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The Arqus Presidents’ council is committed to implementing joint training programs, as well as diverse, simplified and tailor-made mobility programs

On The November 19, 2020

The Presidents also reiterated their commitment to achieving record mobility figures within Arqus, mainly through developing innovative joint programs.

Productive discussions during the second Arqus Presidents’ council

Representatives from the Universities of Bergen, Granada, Graz, Leipzig, Lyon, Padua and Vilnius came together on November 26 for the second Presidents’ council. This meeting was an opportunity for them to review the year’s activities, identify future challenges and to discuss the adjustments to be made to the Arqus work plan in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

During this meeting, the Arqus member institutions also confirmed that they are fully committed to implementing simplified and diversified mobility programs that will be made available to as many people as possible. Much like the three Arqus pilot joint masters programs already being developed, a number of joint programs, training modules and opportunities for mixed and/or online mobility programs are likely to be launched in the near future.

To help fulfill this commitment, and to continue building on the initiatives already underway, a working group of international mobility experts from each Arqus member university was established in September 2020. It is also working on developing the open mobility agreement that was signed by the partner universities in 2019, which will enable exchanges between all the faculties and departments of Arqus member universities.

The important role of students in developing the Arqus European University Alliance

The Presidents also highlighted how important it is for students to be involved in developing the Alliance. To maintain a high level of student involvement, the presidents have decided to hold regular consultation sessions with student representatives from the Arqus European University in order to discuss issues and problems that concern them directly.

The 2021 Arqus Annual Conference postponed until the fall

One of Arqus’ main commitments is to place individual concerns at the heart of all its projects. Meetings and networking activities are an essential part of developing the Arqus community. However, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the health situation in Europe remains both complex and uncertain. As a result, the Presidents have agreed to postpone the annual Arqus conference, originally scheduled for May 3 and 4, 2021, until the fall of 2021. This 2021 conference will be held in Vilnius.

Developments in the internal structure of Arqus

The Presidents’ council approved the drafting of a single basic statutory document encompassing all fundamental aspects of how the Alliance operates. In addition, a Council of Vice-Presidents will be established to complement the existing governance structures.

A big thank you to the entire Arqus community!

The Presidents’ Council would like to express its sincere gratitude to the 550 individuals involved in developing the Arqus European University for their outstanding dedication and hard work during this first year, in spite of the difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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