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/.

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

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.

YUFE Opens Doors to its New Virtual Campus

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From Autumn 2020 students and academic staff from the 10 universities that make up the Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) alliance will be the first to experience the YUFE Virtual Campus.

The YUFE Virtual Campus will give students from across the 10 YUFE alliance universities the valuable opportunity to undertake more than 130 virtual courses in international study, with a focus on student-centred and research-based learning.

The YUFE Virtual Campus has been set up to provide students and staff across the alliance with an international learning experience while protecting their health and wellbeing during the current Covid-19 pandemic.


YUFE Courses

Courses will be delivered through a blend of online teaching and planned visits, dependent on travel restrictions, throughout the 2020-2021 academic year.

Students taking part in the overall YUFE alliance have the opportunity to take a stimulating new educational pathway through lectures, workshops and a range of extracurricular activities. For academic and professional services staff within the alliance’s 10 universities, it provides new opportunities for teaching and research and for sharing best practice.

The alliance’s European-wide remit also goes beyond academic study. It is committed to promoting more learning of European languages, encouraging volunteering and social engagement, introducing ‘work and learn’ initiatives for students, and encouraging the involvement of cities, citizens, policymakers and international institutions to become involved. YUFE is also committed to diversity and inclusivity and taking positive action that makes a difference.


More about YUFE

Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) is an alliance of 10 young universities and associate partners from the higher education, non-governmental and private sector. Together, the YUFE partners are establishing one of the first true European Universities.


The YUFE universities

YUFE alliance consists of 10 european universities:

Antwerp University (Belgium)
University of Essex (United K)ingdom
University of Bremen (Germany)
Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
University of Eastern Finland (Finland)
Maastricht University (Netherlands)
Nicolaus Copernicus University (Poland)
Tor Vergata University of Rome (Italy)
University of Cyprus (Cyprus)
University of Rijeka (Croatia)


Non Academic Partners

YUFE also has non-academic partners involved with student projects, including:
Adecco
European Entrepreneurs
ETS Global
KIRON

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.”

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

Tor Vergata Joins European Universities Network YUFE

Tor Vergata Joins European Universities Network YUFE

On 28th February the YUFE (Young Universities for the Future of Europe) project has been officially launched. It is an alliance consisting of 8 young top-level universities from the YERUN network (Young European Research Universities Network) which Tor Vergata joins since 2016 as the only Italian University.

In the context of the initiative launched in late 2017 by French President Emmanuel Macron for the creation of twenty-border European universities which issued diplomas “European” from 2024, the European Commission launched the Initiative of European Universities (EUI, European Universities Initiative).



YUFE will promote active European citizenship within a shared European environment. This will be pursued in a truly bottom-up process. In the YUFE alliance, teams of staff and students will collaborate on how to address European (and global) challenges.

They will work on how to promote joint educational programs and services and develop mechanisms to facilitate the mobility of students and staff to create a joint higher education landscape without borders. As the participating universities already have a tradition of working together, the current alliance is seen as a logical step to further interaction and collaboration.


YUFE Members