The NEOLAiA alliance is designed to achieve ambitious goals reaching to 2030 when we see ourselves as:
A strong, highly integrated European University representing a mainstay of European values and high-quality education for all the member university regions.
An open and inclusive educational and social environment, fostering equity at university and in European society at large, ensuring that the diverse communities within academia and in the regions feel connected and committed to work together to face the global challenges and find solutions to common concerns such as Global Health to improve well-being for all.
A model international educator motivating widening cohorts of students to engage in innovative research-informed and socially relevant study programmes crossing the borders of disciplines, research areas, countries and cultures, keeping pace with the digitalization of teaching and learning and at the same time cherishing personal contact and a tailor-made approach.
Our way to realize the vision
Enhance regional connectivity to prevent populism through innovation in academic mobility: Internationalization and academic exchange are key for a cosmopolitan world view that reacts against nationalistic and populist tensions. NEOLAiA will develop a series of mobility initiatives that will expand on traditional exchange programs into a seamlessly integrated network of international universities.
Strengthen inclusion and interculturalism, through common standards against cultural and linguistic barriers: Inclusive societies embrace diversity as a contribution to economic and social development. NEOLAiA will be shaped by principles of widening participation and inclusion, driven by the concept of equity in education and research. It will create standards, policies and training that will benefit both the academic community and societies in the largely diverse populations of the NEOLAiA non-metropolitan regions.
Achieve research excellence through higher scientific impact, output and knowledge transfer leveraging on digitalization:Research excellence and scientific output are key drivers for regional development, which can be boosted through digitalization. NEOLAiA’s actions will leverage on digital access to research by mapping synergies and resources among partners to increase:
a) excellence in research (number and impact factor of research publications)
b) participation in international research networks
c) knowledge transfer towards society
Increasing regional output in terms of entrepreneurial training, product ideation, start-up support and incubation: Universities play a key role in regional economic development by bridging education, research, knowledge transfer and economic output. NEOLAiA will benefit academic communities and society at large in non-metropolitan regions with new educational infrastructure that supports the transfer of ideas into production, contributing to the regional and economic development of its partners.
Increase the number of joint teaching and learning programmes to address key global challenges through regional participation: NEOLAiA will develop common teaching and learning standards and increase the number of double/multiple and ulterior joint study programmes, in alignment with a “European space of learning” rooted in regional and diverse points of view.
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