International, Institutional life

The Université de Lyon presents the first ARQUS Presidents' council

From October 17, 2019 to October 18, 2019


The ARQUS European University Alliance project was presented on October 18, as part of a public event at the University of Granada. This presentation followed the constitution of the ARQUS Presidents’ council, the governing body responsible for establishing the general policies, strategies and the main objectives of the consortium. The partnership agreement was subsequently sanctioned by representatives from the seven universities.

By 2025, ARQUS aims to establish strengthened European cooperative projects in a wide variety of disciplines and cross-disciplines, with our partner European universities, including Granada (Spain), Graz (Austria), Leipzig (Germany), Padua (Italy), Vilnius (Lithuania) and Bergen (Norway).

This project is part of the European Commission's call for a “European University Alliance”, for which the consortium was certified in June 2019.

The formation of the Presidents’ council resulted in the signing of the partnership agreement, which outlines its commitments and internal functioning over the next three years. Khaled Bouabdallah, President of the Université de Lyon, and Jacques Comby, President of the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 and Vice-president for the Université de Lyon’s international strategy, were both in attendance.

The six action-oriented councils, as well as the student council, were formed to launch the first three-year work program in October and November. This ambitious program includes: local and foreign academic offers, inclusion, research support, entrepreneurship, multilingualism and European citizenship. Each theme is led by one of the partner universities.

Khaled Bouabdallah, President of the Université de Lyon, said during his speech:

It is built on a foundation of inclusion, excellence and interdisciplinary work. Our ultimate goal is to build a European network which is powerful and integrated enough to consider developing European diplomas for our students. This will require a significant increase in mobility and a high-level development of collaborative projects with our European partners.

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