The Circle U. cooperation between University of Belgrade, Humboldt-University, UCLouvain, King's College London, University of Oslo, University of Paris and Aarhus University kicked-off last year with very ambitious goals for mobility and international exposure of students and staff.
To develop and expand collaboration, and to raise the profile of Circle U. among the universities, a virtual staff week will take place from 31 May – 4 June. The overall purpose of the staff week is to bring together staff that work with student and staff mobility, either at central or decentral level as a way to spark ideas, boost collaboration and share future partnership pathways.
Although the primary target group is administrative staff working with student and staff mobility, academics who work with exchange agreements and staff with an interest in getting to know the Circle U. partners are welcome to join too.
Please sign up here. Participation is free of charge, and you can sign up for individual events and are not required to attend the full programme. Zoom links for the individual sessions will be forwarded after registration.
If you are interested in arranging an individual meeting, kindly sign up as soon as possible to allow us time to organize.
10.00 - 11.00 am
Welcome and introduction
Official opening of the first Circle U. Virtual Staff Week by Pro-Rector Berit Eika. Introduction to the aims of the Circle U. alliance and the goals of this week’s program
11.00am - 12.30am (CET)
Presentation of the Circle U. partners
Each partner will share facts about the city and the university, academic strenghts, interesting facilites and perhaps a few fun facts followed by a Q&A session.
13.00am - 14.00am (CET)
Informal coffee session with a short introduction to 'hygge'We have invited British journalist Helen Russell, bestselling author of the year of living Danishly, to give us some insights into this much hyped concept. Afterwards Danish collegues will facilitate some hygge in smaller break-out rooms.
10.00am - 12.00am (CET)
Faculty specific parallel sessions
Faculty networking, mobility opportunities and future collaboration. Please choose only one area when signing up.
14.00am - 15.30am (CET)
In Circle U., sustainability is at the top of the agenda. Vebjørn Bakken will present University of Oslo's current work with their climate strategy and travel policy, and Susanne Hejlsvig from AU's sustainability team will presents AU's climate strategy and ideas for nudging campaigns for sustainable transport and campus operations. Participants will be invited to discuss in smaller groups, how Circle U can develop sustainability while increasing mobility.
10.00am - 12.00am (CET)
Internationalization of staff and staff mobility - big investments, big benefits?
Stefan Karsch from Humboldt's International Office will share experience from the REALISE staff mobility project that Humboldt took part in recently. Participants are invited to discuss ways to increase staff mobility and develop ideas for future staff weeks in Circle U.
14.00 -15.30pm (CET)
Kick-starting student mobility
Circle U. offers a lot of opportunities for students. In groups we will work with students on how to kick-start mobility and spread the news about Circle U. across the Alliance.
According to individual arrangement
On request, individual meetings may be arranged. This could be with e.g. departments, the International Office, or other administrative service units at Aarhus University.
If you are involved in running a summer school, teach a course or would like build up a summer school, you are invited to join this session. Please register directly for this event here.
14.00am -15.00pm (CET)
The Circle U. coffee/wine hour with quiz
A virtual trivia "hygge" session will conclude the staff week. Teams from each university will compete for a prize!
Lotte Skovborg, Circle U. project manager for mobility and inclusion email@example.com