EUCRITE International Staff Training Week, 6 to 8 February 2019, TU Graz


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.


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 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, 8th 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.

9th workshop of SEEEP, 25-27 September 2018

The 9th Workshop of Sino-European Engineering Education Platform was held at China University of Petroleum (East China)—UPC, in Qingdao, Shandong Province, P.R. China from September 25 to 27, 2018.

Participants of the 9th SEEEP Workshop

Topics of the workshop were:

  • Engineering education reform & practice
  • Entrepreneurship, innovation & industry collaboration
  • SEEEP project development experience sharing and education internationalization

Please also see:

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

EUCRITE Conference Feedback, 14 Jun 2018

EUCRITE – European Centre for Refugee Integration in Higher Education, is an Erasmus+ funded program (Sept. 2017 – October 2019) whose main goal is that of providing support and training to administrative and academic staff in their interaction with displaced students.

In the frame of the project, Politecnico di Torino is pleased to invite participants to attend the upcoming conference on “Perspectives, Challenges & Practices for Integrating Displaced Students in European Universities”, in collaboration with Aalto University (Finland), Grenoble Institute of Technology (France), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Darmstadt University of Technology (Germany), Graz University of Technology (Austria).

The conference took place on 14th June 2018 in Castello del Valentino, Torino (Italy). 

For more informations and medias about this conference, visit

High Level Summer School: Energy systems in cities

Date: 13-26 August 2017

Place: Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Zhejiang University, China

Do you want to join an exciting PhD school in China for two weeks with 60 students from Europe and China? Apply to the High Level Summer School on ‘energy system in cities’ that will introduce innovative learning by enabling PhD students to work in teams to develop solutions to the grand societal challenges like the energy transition in cities. You will work with examples from Shanghai and Hangzhou and listen to excellent lectures.

More information: Flyer-2017-eu