The University of Antwerp and its European partners have created something exciting; the Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE), an idea of university that transcends geographical, political, social, linguistic, and disciplinary borders.
An open, inclusive European university across 10 countries that offers better opportunities for all: an entirely new study experience with personalised curricula, career development and mobility for staff and a learning ecosystem that will benefit citizens in all partner regions.
At YUFE we were busy preparing physical mobility opportunities when COVID-19 hit in Europe in the beginning of 2020. All physical preparatory meetings were put to a hold and eventually physical mobility of students and staff as well.
Luckily, we have been able to move most of our activities online and provide both YUFE students and staff with virtual mobility opportunities, such as online classes, trainings etc. Keeping in our positive spirit, YUFE signed an inter-institutional Erasmus+ mobility agreement for the period 2020-2022/23.
YUFE is now providing an opportunity to engage in physical mobility
YUFE is therefore proud to announce that the first Erasmus+ mobility calls will be opened on 7 April at each of the YUFE partner universities. Through the Erasmus+ mobility framework, the first 90 students participating in the YUFE Student Journey will be able to engage in physical mobility.
Upon receiving a grant for physical mobility, the students will be able to register for physical YUFE courses at another YUFE university through the YUFE Virtual Campus, and make the necessary arrangements for their move to another country. To make the stay at another university as smooth as possible, the sending and receiving institutions will provide assistance, when required, in all issues regarding visas, insurance, housing, and any further assistance. More information will be available when the calls are launched, including practical details on the application process, course selection, and final mobility arrangement.
There is however no obligation for any YUFE students to move to another country. Physical mobility is optional and YUFE remains committed to providing a lot of virtual courses as well, with students having the option of choosing between or combining physical and virtual mobility.
Having in mind the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases throughout Europe, it remains uncertain whether the current pandemic will influence the mobility plans in the fall of 2021. However, YUFE is eager to proceed with the plans and grant awards for physical mobility in the first semester of the next academic year. You will be informed in a timely manner about any potential limitations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Launch of YUFE and UAntwerp (July 2020)
As a European University Alliance brought to life to, amongst others, enhance connection and cooperation between students, staff, businesses, policy makers and citizens of Europe through mobility, the Covid-19 pandemic has really made us think hard about the way ahead.
Thankfully, right from the start, YUFE had already put a big emphasis on blended and online learning and mobility, as we always believed that both would be extremely important to make an international study, working and living experience possible for all rather than developing yet another framework for the happy few.
By continuing all of our endeavours virtually through the YUFE Virtual Campus, an online platform that will virtually connect citizens, students, staff and businesses all over Europe, YUFE brings Europe to your home. You can still study or work abroad, despite any restrictions on movement. You can still collaborate across Europe with businesses, staff, students, citizens and policy makers on the YUFE Challenge Teams. You can still help local communities through the YUFE Helpdesk or any other volunteering opportunities. YUFE brings Europe to you, so you can continue shaping our society and your future.
On 22 July 2020, YUFE opened its virtual doors to see what the YUFE Introduction Offer entails. As the name already reveals, the YUFE Introduction Offer, is a teaser of what YUFE can offer to students and (lifelong) learners. Through the YUFE Introduction Offer, up to 100 students (already registered at a YUFE university as second year bachelor or above) can take a maximum of two online YUFE academic courses and one online YUFE language course. This sneak peek into YUFE Student Journey can be a stand-alone activity or represent a stepping-stone into the more complete YUFE Diploma Supplement Track.
With the YUFE Introduction Offer, you will be one of the very first students at a European University and you will contribute to the pioneering work towards building an international higher education for all!