YUFE Town Hall Meeting in Bremen
Young, innovative, and strong in research: Ten universities and four non-academic partners are shaping a European university in the form of the YUFE Alliance (Young Universities for the Future of Europe). To mark the University of Bremen’s 50th anniversary, the alliance’s annual meeting is taking place in Bremen on October 13 and 14. UM President and Chair of the YUFE Alliance Martin Paul, and UM Rector Rianne Letschert will attend the meeting. Among others, political representatives of the respective YUFE regions will be present. The meeting with about 60 participants in Bremen is taking place within the framework of the annual Town Hall Meeting. Here, university leaders and staff have the chance to meet and discuss things outside of the regular YUFE meeting schedule.
Professor Martin Paul: “YUFE stands for a radical change in higher education. Our common goal is to establish a European university that is young, non-elitist, open, and inclusive. We look forward to a stimulating exchange in Bremen to further advance this process with all partners and political representatives.”
The YUFE Alliance is supported by the EU, the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), and the State of Bremen. It is one of 41 alliances selected in summer 2019 to shape a European university. The network already gives students the opportunity to take academic courses at their respective partner universities in pilot projects. Further opportunities include language courses/tandems/cafés, professional and social skills training, civic involvement activities, physical, virtual, and mixed mobility opportunities, international internships, and support for entrepreneurial initiatives. The alliance also offers exchange and training opportunities for staff from the areas of science, administration, and technology. The first YUFE post-doc positions have already been awarded. In addition, there are opportunities for events and further training for all university employees. YUFE also aims to connect the respective cities and regions while promoting cooperation and exchange.
In addition to Maastricht University, the network includes the University of Bremen (Germany), the University of Antwerp (Belgium), Carlos III University of Madrid (Spain), the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Essex (Great Britain), Nicolaus Copernicus University Torun (Poland), the University of Rijeka (Croatia), the Tor Vergata University of Rome (Italy), and the University of Cyprus. .