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 and a common profile as internationalized institutions with deep regional engagement in medium-sized cities.
University of Granada
A public comprehensive research university founded in 1531, with approx. 56,000 students, 3,600 academics, 1,900 administrative and support staff. It offers 62 undergraduate degrees, 106 Master’s degrees and 28 doctoral programmes organized in three overarching doctoral schools, covering all fields of knowledge.
The UGR has 15 research institutes and over 400 research teams working in all disciplinary fields. It is currently (2018) ranked third in Spain according to the Shanghai ranking, behind only the Universities of Barcelona and Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), and is the leading regional university in the south of Spain, with 34 disciplines appearing in the top 500. It is especially strong in Library and Information Science (ranked 28th), Food Science and Nutrition (38th), Computer Science and Engineering (top 100), Mathematics (top 100), Oceanography (top 100), Earth Sciences (top 150), Dentistry and Oral Sciences (top 150), Psychology (top 150), Statistics (top 150) and Transportation Science and Technology (top 150).
The UGR has five urban campuses in the city of Granada, including the state-of-the-art Health Sciences Technology Park which uniquely combines teaching, research, knowledge transfer and healthcare; campuses in the two Spanish enclaves on the north coast of Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, and a virtual campus. This situation reinforces UGR role as a bridge between Europe and North Africa, and also with Latin America, with which we have strong historical and cultural ties.
For the University of Granada, internationalization is a policy priority. UGR has a leading position in Europe in incoming and outgoing student and staff mobility in the Erasmus programme. It also has a large worldwide mobility programme for students and staff financed by the UGR’s own internationalization Fund. For some years now, UGR have fulfilled the European Union objective of over 20% of our students having significant international experience on graduating.
University of Graz
With 32,500 students and 4,300 employees in research, teaching and administration, the University of Graz (UG), founded in 1585, is one of the largest, most traditional and innovative universities in Austria. Its range of studies in six faculties is defined by great variety and scope. UG has a strong international profile, it is connected with around 500 international partner institutions worldwide and manages about 1.200 outbound and 800 inbound student mobilities per academic year.
In addition to enhancing mobility, widening access and strengthening entrepreneurship, a central objective of UG is to provide early-stage researchers with a wide range of opportunities for international cooperation and exchange. Students who gain international experience in the course of their career – for example, through studying abroad or working in an international (research) team – learn to adopt new perspectives and deal with different approaches in their field of expertise. This enables them to find better, more sustainable and forward-looking solutions for societal challenges.
Research-based teaching and the transfer of knowledge and results generated through research to society are considered essential. Doctoral and post-doc researchers operate in networked research groups and are thoroughly prepared for successful work as scholars and scientists in a global context. Early-stage researchers are supported through specialised training and mobility programmes as well as cooperation with other scientific institutions and commercial enterprises.
University of Leipzig
Leipzig University (UL) was founded in 1409 and has built up on a “tradition of crossing boundaries” – by no coincidence its declared leitmotif – ever since. With 14 Faculties and a wide variety of subjects, UL is home to more than 30,000 students. It is engaged in academic cooperation worldwide, sending out and welcoming altogether over 1,500 exchange students each year.
UL has a strong focus on multilingualism and multiculturalism and has been bringing together stakeholders internally to review and shape frameworks regulating language levels and requirements in teaching.
University of Lyon
Université de Lyon (UdL) is the second cluster for education and research in France. Owing to its world-class academic position, it has been awarded the IDEX label of excellence in 2017. As of January 2020, UdL will be a single university merging the 3 universities- Lyon 1, Lyon 3 and Jean Monnet. They already joined Arqus as a single partner. In doing so, they offer a coherent governance, based on the added-values of each partner. UdL accounts for 90 000 students, 4 300 faculty members, and 3 200 administrative and technical staff.
For UdL, Europe is traditionally very well operated through Erasmus+ mobility of students, staff, faculty and EU projects (H2020, Erasmus+). Continuing to focus on Europe is a major stake for UdL in addition to its efforts on Canada and China where offshore offices were set up over the past 6 months, as well as in Brazil and Japan where its representations will take shape over 2019.
University of Padova
UNIPD is the top Italian University in several research fields, as stated in two consecutive research quality assessments performed by the Italian ministry of education (MIUR): Physics, Medicine, Industrial and Information Engineering, Agriculture and Veterinary, Psychology, Economics and Statistics. UNIPD is ranked within the best 250 universities in the 2019 QS and THE worldwide rankings. We want to collaborate with our partners to improve our actions and projects towards more effective ways of fostering the research activities and in particular young researchers. Supporting PhD students and post-docs represents the best way of keeping and improving our research performance and general competitiveness.
Innovative teaching is one of the most groundbreaking activities pursued lately. We keep increasing the number of programs given in other languages, having more than 900 classes taught in English this academic year. New approaches, such as teaching-4-learning and virtual classes, attract great attention and effort, and put us at the forefront of innovation in Europe, even through the initiatives of the Coimbra Group. Intensive courses attract teachers to improve their teaching methods and language. Sharing this approaches to provide the Arqus students with new ways of learning and experiencing international environments is one major goal of our participation, as well as developing new mobility schemes to grow the numbers of students and staff who can benefit from an international context.
University of Vilnius
VU is the oldest and largest higher education institution in Lithuania, founded in 1579 and as a socially impactful university, seeks to ensure that the quality of studies at all levels would conform to European standard while pertaining to the needs of the state and society.
One of the strategic priorities of VU is to become one of the leading universities in Europe through development of research and studies at an international level.