On 9th April, at 11 am the 2019 the UN 2019 AGM officially started, with the traditional session dedicated to the New Faces, that is to the participants who took part in this initiative for the first time.
Vice-rector Prof. I.Druviete welcomed to the meeting and introducted to University of Latvia in Riga.
A beautiful presentation by Liva Kukle –student of the Faculty of Humanities about Latvia and the Latvian language followed.
Members were welcomed to the meeting by the President of the Network, Alina Gržibovska.
Day highlights were represented by the Task Forces Reports and Workplans and the presentation of the following new initiatives:
- International Communications
- Staff Training on Pathways of Institutional Support for Young Refugees’ Access to Higher Education, Training and Employment
- Open Science – How it can boost the careers of early career researchers
- 5th annual UN Research Management workshop
The President of UNA reported a positive feedback on the 2019 Workshop about Blended Staff Mobility.
On the 10th April, the partners Australian-European network, Mid America Universities International (MAUI) and REARI-RJ (Network of International Offices of Higher Education Institutions in Rio de Janeiro) reported their updates.
The “Interactive session on “International network – engagement, benefits and developments” was the highlight event.
Francesco Girotti gave an overview about the initiative European universities (the starting point, opportunities and doubts, the pilot action with Erasmus+, the 2019 call). The participants were divided into two groups coordinated by Svend Poller and Francesco Girotti.
Four questions on the topic Networking and the initiative “European Universities” were submitted, to which the groups elaborated a list of answers, which the participants voted.
The financial auditor reported on the 2018/19 Financial Audit and the budget for 2019-20 was approved.
Willelm Bruyndonx reported on the European project IMPALA and Ana Isabel Ferreira reported on CALOHEE project.
A particular thanks was given from the new President Alina Grzhibovska to Gerald Zimmermann who would step down from the Steering Committee. Kristin Torp Skogedal was elected as new Steering Committee member.
Utrecht Network members were invited from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul for the 2020 AGM.
Thanks were expressed on behalf of the Network to the University of Latvia in Riga for the hospitality during the AGM.