Are you a (PhD) student at University of Antwerp who is committed to open, inclusive, non-elitist, and student-centred higher education? Are you eager to be a part of an innovative alliance consisting of ten young research-intensive universities from ten European countries and four non-academic organizations? Then apply to co-create one of the first European Universities with our students and staff! 

University of Antwerp is looking for two (PhD) students to join a UAntwerp colleague in the YUFE Student Forum and bring their perspective in the implementation of the YUFE vision.  

Diversity and inclusivity are at the core of the YUFE identity. We strongly encourage students with all backgrounds and identities to apply for the Student Forum to truly foster an inclusive YUFE community.  

What's YUFE?

The Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) alliance is a partnership consisting of ten young research-intensive universities from ten European countries. The YUFE alliance, together with its four associate partners from the private and NGO sector, aims at bringing radical change in European higher education by establishing itself as the leading model of a young, student-centred, non-elitist, open and inclusive European University. A unique ecosystem linking universities to communities, YUFE is based on cooperation between higher education institutions, the public and private sector, and citizens across Europe. The YUFE proposal has received the top-score as part of the European University Initiative (EUI) of the European Commission (97/100), which will pilot the development of revolutionary concepts such as European Degrees, the European Student Card and inclusive mobility for all. 

What's the YUFE Student Forum?

How will YUFE stay student-centred and non-elitist? The YUFE Student Forum plays a central role here! The purpose of the Student Forum is to make sure that the perspective of the students is always present in the realisation of the YUFE vision. From the outset, students have played a central role in all stages of the alliance – from proposal preparation, to now the implementation phase. Each partner university of the YUFE alliance has committed to have of three students participate in the Student Forum and the working groups that will oversee YUFE’s implementation. The YUFE Student Forum representatives are important in co-leading and co-creating the YUFE project and vision. This is also reflected with the participation of students in the whole governance structure of YUFE, even on the level of the Strategy Board, where the President of the YUFE Student Forum acts as a co-chair. As a student-member, you will co-develop the YUFE Student Journey, YUFE in the city-initiatives, etc. The Student Forum will elect a steering Board that is responsible for the daily management of the Forum.

What's your role?

As a YUFE Student-member for UAntwerp, your role will take many forms. You will: 

  • actively work with your fellow UAntwerp student-colleagues and your Institutional Coordinator to communicate relevant YUFE activities to UAntwerp students and gather and communicate their input to the wider YUFE Student Forum; 

  • work with the representatives of all other YUFE partners as part of the YUFE Student Forum to ensure that the input of students is reflected in the development of the alliance; 

  • actively participate in one of the eight thematic YUFE working groups, for instance in ‘Diversity and Inclusivity’ ‘YUFE in the city,’ or the ‘Student Journey’, which will make the YUFE vision a reality.  

An ideal candidate would be able to communicate in English, has good communication and organisation skills (or be motivated to improve these) and is open-minded. Moreover, you need to be able to dedicate sufficient time (min. 10 hours/month as an indication) and be willing to engage in occasional European travel. An open and inclusive mind and the ability to take initiative is key. However, most importantly, you will need to demonstrate your motivation, enthusiasm, and commitment to make truly European Higher Education a reality. Language guidance can be offered if necessary. It is important to keep in mind that this is a voluntary opportunity, but that all expenses due to YUFE (e.g. travel costs) will be compensated by your university

Ready to take part in making history and change the education landscape of Europe?

Send us your application, including a CV and a motivation letter (max. 1 page) no later than 9th of May via the "Apply" button below, using the subject line “YUFE Student Forum Application”.  

More information on the application procedure: YUFE@uantwerp.be; more information on YUFE and the Student Forum: on the YUFE website  or by contacting our Student Forum members: paulien.decorte@uantwerpen.bejens.matthe@student.uantwerpen.be and/or safira.nurallyaramadhanty@student.uantwerpen.be