Goethe University was founded in 1914 by Frankfurt citizens and named after one of the city's most famous natives, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1932. With over 48,000 students, Goethe University is the third largest university in Germany. In the 2018 Shanghai academic ranking of world universities, it ranks among the top 100 – 150, and among the top 5 – 7 within Germany. Goethe University is a comprehensive research university with 16 faculties. It has set standards in the social and natural sciences. The achievements of the „Frankfurt School“ are significant worldwide. Goethe University has four different campuses located in Bockenheim, Westend, Riedberg, and Niederrad. The new Westend Campus with its park-like ambiance and beautiful travertine-faced buildings is one of Germany's most attractive. Goethe University is an active member of numerous international networks, maintaining partnerships and collaborative projects with around 700 universities in more than 80 countries. This includes 280 institutions within the ERASMUS+ programme. At nearly 8,000 international students from some 150 countries, Goethe University is home to one of Germany's largest international student populations. Every year, Goethe University sends and receives up to 900 exchange students.
Goethe University's Third Mission mandate is the pursuit of science and knowledge with and for society. It arises directly from its founding history. Goethe University and its scientists carry out a great variety of Third Mission activities in joint projects with partners and institutions from all reas of society, strengthening the inherent connection between science and society. This commitment draws on research and teaching and is stimulated in turn by non-scientific networks, acting thereby both complementary and synergistically with these two missions. It often takes up social, technological and political issues to seek cooperative, interdisciplinary solutions. The university sets the agenda in the name of independence and freedom, and gathers ideas, knowledge and issue awareness. It also generates private funds that can be applied flexibly toward future-oriented areas of research. By returning to its status of a “Stiftungsuniversität" (university foundation under public law) in 2008, Goethe University renewed its responsibility to interact with the general public openly and to make this interaction fruitful with in the framework of collaborative projects.
Rooted within the city of Frankfurt and the Rhine- Main region, Goethe University is ideally located in one of the most economically successful regions in Europe, which also possesses a high concentration of cultural institutions, as well as political institutions up through the European level. With the creation of the Rhine Main University Alliance, Goethe University, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and Technical University Darmstadt now form a strategic alliance, collaborating in research, teaching, and continuing education. Goethe University has established strategic partnerships with Frankfurt's European partner cities and their higher education institutions such as Lyon and Milan. This is the opportunity to be innovative and to initiate a new academic project with the European Universities Alliance TruMotion. The five TruMotion universities are striving to transform themselves and each other by setting new standards of collaboration. Goethe University is willing to be an active citizen of its metropolitan region by supporting diversity and innovation as well as European values.
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is the most important Catholic University in Europe and the only Italian University to boast an impressive national network with five Campuses located in Milan, Piacenza, Cremona, Brescia and Rome. The institution is renowned for its academic excellence, integrated in the European tradition as a place of cultural formation, able to contemplate and interpret the complexity of the society in which people live: a mission that translates into an educational syllabus focused on the formation of the person as a whole. In the last 100 years the Cattolica shaped a significant quota of Italy's establishment: eminent representatives of institutions, politics and law, academics and intellectuals, entrepreneurs and managers, teachers and professionals, bishops, journalists, publishers and writers. Many others, known and less known, have helped to promote the prestigious reputation of Università Cattolica in Europe and around the world. Cattolica's story began in 1921, when Università Cattolica was founded by Father Agostino Gemelli together with a group of Catholic intellectuals: Ludovico Necchi, Francesco Olgiati, Armida Barelli and Ernesto Lombardo. The previous year the Giuseppe Toniolo Institute of Higher Education had been created, named after the founder and promoter of Università Cattolica. On 7 December 1921 Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore was officially inaugurated in Milan (in via Sant'Agnese), in the presence of the archbishop of the city, Cardinal Achille Ratti, future Pope Pius XI. In 1924, it was awarded state recognition as a free university.
In 1927 the University acquired the ancient monastery of Sant'Ambrogio designed by Bramante and, on 30 October 1932, the edifice became the university's main campus. The redevelopment, restoration and expansion of the structure with new buildings was entrusted to the architect Giovanni Muzio. In the post-war period the Piacenza campus was built and the first cohort of students enrolled for the 1952 – 53 academic year. In 1961 the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery was established in Rome. In 1964 the „Agostino Gemelli“ University Hospital was inaugurated which, in 2015, was granted the title of Fondazione Policlinico Universitario “Agostino Gemelli" IRCCS. In 1965 the Brescia headquarters opened its doors and, in 1984, the first lectures began on the Cremona campus Università Cattolica's graduates are among the most sought-after by companies worldwide: in fact, according to the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019, our University is ranked first in Italy for number of employers who are actively present on the university campuses and third in terms of graduate employability outcomes and prospects.
Furthermore, according to the 2018 QS World University Ranking by subject it is among the top 150 higher education institutions for arts & humanities; for theology, divinity & religious studies it ranks among the Top 51 – 100. Supported by an international network of over 600 partner universities, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore offers a wide range of programs at internationally renowned universities, from semester programs to periods abroad related to research for the graduation thesis, and from intensive language courses to internships all over the world. Over the past year, about 2,629 students took advantage of this opportunity, while over 1,800 young people from other countries chose the Cattolica for a study experience abroad.
University of Lodz (Uniwersytet Łódzki), founded in 1945, is one of the strongest scientific and research centres in Poland. Its multifarious undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes are provided for more than 20,000 students at 12 Faculties, by over 2,000 academic staff employed. Furthermore, a UL branch operates at Tomaszów Mazowiecki. The UL is based in Łódź – Poland’s third largest and geographically most central city, close to the main motorway junction (A-1 and A-2) and connected with Warsaw by a fast and direct rail link. The academic buildings are located reasonably close together, within a convenient distance and transport links to the main (Lodz Fabryczna) railway station. In addition to academic premises (including the largest library in the region), the Campus features a sports centre and ten dormitories for students. Within institutional bilateral agreements, the UL cooperates with over 260 partner institutions globally, and it has entered into over 1,000 mobility agreements with more than 400 European universities within the Erasmus+ programme. The UL also takes part in a number of other exchange and research programmes, such as Scholarship and Training Found (EEA and Norway Grants), Compostela Group of Universities, Erasmus Mundus, CEEPUS, Campus Europae, Mizuta Scholarship (Japan). In terms of internationalization, the UL comes 5th in Poland, with international student population exceeding 10 % and more than 95 nationalities found among its community. The UL has gained experience and reputation as a reliable project coordinator, by conducting extensive international scientific cooperation with foreign academic and research centres.
Currently, the UL is involved in more than 70 international projects, as well as over 360 countrywide research projects financed by EU Framework Programmes, and Polish grantor institutions including National Science Centre, National Centre for Research and Development, Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The support of application and management of projects at UL is mainly provided by the Science Center, part of the administration structure with an extensive experience in consulting, supporting proposal writing and projects implementation as well as international conferences, training and workshops. As one of the leading Polish universities, the UL actively participates in the innovative development of the city of Lodz, Lodz region and the entire country, indicating solutions for economic and social problems, and a variety of projects addressed to different groups of stakeholders including students, university employees, local society and business. This approach is also expressed by formal agreements with the City of Lodz and international business entities operating in the city and region. Moreover, as a Regional Contact Point for EU Framework Programmes, the UL cooperates with other HEIs and research centres.
The University of Lodz is among the first universities in Poland that have signed the Declaration of Social Responsibility. The document indicates the pivotal directions of development and activities for social responsibility that can be implemented by academic community. It fosters the ideas of equality, diversity, tolerance and respect for human rights, in all the areas of academic life. The UL initiated the University Diversity project that allows to show and share different cultural expressions in our academic community. Its goal is to form active global citizens who are able to think critically and understand the complexity of the modern world in the spirit of respect for diverse identities as well as social sensitivity.
The creation of the Université Lumière Lyon 2 followed a long period of development on the foundation of the former Université de Lyon, which was established in 1896. The protest movement that shook France in May 1968 led to the Université de Lyon being broken apart. This lead to the official founding of the Université Lyon 2 in 1973. In 1986, the university was renamed the Université Lumière Lyon 2, in honour of Auguste and Louis Lumière, who played a vital role in cinematic invention while living in Lyon. Specializing in Arts, Literature and Languages, in Human and Social Sciences, in Law, in Economics and Management, and in Information and Technology, the Université Lumière Lyon 2 strives for quality in its courses and its research across these multidisciplinary fields. The Université Lumière Lyon 2 has two campuses in Lyon, Berges du Rhône and Porte des Alpes, which are home to 30,000 students and almost 2,000 members of staff. While providing an environment favouring successful studies with fully equipped facilities, the university also promotes student’s fulfilment by encouraging them to take part in numerous athletic, cultural and associative activities. New building projects such as the new Learning Centre reinforce this high-quality environment. Internationalisation is a central priority at the Université Lumière Lyon 2, which currently has partnerships with more the 360 institutions in 60 different countries worldwide. Each year, the university attracts more than 5,000 international students, either as a part of exchange programmes or through direct enrolment. The university has also developed a broad range of joint degrees and it is involved in a wide number of networks such as the Francophone University Association (AUF), the European University Association (EUA), the Franco-German University (UFA), and the Franco-Italian University (UFI). The Université Lumière Lyon 2 also offers its students major-specific courses in German, Italian or Spanish, taught by visiting lecturers and researches within the framework of the internationalisation at home programme, MINERVE. Since its conception, the university’s principal mission has been to offer high-level education in order to empower its students so they can develop critical thinking and multidisciplinary skills in order to be able to address societal challenges of the future. The Université Lumière Lyon 2 has become one of the major universities of Human and Social Sciences in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region. Located in Lyon, one of Europe’s major crossroads and second largest economic centre in France, the university has connections with numerous business sectors to improve the employability of its students. Multidisciplinary excellence centres bring together research and teaching in gender studies, connected societies and digital humanities, mediation and creation, vulnerabilities, inequalities and discriminations, labour studies, citizen and public action. The Université Lumière Lyon 2 is committed to the principles of a democratic Europe, diversity and academic innovation, and to advocating the role of knowledge, of culture and of openness in everyone‘s development.
The University of Macedonia is the second oldest university of Thessaloniki, specialized in economic and social sciences, information sciences, and the arts. Founded in 1990, it is the evolution of the Graduate School of Industrial Studies of Thessaloniki which was established in 1948 and, students enrolled for the first time in the academic year 1957 – 1958. Today the University of Macedonia has over 14,000 students in eight different departments aiming to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country. Studies are organized in four Schools, namely Economic and Regional Studies, Business Administration, Information Sciences and Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. The University's priority is to deliver superior quality studies and services based on the high caliber of faculty and graduates, to contribute to the global stock of knowledge with internationally acclaimed publications, innovative teaching methods, modern infrastructure and highly qualified administrative staff.
One of the primary concerns of the university is to operate an accredited quality and efficiency assurance system for both its academic and administrative activities. The University campus is located in the center of Thessaloniki and is housed in a group of buildings with a total area of approx. 40,000 square meters consisting of amphitheaters, teaching and seminar rooms, staff offices and the area of administration sections, library and a restaurant which operates during the whole academic year. By developing new and improving already existing Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programs and by promoting scientific research, the University of Macedonia aspires to become one of the top universities in the Balkans and in Europe in the disciplines in which it specializes. To this end, and in order to increase its outreach, it has entered into numerous partnerships with foreign universities and with local institutions and societies, and participates in international organizations for Higher Education.
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