sustainability-summerFrom 7 until 14 July 2018 Groningen hosts the first U4 Sustainability Summer School 'Creating a Climate for Change'.

The summer school “Creating a Climate for Change” is an interdisciplinary learning experience aimed at inspiring and activating students (PhD, Masters) and professionals working or studying in fields related to integrated sustainability.

Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of sustainability matters. The summer school aims to help them spread this knowledge in organizations, companies and among policy makers, in order to further sustainability. 

diversityThe Göttingen Diversity Research Institute is organising the 2nd international Summer School on Globalization and Diversity in cooperation with partner universities from Europe, the United States and Japan.

The summer school will provide students with an overview over current debates on social diversity on a global and local scale. Through lectures the students will gain theoretical knowledge on different levels and dimensions of diversity. Therefore, speakers from various research backgrounds are being invited.

The Summer School will be organized as an intensive two-week program taking place from 2nd– 15th August 2018 at the University of Göttingen.

academy-building-groningenThe Groningen Staff Week 2018 will focus on 2 themes, which participants can choose from: 

(1) Internationalisation at Home. Different aspects of Internationalization at home will be highlighted. Our experts in the field will present what is being done at the University of Groningen and we will exchange experiences and ideas. 

(2) Sustainability and The Green University. How ‘Green’ is your university? And how to become more ‘Green’? The University of Groningen is listed #15 in the Green metric Ranking, a list of the ‘greenest’ universities worldwide. Lots of activities and projects are initiated at the UG to become more sustainable. Several aspects on sustainability will be discussed during the staff week.

More info (fees and registration) on

rectors-2017On 19 and 20 November Ghent University hosted the 10th edition of the U4 Rectors' Conference. The annual Rectors' Conference forms the setting for the yearly evaluation and planning of the U4 strategic partnership.

As in previous editions the four rectors took the occasion to focus on the strategy of the network. At the conference representatives of all academic clusters and working groups take part to report on their activities and to present their aims for the coming year.

The outcome of the meeting is very positive. Not only was 2017 a very productive year in terms of activities. Also within the existing projects the cooperation has been considerably intensified and new forms of cooperation are being explored.

groningenOn 9 and 10 November 2017 the University of Groningen organizes the 10th edition of the Conference on Multilingualism (COM2017).

This year’s COM2017 is unique in that it will be directly followed by a Winterschool on Multilingualism, essentially creating a 5-day international event about bi- and multilingualism.

The Winter School is targeted at graduate students, including PhD candidates. In nine 3-hour sessions, led by international well-known and leading researchers of the U4 network and other partner universities world-wide on bi- and multilingualism, participants are familiarized with essential methods and techniques used in collecting and analyzing multilingualism data.