Aurora is growing

20 May 2022

It is with great pleasure that we welcome a new university, Université Paris-Est Créteil, to the Aurora European University. At the Aurora 2022 Spring Biannual in Innsbruck, Aurora President Jón Atli Benediktsson and President of the Université Paris-Est Créteil, Jean-Luc Dubois-Randé signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), expressing their mutual intent to establish a strong and deep collaboration through the activities of the Aurora European University Alliance. Additionally, we are also very pleased to announce that, after having been an associate member of the Aurora Network, Palacký University Olomouc will become a full member of the Aurora Network.  

We are delighted that Université Paris-Est Créteil is joining the Aurora Alliance; first, as an associate partner of the current activities and thereafter as a full member in the next funding bid. The objectives and visions of both Aurora and the Université Paris-Est Créteil are closely aligned and we are very much looking forward to working together on common substantive issues, thereby strengthening our institutions, contributing to the local communities we serve, and bringing us closer to achieving the aims of the European Universities Initiative.

After the signing of the MoU, Jean-Luc Dubois-Randé said, “It is a great pleasure, and I am honoured to be with you today. We feel very comfortable with [Aurora], because we have the same values […]. Diversity is not a problem, it is a richness, and [Aurora] has the same perspective. […] We will be on board [in Aurora] very quickly and very seriously.”

At the Biannual, the Aurora Presidents also voted in favour of Palacký University Olomouc (Czech Republic) becoming a full member of the Aurora Network. Palacký, already a full member of the Aurora European University Alliance, was welcomed and congratulated by the Aurora Presidents. Founded in the 16th century, it is the oldest university in Moravia and the second-oldest university in the Czech Republic, and it is one of the most important Central European centres of education and research. As the Aurora lead on the Capacity Development Support Programme and more recently the lead on the workaround acute aid for Aurora’s Ukrainian partner university, Karazin Kharkiv University, Palacký University Olomouc’s expertise and commitment to Aurora have made it an invaluable member, and we are excited about this opportunity for even closer collaboration, moving forward.

Vice-Rector for Strategy and Regional Affairs and UP’s Aurora Strategic Manager Michal Malacka said, “We are very pleased to have become a full Aurora Network member after one and a half years of intense Aurora Alliance collaboration. We are grateful to all who have paved the way and made this possible, and a personal thank you to all the Aurora Presidents for their vote of confidence. We are keen to deepen our partnership even further and work together on innovative education, research, and sustainable growth.”

Aurora Secretary-General, Anne-May Janssen, Vice-Rector for Strategy and Regional Affairs, Michal Malacka, and Aurora President Jón Atli Benediktsson
President of the Université Paris-Est Créteil, Jean-Luc Dubois-Randé, and Aurora President, Jón Atli Benediktsson, after signing the MoU