at the center of the YUFE Postdoctoral Programme.

YUFE Help Desks: Co-create the future of both your region and Europe

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Experience Europe right at your doorstep and co-create the future of both your region and Europe. The Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) Alliance aims to create a European University, but to also bring local communities and universities closer together. One of the first concrete steps in this framework are the YUFE Help Desks.

YUFE Help Desks will provide citizens with the opportunity to ask questions on different topics, e.g. legal issues, entrepreneurial advice, digital tools/applications, economics, studying, developing language skills, etc.

Questions will be answered by the students of YUFE universities under the supervision of university staff. Working at the Help Desk will not only give you practical experience, but also enable you to earn YUFE stars based on learning agreements and/or, when Help Desks are part of the study curricula, ECTS credits. For staff, Help Desks offer a platform to engage more closely with society. Detailed information on how to enrol will be available at the beginning of 2021.

Help Desks can be found in the city, the university campuses or are run online. The first Help Desks will be launched in May 2021, and the information on the respective locations and opening hours will be available to citizens of the YUFE regions and students and staff of YUFE universities in early spring 2021.

For more information: yufe.eu/citizens-and-cities/.

The University of Bremen’s “YUFE Mobility Award”

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Explore the YUFE network with University of Bremen’s “YUFE Mobility Award”. This mobility award provides the opportunity to enlarge your research network by travelling across the YUFE alliance to and from Bremen!

The University of Bremen offers grants for researchers at all career stages to carry out research visits, typically ranging from 1 week to 3 months.

Applicants may be doctoral candidates, early career or advanced researchers from all scientific fields. The aim of this programme is to strengthen research collaboration among the YUFE partner universities by enhancing existing research collaborations and by building new research networks.

For more details about the grant and deadlines visit: www.uni-bremen.de

Coronavirus Update 15: Lessons, Exams and Graduation Sessions in Mixed Mode

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From the first semester of the academic year 2020-2021, in compliance with the safety protocols aimed at safeguarding and protecting the health of all components of the university community, the teaching activity will take place in mixed mode, i.e. in presence with simultaneous live streaming (online), guaranteeing priority for activities in the presence of new freshmen.

Exams and the final tests for the achievement of qualifications are held both in presence and online.


Safety Fist: Choose How to Attend

The Rector of Tor Vergata University Orazio Schillaci: “It seems just right to give priority to those who already had to face a very particular final school exam and are enrolling in the 1st year thus experiencing their first impact with the university.”

“The programming for students who will attend lessons on site will follow the alphabetical order criterion. We leave it to the students to decide to attend in presence, if programmed, or to follow at a distance (online), if they believe that this mode ensures them greater safety or in the case of students who live outside Rome.”


Exams

The exams can be carried out in person, ensuring the distancing rules and the use of PPE, without prejudice to the possibility of carrying out the same at a distance, according to the assessment of the teacher. The exams can also be held remotely (online), according to the assessment of the teacher.


Graduation Session

For students who were unable to complete their thesis due to the Covid-19 emergency lockdown extraordinary graduation sessions have been set up until September 2020 with full reimbursement of enrollment in the academic year 2019-20.

The final tests for the attainment of the qualifications will take place in presence. A maximum of two accompanying persons for each student will be allowed, guaranteeing safety distance and any other safety measure in relation to the number of undergraduates.

According to the teaching owner’s assessment, the student will have the opportunity to take the exam tests remotely (online).


International and Erasmus Students

International and Erasmus students will be guaranteed the possibility to attend lessons and taking the final exams/tests online.


Laboratories and Complex Instruments

The laboratory managers regulate, through shifts, access to shared laboratories to the various division and allocation of spaces and the creation of obligatory paths and passages, in agreement with the Director of the Department, in compliance with the indications provided in this Protocol and any specific directives issued by the competent Doctor and the Head of the Protection and Prevention Service (RSPP) also regarding the reorganization of spaces.

The head of the laboratory, in agreement with the Director of the Department, prepares a weekly work plan for the technical staff involved in the management of the equipment and / or employed in the service laboratories, keeping in mind that these are work activities that are impossible to carry out remotely and consequently establishing weekly operating days or only in certain daily time bands.

In order to ensure the physical spacing required by regulations, alternative methods must be provided for sample delivery or collection of results, mainly not in person (e.g. results sent by email, sharing of data folders, workstations outside the laboratories to deposit samples). A maximum number of people including the technician who can be present in the laboratory at the same time must be established, in relation to the free surface of the room, the need for movement typical of laboratory work and the instruments present.


Libraries, Reading and Computer Rooms

Since 6 July 2020, the reading rooms inside the libraries have been open for study. Access must be made by reservation and ensuring safety and physical distancing and on the basis of a specific protocol set by the Head of the Protection and Prevention Service in agreement with the library managers.

Access to libraries is by reservation, with a special app, for a limited number of places. The managers of the libraries organize a consultation service for paper documentation, guaranteeing safety and physical distancing, based on parameters similar to those adopted for research laboratories.

A control service will be guaranteed for the management of any gatherings in the reading rooms. Access to the computer rooms must also be made by reservation and guaranteeing security and physical distancing, on the basis of parameters similar to those adopted for research laboratories.

Translated from the Italian Website

UTV Students Welcome 2020/21 Online Edition

UTV Students Welcome 2020/21 Online Edition

If you are a new international student, Tor Vergata University’s Welcome Office is here to help you. Like every year the traditional UTV Students Welcome weeks are dedicated to welcoming all of our newly enrolled students and to helping them sort out all the typical problems and difficulties encountered by students when they join a new university in a new country.

Because of the covid-19 outbreak this years’ edition of the UTV Students Welcome will be fully held online. Below you will find the full list of events, activities and the calendar. For further information don’t hesitate to contact the Welcome Office and remember to follow our social media pages for up-to-date information on all the latest events on campus.

💻 Online Activities 2020

Enrollment support meetings:
When: Starting from 5 August, 2020
What: if you have finalized the procedure on Universitaly platform, the Welcome Office will contact you by email and help you through the enrollment process or offer support if you’re having difficulties
Where: Microsoft teams (you will receive by email a link for the online meeting)


Welcome online:
When: Starting from 26 August, 2020
What: each week the Welcome Office will organize online meetings dedicated to welcome and orientation activities for all the new students enrolled at Tor Vergata University.
International students already in Italy will be supported and tutored in filling the Stay Permit, Health Insurance and Pass card for transportation in Rome modules.
Where: Microsoft teams (you will receive by email a link for the online meeting)


🎟️ Admissions Info

Admitted students receive a link to connect to the meeting directly from the Welcome Office, for all others it will be possible to book an appointment, sending an email to welcome@uniroma2.it with your name, surname, the course of study, date and hours of the appointment: We will answer you with the link to participate in the meeting.
You don’t need to download anything but just click on the link.

📅 Calendar


* Wed, 2 September
10:00 – 12:00 (in English)
12:00 – 13:00 (in Italian)
15:00 – 16:00 (in English)


* Mon, 7 September
12:00 – 13:00 (in Italian)


* Tue, 8 September
10:00 – 11:00 (in English)
15:00 – 16:00 (in English)


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* Wed, 9 September
14:00 – 15:00 (in English)
“Welcome from our students: let’s meet Rojin”
Let’s meet our student, Rojin Tajmir, who is now in her 5th year Pharmacy degree at Tor Vergata University of Rome. Join the meeting to find out about her experience with UTV and life as an international student in Rome.

MEETING ENDED


* Thu, 10 September
10:00 – 11:00 (in English)


* Fri, 11 September
11:00 – 12:00 (in English


* Tue, 15 September
10:00 – 11:00 (in English)
15:00 – 16:00 (in English)


* Wed, 16 September
15:00 – 16:00 (in English)


* Wed, 17 September
11:00 – 12:00 (in English)
12:00 – 13:00 (in English)
15:00 – 16:00 (in English)


* Thu, 18 September
10:00 – 11:00 (in English)
11:00 – 12:00 (in English)


* Wed, 23 September
15:00 – 16:00 (in English)


* Thu, 24 September
15:00 – 16:00 (in English)


* Wed, 30 September
15:30 – 16:30 (in Italian)
“Meet our Students:  Leonardo”
Let’s meet our student, Leonardo, who is now a student of Beni Culturali at Tor Vergata University of Rome. Join the meeting to find out about his experience with UTV and life as an international student in Rome.

MEETING ENDED


* Tue, 6 October
14:00 – 15:00


* Fri, 9 October
11:00 – 12:00


* Tue, 20 October
11:30 – 13:30 (in English)
“Meet our Students:  Judah & Saurav”
Let’s meet our student, Judah and Saurav, who is are are currently students of Engineering Sciences at Tor Vergata University of Rome. Join the meeting to find out about his experience with UTV and life as an international student in Rome.

JOIN MEETING

📝 Students Welcome Events

Presentation of activities and organizations available at the campus of #unitorvergata or in the city of Rome.

When: Starting from 26 August, 2020, presentation of our services in English:

Where: youtube channel unitovergata, playlist “Students Welcome 2020” – facebook unitorvergata

Contacts:
Email: welcome@uniroma2.it
Website: Welcome Office Page
Facebook: Tor Vergata Orienta

YUFE courses starting August 2020

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As a European University Alliance brought to life to, amongst others, enhance connection and cooperation between students, staff, businesses, policy makers and citizens of Europe through mobility, the Covid-19 pandemic has really made us think hard about the way ahead. Thankfully, right from the start, YUFE had already put a big emphasis on blended and online learning and mobility, as we always believed that both would be extremely important to make an international study, working and living experience possible for all rather than developing yet another framework for the happy few.

By continuing all of our endeavours virtually through the YUFE Virtual Campus, an online platform that will virtually connect citizens, students, staff and businesses all over Europe, YUFE brings Europe to your home. You can still study or work abroad, despite any restrictions on movement. You can still collaborate across Europe with businesses, staff, students, citizens and policy makers on the YUFE Challenge Teams. You can still help local communities through the YUFE Helpdesk or any other volunteering opportunities. YUFE brings Europe to you, so you can continue shaping our society and your future.

On 22 July 2020, YUFE will open its virtual doors to see what the YUFE Introduction Offer entails. As the name already reveals, the YUFE Introduction Offer, is a teaser of what YUFE can offer to students and (lifelong) learners. Through the YUFE Introduction Offer, up to 100 students (already registered at a YUFE university as second year bachelor or above) can take a maximum of two online YUFE academic courses and one online YUFE language course. This sneak peek into YUFE Student Journey can be a stand-alone activity or represent a stepping-stone into the more complete YUFE Diploma Supplement Track.

With the YUFE Introduction Offer, you will be one of the very first students at a European University and you will contribute to the pioneering work towards building an international higher education for all!

As of 29 July 2020, visit www.yufe.eu to apply for this YUFE Introduction Offer before 15 September 2020!

Please check the individual courses for the specific deadlines and start dates.