Una Europa Kaleidoscope & Staff Week
From 26 to 30 September 2022, the University of Edinburgh hosted Una Europa partner Universities for a week of collaboration, celebration, reflecting and planning. Over 250 delegates gathered to participate in the 49 different activities.
Highlights included a panel discussion on Research & Innovation, Una Europa Kaleidoscope Showcase, and Gala Dinner and Ceilidh.
"Universities must be trendsetters. It cannot just be about academic excellence; it must go one step further... you [Una Europa] are following the right path for the future of universities."
Research & Innovation Plenary
This session was led by Una.Resin, beginning with short talks by our speakers, followed by panel discussions and Q&A, moderated by Professor James Smith, Vice Principal International, University of Edinburgh.
Fundamental questions were discussed that need urgent attention as we look into future research:
- What will be the landscape of international research and innovation cooperation by 2030 and beyond in a rapidly changing world?
- How will both the UK and Swiss Higher Education Institutions (HEI) collaborate with other HEI in the EU and Associated Country friends?
- How can these institutions and educational alliances collaborate more beyond Europe and with Africa?
To address these questions, expert speakers from academia, funders and policymakers spoke on various aspirations, including perspectives from UK, Swiss and African HEI, funders, and policymakers.
"It is unthinkable that we would do R&I without mobility of our staff and students, collaborative projects, and deep partnerships and interactions with universities, governments, NGOs, businesses and civil society across our partner countries."
This event took place in the Playfair Library and brought students, academics and professional service staff together to share their experiences, projects, and joint initiatives. The event successfully celebrated the many outputs of our Erasmus+ funded 1Europe project. Highlighted 1Europe projects included: · Una Europa One Health Summer School · Live My Life · Una Europa Seed Funding · Una challenges - UNA.TEN, Una.Futura and Una.Together
"Una Europa is all about fostering a sense of a shared community. We invite you listen to some of the thoughts, shared experiences, and stories that bring Una Europa to life and to celebrate in our shared success."
Gala Dinner and Ceilidh
The celebrations continued into the evening a Gala Dinner and Ceilidh hosted at the National Museum of Scotland. Sharing Scottish culture among guests from kilts, bagpipes and a live folk band comprised of University of Edinburgh students, finishing with a traditional ceilidh dance.