The University of Akureyri (Háskólinn á Akureyri)
The University of Akureyri (Háskólinn á Akureyri) is located in Northern Iceland and has served Akureyri and its rural surroundings since 1987. The University has built a reputation for academic excellence and good industrial relations. Located in the capital of North Iceland, Akureyri, the University has been instrumental in the economic growth of the region and is central in its planning for a future as a knowledge-based society. The University of Akureyri prepares University students for a wide range of opportunities in both the private and the public sectors. Education offered by the University aims at providing its graduates with specific skills and knowledge of scientific methods as well as theoretical skills that will enable them to improve their qualifications. Education and research are closely linked to achieve this, first and foremost by assigning equal importance to them in the daily work of the academic and scientific staff, and whenever possible course work is based on research. Emphasis is placed on teaching and research related to Icelandic society and economy, as well as fields related to Arctic and European issues.
The University of Patras (UPAT)
The University of Patras (UPAT) was founded in the city of Patras in 1964 and it began functioning in the Academic year of 1966-67, this contributed vastly to the decentralization of Academic Education in Greece. In June 2013 the University of West Greece was incorporated in the University of Patras and in 2019 technological institution of Patras also joined UPAT. UPAT is the third largest University in Greece regarding the size of student potential, the Faculty Members, Administrative Personnel, number of departments, and accredited student titles. Includes 35 Departments, with a large number of sectors and consequently a great range of disciplines. Besides its distinguished path in education, UPAT has excelled in the fields of Basic and Applied Research. The University of Patras has acquired international prominence for pioneering wide ranging Research in areas such as Environment, Education, Health, Biotechnology, Mechanics, Electronics, Informatics and Basic Science. A number of the Departments, Laboratories and Clinics have been designated as Centers of Excellence, on the basis of International Assessment. The University of Patras has a reputation for quality and innovative research and presents an effective participation in a plethora of Research Projects, Scientific Organizations, and Research Groups.
ARMES is an association of talented professionals and young independent researchers. ARMES counts on a network of experts working in the field of cultural sustainability, communication and didactic of the cultural heritage to promotes the links between the rights to culture and education. ARMES works to support the construction of a fairer and more inclusive future that responds to the rights of the citizens and to their expectations. In policy debates ARMES addresses and strengths the role of culture and brings to a higher level the concerns of citizens about the Europe they want to live in. The Initiative ‘My Cultural Rights’ created and promoted by ARMES activates a bottom-up approach and an exchange among generations and different actors on the importance of culture for shaping the future of Europe. ARMES mission is to strength the recognition of culture as a core component of human and sustainable development. Drawing strength from relevant theories and evidence collected over the past and the present ARMES brings to a wider audience the importance of human dignity and the idea that the human being has the right to be valued, respected and no-one has to be left behind. At the same times ARMES recognizes that the cultural aspects, including active participation in cultural life, development of individual and collective cultural liberties, safeguarding of tangible and intangible cultural heritages and the protection and promotion of diverse cultural expressions, are core components of human and sustainable development for the future. ARMES promotes among policy makers the importance of the cultural dimension and its potentialities to implement coherent and integrated cultural policies to enhance a positive and active attitude and behaviour among the citizens.
The Catholic University of Louvain
The Catholic University of Louvain welcomes 32,000 University students in seven locations in Brussels and Wallonia. Its main campus is in the pedestrianised city of Louvain-la-Neuve. The university offers courses in all disciplines, from bachelor’s degree to doctoral degree level, as well as many lifelong learning programmes. It is also a pioneer in the creation of massive open online courses (MOOCs), and the first French-speaking university in Europe to offer online courses on the edX platform (30 courses available in 2020). With a Nobel Prize, 21 Prix Francqui (the ‘Belgian Nobel’) and many other honours, UCLouvain offers an education fuelled by solid research. The university’s drive to innovate is clear: €260 million in annual research investment, 329 projects funded by European framework programmes (as of 2020) and close relationships with the commercial world, particularly with the 275 companies in the university’s two science parks. Meanwhile, UCLouvain’s research development efforts are currently responsible for 66 active spin-offs. Since its creation, UCLouvain has not only been open to the world; it has reached out to the world and invited it in: 25% of its teaching staff, 47% of its research staff and 18% of its student body is international. This openness is also reflected in its many exchange partnerships with universities worldwide, active participation in international networks and long-held tradition of cooperation with developing countries. Placing 152nd in the 2020 Times Higher Education ranking of the world’s universities, UCLouvain is ranked first among Belgian francophone universities. It is also one of Europe’s most well-established universities, having been founded in 1425. Erasmus, Gerardus Mercator and Andreas Vesalius are among the greats to have graced its halls; it’s where Georges Lemaître formulated his Big Bang theory and Christian de Duve conducted research that won him the 1974 Nobel Prize in Medicine.
The University of Belgrade
The University of Belgrade, founded in 1838, is the oldest and most prominent institution of higher education in Serbia and among the oldest in the South-Eastern Europe. Today it is a modern school in compliance with contemporary trends in European academic space and upholding a high standard of academic excellence. It employs 255 teaching staff and has approximately 6000 undergraduate and graduate University students enrolled at nine departments: Department of Philosophy, Department of Classics, Department of History, Department of Art History, Department of Archeology, Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, Department of Sociology, Department of Psychology and Department of Pedagogy and Andragogy. Department of Philosophy (DP), as the primary department of the UBFZF, operates within three seminars: 1) History of Philosophy, 2) Ethics, Esthetics and Political Philosophy and 3) Logics, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science. The DP offers numerous and diverse compulsory and elective courses on graduate, master and doctoral levels fundamentally concerning various philosophy issues such as Logics, Ethics, Aesthetics, Epistemology, Methodology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Politics, Philosophy of Language, etc. Project implementation will highly benefit from the Practical Philosophy Seminar and its experienced researchers, who are specialized in ethics, including normative moral philosophy, meta-ethics, action theory, moral psychology, political philosophy, and the theory of practical reason. DP members are involved in various research projects that regularly engage young researchers and have their cooperation running with both academic and professional institutions and organizations in Serbia, and abroad.
Central European University
(Kozep-Europai Egyetem, CEU, CEU PU)
Founded in 1991, Central European University (Kozep-Europai Egyetem, CEU, CEU PU) is an internationally recognized, private institution of graduate education in social sciences and humanities accredited in the United States, Austria, and Hungary. CEU promotes democracy and open societies through advanced research and research-based teaching and learning. This commitment has fostered a global network of over 15,000 alumni from 146 countries. CEU has 2 bachelor’s, 35 masters and 13 doctoral degree programs, in the social sciences, humanities, public policy and management. The programs emphasize the development of the self-reflective critical thinking skills that are central to the University’s mission. Based in Central Europe yet with a global perspective and teaching and research conducted in English, CEU is well-situated to host various types of European cooperation projects in research and teaching. The modern campuses in Vienna and Budapest offer access to extensive resources and support infrastructure, including the largest English-language Libraries in Central and Eastern Europe. CEU is a new model for international education, a center for study of contemporary economic, social and political challenges, and a source of support for building open and democratic societies that respect human rights and human dignity. The Department of History is a thriving part of Central European University (CEU PU, Vienna).