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The Circle U. Virtual Staff Week

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. 

Registration closed - all presentations are available below

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.

Monday, 31 May




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

Welcome by pre-rector Berit Eika

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.

Presentation of University of Belgrade

Presentation of Humboldt University International Campus

Presentation of Kings College, London 

Presentation of University of Oslo

Presentation of University of Paris

Presentation of UCLouvain

Presentation of University of Aarhus


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.



Tuesday, 1 June




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)


Sustainable Mobility

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.


Sustainability at Oslo University 


Sustainability at Aarhus University



Wednesday, 2 June




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.


Staff Mobility Presentation




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.


Thursday, 3 June




According to individual arrangement

Individual meetings

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.

11.00 -13.00

Summer Schools

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.

University of Oslo Summer School

Oslo Summer School in Social Sciences

UCLouvain-LOCI intensive programs

Humboldt University International Campus 

University of Aarhus Summer Schools

University of Paris, Nanomed Summer School


Friday, 4 June



Target audience

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!   



Who to contact?

Aarhus University
Lotte Skovborg, Circle U. project manager for mobility and inclusion skovborg@au.dk