Representatives from NEOLAiA met in Spain


During November 28–29, representatives of Šiauliai State University of Applied Sciences participated in European University Network “Neolaia” meetings in Jaén (Spain).
The NEOLAiA consortium of young European universities met at the University of Jaén to advance its alliance strategy.
During this visit Šiauliai State University of Applied Sciences was represented by Deputy Director dr. Nedas Jurgaitis, Head of Studies and Science Coordination Unit dr. Rasa Pocevičienė and Head of Communication and Marketing Office Milda Mikalonytė.
The NEOLAiA consortium, which has the European University Alliance certificate from the European Universities Initiative, is made up of nine institutions: University of Nicosia (Cyprus), University of Ostrava (Czech Republic), Ștefan cel Mare University of Suceava (Romania), Bielefeld University (Germany), Šiauliai State University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), Örebro University (Sweden), University of Salerno (Italy), University of Tours (France) and the University of Jaén (Spain), coordinator of the group.
The objective is to achieve a strong European university and a stable alliance of the nine universities that make up the consortium, for the organization of a common structure.
At the meeting in Jaén, the participants from all nine universities focused on the overall situation of the 2022 project, discussed work packages, relevance and impact of the project.
The meeting served as a continuation of advancing in the definitive proposal of the project that will be presented to the 2023 call of the European Universities Initiative, of which NEOLAiA obtained a score of 84 (14 points above the threshold) in the last call made. The participation in the European Universities call is another initiative of the consortium aimed at strengthening NEOLAiA’s cooperation strategy and collaboration structures.
NEOLAiA aims to have an indelible impact on the strategy and structure of its partner institutions, enabling them to become important drivers of participatory regional citizenship, mobilizing Europeans where participation is most needed, i.e. in the non-metropolitan regions furthest away from Europe’s main decision-making centers.