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Edition 13

EUniverCities Newsletter

October 2018

The second newsletter of 2018 with the latest news and updates from the EUniverCities Network. 
In this edition: a lookback at the Sub-Network meetings about
Internationalisation. Also we look back at the decision-makers meeting in May in Ghent. 
Interact, a platform that stimulates synergies between UNIL (University of Lausanne) and the City of Lausanne, has given rise to seven exciting projects covering fields as diverse as urban planning, security, sport and culture. 
The University of Exeter launches a new
programme to power high-growth UK companies. A new centre to drive entrepreneurship amongst University students and graduates, situated on the University of Exeter Streatham campus in the Innovation Centre, opened in September 2018. 
Ghent University welcomes the support of the City of Ghent for the development of its
branch campus in South Korea. Our network partner Norrköping/Linköping discusses future education at Campus Norrköping
And last but not least we share information about
upcoming activities and events

Enjoy reading the newsletter!


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Look back at the Internationalisation sub-network meetings in Parma and Leuven
International student and staff mobility in Europe has risen in the last decade. Where Europe’s larger cities are used to absorb an international population, for many medium-sized university cities, internationalisation is a relatively new phenomenon. This gives rise to all sorts of challenges for universities, city administrations, and other organisations, and asks for new types of collaboration.
In the international exchange meeting in Parma (Italy), from 11- 12 April, we focused on the question how to integrate international students, scientists and expats in the urban society of the host city. We focused on the following questions:
  • How do the students and scientists mix with the population?
  • What are the main barriers that prevent mixing?
  • How can citizens see the benefits of internationals for their city?
  • How can international students and scholars be encouraged to open themselves to the population?
  • What policies could help to promote integration? 
  • How can city and university collaborate more effectively in all these respects?
The programme in Parma was organised along these lines. We enjoyed contributions from the keynote speaker (Carlos Cardoso Oliveira, University of Porto), and from the partner cities Delft, Magdeburg, Tartu, and host city Parma. They explained their approaches, and how city and university work together. There were testimonials from international students and researchers that reside in Parma, giving us first-hand experience on their integration in Parma.
We visited the European Food Security Agency (EFSA) where many internationals work, and also the brand new International School. Also, the delegations conducted a backcasting exercise, in which they sketched an “ideal” situation five years from now, and discussed what measures would be needed to reach that situation.  


From 18-20 June representatives of the sub-network Internationalisation visited the city of Leuven (Belgium). The aim of the study visit was to get to know the developments in Leuven. Leuven is a very dynamic city, only 20 km from Brussels.
The city has 100,000 inhabitants and 50,000 students. The city is very international, people from 170 nationalities live and work in Leuven. During the site visit, the participants learned more about the "Leuven Mindgate" initiative, the plans for the International House and the internationalisation activities of KU Leuven and the Leuven University of Applied Sciences. 
More information:
                                                                                                                      Aerial view of Ghent
Decision-makers meetings are held once every two years on average. At this meeting, political leaders and decision-makers from city and university administrations (i.e. Mayors, Vice Mayors, Rectors, Vice-Rectors, Deans) gather to discuss strategic issues relating to city-university cooperation, governance and future developments.
The mayor of the City of Ghent, Daniel Termont, and the Rector of the University of Ghent, Rik van de Walle, had invited the representatives from all EUniverCities partners for the 3rd edition of the EUniverCities Decision-makers meeting. 
In the first part, the EUniverCities members took part in the launch event of the EUROCITIES-campaign “Cities4Europe, Europe for citizens” on the 7th of May. This event was the start of an inspiring process that will contribute inshaping the future of Europe.
On the 8th of May, the decision-makers had a very fruitful discussion in the town hall of Ghent under the moderation of the network expert Willem van Winden. The main topics of this meeting were the reflection on how the network functions, the discussion about the future focus, key topics and methods of the network and the development of inspiring new ideas for the work of the secretariat and the members.
After a stocktaking of positives and the added value of the network, the decision-makers had a very constructive discussion about potential themes in the future. Another important part of the meeting was the exchange about methodologies of learning and exchange. Some examples out of a longerlist of conclusions and recommendations are:
  • EUniverCities could develop as a platform and resource for comparative research on relevant topics, to have systematic analysis of common issues/ challenges, conducted by teams of researchers from the partners.
  • EUniverCities could consider to go beyond the exchange of knowledge and ideas, towards joint implementation of new projects; Together, cities can start “frontrunner projects”.
  • EUniverCities can consider a more reflective methodology: rather than quick learning doing site visits, doing more in-depth or longitudinal studies on city-university collaboration.
In the end, all decision-makers agreed that EUniverCities is a great place to exchange experiences and best practices. Therefore, all participants expect that the network has an increasing importance for the partners in the future.

Interact, a platform that stimulates synergies between UNIL and the City of Lausanne

Interact is the result of an agreement, signed in 2016, in which the Municipality of Lausanne and University of Lausanne (UNIL) each undertake to invest CHFs 20,000 per year to constitute a basic fund that will enable synergies to be developed.
This platform aims to stimulate collaboration between the scientists or administrative services of UNIL and those of the City and to develop these relations in a reasoned and structured way. The implementation of this tool was entrusted to Nadia Yersin, from the City's Office of Development and External Relations, and Marc de Perrot from the University of Lausanne (UNIL).
Specifically, Interact launched a call for projects a year ago. Seventeen proposals were sent and submitted to a selection committee, composed of personalities from UNIL and the City.


What were the validation criteria? "In particular, a project had to be set up and run jointly by one or more representatives of the City and UNIL, whether it had an innovative or original aspect, or whether its results were interesting from both an academic and practical point of view," explains Nadia Yersin. Seven projects have been selected. They are in progress and will be completed at the end of 2018. They cover a wide range of areas such as urban planning, security, sport and culture. According to Nadia Yersin, they are all extremely sharp and worn by very committed people.
"The project leaders selected, took part in three workshops organised in 2018 to collect their feedback," says Marc de Perrot. "We do not have the will to frame, but rather to develop an institutional posture and to promote good practices. A particular challenge arises from the fact that researchers and people in the City often engage in a collaborative project with different objectives, which can be frustrating. It is therefore a matter of making them explicit and compatible so that everyone benefits."
Interact's role is not to evaluate the scientific quality of the results, but to identify the conditions that make a collaboration work to the satisfaction of all its stakeholders so that the experience can be applied to future collaborations. "We are therefore interested in how academic and non-academic partners work together, to develop with them the methodological tools necessary to build collaborations that will produce results that meet the respective needs of both."
This work will make it possible to produce practical instructions for the proper functioning of collaboration between representatives of the City and UNIL. For example, the platform is developing a list of all conceptual and organizational points that proponents of a collaboration should consider when launching their project.
What's next? A second call for projects for 2019 was launched this June, with the aim of broadening the experience and applying the first lessons of the 2018 call. "Ultimately, the Interact approach should also benefit collaborations with other public entities, attached to the canton or other communes," concludes Marc de Perrot.
(This article was published in French language in the UNIL magazine “Uniscope”, 3 September 2018.)
More about Interact (in French) on:
The University of Exeter launches new programme to power high-growth UK companies
The University of Exeter, as part of the SETsquared Partnership, recently launched a
programme to enable some of the UK's best tech scale-up companies become the sector giants of tomorrow. It is expected to generate over £25bn for the economy by 2030, create an additional 30,000 high-skilled jobs in the tech sector, and help improve Britain's poor investment record in research and development.

SETsquared is the Global No. 1 business incubator and since it started, it has helped over 3,500 businesses who have gone on to create over 20,000 jobs and raise £1.5bn in investment. This is already generating a cumulative impact on the UK economy of £8.6bn. SETsquared's new scale-up programme tackles the issue of how to ensure more UK tech start-ups develop to become major forces in their field. It has been supported by £5m of government funding through Research England's Connecting Capability Fund which will enable 240 of the most innovative scale-up companies to access support.
New centre will boost entrepreneurship in Exeter
A new centre to drive entrepreneurship amongst University students and graduates is being set up in the
Innovation Centre, situated on the University of Exeter Streatham campus. Opened late September 2018, the space enables student and recent graduate entrepreneurs to develop their ideas and grow their business while still receiving renowned support from the University of Exeter including mentoring, access to grant funding, workshops, events and training sessions. The space is being designed by staff and students.
Another unique introduction, from the next academic year, will be the chance for all University of Exeter students to study for entrepreneurial modules regardless of their primary subject choice. This new offering will enable students to get their ideas off the ground and learn new skills to enhance their employability.

Exeter runs the award winning Think:Try:Do Student Start-up Programme which focuses on identifying and fostering the startup ambitions of University of Exeter students; giving them the chance to develop enterprise and employability skills.
Last year, Exeter was revealed as the fastest-growing city in the UK. The new facility at the Innovation Centre will be a strong new addition to the City. 

The Ghent University Global Campus, a nice example of international cooperation between Ghent University and the City of Ghent
Since 2014, Ghent University is active at the Incheon Global Campus, an initiative of the South Korean Government to persuade foreign universities to install a branch campus in the newly developed smart city of Songdo, part of the city of Incheon that has been developed on reclaimed land from the sea. Ghent University is so far the only European University who has opened a branch campus in Songdo. Other universities present are the US universities SUNY, George Mason and Utah. 
The Ghent University Global Campus (GUGC) offers undergraduate degrees in life sciences (molecular biotechnology, environmental technology and food technology).

In the development of the campus and its promotion, the link with the City of Ghent is an important element. Ghent University therefore highly welcomes the support of the City of Ghent in its promotion campaigns in South Korea.
An illustration of this was the presence of the city at the 
‘little België’ festival that has been organized at the occasion of the commencement and matriculation ceremony in August 2018 to celebrate the first students graduating from the campus and the welcoming of the 140 freshmen students starting their study career. Besides a number of boots with typical Belgian products the City of Ghent was present with a boot promoting the medieval city and a representative explaining to students and their parents the facilities the City of Ghent is offering to students. This information is of particular importance as all students enrolling at GUGC need to follow courses in the home campus as part of the quality assurance of the South Korean programs for at least one semester in order to obtain their degree. Also in other promotional materials and activities we constantly make the link between GUGC, the home campus and the City of Ghent.
One of the reasons for Korean and other Asian students to study at GUGC besides studying at a world class university ranking in the top 100 and the quality of its education, is indeed the wish to know more about the European culture, the Belgian way of life and the fame of the City of Ghent, that also in South Korea is becoming famous as one of best hidden treasures of Europe. 
But besides its support in promotional activities, the city also helps the university with contacts with the local authorities in Korea, a country where support from our own authorities is esteemed very high as was proofed during a recent visit of the Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) commissioner at Ghent where he was keen to meet the City of Ghent and provincial authorities to further explore the links between both cities and regions. Therefore we can state that for the development of branch campuses the bond between city and university is an important asset.      
More Information: 
The Ghent University Global Campus (GUGC)
Workshop on future education at Campus Norrköping, Linköping University

On September 14, 2018, the leading politicians and officials from the municipality of Norrköping met with the principal and directors from Linköping University on a workshop on the theme "Future education at Campus Norrköping". A total of 50 people participated. The issues discussed during the day focused on questions like how to get more students to Campus Norrköping, and how to develop the content of the education programs and how lifelong learning can be supported.
At the workshops, peo
ple from the municipality and the university worked together and the groups presented their ideas to all participants. The next step is to work with results from the workshop and to write a follow-up report.

In this work, Jörgen Jonsson from the municipality will collaborate with the head of Campus Norrköping Martin Rantzer.

EUniverCities Event Calendar (2018)

28-29 November 2018
Aalborg (Denmark)

The sub-Network about Internationalisation will meet in Aalborg.
Topic: Integration of international graduates into the regional labor market. 

4-6 December 2018
Trondheim (Norway)

The next EUniverCities Network meeting will be held in Trondheim (Norway).
Topic: From global vision to action through entrepreneurship. Student mobilization in the cooperation between cities and universities - what strategies are needed to work together on our joint challenges?
The detailed programme can be found on the website
1 January 2019

From January 2019, network partner Parma (Italy) will take over the secretariat of the EUniverCities Network. 
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