UiB joins Aurora network

The University of Bergen has joined the Aurora network, a pan-European university network, which has a special focus on diversity, improving teaching and the student experience.

Two medicine students at the University of Bergen conducting research in April 2016.
NEW OPPORTUNITIES: The recently launched Aurora network focuses on diversity, improved teaching and enhanced student experience. The photo shows medicine students at the University of Bergen working on a project in April 2016.
Eivind Senneset, University of Bergen

On 21 October 2016, the Aurora network was launched in Amsterdam by nine European universitites, after an initiative by the VU University Amsterdam. The University of Bergen (UiB) is proud to be one of the founding members of this exciting new network, which aims to work for diversity in academia, improving teaching and enhancing the student experience, as well as helping to solve global challenges through research. Aurora will be a valuable addition to the other international university and student exchange networks that UiB is already a member of.

The founding of Aurora follows a 30 year old trend of establishing European university networks, which began with the Coimbra Group in 1985 and the Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (Unica) in 1990. This was a direct result of the initiation of European funding programmes that led to closer interaction between institutions, something which has only strengthened over the decades following.

Recent years has seen a rise in small networks, such as Universitas 21 in 1997, the League of European Research Universities (Leru) in 2002 and the Guild of Research Intensive Universities in June 2016, to which Aurora adds another dimension. This development can be attributed to the changing missions of universities during the past 15 years.