• YERUN Annual Report 2021

    Welcome to the YERUN Annual Report 2021! We did our very best to collect the precious memories and most important highlights of 2021 before the year came to an end.

    Published: December 23, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    Reforming research assessment in Europe: YERUN’s take on the issue.

    The topic of research assessment is high on the EU agenda and the European Commission is developing an initiative in which a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) would be signed by research performing organisations, research funding organisations, and national assessment agencies. Such an agreement would bring together all stakeholders interested in changing the research assessment system through a set of actions based on commonly established principles.

    The Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN) greatly welcomes the attention that is being given to this crucial topic at EU level as well as the proposal to embrace a more qualitative approach in research assessment. The topic is complex and YERUN acknowledges the EC’s constructive work, with the support of stakeholders, towards defining common principles and actions that guide future changes to the research assessment system.

    Published: November 23, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    The new Pact for R&I in Europe, what next? YERUN’s reflection on the future ERA Governance

    YERUN welcomes the European Commission’s recently published Pact for R&I in Europe: this is an important step forward to mobilise the entire European R&I community around key principles and values, priority areas for joint action, investment targets and monitoring mechanisms under the new ERA. Nevertheless, for the Pact to be effective, it is paramount to consider some aspects listed in this document. These refer to the implementation of the Pact for R&I, as well as to the participatory mechanisms and monitoring system related to the governance of the new ERA.

    Download the YERUN Statement!

    Published: July 20, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    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.

    Download the YERUN paper!

    Published: July 2, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    The Future Starts Today! Inspiring initiatives from Young European Research Universities

    YERUN has collected a series of inspiring initiatives and practices from its members universities. These practices are great examples of how the transformative journey has already started in young research universities, by taking concrete actions in many crucial fields.

    Download the collection of inspiring initiatives from YERUN members!

    Published: June 30, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    YERUN Annual Report 2020

    2020 will be remembered as a very challenging year, but also one of deep transformations. COVID-19 has forced all of us to rethink our ways of living, working, interacting, networking. This annual report sums up the work of the Young European Research Universities Network in 2020, which despite the fully digital format, has been fruitful and enriching as always.

    Check out the YERUN Annual Report 2020!

    Published: January 19, 2021 | By: YERUN Office

    Young European research universities welcome the EEA Communication

    The Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN) warmly welcomes the publication of the European Commission's Communication “Achieving the European Education Area by 2025”. Such an ambitious Communication certainly comes at a unique moment, as the COVID-19 pandemic and the digital and green transitions are accelerating changes in the European education and training landscapes. Consequently, it seems important to develop new initiatives, foster investment in education and training, and achieve a stronger cooperation between the EU Member States so that all European citizens can benefit from high-quality education and training.

    Published: December 9, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    The new ERA Communication through the eyes of young universities

    The Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN) warmly welcomes the publication of the Communication “A New ERA for Research and Innovation” and believes in its potential to push the European Research Area forward. In particular, YERUN strongly supports the European Commission’s will to: strengthen the national investments in R&I; further promote Open Science practices; promote diversity and inclusiveness; engage citizens, local communities and civil society; increase the cooperation between higher education and research; and strengthen synergies between EU programmes, including Horizon Europe, Erasmus, European Social Fund Plus (ESF+), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and private investments.

    Click here to read the position paper!

    Published: November 27, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    The World of Higher Education after COVID-19

    After four months since the beginning of lockdowns across Europe due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, on Monday 6 July YERUN published a Reflection Paper on The World of Higher Education after COVID-19. 

    The paper is structured in three parts: the first, "What has changed so far", is an overview of the challenges that we have taken stock of across our networks and the solutions identified so far by our members; the second part, "What is coming next" explores three possible post-COVID-19 horizons; the third and last part, "What can we gain", identifies those opportunities coming from this challenging situation that we should not miss.

    Enjoy your read!

    Published: July 7, 2020 | By: YERUN Office

    YERUN welcomes the EC decision to apply ‘force majeure’ and calls for ‘pragmatic flexibility’ in light of COVID-19

    YERUN welcomes the flexibility that the European Commission (EC) is applying when it comes to the management of ongoing Erasmus+ and the Horizon 2020 (H2020) Grants. In particular, YERUN members appreciate the prolongation of ongoing project deadlines and the EC’s decision to allow Erasmus+ National Agencies to invoke the ‘force majeure’ clause. However, exceptional times call for exceptional measures. Stressing once more that this situation, although at varying degrees, is affecting everyone in the European higher education sector, YERUN has called upon the EC to consider the implementation of a series of measures in Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+.

    Click here to read the full statement!


    Published: April 14, 2020 | By: YERUN Office
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