DAAD-HRK Workshop 208 02Within the workshop offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Rectors Conference (HRK) on 16 April 2018 in Brussels, Vice-President Prof. Dr. Hiltraud Casper-Hehne und Dr. Stephan van Galen, Secretary General of Groningen University, presented the U4-Network to the representatives of the European Commission, as the Best Practice concerning the development of the EU-programme line European University Networks (EUN).

The workshop outlined the measures and concepts that lie at the heart of EUNs, such as the bottom-up approach to establish them, the recognition of studies done abroad or the reflection of a geographical balance in Europe, amongst others which serve the goal to eventually ultimately "European Universities".

SUB Summer UGOE smallData managers and librarians meet at the Göttingen State and University Library of Lower Saxony to exchange experience on the development of research data services.

In order to learn from the experience of other institutions in establishing research data management infrastructures and to pass on its own knowledge in this area, the eResearch Alliance, a cooperation of the GWDG and the Göttingen State and University Library (SUB), is organising an internationally renowned symposium on the topic of 'The critical role of university Research Data Management infrastructure in transforming data to knowledge' from 18 to 20 March 2018 in Göttingen. The symposium is organised in cooperation with the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), an organization of the International Science Council.

aula kleinIn celebration of the 70th anniversary of the International Office of the University of Göttingen, festivities will be held on the 8th of November from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Aula at Wilhelmsplatz.

In a public ceremony, which will be held at the University's Assembly Hall, in the Aula am Wilhelmsplatz, guests will be presented with an entertaining programme following a welcoming address from the University's President, the DAAD, the HRK, and the MWK. The programme will span some of the history of Göttingen International, with contributions from former students, international partners, scientists and scholars from the University of Göttingen. In conclusion, a panel discussion will take place on how the challenges of a rapidly growing internationalisation can best be mastered within the university environment.

International Curricula 2017 smallWe invite you to join us for an exchange of ideas and good practices on the internationalisation of the curricula across the disciplines, with a particular focus on the role of international classrooms, both on our local campus and in shared virtual spaces.

Distinguished scholars and practioners from the field, among them em. Prof. Elspeth Jones (Leeds Beckett University) and Dr. Jos Beelen (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences), will share their expertise in plenary sessions. Highly interactive workshop sessions will provide a hands-on approach to curriculum (re)design and an opportunity for networking. Further information and registration on https://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/events/537157.html

Peer Review Groningen 2017In Groningen on 20th and 21st of September 2017 the U4 partners shared their experiences on transfer of innovations and building a campus eco-structure.

On behalf of the Board of the University of Groningen Mr. Jan de Jeu welcomed the participants and gave a brief introduction on Campus Groningen.

The University of Groningen has a campus in the City Center for Humanities, Law, Social Sciences; a Healthy Aeging Campus including the Academic Hospital and the Zernike Campus which is shared with the University of Applied Sciences and startup companies. Furthermore the Fryslân Campus has been opened recently and in 2018 the University of Groningen intends to open the Campus Yantai in China.

environmentallaw-2017The First U4 Environmental Law Network Workshop on 'Governing Facts and Feelings in Environmental Decision-Making - Towards Equal Opportunities in Environmental Governance', held in Brussels on 14 and 15 September 2017 was very successful.

Nearly 50 participants, spread over the two days, attended the workshop and engaged in inspiring discussions on the basis of twelve presentations on three topics: ‘Availability and Use of Scientific Knowledge’; ‘Equal Opportunities in Public Participation’ and ‘The Precautionary Principle as a Tool for Coping with Uncertainty’.

The Workshop laid down the basis for the development of joint research projects that will be developed in the coming period.

Welcome Center 2017 smallOn 3 July Prof. Hiltraud Casper-Hehne and the team of the Göttingen Project "Welcome Centre Campus & Region" met with Mr. Michiel Kasteleijn in Göttingen. Mr. Kasteleijn is the managing director of the "International Welcome Centre North" (IWCN) in Groningen. The centre assists professionals from all over the world and upon their arrival, in acquainting them with the north of the Netherlands. The region comprises the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe.

The IWCN was set up at the end of 2014 and provides support to newly arriving professionals and specialists in three areas: registration formalities (e.g. residence permits and registration with the residence office), information and recommendations on the different service industries available in the region (such as accommodation, language schools, childcare, and cleaning services), as well as social activities, including networking events and workshops on cultural and professional themes.

academyOn 14 and 15 September, Ghent University and the U4 Environmental Law network organize a workshop on 'Governing Facts and Feeling in Environmental Decision-Making: Towards Equal Opportunities in Environmental Governance'. The workshop is carried out in cooperation with the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.

The workshop takes place at the Academy Palace, Hertogstraat/Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Brussels.

In this event, the U4 Environmental Law Network brings forward the tension perceivable in the field between the need to engage all parts of society in environmental governance and the need of professional expertise to deal with a complex matter such as the environment.

SustainabilityOn 31 May and 1 June, a second U4 Workshop on Sustainability took place in Uppsala. In this session, experts of all U4 partner universities participated. The members represented various bodies concerned with sustainability, such as environment offices, green offices, and deptartments on sustainability research, program managers and scientists. Student delegations of all partners also joined the meeting.

The aim of the meeting was to follow-up on the frontrunner approach, initiated at the first Sustainability Peer Review meeting (Ghent, 15-16 September 2016). The frontrunner approach involves the implementation of a chosen frontrunner idea or best practice at the own institution in one of the many dimensions of sustainability: Sustainability Policy, Energy Policy and Mobility, Sustainability Education, Green Office, Involvment of Students etc. On occasion of the meeting other possibilities for joint projects with the U4 sustainability network were also addressed.

cpt-2017On 12 and 13 May 2017, the Department of Comparative Science of Cultures of Ghent University organized a workshop on the nascent field of Comparative Political Theory, with the support of the U4 Network.

During the last decade, a call for a turn to global, cross-cultural, and comparative political theorizing has been made repeatedly. The aim is to move beyond the Western ‘monologue’ and ‘parochialism’ that has prevailed in political theory for decades, if not centuries, and which is unsustainable in today’s globalized ‘multipolar’ world. However, this aim generates a series of cognitive problems that have not been adequately addressed so far.