From 3rd to 7th May 2021, Vilnius University hosts the Arqus Academy Week 2021, a week full of interesting discussions, lectures, workshops and other events organised by the Arqus European University Alliance.
The Arqus Academy Week 2021, hosted by Vilnius University, starts today with an Opening session where Dorothy Kelly, Coordinator of the Arqus Alliance, as well as the leaders of the Arqus Action Lines will present the main goals and achievements of Arqus and will discuss the significance of Arqus activities and their impact on partner universities, stakeholders, and the society. The session will be moderated by Artūras Vasiliauskas, Pro-Rector for partnerships at Vilnius University.
Other activities will be held this Monday
At 12:00 CEST, a discussion led by Sofia Giunta, student at the University of Padua, will present the importance of academic freedom from the students’ perspective and the impact it has on overall higher education and broader society.
At 15:00 CEST, a seminar “Training students for a multilingual and multicultural world”, by Olaf Bärenfänger (Leipzig University) will present an overview of what efforts have been and are being made in the Arqus Alliance to promote multilingualism and multiculturalism. The focus will be on cooperative approaches to preparing and supporting Arqus students for education and careers in a globalised world. In particular, we will address the challenges of an era in which physical mobility has been abruptly curtailed, while virtual mobility has been greatly expanded, and the resulting perspectives for the future.
The day will finish with a session about European Citizenship and how can education help face grand societal challenges. A panel discussion where Ozana Olariu (University of Granada), Paolo De Stefani (University of Padua) and Ronya Reitan Solberg (student at the University of Bergen) will exchange thoughts and conclusions based on the Arqus Collaboratory programme and the challenge-based winter school on rethinking climate change. Conceptions of citizenship and collective identity in the context of climate change, and how societies and governments may cope with grand challenges and develop solidarity will be also topics of this session that will start at 17:00 CEST. The discussion will be moderated by Jakob Grandin (University of Bergen).
The week will continue with a wide range of workshops and seminars with titles such as “Teaching competencies Assessments for Appointment Procedures”, PhD and entrepreneurship: exploring new opportunities”, “Inclusive Higher Education”, “Mobility culture by the Student Council”, “Women in academia - Gender equality” among others.
"This week is packed full of events for diverse publics, and serves as an excellent showcase of Arqus activities. The Alliance is an exciting opportunity for our university communities to contribute actively to the transformation of our higher education sector across Europe, responding to the pressing societal challenges of our times and of the future", says Dorothy Kelly, Coordinator of the Arqus Alliance and Vice-rector for Internationalisation of the University of Granada.
All the events are open to the public under registration. Three of them will be broadcast live on the Arqus YouTube channel.
More information and registration on https://www.arqus-alliance.eu/arqus-academy-week-2021
The Arqus European University Alliance
brings together the universities of Bergen, Granada, Graz, Leipzig, Lyon, Padova and Vilnius, seven longstanding comprehensive research universities who share extensive experience in joint projects in many fields, and a common profile as internationalized institutions with deep regional engagement in medium-sized cities.
The Arqus European University Alliance aspires to build on the member universities’ sound prior experience in cooperation in order to achieve a high level of integration in its members’ policies and action plans in order to:
- enhance the education of critically engaged European and global citizens who are able and willing to contribute to a multicultural, multilingual and inclusive Europe which is open to the world;
- increase and improve the joint research capacity of the partner universities;
- better respond to the grand societal challenges of the 21st century in Europe and beyond.
The principal ambition of the Arqus Alliance is to act jointly as a laboratory for institutional learning from which to move forward in the design, testing and implementation of an innovative model for deep inter-university cooperation. The Alliance aims to consolidate a joint governance structure to facilitate the development of consensual joint policies and action plans, to consolidate participative structures to facilitate cross-cutting integration at all levels of the partner institutions, and to share its experience with other groupings in order to communicate the added value to be found in its model of integration.
The Arqus Alliance aims to centre its efforts on enabling people: enabling a widely diverse student body and enhancing their learning experience; enabling a similarly diverse staff community and promoting their individual and collective professional development; enabling society at large by opening our doors and fully responding to the mission it has entrusted us.
The Arqus Academy is an overarching coordinating body offering a wide range of shared face-to-face, blended and virtual opportunities for student learning, doctoral education, staff development and societal outreach, and their certification.