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The Development of a European University: Panel Discussion in the City

With funding from the EU Commission, the University, as part of a consortium of eight European partners, is designing one of the first European universities. What this means for the city and its inhabitants is the topic of a panel discussion at 5 p.m. on Monday, November 11, at EuropaPunktBremen.

Alongside the University of Bremen, the universities of Maastricht, Antwerp, Carlos III Madrid, Eastern Finland, Essex, Roma Tor Vergata and Cyprus belong to the  YUFE alliance – Young Universities for the Future of Europe. The eight partners are currently laying the foundations for a three-year pilot phase, which will commence on December 1, 2019. As well as several working groups that have already been formed, the YUFE student parliament – the Student Forum – has been established.

What is crystal clear is that the forming of a European university can only be successful if there is close cooperation with central figures from the city and the region, the society, the economy, and politics. What this means for the university, the citizens, and for economy and politics will be the topic of the panel disucssion at EuropaPunktBremen, Carl-Ronnig-Strasse 2. The title of the public event, which will take place at 5 p.m. on Monday, November 11, 2019, is “The European University: An Opportunity for the City and the Region?!”.

The state councilor for the senator for economy, labor and Europe, Susanne Ahlers, will be beginning the event with a greeting. Then the panel discussion, which will be presented by Horst Seele-Liebetanz, will continue with the following guests:

•    Professor Bernd Scholz-Reiter – president of the University of Bremen
•    Tim Cordßen – state councilor for the senator for science and ports
•    Dr. Solveig Eschen – chairwoman of the Commission for Science, Media, Data Protection and Freedom of Information
•    Carsten Meyer-Heder – member of the Bremen parliament and director of team neusta GmbH
•    Dr. Rita Kellner Stoll – founder of KELLNER & STOLL – Climate and Environment Foundation
•    Ilona Efimov – YUFE student representative, University of Bremen
•    Clara Jansen – YUFE student representative, University of Bremen

The YUFE Vision: Studying Across Europe

What does the European university of the future look like? YUFE students will be able to easily transfer between the locations of the participating universities, study in more than one language and move around in various European cultures. All university students and staff will be able to experience this new quality of mobility. Constant communication will connect the locations and open new career paths for University of Bremen members. In this way, the alliance promotes communication, learning and mutual understanding across institutions, regions and cultures in Europe. YUFE strengthens European identities and the European idea.

YUFE Connects Universities to Society”

The Executive Board, staff and students at the University of Bremen already collected several ideas for the design of the European university during an internal event in the frame of a World Café. New international degree programs in cooperation with the YUFE partners, opportunities for short-term research and teaching exchanges, and transfer projects within the regional communities are planned. “YUFE connects universities to society and promotes cooperation between higher education institutes, the public and private sectors and citizens throughout Europe,” explains the president of the University of Bremen, Professor Bernd Scholz-Reiter. “I am looking forward to creating the new European university together with Bremen and the region.”

Further information:

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Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Feichtner
Vice President International and Diversity
University of Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-60041
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Dr. Annette Lang
Head of the International Office and YUFE Coordinator
University of Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-60361
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Meike Mossig
University Communication and Marketing Office
University of Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-60168
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The YUFE-alliance strengthens European identities and the European idea.
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