TUS to lead new alliance building a ‘European University’

L-r: José Miguel García, Vice-Chancellor for Research, Transfer and Innovation University of Burgos (UBU), Spain, Erica Schaper, President Executive Board, NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences (NHL Stenden), The Netherlands, Vincent Cunnane, President Technological University of the Shannon (TUS), Ireland, Carlos Rabadão, President Polytechnic of Leiria (IPL), Portugal, Stefan Fitz-Rankl, President Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FHV), Austria, Pertti Puusaari, President HAMK Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), Finland and Frederik D'hulster, Howest University of Applied Sciences, Belgium. Photo: Alan Place

THE TECHNOLOGICAL University of the Shannon (TUS) has become the first Irish university to lead a European University Alliance.

During a meeting of the Regional University Network (RUN-EU), held in TUS Moylish campus, the university hosted presidents of other partner universities from across seven countries, including Belgium and Spain.

The primary objective of the RUN-EU collective is to encourage competitiveness in Irish and European education by creating a pathway of mobility for staff and students, and foster a culture of collaboration – as well as enhanced training, study and research opportunities.

The group aim to come together as a collective “European University”.

The presidents, led by Ireland’s first president of a European university, TUS President Professor Vincent Cunnane, also met with Limerick City and County Council and other regional stakeholders to highlight the importance and opportunity of the TUS leadership to the regions it serves.

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Welcoming his European colleagues Professor Cunnane said: “Today marks another significant milestone in the history of our young university. I am honoured to be the first Irish president of a European university and I have no doubt that  RUN-EU will make a meaningful difference not just to our university but to all of the regions we serve, through innovative programmes, research, engagement, and mobility of students, staff, and partners.”

TUS Vice President for Research, Development and Innovation, Dr Liam Brown added: “Drawing on the expertise of the alliance, which is now in excess of 100,000 students and staff, RUN-EU will make a significant impact across the key societal challenges of the digital and green transitions along with social inclusion.”