The aim of the meeting was the European Commission's European Universities initiative, in which all three universities and their partners were successful. The representatives presented their projects to each other and shared their experiences.
The meeting was opened by Igor Ivan, Vice-Rector for Strategy and Cooperation at VSB-TUO. The U!REKA consortium, which together with VSB-TUO also includes universities from Frankfurt, Ghent, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Helsinki, was described by the Vice-Rector: "We emphasize urban, regional, scientific research and educational activities. The alliance includes capital and regional cities that want to be climate neutral, like Ostrava, which can be very beneficial for our region."
The Silesian University is a member of the STARS EU consortium, which also includes higher education institutions from Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Sweden, Poland, the Netherlands and Albania. "The universities are located in cities that are neither capital nor regional and are dealing with different difficulties. The task of our consortium is to actively contribute to the development of these regions. We greatly appreciate the cooperation with the Moravian-Silesian Region and the Moravian-Silesian Innovation Centre, which are our associate partners in the project," said Daniel Stavárek, Vice-Rector for Science and International Relations at Silesian University.
The NEOLAIA is an alliance of young universities located outside the European capitals. The partners of the University of Ostrava are universities from Lithuania, Spain, Romania, France, Cyprus, Germany and Sweden. "We see the project as a journey and have focused it on new study programmes and digitalization. We would like to contribute to the development of the regions with our research and also collaborate in the field of global health. We would like our university students to become ambassadors of culture and language for foreigners who come to the country," explained Renáta Tomášková, Vice-Rector for International Relations at the University of Ostrava.
The universities agreed to continue meeting and sharing experiences. The next meeting will take place at the University of Ostrava in spring 2024. The representatives of the universities have also promised to participate in the annual event of the U!REKA consortium, which will take place from 4 to 6 June on the campus of the VSB - Technical University of Ostrava.