Unveiled: A New European University Group

Later this year, a group of top European universities are planning to establish a new university alliance called “The Guild of European Research Intensive Universities” to increase the research capacity of European universities.

The network aims to bring together universities with proven excellence in research, teaching and policy making. The founding members of the network include the universities of Bologna, Glasgow, Göttingen, Groningen, Oslo, Tübingen, Warwick, Uppsala and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. The official launch of “The Guild of European Research Intensive Universities” will be on 21 November, 2016.

Jan Palmowski, pro vice-chancellor (postgraduate and transnational education) at Warwick and secretary general of the guild’s board, told Times Higher Education that the network will be “distinctive in a number of ways” from other European university alliances, such as the League of European Research Universities. He said, its focus on enhancing universities’ research capacity, innovation, knowledge and education will make it “complementary” to existing networks.

“We look forward to working closely with other networks and organisations in Brussels, and in our national arena, to pursue our common goals,” Professor Palmowski said.

He added that the guild will help to bring researchers together with leaders from industry, business and policy to “achieve new ways of exchanging knowledge”.

“The guild represents a fresh approach to engagement and capacity-building across Europe. We are excited by the prospect of engaging closely with the European Commission, European and national parliamentarians, officials and others to secure outstanding strategic and practical outcomes that will benefit the myriad communities of Europe.” — Ole Petter Ottersen, rector of Oslo and chair of the guild’s board.

Photo credit: “www.colourbox.com”. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from Times Higher Education.

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