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Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 07:00

The future of European education, at the URJC

This week, the Rey Juan Carlos University has hosted the first face-to-face meeting of the EULiST Coordination Office, a joint project of nine European universities that aims to improve coordination and cooperation in terms of training, mobility and research between higher education centers. 

Daria Efimova

Rey Juan Carlos University has become this week the host of the EULiST Coordinator Office meeting. Last Tuesday, June 28, the local coordinators of the European universities participating in this project attended the meeting on the Móstoles campus, with the aim of supervising, informing and monitoring the different cooperations in the field of higher education. 

This meeting has had the representatives of nine European universities, such as Leibniz University Hannover, National Technical University of Athens, Brno University of Technology and Slovak University of Technology Bratislava, among others. All these universities, as well as their local coordinators, have extensive experience in managing international cooperation projects; and they rank highly in international higher education rankings. 

Due to the fact that the project has emerged during the pandemic, it has been developed entirely remotely, with this meeting being the first to have a face-to-face format. María Luisa Humanes Humanes, the Vice-Rector for International Relations of the URJC, expresses the honor that being its host represents for the University: "It represents our commitment to the EULiST project, also coinciding with the celebration of our 25th anniversary." 

During the meeting, future actions to strengthen the educational link between universities were analyzed, such as the creation of courses and micro-credentials in which students from these universities can participate and that are recognized at a European level. The policy of coordination and exchange of researchers and Administration and Services Personnel was also discussed, in order to enhance the experience and knowledge of all members of the university community.

Pablo Salvadores, Director of Projects and International Relations and local coordinator of the URJC within the EULiST project, highlights the positive evolution of this initiative despite the difficulties it has had. He also stresses its importance. “It is the future and the present of teaching. It is the European Union's biggest commitment to higher education in recent years, both at a budgetary and organizational level. Our advantage, as a young university that is adaptable to its environment, gives us tools to continue developing and promoting our community”, concludes Pablo Salvadores.

On the other hand, another meeting of a similar nature is being prepared: the EULiST Rectors' meeting, to be held at the Rey Juan Carlos University during the month of October.