ABOUT NEOLAiA 

OUR STORY

NEOLAiA wants to raise the potential of our regions

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Most members of the European Union are living in small and medium-sized cities or in the countryside. So, as young universities with the power and commitment to reform, we are the most important drivers of innovation and social change, in our regions.

Global challenges such as climate change, digitalization, demographics, and urbanization are the megatrends of the time. They affect metropolises and regions differently. Megatrends fuel growing populism, worries and the call for authoritarian structures, especially outside capitals. The regions beyond the metropolises are the places where Europe’s future is negotiated on a daily basis: as an opportunity and as a challenge.

NEOLAiA makes Europe an experience. Our students are first generation academics, often with a migration background within the family. They are ambitious, they are diverse, and they are talented. Our societies and the future of the European Union need their potential.

NEOLAiA wants to raise the potential of our regions. Empowering regions means strengthening democracy, preventing populism, fostering inclusion, exploiting the potential of heterogeneity, countering extremism, and making excellent research and teaching an everyday experience.

Meet the people behind NEOLAiA

WHAT DOES NEOLAiA MEAN FOR YOU?

"This European University will lay the foundations of a future of opportunities for students, teachers and researchers from all the partner universities and for the environments they are located in. Both at personal and professional levels, NEOLAiA means an opportunity for growth and learning; it is also the path to my future."

Daniel López - International Relations Officer - UJA

WHAT DOES NEOLAiA MEAN FOR YOU?

"A genuine personal and professional step change. NEOLAiA is a radically new way to vertebrate collaboration amongst universities in Europe. The result? A wealth of creative ideas and academic growth thanks to a unique spirit of common work and the novel perspective of a truly special group of engaged, top-notch colleagues".

María Luisa Pérez - Rector's Delegate for European Universities and Language Policy - UJA

WHAT DOES NEOLAiA MEAN FOR YOU?

"From a university leadership perspective, NEOLAiA offers a strategic network of “best friends universities” together with which we build novel study programs and courses for the benefit of European students. At the same time, joint research addresses burning issues of a contemporary and
future democratic Europe".

Åke Strid - Pro Vice-Chancellor International - ORU

WHAT DOES NEOLAiA MEAN FOR YOU?

"Good research and teaching require an intellectual challenge and an inspiration. NEOLAiA offers me an interesting platform to proof and develop my skills as historian within an already established network of universities, and brings new perspectives, questions, and collaborations into my work through engaged activities with colleagues and students having interest in my topics".

Izabela Dahl - Associate Professor engaged in research and teaching within NEOLAiA - ORU

WHAT DOES NEOLAiA MEAN FOR YOU?

"NEOLAiA is an amazing initiative of young, research-driven universities with a strong orientation towards interdisciplinary. Also, it represents the idea of being a European citizen and of being at home in Europe - in presence but also on the digital level. Regarding the particular responsibilities of Bielefeld University, it is as well a starting point to set up an innovative idea of an European university based on values like inclusion and diversity.

Michaela Vogt - Professor at the Faculty of Educational Science - UNIBI

WHAT DOES NEOLAiA MEAN FOR YOU?

"NEOLAiA means for me to overcome borders and barriers together and to shape and empower diversity and inclusion in Europe".

Michael Johannfunke - Accessible Services Coordinator - UNIBI

WHAT DOES NEOLAiA MEAN FOR YOU?

"NEOLAiA started as a project intent, an ambitious goal to pursue but soon has developed into much more – a laboratory of ideas, an arena for discussions, a cosy environment for sharing experiences and practices, and first and foremost a team of inspirational colleagues and friends you can rely on".

Renata Tomaskova - Vice-Rector for International Relations - UO

WHAT DOES NEOLAiA MEAN FOR YOU?

"NEOLAiA provides space for development and new approaches, their initial testing and answering the current questions regarding international online learning, blended mobilities or EWP".

Kamila Danihelkova - Head of Centre for International Cooperation - UO

WHAT DOES NEOLAiA MEAN FOR YOU?

"NEOLAiA is a quantum leap for the development of a regional university. The Alliance encompasses all the vital components of a modern and committed HEI.  Undoubtedly, a win-win cooperation!"

Nedas Jurgaitis - Deputy Director,
leading representative of ŠVK

WHAT DOES NEOLAiA MEAN FOR YOU?

"NEOLAiA is a great opportunity to create and share ideas and experiences, to develop researches, to improve the study process, to grow and develop professionally and personally for students, for academics, the entire higher education community in those aspects and at a level that would not be possible working separately".

Rasa Pocevičienė - Head of Study and
Science Coordination Service - ŠVK

WHAT DOES NEOLAiA MEAN FOR YOU?

"From a university leadership perspective, NEOLAiA offers a great opportunity to enhance our strategic network collecting minds into a multilateral agreement. Our efforts are devoted to openminded students and colleagues."

Gianluca Sbardella - Pro Vice-Chancellor International Relations - UNISA

WHAT DOES NEOLAiA MEAN FOR YOU?

"NEOLAiA Consortium offers a unique opportunity to strengthen my cross cultural competence and negotiation ability. My personal efforts are devoted to our students in creating an inclusive learning space."

Bice Della Piana - Associate Professor of Cross Cultural Competence and Cross Cultural Management - UNISA

WHAT DOES NEOLAiA MEAN FOR YOU?

"Neolaia brings together innovative minds and builds bridges between several young universities of Europe. Young universities - Fresh perspectives - Dynamic communities. These are the main ingredients in Neolaia’s story, where the students, teachers and researchers are the main actors and subjects in a better, reinvented future".

Carmen Chasovschi - Office Coordinator for International Relations and European Affairs - USV

WHAT DOES NEOLAiA MEAN FOR YOU?

" It is only by working together that we can deal with a changing world. Neolaia brings a fresh perspective and better chances in dealing with the future societal challenges. It is motivating to see committed partners, working together for a better and inclusive education in Europe."

Stefan Purici - Vice-rector for Image, International Relations and European Affairs - USV