Utrecht Network was established in 1987 as a representative European-wide network of universities cooperating in the area of internationalisation. In the same year the European Commission established Erasmus programme. Both the network and the Erasmus Programme celebrated its 25 anniversary in 2012.
The Jagiellonian University joined the group in 1997. Now the group represents 31 universities from 29 countries from Europe. Utrecht Network also cooperates with Australian University Network and Mid-America Universities International.
Over 25 years approximately 20 000 students from partner universities participated in the exchange (mainly through the Erasmus programme)
The Utrecht Network's essential targets and mission involve:
- increasing, through internationalisation process, the role of student and staff mobility
- development of teaching programmes
- providing support to student summer schools and teacher courses
- promoting European universities in the world
Inititiated in 2007 by Radbound University (Nijmegen), IRUN Network represents Westflälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Pázmány Peter Catholic University of Budapest, Universitá degli Studi di Siena, Universitat de Barcelona, Université de Poitiers, University of Glasgow, University of Ljubljana and the Jagiellonian University.
The aim of IRUN is to constantly improve the quality of research and teaching through the exchange of students and staff as well as joint curriculum development and joint degree programmes for Master's students and PhD candidates.
As part of the cooperation, the universities participate in work groups. The Jagiellonian University contributes to the work of six teams:
- Rectors' Group - Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Mania, Vice-Rector for Educational Affairs
- Contact Persons' Group - Dorota Maciejowska, International Relations Office
- Communication Group - Dr Maria Kantor, International Relations Office
- Careers Offices' Group - Agnieszka Dudziak and Patrycja Supik, Careers Service
- Building Block Horizon 2020 - Dr inż. Izabela Zawiska, Office for Research, and Małgorzata Nanke, Office of Vice-Rector for Research and Structural Funds
- Building Block Joint Programmes - Agata Woch, Office for Student Affairs
- Building Block Utilizing International Networks - Prof. dr hab. Zdzisław Mach, Rector's Proxy for International Relations
Founded in 1985, Coimbra Group is a network of 39 universities, including the oldest and the most prestigious universities in the world. The aim of the organisation is to make the bonds between the oldest universities in Europe stronger.
The Jagiellonian University actively participates in the work of the following Task Forces: European Neighbourhood, Education Training and Mobility, E-learning, Doctoral Studies and Research oraz Employability and Career Guidance.
Within the Jagiellonian University the Coimbra Group is represented by Prof. dr hab. Zdzisław Mach.
European University Association
The European University Association represents and supports more than 850 higher education institutions in 47 countries, providing them with a unique forum to cooperate and keep abreast of the latest trends in higher education and research policies.
Members of the association are European universities involved in teaching and research, national associations of rectors and other organisations active in higher education and research.
EUA plays an essential role in shaping tomorrow's European higher education and research landscape thanks to its unique knowledge of the sector and the diversity of its members. The association's mandate in the Bologna Process, contribution to EU research policy making and relations with intergovernmental organisations, European institutions and international associations, ensure its capacity to debate issues which are crucial for universities in relation to higher education, research and innovation.
Atomium Culture brings together some of the most authoritative universities, newspapers and businesses in Europe in the first intersectoral platform to promote knowledge sharing and "out of the box" thinking on issues regarding the development of a European knowledge society.
Initiative was launched publicly by the former President of France Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and by Michelangelo Baracchi Bonvicini, currently Honorary President and President of AC, and by the leaders of the institutions engaged during the first conference on the 27 November 2009 at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Atomium Culture focusses on initiatives that aim to engage the public at large with science and innovation issues. Activities launched by the platform include the European Institute for Science in Society, REIsearch – Research Excellence Innovation Network, the eighteen months programme on "The Future of the Information Ecosystem" and the EISRI Summits. Ongoing activities include the development of the EU Science Media Centre.
Europaeum is an association of 11 leading European Universities (Oxford University, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universiteit Leiden, Università di Bologna, Universität Bonn, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Univerzita Karlova, Prague, Helsingin Yliopisto, and Jagiellonian University) and two associate members: Institute of Political Studies, Catholic University of Portugal and Fundación Ortega Marañón.
The network was created between 1990 and 1992, in order to support European history and culture studies, and to foster academic and student exchange between the partner institutions. Europaeum organizes workshops and summer schools (mainly for graduate and doctoral students) as well as academic conferences.
Prof. dr hab. Zdzisław Mach from the JU Institute of European Studies is a member of Europaeum Academic Council.
UniTown Network was established by the University of Ferrara and the City of Ferrara in 2013 to exchange experiences and good practices in the development of relations between the university city and the university (‘town-gown relations'). It is based on the assumption that the relationship between the city and the academic community is the basis for shaping the image of an urban space.
The network is aimed at promoting interaction between universities and the economic, political, and social stakeholders functioning in university towns in order to improve social inclusion and sustainable development as well as the dissemination of good practices in the field of city management to develop cities and their academic communities. One of the most important tasks of the network is to increase student participation in social and economic life of university towns.
The Vice-Rector for Educational Affairs, Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Mania is UniTown Network representative at the Jagiellonian University.
The Jagiellonian University also participates in the international exchange within the framework of SYLFF - The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund, aimed at supporting especially talented graduate and doctoral students with high leadership skills, specialising in social sciences, humanities, law, economy and management. The Jagiellonian University's participation in the programme is also coordinated by the International Relations Office.
1st June 2016 marked the establishment of the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities, a university cooperation network which seeks to realise fully the potential for collaboration among outstanding among outstanding research-led universities that exist in the European neighbourhood.
As the European Union becomes increasingly important as a funder for research, teaching and international student mobility, it also becomes crucial to create value-added collaborations that maximise the advantage of quality, proximity, and improved access to EU funds. There is a clear need to enhance the voice of research-intensive universities in Europe. The Guild aims to impress on policymakers a more complete picture of university concerns, beyond that which any one lobbying organisation is able to convey. Through its combined scholarly strength, and the strategic engagement with European politicians, the Guild enhances and expands the collective capacity of its members.
The Guild is an effective voice to further research, create innovation for public benefit, and enrich public debate at European and national levels. It is a transformative network of European research-led universities that is committed to optimising the opportunities afforded by its members' world-leading research. Through the knowledge they produce, the Guild engages policymakers, promote excellence in higher education, and collaborate with private and public institutions to solve global problems.
The Jagiellonian University is one of the founding members of the Guild, along with other higher education institutions: University of Bologna, University of Glasgow, University of Göttingen, University of Oslo, University of Tübingen, University of Warwick, and Uppsala University.
Members of the Guild share a commitment to research quality as the key driver for the creation of knowledge, to better inform policymaking and the targeting of research funding in the EU, and to develop close partnerships with cultural organisations, think tanks, industry and business. The core principles which underpin the Guild embody a vision of how common and shared activity strengthens best practice and builds capacity within each member institution. Through its core activities, the guild will further serve to amplify each member's voice in a national context. The Guild will:
- Promote the pursuit of knowledge, and be a strong voice in defence of free research, academic freedom and the integrity of the researcher.
- Position research-intensive universities as the principal drivers of the European knowledge economy, indispensable for further innovation and the creation of high-quality jobs, improvements to medicine and quality of life, the understanding of culture and what it is to be human, and the success of European countries as close neighbours and advocates of human rights.
- Collectively effect change through frank and open dialogue, and drive policy by establishing an agenda-setting voice, exchanging knowledge broadly, and leading on democratic debate within European and national contexts.
- Create opportunities and provide support for innovation and entrepreneurship through sustained collaboration with leading industry and business partners, including SMEs, not-for-profits, as well as other private and public bodies both nationally and within Europe.
- Support inclusivity and equal opportunities through its academic engagement, including in relation to social mobility, minorities, sustainability, and gender.
- Promote sustainability of European funding to enhance research, teaching and innovation across all parts of Europe according to the principles of excellence.
- Foster commitment to the breadth of human knowledge, including SSAH (the social sciences, arts and humanities), STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine), as well as new and emerging fields that cross these areas.
- Share best practice and benchmarking data for the continued advancement of Guild members – individually and collectively – to develop deeper understandings and build collaboration on areas synergy and research strength.
- Play a leading role in global discussions on the importance of research and education for the benefit of society, culture and economy.
The AUCSO network (The Association of University Chief Security Officers), established in 1984, is an international forum for the exchange knowledge, information and best practice relating to security management in higher education institutions. The network brings together over 150 universities from the UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Singapore and Qatar, enabling its members to benefit from experiences of over 400 experts working at member institutions. Cooperation within the network is based on geographic regions, each of which has their own representative who sits on the Association Executive Committee.
Members have access to the up-to-date data on innovative measures of security problem solving, tips and guidelines about the newest technology in service of ensuring safety and security in universities and their campuses, as well as training support tailored for the needs of European higher education institutions.
Jagiellonian University in Kraków became an AUCSO member in June 2016 as the first Polish University which translated its strong attachment to ensuring safety and security of academic community into a formal international cooperation.
The JU Rector's Proxy for Student Safety and Security Katarzyna Jurzak is the AUCSO representative at the Jagiellonian University.
Scholars at Risk
Scholars at Risk Network is an international network of academic institutions joined in an effort to promote and protect intellectual freedom and human rights of scholars around the world. It was first established in 1999 at the University of Chicago, IL, USA, and has since been joined by over 400 institutions of higher education spanning across 38 countries.
Scholars at Risk’s main line of action is advocating on behalf of intellectuals who are threatened in their home countries, and arranging for positions of sanctuary at universities and colleges in the network. It also monitors instances of threat and violence against scholars, the results of which have been compiled in a 2017 report: Free to Think.
Jagiellonian University joined the network in March 2017 as a contributing member.
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