The first EUGLOH conference has kicked off at the University of Szeged

For two days, the representatives from the universities of the European Alliance for Global Health will work together to discuss project topics at the University of Szeged. During the English language conference, the partners will present the tasks of each working group and outline their future plans.

In 2019 the University of Szeged (USZ) applied for the Erasmus+ European Universities call in a consortium of four European universities, the consortium was awarded a three-year grant in the European University Associations Programme. The collaboration will provide mobility for 210,000 students, 23,000 teachers, researchers and administrators across the five collaborating universities. In addition to offering students, flexible curricula for students who will obtain a European degree, students will have the opportunity to tailor their studies to their needs: for instance, they can select when and in which partner institution they wish to pursue their studies.

The objective of the EUGLOH project is to develop education and implement a project that requires deeper and more coordinated cooperation. During the planning process, different work packages were identified:

  • education development,
  • carry out activities to promote students’ future careers,
  • coordinate student research and innovation activities.

Additionally, the partners will work together on communication and long-term sustainability issues, and on implementing the joint campus life of the five universities.

The keyword of establishing the consortium was global health, meaning educational, student, and research collaboration with respect to the health value chain. We need to go back to such basics as interpreting healthy food, healthcare, prevention, healthcare provision, medical education, pharmacist education, health economics, and the legal aspect of healthcare. Therefore, the window should be opened so wide that more fields of study can join within the university and in cooperation between the five universities. The Virtus Programme will be actively involved in this collaborative work, mainly by joining innovation projects and challenges, and in the field of innovation-focused multidisciplinary education programmes.

The participation of the University of Szeged in the programme is due to several factors – Professor László Rovó, Rector of the University of Szeged has emphasized at the conference opening. He has underlined that the project will make the University of Szeged more attractive to both Hungarian and foreign students in the future, as the applicants will now be members of a 200,000-member student community. This new type of collaboration will help dynamically improve the quality of teaching and research at the university and to deepen its European reach,” he added.

The Vice-Rector of International Affairs at the Paris-Saclay University, which runs the consortium, added that when applying for the project, they were looking for European partners with high-quality health education and research, and thus involved the University of Szeged. The infrastructure in the institution and in Szeged, such as the ELI-ALPS laser research centre, provides an excellent basis for effective cooperation, he said.