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VSNU joins statement of European Rectors' Conferences on collaboration with the UK

 

The Presidents of Rectors’ Conferences in 24 European countries have proclaimed their support for continued collaboration with UK universities, even after a Brexit. In the joint statement, also signed by Jan Mengelers, vice-president of the Association of universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the presidents point to the great significance of collaboration and exchange of ideas and people.

 

The joint statement in full:
We as European university leaders wish to reaffirm our commitment to international cooperation and exchange in this turbulent time for Europe. We are strongest when we tackle issues collaboratively, when we exchange ideas and people, and when we open our hearts and minds to new perspectives and new knowledge.
Collaboration is also a cornerstone of innovation and excellence. It is by pooling infrastructure, data and expertise that we can best pursue ground-breaking research which improves people's lives and help to build strong and sustainable knowledge economies.
The outcome of the UK's referendum on EU membership will mean a new relationship between the UK and the rest of Europe, but we will work together to ensure that the long-standing research and exchange relationships between Europe's universities continue, for the benefit of people across the continent.

 

The Presidents of European Rectors' Conferences

Prof. Rolf Tarrach

President

European Universities Association

Prof. Dame Julia Goodfellow

President

Universities UK

Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler

President

German Rectors' Conference

Professor Jean-Loup Salzmann

President

French Conference of University Presidents

Prof. Dr. Oliver Vitouch

President

Universities Austria

Prof. Dr. Tomas Zima

President

Czech Rectors' Conference

Rector Per Michael Johansen

Vice Chair

Universities Denmark

Professor Tiit Land

President

Universities Estonia

Professor Jouko Niinimäki

President

Universities Finland

Professor Luc De Schepper

President

Flemish Interuniversity Council

Dr. József Bódis

President

Hungarian Rectors' Conference

Dr Jon Atli Benediktsson

President

National Rectors Conference in Iceland

Prof. Don Barry

President

Irish Universities Association

Prof. Gaetano Manfredi

President

Conference of Italian Universities Rectors

Professor Arvids Barsevskis

Chairman

Latvian Rectors' Council

Professor Rainer Klump

President

University of Luxembourg

Jan Mengelers

Vice-President

Association of Universities in the Netherlands

Prof. Dr Vidar L. Haanes

President

Norwegian Association for Higher Education Institutions

Professor Wieslaw Banys

President

Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland

Prof. António M. Cunha

President

Portuguese National Conference of Rectors

Prof. Dr Vladimir Bumbasirevic

President

Conference of the Universities of Serbia

Professor Rudolf Kropil

President

Slovak Rectors' Conference

Professor Dragan Marušič, PhD

President

Slovenian Rectors' Conference

Mr. Segundo Píriz Durán

President

Conference of the Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE)

Professor Helen Dannetun

Chair of the Board

Association of Swedish Higher Education

 

 

 


 

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