YERUN is delighted to announce that the University of Limerick (UL) and the University of Rijeka (UNIRI) have officially become YERUN members! This joyful event, which marks the beginning of a new exciting era for YERUN, follows the General Assembly’s decision of October 2020 to initiate the network’s first enlargement process. YERUN warmly welcomes the new perspectives, inspiring practices and fresh energies that these two new members will bring to the network. For YERUN, the University of Limerick and the University of Rijeka are simply a natural fit, by virtue of their values, ambitions and priorities, which perfectly match those identified by YERUN in its recently launched Strategic Plan 2021-2025. A big welcome to to UL and UNIRI to the Young European Research Universities Network!
About the University of Limerick
The University of Limerick (UL) with over 16,300 students and 1,700 staff is an energetic and enterprising institution with a proud record of innovation and excellence in education, research and scholarship. The dynamic, entrepreneurial and pioneering values which drive its mission and strategy ensure UL to capitalise on local, national and international engagement and connectivity.
UL is renowned for providing an outstanding student experience and employability and conducting leading edge research. At the heart of its DNA is a strong focus on tackling real world problems. Its responsive community is taking on global challenges including affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, climate action and public health while also responding to the COVID-19 challenge.
Programmes are offered across a wide range of disciplines, including arts, business, engineering and construction, health and medicine, information and communication technology, law, mathematics and natural sciences. UL has many marketing-leading programmes and several which are unique in Ireland. UL pioneered the concept of Cooperative Education in Ireland, placing more than 2,000 students in paid and semi-paid work placements annually, with 30% of undergraduates placed on international placements. UL has one of the highest graduate employability rates at 97%, and offers an array (>50) of continuous professional education programmes.
The research focus is characterised by the convergence of discrete disciplines working together to achieve fundamental breakthroughs whilst ensuring research is rapidly translated into economic and social impacts for society. UL’s research addresses areas of importance to society such as education, languages, healthcare and social inclusion and has significant impact on sectors that are vital to our economy such as pharmaceuticals, med-tech, software, food, communications and energy. UL is at the heart of Ireland’s mission to nurture and attract talent and generate new knowledge. It has research collaborations with over 1900 partners across 107 countries and has forged over 200+ research collaborations with industry.
UL is home to the Nexus Innovation Centre which supports spin-out activity in the region, and is central to the UL Enterprise Corridor which hosts leading R&D companies such as Johnson & Johnson. Adjacent to the University is the National Technology Park (NTP), Ireland’s first science/technology park (263 hectares), which is home to over 80 organisations employing over 3,000 people.
About the University of Rijeka
Founded in 1973, the University of Rijeka (UNIRI) has matured into an open European university and academic center of the true impact that extends beyond the local and regional communities. With a total of 11 faculties and 4 departments, UNIRI is a student-oriented university that recognizes the values of open science, research-based teaching, and innovative knowledge transfer.
UNIRI is devoted to international collaborative partnerships and talent development as well as the development of innovative ecosystems with business and civil society. As a dynamic university, it strives for diversity and inclusivity and academic freedom and integrity. Developing as a community- engaged university, UNIRI continuously enhances both the quality of living and working conditions and the satisfaction of its students, researchers, and staff.
UNIRI is a research-oriented university with a high level of scientific, artistic and innovative activity, integrated into the European Research Area. The university continuously takes care of all phases of research careers – from young to independent and experienced researchers. It encourages the concept of circulating researchers to increase personal and institutional capacities in scientific research. UNIRI is the first university in Croatia to sign the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.
UNIRI is a socially responsible and open university, tailored to student needs: its educational system and learning framework puts students first. With this goal in mind, UNIRI continuously updates its teaching methods, fosters social awareness, and attends to the needs of everyone within its academic community. UNIRI’s primary value lies in connecting students, professors, and other staff members, which is the foundation upon which a university can truly be innovative, creative, and excellent while remaining a place of solidarity and security.