AGH-UST and IATI Representatives Visiting Campus Iberus
On 25-27 April 2017 the representatives of AGH-UST, headed by Prof. Jerzy Lis, the Vice-Rector for Cooperation, paid a visit to Spain, in response to the invitation issued by Campus Iberi- an association of universities on the Ebro River Valley. The IATI Institute was represented by Prof. Joanna Kulczycka, the Administration Officer of IATI,
„Futute vision-based on excellence’- that is the motto shared by Campus Iberus members in their everyday work. Campus Iberus is a strategic alliance of four public universities in the Ebro River Valley: universities of Zaragoza, the public university of Navarra, La Rioja and Lleida University. These four universities are supported by the private sector and many other partners involved in research and science.
The main objective of the Campus Iberus group is quality and international excellence, at the same time fostering the links with the manufacturing sector. “Campus Iberus’ covers a number of research areas, intelligent strategies being one of the key topics. The main areas addressed by Campus Iberus include: Agriculture and Nutrition, Energy and Environment, ICT for Health and Cultural Heritage, Remembrance and Identity.
Another main goal of the Campus Iberus is to work out a policy of collaboration with domestic and international universities; major efforts are made to strengthen the institutional aspects of transborder collaboration. “Campus Iberus’ has already engaged in activities aimed to develop a transborder program fostering collaboration with Tulusa and Pau univiersities.
After 6 years’ work, “Campus Iberus” was listed as a case study by the Joint Research Centre (JRC IPTS) of the European Commission under the heading ‘Universities- mobilisation towards intelligent specialisation’.
During a most intensive visit, the delegates managed to pay a visit to every university being a member of Campus Iberus. The meetings included presentations of major research areas of university department units and of the consortia formed within the Campus Iberus involving external partners and investors.
This visit of IATI Institute representatives evidences their effective relationships with Campus Iberus. In 2016 the representatives of Spanish universities took part in the session of the Research and Industry Council, discussing the plan for the association of universities. The plan was very well received by the IATI Institute partners who for the next 6 months hosted students from 4 Campus Iberus universities within the framework of an international pilot program.
Campus Iberus universities differ in research profiles and the major areas range from food quality, ICT innovations for nutrition to sustainable energy and environment, bioenergy, technology for health, telemedicine, right through to territorial identity and development.
AGH-UST has now actively collaborated with Spanish universities. Over 70 agreements between partners within the framework of ERASMUS+ project and 6 general agreements evidence the excellent bilateral relations. Presentation of our university has received a great deal of attention during the visit, which may result in new agreements in the next semesters.
The wide range of research activities at Campus Iberus universities creates new opportunities for co-operation both for AGH-UST and IATI Institute, in numerous fields. The mission of the IATI Institute is building the relationships and confidence, and fostering contacts required for effective implementation of research projects and creating the environment encouraging and enhancing the collaboration between all involved partners, both domestic and from abroad. Thanks to the fruitful visit to Spain, in the nearest future the IATI Institute will shortly commence its official co-operation with Campus Iberus and with partner universities.
- Campus Iberus
2. IATI & AGH
3. Lleida University
4. Public University of Navarra
5. University in Rioja
6. University in Zaragoza