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January 2022

Una Europa News 
Una Europa welcomes Leiden University: 2022 is off to a great start for Una Europa as we welcome a new member to our alliance of leading research universities, from the Netherlands! With over 33,800 students and 7,100 staff members, Leiden University is a large, research-intensive institution with global reach that will make a strong contribution to the Una Europa community and further enhance the future strategy of the alliance. Leiden University, along with the other 8 Una Europa partners, will draw on their collective strengths to shape the future of Europe through innovative education, research, and international exchange.
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James Smith appointed Chair of the Una Europa Board of Directors: On 1 January we welcomed a new Chair of our Board of Directors. Professor James Smith is Vice-Principal International and Professor of African & Development Studies at the University of Edinburgh. James takes over from Verena Blechinger-Talcott, Vice President International Affairs at Freie Universität Berlin, who has done an amazing job of steering the Una Europa ship through the turbulent waters of 2021. We would like to thank Verena for all of her work, and congratulate James as we look forward to new horizons in 2022!
Our view on the Erasmus Without Paper Initiative
At the end of 2021 Una Europa published a position paper on the implementation of Erasmus Without Paper (EWP) in Higher Education Institutions, together with four other European University Alliances: UNITE!, ECIU University, EU-CONEXUS and EC2U.
          The input and initiative for this position paper came from the Una Europa Mobility Cluster, which brings together mobility experts from across the Una Europa partner institutions. We spoke to Chair of the cluster Francesca Valente to learn more about how the paper came about, the impact of EWP and the amazing work the cluster are doing to build the interconnected, freely accessible University of the Future. Full interview on our website.
Una Europa PhD Slam - meet our winners!
On 4 November 2021 eight Una Europa PhD students presented their sustainability research in a 7-minute slam, competing for prizes of €1,000 for first place and €500 for second and third places. First place was awarded to Rene Reich, with Daniela Arias Molinares and Carolina Buendia Sarmiento taking second and third places. We interviewed our three winners to hear about their experience in taking part in the Slam.
Live My Life: physical mobility taking place Spring 2022
The Live My Life joint format for job shadowing gives professionals at Una Europa universities the chance to engage in our network through peer-to-peer learning. The initiative kicked off in December with virtual community-building activities, and we hope that physical visits will take place in Spring 2022.
Exchanging Ideas and Dreams at the 2nd Student Congress
In the eighth episode of our podcast we hear from three students who attended the Student Congress "Una for Future. The Sustainable University." which took place in October 2021 in Madrid. The Congress brought together students from eight Una Europa partner universities to collaborate and shape the idea of a European university of the future, with a focus on creating sustainability on campus.
Competition on Global Governance Research: Winners
Congratulations to Michal Kobielarz (KU Leuven) and Christopher Prömel (Freie Universität Berlin) for winning 1st and 2nd prize respectively in the Global Governance Research Competition! This is the first competition by the Una Europa Global Governance Research Group, an interdisciplinary research group funded by our Seed Funding initiative.
The European Strategy for Universities and system-level reforms: Quo vadis?

Professor Peter Lievens (KU Leuven) will represent Una Europa on Panel 3 of the European University Association's Conference on 27 January. The panel is on "The future of transnational university collaboration: how to overcome system-level barriers" and will take place between 16:30 and 17:15 CET.

2022  Erasmus+ European Universities call launched

To support the further rollout of the European Universities initiative, a new Erasmus+ call for proposals to support European Universities across Europe has been launched with a record total budget of €272 million. Topic 1 of the call focuses on the intensification of prior deep institutional transnational cooperation, and Una Europa is developing a new proposal right now.

Save these dates!
Forum of Universities for the Future of Europe
25-26 January 2021 | Online
"Being a student in Europe: belonging, inclusion" workshop, part of European University Alliances and transnational collaborations event
Organised by the French Presidency of the Council of the EU
14:45-15:15CET, 26 January 2022 | Paris/ Online
Conference: The European Strategy for Universities and system-level reforms: Quo vadis?
Organised by the European University Association
27 January 2022 | Online
Sustainable Climate Action at Una Europa Universities: The Role of Student Engagement
Roundtable discussion hosted by the University of Edinburgh
10 February 2022 | Online
Una Europa Talk: Towards a European Degree - fit for Graduates of the Future?
17:00 - 18:00CET, 16 March 2022 | Paris/ Online
Una Student Challenge: Diversity, Inclusion and Community-building
15 April - 15 May | Online
Una Europa. Building a University of the Future.

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