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How are young universities nurturing talent?


Ahead of the upcoming Communications of the European Commission on the Renewed European Research Area, on the European Education Area and on the updating of the Skills Agenda, it is high time to talk about the employability of our students and researchers. As a network of young, dynamic and research-driven universities, YERUN members share a strong commitment to strengthen the employability of their students and researchers who are the employees, knowledge workers, entrepreneurs and citizens of tomorrow. Graduate Employability touches upon the discussions on the future of skills, the future of work, challenges of digitalisation and the role of education and research in our societies. With that in mind, YERUN collected practices from our institutions implemented at various levels (Bachelor, Master, PhD or postdoc) that are having an impact in the career of our graduates with a view of sharing and starting a dialogue with other universities and stakeholders. 





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Published: March 16, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

  • Fighting against COVID-19: Young universities adapting to an unprecedented situation

    Among the many things that characterise life in the 21st century, there is a sense of omnipotence that distinguishes us, human beings. Used to be always interconnected, always on the go, always accustomed to do as we please, inebriated by the conviction that anything we wish is possible, we often tend to forget how small we are in the greater order of things. Who could imagine, no longer than a month ago, that life as we knew it could be turned upside down so quickly? And, to cap it all, by something so small, so invisible to the human eye as a virus. And yet, it happened. And it is forcing all of us, in our public and private lives, to completely rethink our long-rooted habits. 

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    Published: March 24, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    YERUN expresses full support for its members following Covid-19 outbreak

    The current circumstances are unprecedented: the outbreak of the Covid-19 is putting our communities, our countries, and the whole globe under great pressure, forcing us to re-think our habits, our priorities, our way of working and collaborating. 

    The YERUN office would like to express its full support to its members, which are working tirelessly to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak, ensuring to the greatest possible extent the continuation of their activities, providing online solutions and services and, most importantly, guaranteeing the wellbeing of their students and staff. In light of these developments, together collectively, we have therefore decided to postpone our upcoming meetings to a later date or, whenever possible, hold them in an online format. 

    The YERUN office stays at full disposal of its members for any support they might need and wishes them all the best in this challenging moment. 

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    Published: March 18, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    #2 YERUN News: What's up at young universities?

    In our fast-changing world, overwhelmed by new and often unexpected challenges, universities remain key enablers of impactful knowledge and world-changing discovery. Research projects that contribute to make a real change in the societies we live in deserve to be highlighted. 

    This is why in this month's edition of "What's up at Young Universities?" we decided to propose you a selection of some ERC projects currently ongoing at YERUN institutions.

    Click here to read the YERUN February Newsletter!

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    Published: February 29, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    SCOPE: Plasma to help make chemistry sustainable

    According to four top scientists, plasma will play a crucial role in how we tackle climate change. “With the help of plasma, we can convert methane, CO2 and nitrogen into renewable fuels and new chemicals in a sustainable way”, explains Annemie Bogaerts, professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Antwerp. The European Research Council is investing ten million in the research.

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    SENSOTRA: Sensory environment changes across generations

    Professor of Cultural Studies Helmi Järviluoma at the University of Eastern Finland holds an ERC Advanced Grant (1.9 million euros, 2016–2021) to investigate sensory environments, transgenerational environmental relationships and changes thereto.

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    Promoting research collaboration in the face of BREXIT

    Despite uncertainties on the future of post-Brexit academic cooperation, YERUN members continue to promote research collaboration across the Channel. Between 30-31  January 2020, 11 early career and established researchers from the University of Essex have visited the University of Konstanz and explored new research opportunities.

    "Research has always been a truly trans-boundary endeavour. YERUN provides a unique network of outstanding European universities. In a post-Brexit uncertainty it will be of vital importance to stay united." These are the words of Prof. Dr. Michael Stürner, Vice Rector for Teaching and Curricular Affairs at the University of Konstanz.

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    TiNT: Examining interpretations of the New Testament

    Dublin City University lecturer Dr. Garrick Allen received a EUR 1.5 million, 5 year ERC grant for his study, Titles of the New Testament: A New Approach to Manuscripts and the History of Interpretation (TiNT). This project will examine what manuscripts say about the ways the New Testament (NT) was interpreted by the communities that produced them and map the ways that interpretations changed over time. This is accomplished by comprehensively analysing the forms and wordings of the title preserved in nearly all Greek NT manuscripts (c. 3500).

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    LUDEME: Modelling the Evolution of Traditional Games with "Digital Archeoludology"

    Humans, throughout history, have played a variety of games that are often embedded in a particular culture. Games also serve as social lubricants that help people interact with one another across cultural, linguistic, and other social boundaries. But while there exists ample evidence of games in the archaeological and historical records, we know very little about how these games were actually played until relatively recently, creating huge gaps in our knowledge of this important part of our cultural heritage.

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    Published: February 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office
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