Aurora was formed in 2016 as a consortium of research-intensive universities deeply committed to the social impact of their activities, and with a history of engagement with their communities.
As 9 universities working together, we aim to harness our academic excellence to influence societal change through research and educational activities – and ultimately to contribute to the achievement of the sustainable development goals.
We operate as a high trust platform wanting to learn with and from each other by sharing our struggles and weaknesses and our strengths and resources. Aurora is a platform of intensive collaboration and co-creation between all members of its various communities: university leaders, students, administrators, teachers, and academics alike. This, in return, enhances the synergy both within and between the Aurora universities collectively.
We want to equip our graduates with the skills and mindset needed to take responsibility and initiative in their work and life. Therefore, we help our students to develop their willingness and ability to tackle society’s problems in a socially entrepreneurial and innovative way. We do this within the realms of our pilot domains: Sustainability & Climate Change, Digital Society & Global Citizenship, Health & Well-being, and Culture: Diversity & Identity.
As a close-knit group of universities, our geographical focus is on Europe, and we are committed to the contribution that European universities can and should make to the prosperity and well-being of Europe. But as globally operating research-intensive universities, we define our constituencies at local, regional, and global levels. We welcome and embrace partners at each level.
We hold diversity in high esteem and wish to create equal opportunities for our staff and students by creating a working and learning environment at our universities in which different perspectives are explicitly valued. In addition, we want to get the most out of generating creativity from different perspectives both in teaching and in research.
SIRR defines our member universities’ roles in society and their position regarding global challenges in Aurora. This includes demonstrating how Aurora universities’ research and education contribute to the SDGs by visualising their societal impact in what is called the Aurora Research Dashboard.
Aurora universities collaborate to promote innovation in teaching & learning pedagogies, including developments in the transformation of education as well as innovation in the content and the balance of subject-related, general cognitive and personal learning incomes and outcomes.
Aurora attaches great value to student involvement, both as a fundamental characteristic of each member university and within the network. The students’ roles go significantly beyond the domain of student representation, and they are included as drivers of educational development. One example is the Aurora student championship scheme, where students actively contribute to the educational strand of Aurora by supporting university staff in transforming education as we know it.
Ensure that all Aurora governance and management bodies are operational and supported. Also, ensures that all decision and conflict resolution mechanisms are in place.
Ensure reciprocal information suited to the implementation of the Aurora programme is freely available.
Keep track of and ensure adequate feedback on execution of tasks and achievement of deliverables.
Ensure the effective, efficient, and appropriate allocation and accounting of financial resources.
Minimise and mitigate risks jeopardising the overall achievement of Aurora’s goals.
Narrowing differentials in higher education & research across Europe by supporting universities in Central and Eastern Europe to strengthen their capacity for academic excellence and societal relevance.
Ensures systematic quality enhancement.