thingsthatmatter'Things That Matter' is a module offered in partnership by the Universities of Uppsala, Groningen and Durham. It takes place during the Easter Term, and consists of a preparatory ‘International Classroom’ module delivered online, and of a week-long Summer School held this year in Groningen from 18 till 22 June 2018.

“Things that Matter” addresses the tension between the materiality of sources and their digitization. The recent advances of digital technology have created new modes of reproduction and forms of consumption that have substantially reshaped the concepts of ‘object’ and of ‘collection’ at the heart of cultural institutions such as libraries and museums. 



sustainability-summerFrom 7 until 14 July 2018 Groningen hosts the first U4 Sustainability Summer School 'Creating a Climate for Change'.

The summer school “Creating a Climate for Change” is an interdisciplinary learning experience aimed at inspiring and activating students (PhD, Masters) and professionals working or studying in fields related to integrated sustainability.

Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of sustainability matters. The summer school aims to help them spread this knowledge in organizations, companies and among policy makers, in order to further sustainability. 



diversityThe Göttingen Diversity Research Institute is organising the 2nd international Summer School on Globalization and Diversity in cooperation with partner universities from Europe, the United States and Japan.

The summer school will provide students with an overview over current debates on social diversity on a global and local scale. Through lectures the students will gain theoretical knowledge on different levels and dimensions of diversity. Therefore, speakers from various research backgrounds are being invited.

The Summer School will be organized as an intensive two-week program taking place from 2nd– 15th August 2018 at the University of Göttingen.



academy-building-groningenThe Groningen Staff Week 2018 will focus on 2 themes, which participants can choose from: 

(1) Internationalisation at Home. Different aspects of Internationalization at home will be highlighted. Our experts in the field will present what is being done at the University of Groningen and we will exchange experiences and ideas. 

(2) Sustainability and The Green University. How ‘Green’ is your university? And how to become more ‘Green’? The University of Groningen is listed #15 in the Green metric Ranking, a list of the ‘greenest’ universities worldwide. Lots of activities and projects are initiated at the UG to become more sustainable. Several aspects on sustainability will be discussed during the staff week.

More info (fees and registration) on www.rug.nl/staffweek



rectors-2017On 19 and 20 November Ghent University hosted the 10th edition of the U4 Rectors' Conference. The annual Rectors' Conference forms the setting for the yearly evaluation and planning of the U4 strategic partnership.

As in previous editions the four rectors took the occasion to focus on the strategy of the network. At the conference representatives of all academic clusters and working groups take part to report on their activities and to present their aims for the coming year.

The outcome of the meeting is very positive. Not only was 2017 a very productive year in terms of activities. Also within the existing projects the cooperation has been considerably intensified and new forms of cooperation are being explored.



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