Posted on Tue 10 Sep 2019 at 11:59 by Cecilia Wallback
Hello! This is my post about AURORA and hopefully I'll be able to explain ti well enough for you guys to want to join the network and work together with this.
AURORA is made up by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, University of Iceland, University of East Anglia, University of Bergen (leaving us soon), University of Antwerp, University of Aberdeen (us), Université Grenoble-Alpes, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (joined very recently), and University of Gothenburg (leaving us soon). So this is cleary a growing network, it was established in 2016 and it is very focused on positive change, sharing of good practice, and make our students truly international. If you've ever heard of the Minerva Programme, one of the goals of the AURORA Network is to allow students to study at several different univeristites throughout their university career (for example, 1 year at Aberdeen, a term in Iceland, anoter term in Antwerp, etc). Personaly, this makes me very excited and considering what a global world we live in, I think this is a great way to create clever, confident, global students who will have the skills to succeed whervery they decide to go after they leave university.
Students are a large part of this and are involved in every level of discussion and decision. There is even an AURORA Student Council, which Louise and I sit on.
The different themes AUROA is involved with are
1. Diveristy and Inclusion
2. Societal Impact and Relevant of Research (SIRR)
4. Innocation of Teaching and Learning (ITL)
Both Louise and I are involved with Sustainability. Since so many different universities are involved, meetings are mostly digital (skype). If you wish to know more about the individual themes, you can read about it here: https://aurora-network.global/what-we-do/. If you are interested, I heavily recommend that you check our what theme you are interested in, and project, and then get in touch me with me on firstname.lastname@example.org, and then I can pass you along to the coordinators to get you involved.
At the end of October, Louise and I will be going to Amsterdam for a bi-annual AURORA conference in which we will meet the partnering univeristies. We will be going together with some Aberdeen staff members and some students.
For the success of AURORA, student involvement is essential, which is why this year I intend to be very open with what AURORA is, what it does, and about my involvement with it. I also hope many of you will want to get in involved!
I look forward to hearing from you,