RUN-EU Launch Event

Brussels, 12 February 2020

The RUN-EU launch event hosted by the Ambassador Pedro Lourtie, Deputy Permanent Representative of Portugal to the European Union. It was attended by around 70 representatives from the eight Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), but also the Portuguese Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education, João Sobrinho Teixeira, by the diplomatic representatives from Ireland, Hungary, Finland, the Netherlands and Austria, and also had the participation of some accredited assistants of the European Parliament.

About 24 student representatives, coming from all member Institutes, also played a leading role in this event, with a presentation in which their shared their vision for the creation of the new European university.

During the launch ceremony the Presidents, Rectors and official representatives of the eight RUN-EU alliance members signed a mission agreement that will govern the creation of the consortium and establish the lines of action of this alliance.

RUN-EU Student Workshop

Brussels, 11 February 2020

Following many focused student consultation events both at an institutional and network level, a group of 24 students composed by three representatives from each partner Institution came together in a full day pre-launch workshop in Brussels on February 11, 2020. The students were invited to participate in the RUN-EU launch event, held the following day, to present suggestions for the future of RUN-EU and the European Universities to the High Level representatives of the alliance members, as well as the Portuguese Secretary of State, Ambassadors and EC representatives present at the event.

The student bodies of each RUN-EU Institute have been involved in the co-creating of the alliance through surveys and focus groups. The student representatives present at the workshop discussed the students’ perceptions and opinions on what a European University should be and who the future RUN-EU European University should address them. These events have informed the development of the RUN-EU long term vision and, student preferences in relation to approaches to pedagogical and mobility arrangements.

Freezing Week

HAMK 3-7 February 2020

Several representatives of RUN-EU members visited HAMK University, in Hämeenlinna, Finland, during the “Freezing Week 2020”, from 3-7 February 2020. The School of Entrepreneurship and Business hosted the 6th international staff exchange week, with the theme of “responsible business”.

The participants enjoyed the program and social events, got to know each other and discussed the cooperation among the RUN-EU alliance, providing insights on the activities and organization of the RUN-EU European University.

During the week, the visiting groups shared their expertise with students and other teachers and staff members, as well as visited the laboratories and HMKS’s Design Factory.

Ireland Meeting

AIT and LIT, 16-17 January 2020

Representatives, at the highest level, of all members of the RUN-EU alliance, met in Ireland on the 16th and 17th of January, for a two-day strategy event focused on the development:

  • The alliance’s work plan for the coming year
  • The RUN-EU alliance European University Initiative application including agreement of its joint vision and long-term strategy

All partners engaged in discussion on immediate and future cooperation activities, including the participation of members of all Institutes in events to be organized, including HAMKS’s Freezing Week / International Staff Exchange, the joint organization of Short Advanced Program, including a program in Ceramics to be held in Portugal, and the participation in the International Conference on Hospitality and Tourism, to be held in Guimarães, Portugal, among others.

The work plan for the two-day event was divided between the Athlone Institute of Technology, who hosted the first day, and the Limerick Institute of Technology, which hosted participants on the second day. The schedule included tours of institute facilities including Research Centers and business incubation centers.