Rectors Meeting 2015 smallOn 15 and 16 November 2015 Uppsala University hosted the annual U4 rectors' conference, which provided the setting for the yearly evaluation of the U4 strategic partnership.

The rectors of the four partner universities gather at the rector's meeting to meet in conclave and debate the future perspectives and the strategy of the network. In addition, the representatives of the academic clusters and of several working groups took the opportunity to report on their activities in 2015 and to present their aims for the coming year.

The evaluation of 2015 was very positive. The U4 network entails more and more projects and in existing initiatives the cooperation gets increasingly intensive. In addition, there have never been more students and staff in exchange between the U4 partners than in 2015.

Highlights of this edition were without a doubt the re-application of the U4 project 'U4 Strategic University Network' to the DAAD Programme 'Strategic Partnerships and Thematic Networks', the intention to cooperate in the field of 'Sustainability' (Green Campus), the further development of the 'U4 students' network', and moreover, the common ambition of attracting substantial external funding.

The next rectors' meeting will take place at the University of Groningen (13-14 November 2016).

(Photo made by Lars Wallin)

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