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TheEuropeanCommissionisfunding17EU-wideuniversityalliancesasEuropeanUniversities.KielUniversityispartoftheinitiative,asoneofsixsitesforthe"EuropeanUniversityoftheSeas".Itoffersinnovativecoursesandintegratedmobility.

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Dr.KlausHeinrichVanselow

TeachingandresearchonthemarineenvironmentandmarineprotectionarecentralconcernsoftheEuropeanUniversitySEA-EU.

ThevisionoftheEuropeanUniversity,whichshouldenablecross-borderstudyingthroughoutEurope,isstartingtotakeshape.Asapartnerof"SEA-EU-EuropeanUniversityoftheSeas",KielUniversityhashadtheopportunitytoparticipateinthisdevelopmentrightfromtheoutset."Thisisaveryprestigiousproject,becauseitissupposedtorepresentthefutureofteaching,"saidDrNinaKeulfromtheInstituteofGeosciences,whoplayedamajorroleinconceptualisingtheSEA-EUforKiel."Forouruniversity,itrepresentsagreatopportunitytoestablishdigitalteachingformats,andtostrengthenourinternationalnetworkswithourpartneruniversities."

TheEuropeanUniversityoftheSeasisanallianceoftheuniversitiesofWesternBrittany(Brest,France),Gdask(Poland),Split(Croatia),MaltaandKiel,ledbytheUniversityofCdiz(Spain).Itwillreceivefivemillioneurosinfundingoverthenextthreeyears,andunitessixuniversitiesincoastalcitieswithalong,historically-developedculturalandeconomictraditionrelatedtothesea.TheSEA-EUpartnerstogetherrepresentallEuropeanseas.Conveyingknowledgeofthemarineenvironment,marineresourcesandthesustainableprotectionanduseoftheoceansisacentralconcernoftheconsortium.Itisplannedtoalignmarinesciencesdegreeprogrammesandcoursesacrossallfaculties,aswellasatallsixlocations,toenableunrestrictedscientificmobilityforstudents.Inaddition,virtualcourseofferingswillbedeveloped,andexchangesofstaffmembersbetweentheparticipatinginstitutionssupported.

"Wewanttoharmonisecoursesandinternshipsatallpartneruniversities,sothatcreditsearnedabroadcanbetransferredtoandappropriatelyrecognisedattherespectivehomeuniversity.Atthesametime,itshouldbemadeeasierforstudentstoalsoattendcoursesatoneofthepartneruniversities,"explainedKeul,whoisinvolvedinthepriorityresearchareaKielMarineScience(KMS).Thisopportunitytoattendoneofthepartneruniversitieswillonlycomeintoeffectfromthewintersemester2020.Priortothat,moderncommunicationtechnologyshouldatleastenablevirtualparticipationininternationallectures.Keulsaid"Atthemoment,weareprocuringtheequipmentforvirtualcourseoffers,sothatstudentsatvariousuniversitiescan'attend'lectureswithus."Inthefuture,thereshouldalsobethepossibilitythatgroupsfromseveraluniversitiescanmeetonline,andnotonlylistentothesamelecture,butalsoexchangeideasandworktogetherinseminarsonline."Bynow,thereareeffectivedigitaltoolsforcollaborationacrossdifferentlocations.Forexample,theyenablejointeditingofthesameforms,"reportedKeul.Fortheseandotherinvestments,KielUniversitywillreceivefundingfromJanuary2020onwardsfromtheDAAD(GermanAcademicExchangeService)throughthenationalsupportprogramme"EuropeanUniversityNetworks(EUN)-nationalinitiative",amountingto1.1million."WeplantousetheadditionalfundingtostrengthenourEuropeannetwork,andfornewmeasurestoenablee-learning,"saidthegeoscientist.

Anessentialcomponentoftheconceptisthepersonnelexchangesbetweentheuniversities.Notonlystudents,butalsoresearchersandstaffmembersfromadministrationandlaboratoriesshouldhavetheopportunitytovisittheparticipatingpartneruniversities.Furthermore,studentshavebeeninvolvedintheimplementationoftheconceptrightfromthebeginning.EvenbeforetheofficialstartoftheconsortiuminCdizinNovember2019,delegationsofstudentsfromthepartneruniversitiesalreadymetandnetworkedinBrussels."Ontheirowninitiative,theywillplanandsuggestwhatisdesirablefromthestudentspointofview."

Author:KerstinNees

EuropeanUniversities

Atthe2017GothenburgSummit,theheadsofstateandgovernmentoftheEuropeanUnioncalledfor"strengtheningstrategicpartnershipsacrosstheEUbetweenhighereducationinstitutions".TheseuniversitynetworksshouldenablestudentstoearnadegreethroughacombinationofstudiesinmultipleEUcountries.Theinitiativeaimstosignificantlyboostthemobilityofstudentsanduniversitystaff,andsupportthequality,inclusionandcompetitivenessofEuropeanhighereducation.Theuniversitynetworksshouldpursueacommonlong-termstrategy,andpromoteEuropeanvaluesandidentity.Inthefirstcall,applicationsby17transnationaluniversityalliancesweresuccessful.ThesefirstEuropeanUniversitiesshareatotalbudgetof85million.(ne)

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