University of East Anglia (UEA) represents UK in European universities alliance

The Aurora Alliance, announced by the EU, consists of nine different universities from cities across Europe

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is the only UK university in the Aurora Alliance, a new federation of European universities announced by the European Union (EU).

The nine-strong Aurora Alliance will receive €10m from the EU to help transform the university curriculum in the areas of sustainability; digital society and global citizenship; health and wellbeing; and diversity and identity.

It aims to build on the existing work done by the Aurora Universities Network, which is a consortium of research-intensive universities set up in 2016 and dedicated to “matching world-class academic excellence with societal engagement and impact.”

It’s commonplace for employers to complain that universities do not prepare graduates for life in modern society. This consortium will address that criticism by building skillsets and mindsets for our students that will make them flexible, creative and adaptive – Professor Richard Harvey, UEA

“I am absolutely delighted that the excellence of the Aurora Alliance has been recognised in this way,” said UEA vice-chancellor Professor David Richardson who is also president of the Aurora Network.

“I truly believe that the Aurora Alliance will take on evermore significance for UEA in the new global world that will emerge from Covid-19 with its focus on international partnership, social inclusion and the UN Sustainability Goals.”

Professor Richard Harvey, Aurora Co-ordinator and academic director of admissions at UEA, said: “It’s commonplace for employers to complain that universities do not prepare graduates for life in modern society. This consortium will address that criticism by building skillsets and mindsets for our students that will make them flexible, creative and adaptive.”

The student voice is represented by the Aurora Student Council (ASC), which includes two elected student representatives from each university.

“Aurora is remarkable in that it doesn’t ask what societies can do for universities, but what universities can do for societies,” said Callum Perry, one of UEA’s representatives on the ASC. “I’m honoured to be representing over 340,000 students across the network and their voices are integral to making sure change happens.”

The full list of the universities in the Aurora Alliance is:

  • University of Iceland
  • University of East Anglia, UK
  • VU Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • University Rovira, Virgili, Spain
  • University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • University of Naples, Italy
  • Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic

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