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From Talent to Societal Impact: An Evolutionary Journey for Universities


The Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN) seeks to engage in the current discussions on the future of the universities in Europe.This paper aims to contribute to that reflection by highlighting some of the most pressing challenges that higher education institutions will face in the coming years, by identifying enabling factors and conditions that could allow institutions to evolve in the next decade and by providing a series of recommendations to policy makers to support universities in this journey.





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Published: July 2, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

  • Busting myths on Open Science with the YERUN OS Calendar 2021!

    Open Science: despite gaining momentum, there are still many myths, prejudices, misconceptions around it, which hinder it from flourishing.

    This YERUN calendar is a playful way to bust some of the most common myths around Open Science! 

    Do some of these sound familiar to you? Then, turn the windows day after day, from 1st to 24th December, to discover what’s behind these myths and how to debunk them! 

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    Published: December 1, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    CIVIS Open Labs: a tool for invigorating civic engagement in public universities

    Open Labs are spaces where collaborative projects can take place thanks to the wide thematic scope and the variety of stakeholders involved. In CIVIS, the Open Labs help to deploy actions between academics and citizens with the participation of local administrations and civil organizations. They are local tools that connect education, research, and innovation with local issues through the design of specific activities that require the involvement of citizens. This self-adaptation mechanism brings universities closer to society and contributes to the co-creation of solutions with the surrounding ecosystem. 

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    Published: November 30, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    Hop on UEF’s YUFE train!

    YUFE University Alliance (Young Universities for the Future of Europe) has been up and running for two years, with a wonderful selection of opportunities for our students, staff members and the citizens living in the YUFE cities and regions across Europe. In the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), we aim to make it easy for people to join and to make the best of YUFE.

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    Published: November 29, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    New enrolment in the YUFE Student Journey and launch of the upgraded version of YUFE Virtual Campus

    On September 16, YUFE launched an upgraded version of the YUFE Virtual Campus, which further facilitates flexible learning and the autonomy of students, as well as helps keep track of students’ progress towards the learning goals they have set for themselves.

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    Published: November 29, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    YUFE moving forward towards a radical transformation of higher education in Europe

    The Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) Alliance brings together ten dynamic, young research based universities (1) from as many European countries and four partners from the non-governmental and private sector (2). Together, the YUFE partners work to pioneer a radical transformation of higher education in Europe by developing the leading model of a young, student-centred, non-elitist, open and inclusive European University. Students actively co-create and are at the centre of everything YUFE does.

    The YUFE Alliance strives to establish a holistic European University that is active in education, research and innovation and enhances the collaboration of academia, business, society and decision makers (quadruple helix) (3).

    Find out more about the YUFE vision and mission on the YUFE website!

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    Published: November 29, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    Students examine the reform ideals of ERUA universities

    The European Reform University Alliance (ERUA) explores what constitutes a “reform university” in Europe today. ERUA’s first public Annual Summit, held online from 2 to 4 December 2021, will explicitly address this question in the workshop "Reform University Ideals and Data Collection". Within ERUA, students play an important role in this discussion.

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    Published: November 29, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    Dublin City University - transforming higher education through ECIU

    As a member of the ECIU University alliance, Dublin City University is working with its partner universities to transform higher education, research and innovation through a challenge-based approach. 

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    Published: November 29, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    Creating a new model for higher education in Europe

    NOVA University Lisbon joined EUTOPIA European University in September 2021. EUTOPIA European University is a connected and inclusive community of like-minded universities. Through collaborative research, challenge-based learning foregrounding pedagogical excellence, greater student and teacher mobility, and shared innovation, EUTOPIA seeks to address local and global challenges, ultimately contributing to creating a new model for higher education in Europe.

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    Published: November 29, 2021 | By: YERUN Office
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