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ENLIGHT webinar series: discussing diversity, inclusion and racism (1st session: 21 October)

This webinar series provides an interactive platform to discuss and exchange best practices and develop initiatives that foster diversity and encourage global citizenship.The sessions are open to staff and students of all ENLIGHT partners as well as their respective local communities.

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ENLIGHT scholarships for the e-course Educational Change in Times of Rapid Technological Innovation

We are pleased to announce the new call for applications for the e-course Educational Change in Times of Rapid Technological Innovation on 1 November  – 3 December 2021. The course aims to empower people to re-imagine modern teaching practices and follow the transformation of education. 

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About ENLIGHT. A student perspective by Tjitske Schokker at RUG formal opening academic year 2021-2022’

On Monday 6 September the University of Groningen held its official Opening of the Academic Year 2021-2022. The theme of this year's opening was 'Welcome back!' to mark the return to campus of the students and staff after a period dominated by online education due to the global pandemic

As one of the main speakers during the formal opening student representative Tjitske Schokker highlighted the importance of ENLIGHT for 'the new normal of higher education' and for making education more equitable, sustainable and accessible.

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Online ENLIGHT Neurepiomics Summer School (11-15 October 2021)

The University of Bordeaux is hosting an online ENLIGHT Neurepiomics Summer School scheduled from October 11th to 15th from 2 to 7 pm CEST!

This summer school on "neuroepidemiology" in the omics era takes place annually since 2015 with experts from Europe, the US, Canada, and Japan, targeting a broad audience ranging from students, to early career and more senior researchers interested in acquiring expertise in this field. Participants usually come from diverse disciplines (epidemiology, clinical, bioinformatics, biostatistics, etc.).

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Save the date: “Strategies against racism as a cross-cutting issue for European Universities"

Lecture: 25.10.2021

Workshop 3. & 10.11.2021

Knowledge of how racism works, especially in the academic realm, and how we are caught up in it in various ways, and the ability to counteract it are important elements of becoming able to work together towards more discrimination-sensitive European Universities.

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NUI Galway to Partner with Basque Country and Comenius on an exciting EIT Funded Innovation Capacity Building in Higher Education Project.

NUI Galway is to lead a new European project to bring a new entrepreneurial focus to higher education in collaboration with ENLIGHT partner institutions.

i2i (Idea to Impact) will train more than 800 students and 300 staff over two years to look beyond the boundaries of their own disciplines, to think innovatively and enhance the start-up ecosystem in a network of universities and colleges.

The project is open to students, as well as academic, professional services and research staff, across several European institutions to develop a more entrepreneurial mind-set in the disciplines of health, technology, climate, culture and creativity.  

NUI Galway and its’ partners including ENLIGHT institutions, Comenius University, Bratislava, University of the Basque Country and its associated Euskampus Fundazioa, together with universities in Greece and Bulgaria have been awarded €1.2 million from the European Union’s Horizon Programme and European Institute of Technology Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education for the i2i project.

Professor Becky Whay, NUI Galway Vice-President International, said: “The i2i project epitomises much of what NUI Galway is achieving through its globalisation project Global Galway and ENLIGHT is a key strategic pillar of this.  We are delighted to collaborate with our ENLIGHT partners in Comenius and the University of the Basque Country. Additionally, the network that is being developed by i2i and the ideas behind the project complement our University values and will make a significant difference in addressing our capacity and capability to foster entrepreneurship and to develop our university as an engine for innovative thinking.”

NUI Galway Co-Principal Investigators on the project, Dr Tony Hall, Deputy Head of School of Education, and Natalie Walsh, Director of Entrepreneurial Development  said: “i2i will promote and support innovation in health, technology, climate, culture and creativity, through the collaboration of higher education institutions with organisations and partners across five entrepreneurial ecosystems: Ireland, Spain, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Greece. We look forward to demonstrating the potential of the west of Ireland as a leader in the entrepreneurship domain and working with like-minded partners from across Europe to build innovation capacity through partnership and create a foundation for future funding in this space.” 

The i2i project will run for two years from July 2021 and builds on two flagship programmes at NUI Galway. ENLIGHT, a key pillar of the University’s Globalisation strategy, and the innovative Designing Futures, which is being rolled out across the University to enhance student experience as part of the Irish Government’s Human Capital Initiative.

Fernando Tapia, vice rector of Students Affairs and Employability of the University of the Basque Country underlined that “i2i is an excellent example of the capacity of the ENLIGHT alliance to leverage projects of its partners.”

Igor Camprillo, Director of the Euskampus Fundazioa, asserted, "the i2i project is a unique opportunity to foster innovation and entrepreneurial university-based ecosystems that are both anchored to the regions, and creating international collaboration. The i2i project gives Euskampus a privileged opportunity to keep on working with the University of the Basque Country to enhance the connection of the University with the region by promoting innovation pathways engaging students, educators, researchers, entrepreneurs, and the active participation of societal organisations."

Prof. Jozef Masarik,  Vice-Rector for Science, Doctoral Studies and Projects at Comenius University outlined that “The mentorship and fellowship programmes of the i2i project and the ethos of systemic exchange of knowledge and good practice will be the source of change of mind-set of Comenius University staff and students, who will then become the carriers and disseminators of the tradition of entrepreneurial HEIs.” 

The i2i project will also include the development of a shared Innovation Vision Action Plan to identify the improvements being targeted for each higher education institution and how to address gaps through knowledge exchange, collaboration, programmes and partnership.

ENLIGHT Communities declare interest in joint network for external ENLIGHT partners!

ENLIGHT aims to address the societal challenges we face across our participating regions, promoting equitable quality of life, sustainability and external engagement within the communities of the partner universities. In order to achieve this the ENLIGHT Global Outreach team are working to strengthen links and collaborations with our regional stakeholders across the network. The cities and regions play a central role in ENLIGHT as they are key to the development of learning formats and research activities around the challenges our cities and regions are facing.

In the ENLIGHT alliance, each partner university will serve as a gateway out to and into its region. The Global Outreach team wish to create of a ‘network of communities’ within ENLIGHT to share insights on how our regions and universities are partnering to tackle the sustainability challenges we all face, and to establish best practices within our network. This ‘network of communities’ will be central to the outreach work package that NUI Galway are co-leading with Uppsala University to bring together universities and communities to ‘share the journey to shape the future’.

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ENLIGHT Equity Winter School (14-19 November 2021)

Equal treatment as a principle and as a practice is often discussed in the context of minorities or ‘vulnerable groups’. However, equal treatment does not always assure either equality or equity. How to create an organisation that supports human rights, equity and equal treatment in its every phase? The interactive online 5-day winter school “Equity and Equality” is focusing on these principles and questions. Participants can hear more on the development of the idea behind equity and equality, and how to assure them in medicine and education.

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The world's first autonomous hydrogen vehicle granted road permit in Estonia

The Estonian autonomous vehicle manufacturer Auve Tech and the University of Tartu have collaborated to develop the world's first autonomous hydrogen vehicle, which has now driven its first test kilometres and passed the test of Estonian Road Administration in order to start operating on public roads.

The world premiere event introducing this shuttle bus created in Estonia will take place on 5 July 2021 in Tartu, Estonia.

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The Ban Ki-moon Global Citizen Mentorship 2021 Program has kicked off successfully!

On June 24, together with the ENLIGHT Core Group on “Health and Well-Being”, the Ban Ki-moon Centre’s Mentorship Program 2021 has kicked-off with welcome remarks from Heinz Fischer, 11th President of Austria and BKMC Co-chair, Stephanie Debette, ENLIGHT DM Chair and UBx VP External Relations, and Monika Froehler, BKMC CEO.

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NUI Galway to follow University of the Basque Country as ENLIGHT chair

ENLIGHT will transform its team members to a similar extent as the target recipients of its learning actions, says rector Ferreira.

The opening address of rector Ferreira (University of the Basque Country) at the June 2021 ENLIGHT mid-year meeting highlighted and saluted the intense work carried out in the previous months.

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Tartu recognised as a Silver Level Green Tourism Destination

Tartu participates in the project in order to stand out as an attractive destination among visitors who appreciate responsible tourism. The label recognises Tartu’s development as both a living environment and a tourist destination.

Applying for a recognised quality label required the completion of a report consisting of one hundred criteria, which mapped the current situation in Tartu in areas of importance for sustainable tourism.

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