News from UNICA April 2016 issue
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News from UNICA - April 2016 issue

Welcome to the April issue of our newsletter! In this issue you will find:
  • news from the UNICA Board,
  • brief reports on the recent joint UNICA-SGroup-Compostela Workshop on students' employability and the IRO meeting,
  • our upcoming activities for the May-June period,
  • updates on ongoing European project and the new special KA3 call,
  • what the Secretariat has been up to this month.

News from the President & Steering Committee

On invitation of Université Pierre et Marie Curie, UNICA President Prof. Luciano Saso gave a talk at the EMMAG project meeting at Polytechnic University of Valencia. The EMMAG project, coordinated by UMPC, aims to reinforce the cooperation between universities of Mediterranean Partner Countries and European universities.
Don't miss the Spring Call for Host Universities! Member Universities that would like to express their willingness to host a UNICA meeting are kindly requested to send applications to the UNICA Secretariat by Monday, 2 May 2016. For more information, please contact the UNICA Secretariat.

Recent meetings

IRO meeting 2016
in Dubrovnik

Efficiency in internationalisation, projects supporting the work of IROs, and links with other UNICA Working Groups were at the core of the UNICA IRO meeting 2016, kindly hosted by the Centre for Advanced Academic Studies of the University of Zagreb in Dubrovnik, 26-27 April 2016.

6th UNICA-SGroup-Compostela Group
Joint Workshop 

The 6th UNICA-SGroup-Compostela Group Joint WorkshopRethinking competence development for students' employability: practical solutions for Europe took place on 14 April 2016  and was hosted by Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

The Student Conference "The Golden Wall" gathered 30 European students to discuss the refugee crisis and  intercultural tolerance. The event took place in Subotica, town at the border between Serbia and Hungary and was organised by BOZAR, ESN Serbia, UNICA and IAU. 
Read more

Coming up!

UNICA-MED meeting @AECHE Conference

An informal UNICA-MED meeting will take place on 25 May 2016 on the occasion of the 3rd Arab-Euro Conference on Higher Education (AECHE 3): Opportunities and Challenges for Arab and European universities in fulfilling their societal mission (University of Barcelona, 25-27 May 2016).


55 participants will take part in the 6th edition of the UNICA GREEN Workshop: Towards Carbon-Neutral Universities, hosted by the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" in cooperation with Sapienza University and Roma Tre University, 2-4 May 2016.

Rectors Conference at Charles University

Organised in framework of the 700th birthday anniversary celebrations of Charles IV, the Rectors Conference: "Legacy of Charles IV, Education and Academic Freedoms, Innovation and Open Society” will take place at Charles University in Prague, 
13 May 2016.

"University, Culture and the City" Conference

The first "University Culture and the City" Conference (U. NOVA de Lisboa, 16-17 May 2016) will aim to collect practices and experiences in embedding Culture inside universities and showcase examples of successful cooperation between Universities and Cities' cultural Institutions.

DEA Mission to the Netherlands

Diplomatic, Economic and Academic 
Mission to the Netherlands is organised by the International Diplomatic and Consular Society (CIDIC) in cooperation with UNICA on 10-12 May 2016.

PR & Communications Workshop

The 6th PR & Communications Workshop (University of Iceland, Reykjavik 6-7 June 2016) will focus on the complex process of shaping and implementing university PR & Communication strategy.

Members in the Spotlight

On Friday 29 April 2016 Sapienza University of Rome is hosting “Erasmus Generation – A Value for Europe,” an event dedicated to international mobility, which will open with a commemoration of the 13 Erasmus students who recently passed away in a bus accident in Spain. Read more.
Université Libre de Bruxelles and Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan) launched a Waseda University Brussels Liaison Office at the ULB campus in Brussels during the official inauguration on 25 April 2016 in the presence of Princess Astrid of Belgium. On 11 April, the privileged partnership agreement linking the two institutions since 2010 was renewed during a ceremony in Tokyo. Read more (in French)
University of Oslo opens a Centre for Extremist Research after winning a national competition last autumn. "Knowledge and insight can contribute to the fight against extremists. Research and prevention are important to secure the basic values of democracy, human rights and safety", said Norway's Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe. Read more.

European Commission Projects

HousErasmus+: The project invites IROs and students to take part in a consultation on accommodation for international students and Erasmus+ trainees.
Find the survey here.
Erasmus Without Paper: a dream within reach? The aim of EWP project is to create an open source application for electronic exchange of students’ data. All interested institutions can follow up the EWP Network’s development and offer their feedback whenever appropriate. For latest updates subscribe to the EWP newsletter!
Call for proposals - Erasmus+ KA3 Social inclusion: The new call under Erasmus+ KA3 follows the Paris Declaration on "Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimation through education". Deadline for proposals: 31 May 2016Read more.

News from the Secretariat

On the 7-10 April UNICA Project & Event Officer Dominique Montagnese and Communications Intern Audre Chudinskaite attended the AGM of Erasmus Student Network. UNICA's activities and UNICA-ESN cooperation was presented to more than 800 students. Dominique also held a workshop "Towards a Student-Centred University" based on the outcomes of PASCL project

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