Seize our Common Future: Joint Call for an Ambitious Horizon Europe Budget

CLUSTER has joined efforts with more than a dozen European organizations to call for an ambitious Horizon Europe budget that would invest in excellent, cross-border research and innovation (R&I). This investment is essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to build a prosperous future for European society.

The 15 associations call on the EU Institutions and national policy makers to strengthen R&I investment at European level (see attached document). They urge them to raise the budget of the next EU Program for R&I (2021-2027), Horizon Europe, to at least €120 billion. Even though a greater amount would be needed to solve the big challenges mentioned above and match the program’s ambitions, this commitment would give the right signal to boost public and private R&I investment in Europe.

The joint effort must be reinforced to achieve the transformation that Europe needs, in order to build a prosperous, safe, inclusive and sustainable future for the next generations. The EU Leaders have recognised this necessity during the Sibiu Summit, committing to stay united and build a Union fit for the future with the means to match these ambitions.

The Call is open to receive support by organizations at national and European levels. We believe that the more organizations and institutions would adhere to these principles, the more likely our leaders at EU-level and in national contexts will be in a strong position to promote a higher budget for R&I.

CLUSTER highly encourages its members to sign the Call and to further disseminate it in their community of contacts to gather as many supporting organizations as possible to achieve an adequate budget for R&I.

SEEEP PhD Summer School 12-25 August 2019

Affordable Energy Transition: technological solutions and socio-economic constraints

12-25 August 2019

Shanghai Jiaotong University  | Zhejiang University Hangzhou

 

The yearly 2-week Energy PhD School will take place at Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU) and Zhejiang University (ZJU) in Hangzhou between 12 and 25 August 2019. The theme of the PhD school this year is “Affordable Energy Transition: technological solutions and socio-economic constraints”. Students will have lectures, excursions   and project work in an international working environment where students will come from European Universities as well as Chinese Universities. Expert Professors from Shanghai Jiaotong University, Zhejiang University, KTH Stockholm and TU Eindhoven will give selected high-level lectures on the current and foreseen Sino-European pathways towards a fully renewable energy supply within the context of societal acceptance and economic constraints. Accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner are included for students. Travel to China and transfers from Shanghai to Hangzhou, should be paid by the students or their home departments. The course renders 4.0 ECTS credit points. All CLUSTER students are eligible to the School. Students will be selected based on their application. Please send your application and motivation letter no later than June 30, 2019 to:

energyplatform@kth.se

Hope to see you in China this year!

International Staff Training Week, 7-11 October 2019, Lisbon

Invitation

Técnico Lisboa, of the University of Lisbon, is pleased to announce that its International Staff Training Week will be held from 7 to 11 October, 2019.

The five-day programme has a unique format which will include guest speakers, regular sessions, debates, workshops, along with the opportunity to disseminate your university at the international exhibition (I-Day) and World Café, cultural activities and social events. The outcome is to exchange experiences and know-how and participants who will learn from good practices of the partner institutions, obtaining the skills that are relevant for their jobs and their professional development.

Programme

Detailed programme information is available at International Staff Training Week 2019 or download a brochure here. The International Staff Training Week is open to international relations professionals, administrative staff from international partners and non-partner Universities, as well as staff members from all Portuguese universities. This initiative will enhance skills in 5 main areas:

  1. International Visibility;
  2. Dynamic Networks and Strategic Partnerships;
  3. International Student Recruitment Strategies;
  4. International Events/Fairs @ 2 Campi (Partner Exhibition & World Café);
  5. Job Shadowing Meetings.

Participation in the exhibition is strictly for our international partners, but national professionals are welcome to assist and network with our international partners.  The fair is used to disseminate international mobility opportunities to our students. Previous editions received more than 1000 students.

How to apply?

Fill in the application form as soon as possible, pay and benefit from a special discount. The Fee includes participation in Exhibition (booth) / World café (coffee table) workshops, debate, guest speakers and cultural and social events. The online application is already open.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at international@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

We would appreciate it if you could pass this information to interested persons in the International Affairs Area of your University.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Great ranking of CLUSTER members in the 2019-REUTERS ranking: “Europe’s Most Innovative Universities”

Known as one of the most famous University rankings provider, Reuters published at the beginning of April the “Europe’s most innovative universities 2019”. This ranking spotlights the dynamic of CLUSTER by standing out from the crowd some of its members. For the fourth year in a row, KU Leuven (Belgium) trusts the first place of this ranking. To do so, the Belgian university reached astonishing statistics such as:

Among the CLUSTER’s universities, some others universities performed in this ranking such as the EPFL (Switzerland) which reached the 5th place, TU Eindhoven (Netherlands) is ranked 29th, UCL (Belgium) is 43th, close behind is KIT (Germany) 53th to be found, as well as INP Grenoble (France) 62th. UCL (Spain) and TU Darmstadt (Germany) are also in the top 100 with respectively the 75th and the 97th place.

This ranking is based on several data including patent volume, patent success, width of the patents, patents citation and impact, numbers of articles published and their impact (quotations) and others similar criteria. To see the full methodology, report directly to the Reuters’s explanation.

CLUSTER congratulates all of its members and associate members for their performances in the Reuters’ ranking, especially KU Leuven for it’s top place! These results are a true motivating factor for all members and enhance the renown of CLUSTER.

Summer Course Creating Multidimensional Experience 29 July – 16 August 2019, Aalto University

Aalto University is excited to share a great opportunity for students to learn entrepreneurship in Finland
this summer!

Experience a unique summer course, where students from around the world come together to learn how
to create immersive, multidimensional experiences. During three weeks of magical Finnish summer,
students will use an iterative process to go from an idea to a prototype, learning by doing, while getting to
know and understand the globally renowned startup culture in Helsinki.
For more information, please see links below.

Course website: https://avp.aalto.fi/avp-summer-school/
Summer school video: https://www.youtube.com/
Aalto Ventures Program FB: https://www.facebook.com/aaltoventuresprogram

Students can apply until 31st May via this registration form . If you are willing to send a group of students of five or more, please request group pricing from Ilja Riekki, Head of International Relations, Aalto Ventures Program : ilja.riekki@aalto.fi. You can also schedule a skype call with Ilja, if Aalto University or Aalto Ventures Program are new entities for you.

EUCRITE International Staff Training Week, 17-19 June 2019, Darmstadt

The EUCRITE project Consortium (European Center for Refugee Integration in Higher Education, www.eucrite.eu ) is pleased to invite you to the Staff Training Event taking place at the Technische Universität Darmstadt from Monday June 17th to Wednesday June 19th 2019.

The Staff Training Week is open to international relations professionals, administrative staff from the EUCRITE – European Centre for Refugee Integration in Higher Education – universities as well as staff members from CLUSTER.

The main objective of the training is to provide administrative staff with a set of tools to improve the work with perspective and returning refugee students and enhance inclusion in HEI across Europe.

For further details about the event and the registration please visit the project website.

We are looking forward to receive your registrations until April 22nd. A participation is only possible for staff being able to be present all three days. Please keep in mind that Thursday, June 20th is a national holiday in Germany, therefore we encourage you to make travel arrangements as soon as possible.

CLUSTER Steering Committee I and General Assembly 2019

The annual General Assembly and the first 2019 Steering Committee of CLUSTER was held at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon from 11th to 12th April.

As part of the General Assembly, addional working group meetings were organized, such as a meeting of Erasmus + coordinators and a meeting of the work group on communication.

Moreover, the Consortium was hosting students from all member universities at an inaugrual CLUSTER student representatives’ meeting, to hear student views and discuss ideas about future/new CLUSTER  initiatives. Certainly, this was also a great opportunity for students to get to know like-minded peers, to exchange experiences/ideas and to create their own CLUSTER student network.

Current and upcoming activities of the Consortium as well as the organization of the symposium for the 30-year anniversary of CLUSTER were intensively discussed during the Steering Committee.

Additionally, INGDIVIS, an EU project of CLUSTER partners, organized its open international conference.

 

 

INGDIVS Training Event, 8-12 April 2019, Lisbon

The event will take place in Lisbon on April 8-12 and will be hosted by IST. More information about the INGDIVS project here.

This activity will allow the most active experts involved in the project activities(at least one per country) to train around 20-25 professionals from the partner universities and schools dealing daily with gender issues, communication and recruitment. The activity will aim at training these professionals on how to effectively use the final version of the on line profiling toolbox with the different target groups that will be approached locally right after this training session (which can be therefore seen a ”training the trainers” event). The activity, which will be hosted by IST in Lisbon, will have a duration of 5 days and will also touch all the other aspects and results of the project in order to offer a very comprehensive and broad view on the topic including the different identified tools, state of the art, national differences, best practices and bad experiences, etc. Although the activity might be considered as adult education, the relevant field is without any doubt Higher Education which is the field that will benefit of the outcomes and which will be the field on which the trained professional will focus and operate.

Programme

VENUE: Instituto Superior Técnico, Alameda Campus (Av. Rovisco Pais, 1, Lisboa) Congress Center Auditorium in Civil Engineering Pavilion, floor -1.

PM Life, a lifelong learning programme coodinated by a CLUSTER´s member

PM Life is a lifelong programme devoted to powder metallurgy (PM), which has been launched in 2008. it includes 5 training weeks, each one devoted to a specific PM process and hosted in a different venue across five European countries, ans a 3-week intership in a company or an academic research group. The training includes both fundamental and technological facets of the processes. The targeted audience comprises newly-recruited or regular employees of PM companies or universities, as well as PhD. students and recently graduated students. The students can attend the full programme  or pick specific modules. The programme is sponsored by EIT Raw Materials, which allows offering low registration fees. It is coordinated by Grenoble INP in close connection with the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA).

More information can be found in the programme website: www:pmlifetraining.com

EUCRITE International Staff Training Week, 6-8 February 2019, Graz

Invitation

TU Graz is pleased to announce that it’s International Staff Training Week will be held from the 6 to 8 February 2019.

The three-day programme has a unique format which will include Guest speakers, regular sessions, debates, workshops, along with the opportunity to disseminate your university at the international exhibition (I-Day) and World café, cultural activities and social events. The outcome is to exchange experiences and know-how and participants who will learn from good practices of the partner institutions, obtaining the skills that are relevant for their jobs and their professional development.

Programme

The Staff Training Week is open to international relations professionals, administrative staff from the EUCRITE – European Centre for Refugee Integration in Higher Education – universities as well as staff members from CLUSTER.

After an analysis of the actual needs of staff dealing with refugee students at our universities and we are now ready to share our findings and training packages with you. The training packages are targeted at supporting staff in their interaction with displaced students. This first staff training event is also a test run for our material and we would like to invite you to engage in the activities/discussions as much as possible and share your ideas with us. Your feedback is crucial for us to make necessary adjustments to the material.

Here you can find the preliminary program as well as the Registration form of Graz University of Technology. Please forward this invitation email within your university. We are advertising this event preferred to CLUSTER members and are looking forward to receive your registrations until 15th December. A participation is only possible for staff being able to be present all three days. Please send registration forms directly to gerlinde.mueller-reinisch@tugraz.at Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

We look forward to welcoming you!