Yerun stands for Young European Research Universities Network. The network was set up at the end of 2015 by its founding members the Autonomous University of Madrid, the University of Antwerp and Maastricht University. Its aim is to give a voice to young research universities in European and other international forums alongside more established universities. The network is committed to close cooperation in the areas of teaching, research and innovation. Seventeen of Yerun’s members appear in the QS Top 50 under 50 ranking for young universities.

The Yerun network has set up a number of working groups to enable purposeful collaboration in the areas of:

  • EU policy
  • education
  • research
  • graduate employability
  • open science.

Eleven Yerun partners got involved in a European Universities Initiative following the first EU call in February 2019. UAntwerp is part of the Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) alliance, which was selected with a top score of 97%.

Want to know more? Feel free to contact Joëlle Pletinckx.

Utrecht Network

The Utrecht Network is a network of European universities whose collaboration centres on internationalisation in the broadest sense of the word. The partners are committed to raising the profiles of its members internationally as well as reinforcing the cohesion of the group. Through active participation, the member universities are encouraged to develop joint activities that lead to the further internationalisation of the institutions and their teaching. Experience and expertise acquired nationally and internationally are shared in order to improve the management of European and international projects, exchanges, university services and organisation.

The network takes a global approach, aiming to build bridges between cultures by developing exchange plans with partners on other continents.

The network's six main goals are to:

  • promote internationalisation
  • be open to new forms of cooperation
  • respond to the European higher education policy actively
  • collaborate effectively within the network
  • improve the quality of internationalisation processes
  • raise the network’s profile and organise global cooperation.

Want to know more about the Utrecht Network? Feel free to contact Tim Berckmans.


Columbus is an association of European and Latin American universities. Its main objective is to promote international cooperation and institutional development at the member universities by improving management processes and structures. UAntwerp has been one of the six members of the network’s board of directors since 2014.

Want to know more about Columbus? Feel free to contact Christiane Stallaert.