13. June 2022

NeurotechEU: Board of Rectors Meeting in Romania NeurotechEU: Board of Rectors Meeting in Romania

University of Bonn Rectors visiting Cluj-Napoca for two days

Authors: Sebastian Legge

NeurotechEU, the European University of Brain and Technology, has invited its members to attend its semi-annual Board of Rectors meeting at Iuliu Hațieganu Medical and Pharmaceutical University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. In May a delegation from the University of Bonn Rectorate attended this meeting of the top governance board of the consortium to which the former is a member, called to inaugurate the second project phase.

NeurotechEU Board of Rectors Meeting in Romania May 2022
NeurotechEU Board of Rectors Meeting in Romania May 2022 - The attending Rectors at the closing event for the three-day meeting in Cluj, following signing of the Third Declaration of the consortium. The University of Bonn represented by Vice Rector Professor Dr. Birgit Ulrike Münch (3rd from left). © Paul Verschure
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French President Emmanuel Macron came up with the idea in 2017 of forming a European University out of a network of universities across Europe. Now just five years later, some 41 European Higher Education Areas have been formed around a shared vision of superior education characterized by research and teaching in close coordination and international mobility for students, instructors and researchers.

Launched in 2020, the NeurotechEU alliance, to which the University of Bonn is member, is comprised of eight university partners. The top-level governance board of this consortium is constituted of rectors from its member universities, and the board meets twice a year to discuss project progress and plan the next steps. The initial phase of consolidation is to be followed by a project implementation phase for realization of the long-term planning regarding students, researchers and instructors. University of Bonn Rector Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael Hoch commented: “NeurotechEU pools expertise from many different European institutions to create an international research environment that is multidisciplinary and without parallel. The European University is a concept that will have lasting impact and be a definitive marker in Europe’s higher education and research landscape, and the University of Bonn is proud to be playing an active role in this process.”

The meeting delegation was the first strategy-related travel undertaken by the Rectorate since outbreak of the Corona crisis. In addition to Professor Hoch the University delegates attending the board meeting from May 16 to May 18 in Romania were Professor Dr. Birgit Ulrike Münch, Vice Rector for International Affairs, and Dr. Katharina Fuchs-Bodde, Director of the International Office. The delegates were accompanied by University of Bonn Research Director Professor Dr. Christian Henneberger, Project Coordinator Dr. Anna Thorwart and two Student Council representatives. Discussions, lectures and intense work sessions were held on expansion of the alliance to include further European universities.

“One of the core objectives behind the University of Bonn’s Europe strategy is increased cooperation on research and teaching between European partners. Our membership in the European university network NeurotechEU is an embodiment of this strategy and a clear commitment to the idea of Europe,” commented Vice Rector Münch.

The NeurotechEU Board of Rectors will meet next in Alicante, Spain in the fall of 2022 to discuss the further strategic growth of the alliance.

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