DRC Newsletter March 2017
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  1. Save the date: 14th DRC Summer School in Pécs, Hungary
  2. Save the date: DRC Annual Meeting Zagreb 8.-10. November 2017
  3. Video: DRC Annual Meeting Krems 9.-11. November 2016
  4. Danubius Young Scientist Award 2017
  5. DRC is associated partner of EDU-LAB
  6. International Conference ”Agriculture for Life – Life for Agriculture”
  7. CASEE Newsletter March 2017
  8. Workshop on Science/ Technology Parks and Incubators, 23-24 May 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece
  9. New DRC Facebook Page
  10. The Global Teaching Excellence Award
  11. Magna Charta Universitatum
  12. OeAD Summer Schools scholarships
  13. EUA Affiliate Status and EUA Newsletter
1. Save the date: 14th DRC Summer School in Pécs, Hungary
Planning for our next DRC Summer School is under way. This year we will return to the University of Pécs. The 14th DRC Summer School with the title “New Borders Between Old Neighbours – Return of History in The Danube Region?” will take place from 2. - 9. July 2017. A call for application will be published soon here.
2. Save the date: DRC Annual Meeting Zagreb 8.-10. November 2017
Our next Annual Meeting with the title
"Responsibilities of Danube universities as promoters of EUSDR"
will be held 8.-10. November 2017 at the
University of Zagreb
3. DRC Annual Meeting Krems 9.-11. November 2016
A video from the Annual Meeting in Krems is available on the new
DRC YouTube channel.
There you can also find a video from the Danubius Award ceremony
4. Danubius Young Scientist Award 2017

The Danubius Award was created in 2011 by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) and the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) with the intention to honor persons with extraordinary achievements in their scientific activity and output in relation to the Danube Region.

The call for the announcement can be found here.

5. DRC is associated partner of EDU-LAB

EDU-LAB is a project funded by the European Union aiming to improve the professional chances of young people in the Danube region.

The starting point for developing a new mindset is capacity development. EDU-LAB brings together partners from the higher education sector, business organizations, national public authorities and policy makers. This joint learning process will include further actors from civil society.

More than 20 partners from 10 countries will cooperate for 2,5 years to link education to employment in a sustainable way. A new governance model will be developed with the goal to create a binding commitment by the “Danubian Charter for young talents”.

DRC president rector Friedrich Faulhammer attended the 1st Steering Committee Meeting and the Kick-off Conference in Stuttgart, Germany.

For more information visit the EDU-LAB project website.

6. International Conference ”Agriculture for Life – Life for Agriculture”

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the 6th edition of the International Conference ”Agriculture for Life – Life for Agriculture” which will be held between 8-10 June, 2017 at the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest. Please, find detailed information in the Conference flyer enclosed.
It will be an honor for us to welcome you as guests in our university at the International Conference in 2017 when we celebrate 165 years of the foundation.
More information can be found here:
7. CASEE Newsletter March 2017

CASEE was founded in 2010 upon the initiative of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, and involves Life Science Universities in Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine and Austria. It aims to support the development of the EU Strategie for the Danube Region to strenghten research, education and University Development inthis region and to develop joint research, educational and other projects. To open the newsletter, click here.
8. Workshop on Science/ Technology Parks and Incubators, 23-24 May 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece
Joint Research Centre
Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

The European Commission is organising on 23rd and 24th of May 2017 the event: 'Workshop on the Role of Science/ Technology Parks and Incubators in Innovation Ecosystems - Promoting Technology Transfer and Innovation.'

The objectives of this workshop are to exchange know-how among practitioners from the region on successful practices in science parks and incubators development and management and to explore and understand the role that these can play in creating value and developing innovation ecosystems.
The workshop aims to explore the different models for STPs and incubator development and financing as well as management. It will also consider the role that various stakeholders, both private and public (industry, academia, government, the investment community, etc.) can play to generate a virtuous circle that can accelerate local economic development and drive regional competitiveness.
The focus of the workshop is on exploring best practices that can help to tackle issues and bottlenecks that are specific to the Danube and Adriatic-Ionian macro regions.
This workshop is expected to assist in streamlining the technology commercialisation and technology transfer system in all the countries concerned including member states, candidate and neighbourhood countries.
The conclusions of this meeting are also expected to feed into broader political developments, in particular in relation to the Berlin process, and the development and further integration of the economies of the Western Balkan countries. In this respect, it is expected that the outcome of this meeting will feed into discussions to be held at the Berlin Process Summit scheduled to take place in Trieste in July 2017.  

Location and co-organisers
Thessaloniki has been selected to host this workshop as an example of a competitive innovation and technology transfer ecosystem for the whole region of the Western Balkans and the new Member States of Bulgaria and Romania. It also lies at the crossroads of two macro-regions: the Danube Region and the Adriatic-Ionian Region.
The event is sponsored by:
·         The European Commission
·         The Region of Central Macedonia, Greece
The event is organised in association with: 
·         The International Association of Science and Technology Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP)
·         The Thessaloniki Technology Park
·         The i4G Incubator
·         AREA Science Park
The two day workshop expects to assemble a plethora of innovation practitioners and regional stakeholders from EU member states, enlargement and neighbourhood countries covered by the Danube and the Adriatic-Ionian strategies. Participants are likely to include: innovation and entrepreneurship policy-makers; STP and Incubator operators and developers, representatives of academia and technology transfer offices; early stage and venture capital investors. The number of participants is estimated at around 100, while the number of speakers will be in the region of 15-20. 
Apply to participate
Attendance to the workshop is by invitation only and if you intend to attend you will need to submit an expression of interest. More details on the programme and the application procedure can be found here.

9. DRC Facebook Page
We are implementing a new Facebook page for the DRC. Please like us at the link below:
DRC - Danube Rectors' Conference
10. The Global Teaching Excellence Award

The global accolade for universities demonstrating commitment to institution wide teaching excellence
The Higher Education Academy (HEA), the UK-based champion of higher education teaching has launched the Global Teaching Excellence Award . This award which recognises and celebrates institutions offering truly outstanding teaching is open to all providers of higher education from across the world. 
Institutional entries to the award will be assessed against three main areas: Excellence in the Leadership of Teaching and Learning, Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Student Support. The guidelines can be viewed here.
The top 100 universities will be officially recognised and a distinguished panel of international judges will shortlist the top 25 along with the overall winner at a prestigious ceremony in London in September.
Closing date for entries is 2 May 2017 and full entry details can be found on the Global Teaching Excellence Award webpage at

11. Magna Charta Universitatum

The Magna Charta Universitatum is a document that contains principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy as a guideline for good governance and self-understanding of universities in the future.

This document has been signed now by more than 800 universities from 85 countries.
We are contacting you to inform you that the 29th Anniversary of the signature of the Magna Charta Universitatum will be celebrated in Pécs, Hungary, from 30 August to 2 September 2017.

The 30 August there will be a conference on “University values for today: Central European perspectives and challenges” that will be addressed by some very distinguished speakers, including Gabor Halasz (ELTE University Budapest, Centre for Higher Education Management) and Sanja Stojanovic (Vice-Rector at the Univesity of Novi Sad, Serbia).

The 30 August, the conference will be preceded by the Ceremony for the Signature of the Magna Charta Universitatum by universities that have not signed the charter, yet and that are willing to do it.

We would be very thankful if you can spread this information through your members, so that universities who would like to sign the charter can apply.

In fact, to be able to sign the Magna Charta Universitatum in Pécs next 30th August, it is necessary to send us some documents (please, see here the full procedure: 15 April 2017.

The registration form will be on-line within the end of March, but you can already visit the website to see some useful information:
12. OeAD Summer Schools
Registration is now open for the two summer schools Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems (AEMS) and Green.Building.Solutions (GBS). The AEMS summer school offers a new wave of economic thinking for those looking for an alternative to the current ‘boom and bust’ nature of the world order. The GBS summer program provides world-leading insight into sustainable architecture and the built environment. More information here.
The DRC provides two scholarships for each summer school. Please enter the reference "IDM" at the website if you want to apply.
13. EUA Affiliate Status and EUA Newsletter

We are continuously strengthening and expanding our network. Since November 2015, the DRC is affiliate member of the European University Association. 

If you are interested in their news and activities, please follow the link.
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