YUFE Academy: lectures, workshops and activities on “Citizens wellbeing”

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The YUFE Academy is a sequence of lectures, workshops and activities travelling along the YUFE campi on “Citizens wellbeing”, YUFE’s second focus area, which will give interested students, staff and citizens a “feel” of YUFE. It is a platform aimed at strengthening European identity, raising awareness about social issues, providing solutions to global and local challenges, and making a true impact on Citizens’ wellbeing.

All lectures and other activities together cultivate into a programme one could follow entirely or only some parts of. All these little building blocks together make the YUFE Academy, a beneficial gathering and learning experience for YUFE students, staff and citizens.


What to expect?

Lectures and other activities in English and other European languages, so that everyone can follow the activities in either their mother tongue or a second language – this multilingual approach makes YUFE Academy more inclusive and accessible to partner cities’ population;

YUFE D&I Lecture Series – a lecture series promoting and celebrating D&I education and engagement across the YUFE community and what D&I can look like in practice;

Entrepreneurial talk shows – workshops in which an entrepreneurial mindset are promoted through the experience and advice of an expert in a specific area of the European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework (EntreComp);

Series of lectures and activities focusing on the employees’ well-being;

Workshops, trainings, and spring/summer schools directed to universities’ (prospective) research staff and to professional service staff;

Lectures concerning various topics relevant to the community.


How to attend?

Follow the registration link to the event you would like to attend. The format for the YUFE Academy is blended: due to the COVID-19 pandemic most lectures, workshops and other activities will take place virtually. Some events will attempt to take place physically.

YUFE Launches the YUFE Job Portal

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The members of YUFE Alliance share a commitment towards staff development, career progression and personal growth along their YUFE Staff Journey – with equality, diversity and inclusivity at the heart of everything we do. YUFE believes that staff members at all career levels are the key to the successful creation and development of the YUFE European University.

Guided by our this vision and by shared commitment, YUFE are launching the YUFE Job Portal as part of the YUFE Staff Portal on the YUFE Virtual Campus. By doing so, our Alliance aims to facilitate local and international job searches, and to substantially widen the recruitment area and talent pool across our and other European regions within a global context.

The job vacancy platform offers an opportunity to list job advertisements and funding opportunities in one place to universities, other education providers, research institutes, companies, public bodies and non-governmental organisations in the YUFE regions.

In the first stage of the launch, only job vacancies from the YUFE partner institutions will be published on the portal. In the long term, the portal will be gradually expanded to allow other stakeholders to post their job openings as well. Join a YUFE partner institution and create your own YUFE career journey.

YUFE opening the Entrepreneurial and Innovation Activities

YUFE Entrepreneurial and Innovation Activities

YUFE is opening the Entrepreneurial and Innovation Activities with two initiatives aimed to students and staff: YUFE Challenge Teams and Entrepreneurial Training Activities what includes MOOCs and YUFE Talkshows. Students can get the YUFE Professional Star by joining this program. Improve your knowledge and skills in innovation and entrepreneurship!

Would you like to improve your knowledge and skills in innovation and entrepreneurship? YUFE is opening the Entrepreneurial and Innovation Activities with the aim of providing online access for training MOOCs YUFE Talk shows and live learning YUFE Challenge Teams.

Enroll in a 3D Mapping Audiovisual Art Workshop at YUFE’s Copernicus University

Enroll in a 3D Mapping Audiovisual Art Workshop at YUFE's Copernicus University

Do you dream of having your work of art presented at an international festival attended by 300 thousands visitors? Would you like to gain experience working in an international team of young artists? Apply for the “Per YUFE ad astra” workshop organized by Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń.

The workshop in Toruń (August 17th-20th, 2021) is open to any students from YUFE alliance interested in audiovisual art.
You will be a part of the international team, preparing an artistic work of a 3D mapping. Your art achievement work will be an element of the mapping presented during the international light festival Bella Skyway Festival in 2022 in Toruń.

The workshop is a chance to stimulate creative imagination and aesthetic sensitivity, express artistic personality, learn about various forms of artistic expression and performative activities – multimedia projection using 3D animation, including sound effects. It is also an opportunity to develop teamwork skills in an international environment and to integrate with the academic community of YUFE.

Title of the workshop is an analogy to the Latin maxim by Seneca ‘Per aspera ad astra‘ (Through hardships to the stars). The reference to the stars is also connected to Toruń, the city of Nicolaus Copernicus, and thus to the cosmos, which is an excellent inspiration for our own interpretation of the topic, both in terms of content and form.


How to Participate

Up to 20 participants would take part in the workshop; be prepared to work only in English. If needed, according to the epidemic situation, the meetings will be held in a virtual form. In order to take part in the workshop, please fill the application form by May 7th 2021. Include your motivation and a short description of your concept of the screenplay for the film ‘Per YUFE ad astra’.

Original interpretations of the topic will be appreciated, presenting YUFE in an interesting way, drawing attention to the diversity of this organization, whose premise is the cooperation of distant academic centers orbiting a common idea. With the topic ‘Per YUFE ad astra‘ the candidate should indicate the potential inherent in the organization.

Presenting a portfolio is not obligatory, but providing the jury with examples of one’s own artistic work (computer graphics, animation, film) will be a strong asset.

The applications will be assessed by a jury composed of representatives of the YUFE consortium and the Municipality of Toruń. The results will be communicated to the applicants by May 31st, and the final list of participants will be announced by June 17th.

Participation in the workshops is free of charge. The organizers will provide the materials and equipment needed to participate in the workshop, as well as accommodation and food during the workshop.

30 post-doc scholarships at YUFE’s Carlos III University of Madrid

30 post-doc scholarships at YUFE's Carlos III

The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid seeks young and talented research and teaching staff. Thus the UC3M is delighted to launch this call aimed at postdoctoral candidates who have obtained a doctorate degree at another university, no more than six years ago. This call provides successful candidates a competitive salary, as well as the possibility to join an experienced UC3M team and develop their research and teaching skills.

The deadline for application is March 21, 2021.

YUFE Townhall 2020: European Higher Education

YUFE Townhall 2020

YUFE is one of the first seventeen alliances selected by the European Commission in 2019 to develop a unique model of a European University. The fourteen YUFE partners aim to contribute to a more competitive, innovative and united Europe through structural cooperation in education, research, innovation and engagement with local communities.

One of the main goals of the cooperation between staff, students, citizens, businesses, government and policy makers is to address local and European challenges to achieve solutions that have global relevance. Moreover, they work together to develop and promote joint educational programmes, services of added value for the YUFE local communities and to enhance the mobility of students and staff across the Alliance.

Together, the YUFE partners are creating an inclusive higher education landscape without borders that is in line with current developments in society and the labour market.


YUFE Townhall: Sessions Program

The YUFE Townhall is a 2.5-day umbrella event involving all of YUFE’s programmes and activities bringing together the entire YUFE community. Its focus will be on European Higher Education and its links to wider society. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will now mainly take place virtually, which will actually make it more inclusive, accessible and sustainable with wider engagement across the whole of Europe.

Two of the YUFE Townhall sessions will be open to the public. The first session gives an overview of what has been achieved by YUFE in it’s first year.

The second open session asks a variety of stakeholders, including the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, the DG of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, and the CEO of a triple-helix campus, what European Universities can contribute to society, with a focus on regional employability following the quadruple helix model. The quadruple helix model brings together science, policy, industry, and society.

The third working session is organised and hosted by the YUFE Student Forum.

YUFE launches Diploma Supplement Track

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Imagine that you could create your own curriculum, choosing from academic courses offered at any of the YUFE universities. You could study, learn a language, do volunteer work, and professional training (virtually) in ten different countries. The information for organising your own individual learning experience will be at your fingertips and all activities and accomplishments will be acknowledged on your YUFE Diploma Supplement and, in the future, on a true European Diploma recognised throughout Europe. You could be part of the first group of students piloting our European University; the Young Universities for the Future of Europe.

Starting on Monday 30 November 2020 YUFE is opening its first version of the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track: The application period is open for 1 (one) week only, or shorter in case 40 students from your university have applied. Applications can be uploaded through the newly launched YUFE Virtual Campus until Sunday 6 December 2020, 23:59 CET. Since this year’s YUFE Diploma Supplement Track is still a pilot programme, we can only allow 40 students from each YUFE university to apply. When the application period is over, a selection committee will select the final 10 students per university based on their eligibility and motivation.

The YUFE Diploma Supplement Track offers you the opportunity to work on obtaining a minimum of 12 credits (ECTS) for academic courses at another YUFE university (via virtual, blended, and/or physical mobility), participate in the YUFE Academy and the induction courses, and take up activities leading up to the YUFE Stars all within a maximum period of 2 years.


YUFE Stars

At YUFE it is important to not only acknowledge your academic performance but also acknowledge your effort in mobility, language learning, professional training, job shadowing, and community volunteering. This is YUFE have created YUFE Stars, an innovative recognition system for activities with specific and personalised learning goals that not only relate to academic education in a European University setting. The YUFE Star System consists of 4 stars: the mobility star, the language star, the professional star and the civic star. They encourage students, staff and learners to pursue personal and professional development, while experiencing the possibility to contribute as individuals to society to activities with a Europe-wide impact.


YUFE Diploma Supplement

Upon completion of your YUFE journey, you will be rewarded with a YUFE Diploma Supplement, on which the YUFE Stars are also recognised.

You can earn the YUFE Diploma Supplement as a YUFE student, after fulfilling the below requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 12 ECTS for (online/physical/blended) academic courses at another university in the YUFE Alliance than the university you are currently enrolled at; and
  • Complete a minimum of 2 YUFE Stars (including at least the Mobility Star); and
  • Participate in a minimum of 3 lectures from the YUFE Academy; and
  • Take part in all YUFE’s Induction courses on the YUFE Virtual Campus.

Remember: YUFE Diploma Supplement Track is a pilot activity and as such will be open only for a relatively small number of students.


Apply Now

See YUFE’s FAQ for more information on the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track.

The application process takes place through the YUFE Virtual Campus.

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.

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/.