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.

Staff Week “Deepening cooperation- gaining impact”, 25-29 June 2019, Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is proud to present the International Staff Week “Deepening cooperation- gaining impact” which provides participants from CLUSTER partner universities with the unique opportunity to visit the two German CLUSTER Universities KIT as the host of the staff week and TU Darmstadt (Excursion) in one week.

Date: Tuesday, 25 June, 2019 to Saturday, 29 June, 2019 (including KIT Open Day on Saturday)

Venue: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology & Technische Universität Darmstadt

Please see further information about this Staff Week.

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 will be held at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon from 11th to 12th April.

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

Moreover, the Consortium is looking forward to meet 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 is 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 are intensively discussed during the Steering Committee. The respective results of the Steering Committee, including the working group results and input from students representatives’ meeting, are subsequently presented to the General Assembly for decision.

Additionally, INGDIVIS, an EU project of CLUSTER partners, organizes 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.

TU Darmstadt: Call for Proposals – Career Bridging Grants

You are a Ph.D. student or a postdoc planning your next career step? You would like to apply for external funding to finance your own position but need to financially bridge the time up to the potential funding start? The Career Bridging Grant closes financial gaps between two career steps for candidates currently working at or aiming to work at TU Darmstadt. It provides short-term financial support for highly qualified candidates, who apply for funding with good prospects of success. The Career Bridging Grant secures financial support during the application process and thus facilitates a smooth transition to the next career step. This Career Programme is directed exclusively at international doctoral students and postdocs.

Please see Career Bridging Grants

In addition, the TU Darmstadt ‘Future Talents’ Postdoc Career Days were designed to ensure the best possible conditions to start your career at TU Darmstadt. To attract the best young research talents worldwide and create a vibrant international scientific community, ‘Future Talents’ invites exceptional young researchers from abroad to visit TU Darmstadt and discover our broad range of research and career opportunities.

Please see ‘Future Talents’ Postdoc Career Days

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!

Universities united for the best Horizon Europe, 8 November 2018

Leuven, 8th November 2018

View the statement here

The Framework Programme (FP) for Research & Innovation (R&I) aims to “deliver scientific, economic and social impact […] to strengthen the scientific and technological basis of the Union, and foster its competitiveness” . Cluster and thirteen European associations representing universities stress that recent developments in the negotiations within the European Parliament are undermining these aims. Building on our prior statement ‘Universities united for the best Horizon Europe’, these universities consortium want to underline in a common statement that:

1. The Framework Programme should continue to set the standard for excellence in Europe.

Excellence should be promoted wherever it occurs. Excellent researchers and innovators from all European countries should be stimulated to participate in the FP. We acknowledge that the current R&I divide is pressing, however it should be addressed through the reinforcement of synergies with regional funds and national measures, rather than be treated as a specific objective of the FP.

2. International collaboration between EU member states and other countries must be stimulated.

Research activities are in essence international. The FP should stimulate and facilitate participation of third countries. Furthermore, all associated countries should be allowed to fully participate in the FP. This will guarantee the attractiveness of the FP for researchers and innovators and ensure the desired impact.

We support the European Parliament’s plea for a considerable increase of the Horizon Europe budget, and want to reiterate that the necessary budget to accomplish its projected objectives is €160 billion. We also urge the European institutions to work towards a smooth start of Horizon Europe on 1 January 2021.

Great ranking of CLUSTER members in the 2018-REUTERS ranking “The world’s most Innovative Universities”

Known as one of the most famous University rankings, Reuters’ ranking “world’s most innovative Universities” was published at the beginning of October 2018. This ranking spotlights the dynamic of CLUSTER by standing out from the crowd some of its members. KU Leuven (Belgium) reached an astonishing 7th place in the ranking! This makes KU Leuven the first non-american university.

 

Not far behind, on the 12th place, is the federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland). Another CLUSTER member, Karlsruhe Insitute of Technology (Germany), is also nominated in this ranking (92th). Furthermore, two associate members of CLUSTER, Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), Tsinghua University (China) are also in the Top 100 with respectively the 29th, 44th 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 10! These results are a true motivating factor for all of members and enhance the renown of CLUSTER.