General Questions

The Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) are ten dynamic, young, student-centred and research-based universities and four non-academic partners from the non-governmental and private sector. Together, the YUFE partners will establish one of the first true European Universities.

YUFE promotes active European citizenship within a shared European environment. This is pursued in a truly bottom-up process. In the YUFE Alliance, teams of staff, students, citizens, businesses and government and policy makers collaborate on how to address European (and global) challenges. They work together to promote joint educational programs and services and develop mechanisms to facilitate the mobility of students and staff to create an inclusive higher education landscape that is in line with current developments in society and the labour market.

YUFE’s long-term goal is to establish a truly European University, with lifelong learning opportunities, cross-cultural and sectoral connections, and a university truly embedded in society. This goal is driven by our wish to increase employability and mobility schemes for students and staff, foster inclusive higher education and invest in the active learning of European languages.

The difference between any other exchange programme and YUFE is that for YUFE the physical mobility aspect is only one aspect. Even if you are not physically moving location, you can still benefit from YUFE through truly international classrooms, extracurricular activities, virtual courses, and civic engagement.

YUFE’s mission is to transform European higher education by establishing the leading model of a student-centred, open and inclusive European University. Our diversity and inclusivity vision is at the core of the YUFE identity. It is the foundation on which we are built; a tangible thread that runs through the heart and mind of our organisation.

Throughout YUFE’s governance structure, various stakeholder groups from the YUFE quadruple helix (universities, government, citizens and businesses) as well as students are incorporated. YUFE especially puts students firmly at the centre of decision-making and implementation. The President and Vice-President of the YUFE Student Forum are for example on the YUFE Strategy Board (our alliance’s highest decision-making body) with the Student Forum President taking the role of Vice-Chair.

YUFE’s inclusivity means for you a diverse cohort of students and staff, paying attention to and valuing diverse backgrounds and experience. YUFE provides diversity-sensitive as well as group-specific coaching to students and staff from under-represented or disadvantaged groups.

At the end of the three-year pilot period, we aim to have more than 500 YUFE students and even more YUFE learners (non-traditional students and lifelong learners). These numbers should make it possible to give a wide range of students with different interests and backgrounds the opportunity to participate in YUFE.

YUFE started as an initiative by the European Commission. YUFE has also received a pilot grant for three years from the European Commission, and therefore supplies a large part of the YUFE’s funding. Because all YUFE partners are so committed to YUFE and its vision, all YUFE partners provide a lot of additional funding themselves too. Finally, many national funding bodies were convinced of YUFE’s ideas and provided additional funding.

The cooperation within YUFE started from the YERUN network (Young European Research Universities Network) of which seven of YUFE’s academic institutions are part, which allowed them to already work together on several joint activities. The difference between WUN, YERUN and other university networks, and YUFE is that YUFE goes beyond being a university network – we create our very own European University. We still very much align with the YERUN network, and any other networks our universities are a part of, to ensure no doubling of efforts between us.

There is still much uncertainty about Brexit and what the UK leaving the EU will mean in practical terms. As a European University that includes a British university, we are very well aware of this. We are in contact with both the British government and the European Commission on what this will technically mean for the University of Essex and YUFE. However, rest assured, for the duration of the three-year pilot programme there will be no differences between students and staff from any of our universities.

The only difference between YUFE’s full and associated partners is that the YUFE full partners are all universities whereas the YUFE associated partners are non-academic partners from the non-governmental and private sector. The YUFE full partners also share the pilot grant from the European Commission.

Since YUFE and the other European University Initiatives are part of a pilot programme, we can currently not include any new YUFE partners. However, we would be delighted to work together with any organisation with a similar mind-set to YUFE. Please contact the YUFE Management Office at info@yufe.eu.

YUFE is developing several policies and position papers. Once these are finalised they will be added to the website.

Indeed, sustainability is one of our focus areas and core goals. However, mobility does not only have to be done physically. At YUFE, from the very beginning we have emphasised virtual and blended mobility efforts, even before the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic has exaggerated our efforts focusing on virtual and blended mobility.

Students

Questions 6 to 23 relate to our courses (YUFE Introduction Offer).

The YUFE Student Journey offers students the opportunity to obtain credits (ECTS) at one of the other YUFE universities as part of their academic programme in combination with participating in YUFE activities in the area of language training and civic and/or entrepreneurial engagement.

For the Academic Year 2020/2021 YUFE has more than 450 academic courses available. The list of selected YUFE courses and YUFE activities will be available on the YUFE Virtual Campus, once online. For now you can find the YUFE academic and language courses on the YUFE website following this link.

YUFE also offers academic courses and (extracurricular) activities to students and non-traditional learners who are interested in doing additional

YUFE put an important emphasis on online and blended mobility already ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic. Naturally the Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions on gatherings and mobility have ensured YUFE has made even more online courses and activities available. For the Academic Year 2020/2021 most of the courses will take place online, essentially giving you a virtual mobility experience within a European University.

We start our YUFE Student Journey in summer 2020. We offer students the option to take part in YUFE academic courses together with YUFE activities in the area of language training and civic and/or entrepreneurial engagement. YUFE has developed several ways in which you can participate in the YUFE Student Journey.

YUFE will open up to students (registered within one of our universities at least in a 2nd year bachelor level) who want to get acquainted with the YUFE Student Journey, either as a stepping stone into the latter YUFE Diploma Supplement Track or as a stand-alone option.

The YUFE Introduction Offer to the YUFE Student Journey will offer students the possibility to take up a maximum of two online YUFE academic courses (at another university) and/or one online YUFE activity (at another university) in the first semester of Academic Year 2020/2021. Moreover, students are also free to participate in the YUFE Academy 2020 and YUFE induction courses.

A maximum of 100 students can be admitted for the YUFE Introduction Offer that will take place in the first semester of the Academic Year 2020/2021. YUFE will open its virtual doors for registration for this Introduction Offer between 22 July 2020 – 15 September 2020.

The YUFE Diploma Supplement Track offers you the opportunity to work on obtaining a minimum of 12 intra curricular credits (ECTS) for academic courses at another YUFE university (via virtual, blended and/or physical mobility), participate in the YUFE Academy and the induction courses, and take up at least one YUFE activity (either language training, and/or professional training and or community(civic) engagement). Upon completion of this track, you will be rewarded with a YUFE diploma supplement with YUFE Stars. The registration for this track will open in September 2020.

YUFE aspires to be an open and inclusive European University for all. That is why YUFE, before opening up the actual YUFE Diploma Supplement Track in September 2020, opens up an Introduction Offer to students. For this YUFE Introduction Offer we will have a maximum of 100 seats available for students from YUFE Universities. Registration for this Introduction Offer is open from 22 July 2020 – 15 September 2020.

As September 2020, registration for the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track opens.

YUFE will be having a maximum of 100 seats available for the YUFE Introduction Offer and a still to be determined number of seats available for the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track. Please note that we will apply a first-come-first-serve policy with a maximum of 10 students per university.

Based on the academic offer YUFE has to offer to you, we do require that you at least are a 2nd year bachelor or above in the academic year 2020/2021. Since the YUFE academic courses are offered in English, also a B2 English level is required. For the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track, in addition to the aforementioned requirements, an additional selection process will be put in place.

We are very excited that you are interested in YUFE! Although we do encourage you to get an idea of YUFE through the YUFE Introduction Offer as this gives you some insights in what being a student of a European University is like, you are not obliged to do so in order to apply for the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track.

We are very excited that you are interested in YUFE! In case you are 2nd year Bachelor student or above in the upcoming academic year 2020/2021 within one of the universities in the YUFE Alliance and your English proficiency according to the CEFR Framework is B2 level or higher, please click the “Apply Now” button at the top of the YUFE website and fill out the registration form.

No, you only need to be registered within one of the universities of the YUFE Alliance as a 2nd year Bachelor or above in the upcoming academic year 2020/2021.

Please send an email to the YUFE Central Admissions Officer (admission@yufe.eu) with more information on your particular situation in case you believe you have completed the 1st year bachelor but are unable to prove this yet.

Registration for the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track will open in September 2020 through the YUFE Virtual Campus. More information will follow soon.

The admission criteria for the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track will be published on the YUFE virtual campus by September 2020. More information will then also be provided on whether you still need to cohere to certain admission criteria or you can start with the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track straight after taking part in the YUFE Introduction Offer.

YUFE aspires to be an open and inclusive European University for all. Courses and activities are available for everyone at any level at university!

We are happy to welcome you; however, we need to check that there are still seats available in the courses/activities you selected and that you meet the admission criteria. We start this process straight away after receiving your application. However due to the summer period and administrative processes in 10 different countries and universities, it might take a bit longer for us to communicate this to you. We aim to inform you about the process every step of the way. All course registrations will be processed in September at the latest.

Yes, you will be registered at each university which academic course or activity you are registered for.

YUFE offers the YUFE Introduction Offer for Semester 1 of the Academic Year 2020/2021 only. Because YUFE consists of 10 universities, we have set the first YUFE semester to take place from 1 September 2020-1 March 2021. This means that you have until 1 March 2021 to participate and complete the course/activity of your choice.

For the YUFE Introduction Offer you can pick a maximum of 2 online academic courses in English and/or 1 activity (which for the time being only includes language courses) that are listed in the YUFE Introduction Offer course catalogue. Please note that you cannot choose an online academic course or a language training that is offered by the YUFE university you are currently enrolled at.

Ideally, we would want all of YUFE’s academic courses to be intracurricular. However, for now this still depends on the programme of the university you are currently enrolled at. If you would like for a YUFE course to become an intracurricular part of your degree, please check with your programme coordinator/director in case.

No, within the YUFE Introduction Offer you cannot sign up for courses continuing after 28 February 2021. YUFE offers the YUFE Introduction Offer for Semester 1 of the Academic Year 2020/2021 only. Because YUFE consists of 10 universities, we have set the first YUFE semester to take place from 1 September 2020-1 March 2021. This means that you have until 1 March 2021 to participate and complete the course/activity of your choice.

YUFE will be opening up other ways to participate in the YUFE Student Journey later in the year that will allow admitted students to participate in courses after 28 February 2021.

YUFE offers students, staff and citizens the opportunity to take part in extracurricular activities in the areas of language training and civic and/or entrepreneurial engagement. The civic and entrepreneurial engagement activities will be launched in spring 2021, whereas some language training is already available.

Yes, as part of the YUFE Introduction Offer you can sign up for YUFE academic courses (a maximum of 2) and a YUFE activity, or just take up YUFE academic courses or just take part in a YUFE activity. We do encourage everyone to try to take part in both an academic course and activity to provide a more complete introduction to the YUFE Student Journey.

The academic course is a combination of both Bachelor and Master level. Please see the individual course admission criteria to see if you are eligible to participate.

Only if you finished the course YUFE will be able to grant you a letter of attendance. Also the local university where you did your course will grant you a certificate. In case you did not finish the course completely (including final test/assignment) YUFE will not be able to grant you a letter of attendance.

YUFE aspires to be an open and inclusive European University for all. YUFE put an important emphasis on online and blended mobility already ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic. Naturally the Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions on gatherings and mobility have ensured YUFE has made even more online courses and activities available. For the Academic Year 2020/2021 More than 100 courses will take place online, essentially giving you a virtual mobility experience within a European University. When physical exchanges will be possible again, YUFE will support students with limited mobility to experience YUFE as a student in one of the partners.

YUFE aspires to be an open and inclusive European University for all. YUFE put an important emphasis on online and blended mobility already ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic. Naturally the Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions on gatherings and mobility have ensured YUFE has made even more online courses and activities available. For the Academic Year 2020/2021 more than 100 courses will take place online, essentially giving you a virtual mobility experience within a European University.

YUFE aspires to be an open and inclusive European University for all. YUFE puts an important emphasis on online and blended mobility. For the Academic Year 2020/2021 more than 100 of the courses will take place online, essentially giving you a virtual mobility experience within a European University, this will be easier to combine with a part time degree.

Yes, YUFE courses and activities are made available from all YUFE universities. As a YUFE student or learner you can decide which ones you would like to participate in and where. You can choose to study at multiple YUFE universities since many courses are offered online.

As a student, registered within a programme at one of the YUFE universities you can choose from the courses at any of the other YUFE universities as part of your university’s programme. You are also free to choose other courses or activities as extracurricular undertakings at any of the other YUFE universities. However, in order to take part in YUFE as a YUFE student, you need to be enrolled at a YUFE university first (as a 2nd year Bachelor or above).

As a YUFE student you have to take up at least one YUFE course from another YUFE university. YUFE encourages you to take up additional courses and activities at other YUFE universities.

All courses in the YUFE catalogue will be offered to you as YUFE courses. Some will be accepted as part of your university programme, others will be taken as extracurricular activities. The nature of the academic courses varies from history to biology. We intend to offer a broad, interdisciplinary range of courses within the focus areas of “European Identity”, “Digital Societies”, “Citizen’s Health and Well-Being” and “Sustainability”.

The focus for the first year will mainly be on “European Identity”, as YUFE’s first focus area. You can start in the YUFE Introduction Offer with a limited number of online academic courses and online activities. More courses and activities, and recognition of civic and professional activities will be open to take as part of the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track.

Yes, in order to take part in YUFE, you need to be proficient enough in English to participate actively in an international academic environment. This means that you have a B2 level of English on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This the level most universities require to be enrolled in the programmes they offer in English. All YUFE students and staff are encouraged to learn more foreign languages.

In order to be a YUFE student you need to be enrolled in a programme at a YUFE university. You will therefore be paying the tuition fee for your degree from that university. There are no additional fees to be a YUFE student.

In order to be a YUFE student you need to be enrolled in a YUFE university. There is no additional tuition fee for participation in YUFE programmes and activities. Tuition fee refers only to the university you are enrolled at, which can vary from university to university.

No, YUFE does not charge you extra to be a YUFE student. You will only pay your university tuition fees, no matter in how many YUFE courses or activities you partake.

In order to be a YUFE student you need to be enrolled at one of the YUFE universities. You will therefore be paying the tuition fee from that university. There are no additional fees to become a YUFE student, other than usual costs of living.

YUFE does not (yet) offer its own stipends or scholarships. However, you can apply to ERASMUS+ or any other stipend or scholarship plans at your university or in your country.

Our aim is to make participation in YUFE as easy as possible and to make YUFE studying tracks as smooth as possible. If you are a YUFE student, participating in YUFE will not prolong your studies in case you can take up YUFE academic courses as part of your study programme.

In case you are not sure if the YUFE academic courses will be accepted as part of your programme, we advise you to contact your programme director (or equivalent) to discuss your participation in YUFE courses and activities.

In order to take part in YUFE programmes and activities you do not have to pass any additional assessments or exams, other than the exams or assessments of the courses you chose.

YUFE so far does not offer an entire study programme. The question of intermitting study programmes therefore mainly refers to the study programme you are enrolled in. YUFE students and learners can take up multiple courses within YUFE offering, as part of their study programmes or as an extracurricular activity. YUFE is meant to bring an added value to your academic track.

Most YUFE courses will lead to credits (ECTS) that are recognised by all YUFE universities. YUFE students can check with the programme directors (or equivalent) of their home universities’ degree programme if a YUFE courses is accepted as an intra curricular part of their degree programme.

As a YUFE student you enter a diverse, European environment that strives towards shaping the future of Europe. Unlike a regular exchange, you have the opportunity to combine your academic endeavours with language courses, professional training and civic engagement. You will truly be a part of society, no matter where in Europe you are. With YUFE, you do not only have the opportunity to engage with the expertise of one or two universities, but of ten leading, research-driven institutions.

The YUFE project is built on four focus areas: European identity and responsibility in a globalised world, Digital society, Citizen’s well-being and global health, and Sustainability. You can specialise in one of the focus areas through the YUFE open programmes, by enrolling to YUFE courses and taking part in YUFE activities.

YUFE expects a reasonable commitment from students, which could be higher than following a regular university degree. YUFE for example stimulates students not just to take up some courses at another university, but to actively engage in society through civic engagement and professional activities.

Likewise, as YUFE is still in its early stages, it is extremely important that YUFE students are willing to try something new. This means taking the good and excitement of the European University, with any hiccups that might happen. Students have to be motivated to contribute to European identity and provide constructive feedback to help make YUFE into a new model of university.

Diversity, as well as inclusivity is extremely important to YUFE. Therefore, YUFE is not looking for a specific kind of people to participate in its activities. We hope to reach all different kinds of people as students and learners. As YUFE is still in its early stages, it is extremely important that YUFE students are willing to try something new. This means taking the good and being excited to be part of the European University, with any hiccups that might happen. Students have to be motivated to contribute to European identity and provide constructive feedback to help make YUFE a new model of European university. We hope to welcome students that are motivated to be trained in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary way. In this vein, we ask you to be open to various perspectives and to be willing to step outside of your academic bubble.

Absolutely! Being part of YUFE does not exclude you from taking part in any other activities such as a regular exchange programme. One of the possibilities within YUFE is to take on a Mobility Star. This means that you can take on a set of courses at another university, be it through physical mobility (like a regular Erasmus exchange) or through virtual mobility (via online platforms) or in a blended form. Being a YUFE student will have a start and an end date but that period can be longer than the standard 6 months of a regular exchange.

Most YUFE courses will lead to credits (ECTS) that are recognised by all YUFE universities. The number of credits (ECTS) you can take from YUFE courses is determined by your home university’s programme director.

YUFE cannot yet issue recognised YUFE diplomas. All YUFE achievements are stated in the YUFE diploma supplement or YUFE certificate that will express the competences acquired by participating in YUFE activities.

YUFE is not only a network of young and innovative universities, but also works together closely with private companies and NGOs, including those in the in the employment sector. YUFE certificates or diploma supplements show employers that the student is ready to go the extra mile, has high language capabilities, is determined and innovative, independent, yet a team player and is experienced in working in an intercultural community.

YUFE has a broader set of courses with different angles and viewpoints than one university can offer. You are in a classroom with students from ten different universities, all coming from different backgrounds. You will not only make friends all over Europe, you will actually get to learn more about their different cultures, get in touch with citizens all over Europe through civic engagements, and take part in special employment opportunities. Additionally, YUFE students will have access to many of the resources of ten leading universities. For some students, for whom it is hard to study abroad, YUFE makes an international learning experience and exchange possible.

The first three years of YUFE are a pilot. Since YUFE is starting something completely new in a short time frame, whilst simultaneously ensuring the right quality and opportunities, YUFE in its first year can only welcome approximately 200 students. At the end of the three-year period, we aim to have more than 500 YUFE students and even more YUFE learners (non-traditional students and lifelong learners). These numbers should make it possible to give a wide range of students with different interests and backgrounds the opportunity to participate in YUFE.

YUFE’s mission is to transform European higher education by establishing the leading model of a student-centred, open and inclusive European University. Our diversity and inclusivity vision are at the core of the YUFE identity. It is the foundation on which we are built; a tangible message and thread that runs through the heart and mind of our organisation.

Throughout YUFE’s governance structure, various stakeholder groups from the YUFE quadruple helix (universities, government, citizens and businesses) as well as students are incorporated. YUFE especially puts students firmly at the centre of decision-making and implementation. The President and Vice-President of the YUFE Student Forum are for example on the YUFE Strategy Board (our alliance’s highest decision-making body) with the Student Forum President taking the role of Vice-Chair.

However, YUFE’s inclusivity concretely means for you a diverse cohort of students and staff, paying attention to and valuing diverse backgrounds and experience. YUFE provides diversity-sensitive as well as group-specific coaching to students and staff from under-represented or disadvantaged groups.

YUFE’s diversity and inclusivity (D&I) strategy will involve promotional material expressing YUFE’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and will set up a D&I Code of Conduct, D&I Training, D&I Grants, D&I Ambassadors & role models.

YUFE promotes a zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination on the basis of, but not limited to, ethnic background, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief, socio-economic status, caring responsibilities, refugee status. YUFE also recognises that individuals have multiple aspects to their identity and this intersectionality has an impact on their experiences, opportunities, participation and outcomes.

YUFE does not only offer virtual or physical mobility, but also combinations of these. Naturally, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions on movement, online activities will be an important part of the YUFE way of working. Creating a student community online is indeed a big challenge and will push all institutions involved to new levels. Exploring innovative IT communication tools and promoting new ways of social interaction and cooperation trough the YUFE Virtual Campus, will be key.

Whilst at the moment ways of grading and assessment are not harmonised within YUFE academic partners, education and communication staff of the YUFE universities are working together intensively in order to establish common frameworks. YUFE is planning to build guidelines for teachers in learning teaching and assessment, to reflect the ‘YUFE philosophy’ in the classroom.

The housing situation is very different at the different YUFE places. The housing staff of each university will help organise the housing of YUFE students according to the local needs and opportunities.

YUFE also has an exciting citizen engagement initiative called YUFE@Home, where citizens can host students or staff on a YUFE journey.

Challenge-based learning (CBL) is a framework for learning while solving real-world challenges. The framework is collaborative and hands-on, asking all participants (students, staff, citizens and businesses) to identify ideas, questions, and challenges, whilst gaining in-depth subject area knowledge, developing 21st-century skills, and working together with their community.

YUFE universities are all academic institutions with a primarily academic focus. YUFE courses and programmes will therefore all be primarily academic. YUFE does aim to set up an enhanced cooperation in vocational education and training, but in a multidisciplinary setting applying academic knowledge.

Combining a vocational education with YUFE is not the main goal of YUFE, but YUFE is inclusive and will not by definition exclude diverse and motivated students whatever their background is. A separate programme will be developed.

Parents

In order to be a YUFE student you need to be enrolled at a YUFE university. You will therefore be paying the tuition fee from that university. There are no additional fees to be a YUFE student.

As a YUFE student, whether you will participate in the open programme or in an independent course or activity, you will enter a diverse, European environment that strives toward shaping the future of Europe. Unlike a regular exchange, you will have the opportunity to combine your educational mobility with taking on a language course, professional training and civic engagements.

The YUFE project is built on four focus areas in which you can specialise through the open programmes and through independent courses and activities, namely: European identity and responsibility in a globalized world, digital society, citizen’s well-being and global health, and sustainability. With YUFE, you do not only have the opportunity to engage with the expertise of one or two universities, but of ten leading, research-driven institutions.

YUFE does not (yet) offer its own stipends or scholarships. However, you can apply to ERASMUS+ or any other stipend or scholarship plans from your own university or country.

Our aim is to make participation in YUFE as easy as possible. In case the YUFE courses will be part of your study programme participating in YUFE will not necessarily prolong your studies. We advise you to contact your university’s degree programme director/coordinator or equivalent to discuss if YUFE courses and activities can be an intra curricular part of your degree programme.

Most YUFE courses will lead to credits (ECTS) that are recognised by all YUFE universities.

We advise you to contact your university’s degree programme director/coordinator or equivalent to discuss if YUFE courses and activities can be an intra curricular part of your degree programme.

YUFE expects a reasonable commitment from students, which could be higher than following a regular university degree. YUFE for example stimulates students to not just take up courses at another university, but to actively engage in society through civic engagement and professional activities.

Likewise, as YUFE is still in its early stages and is still piloting its educational offer, it is extremely important that YUFE students are willing to try something new. This means taking the good and excitement of the European University together with any occasional problems that might occur. Students have to be motivated to contribute to European identity and provide constructive feedback to help make YUFE into a new model of university.

We are continuously trying to find ways to make YUFE as inclusive as possible, as we think everyone should have the opportunity to benefit from the YUFE offerings and to contribute to the future of Europe. For example, we are very aware that moving abroad or travelling might not be a possibility for everyone. Therefore, we offer as much as possible virtual course offerings in case physical mobility is not an option.

The housing situation is very different at the different YUFE universities. The housing staff of each university will help organise the housing of YUFE students according to the local needs and opportunities.

YUFE also has an exciting citizen engagement initiative called YUFE@Home where students and staff on a YUFE journey are hosted in local community accommodation.

The YUFE programme is a strong asset on a student’s CV since alongside academic education it also entails skills training and engagement with societal and entrepreneurial actors.

Yes, in order to take part in YUFE, you need to have a B2 level of English. The main language in the YUFE programmes is English, and a B2 level of English on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is needed in order to participate in all courses and activities. All YUFE students and staff are encouraged to learn more foreign languages.

As this is a very much country-by-country basis, we suggest to contact your university’s Erasmus office, who have expertise with students going abroad and any legal and medical challenges and solutions that come with it.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic there is currently no possibility to partake in any physical exchanges. However, please be assured we are looking into what exactly we can offer from YUFE’s side for any outgoing and incoming YUFE students, and we will update this answer based on these developments soon.

Staff

YUFE wants to encourage exchange between its members and to create a dynamic process of mutual learning between all partner universities. Everybody working at a YUFE university, so academic and non-academic staff, can be seen as YUFE staff, even if they are not (yet) involved in the YUFE process directly.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, physical exchange has become harder and YUFE has decided to delay all physical staff exchanges. Instead, we have focused on online opportunities such as taking part in the YUFE Academy, online webinars or staff trainings.

YUFE provides an unprecedented opportunity for all involved to take part in a form of mobility and exchange with ten young and innovative universities in Europe. YUFE does not only facilitate exchanges, but also new learning processes and development opportunities such as challenge-based learning and cooperation between staff, students, citizens and businesses.

YUFE will offer staff development opportunities at all levels. Amongst others, YUFE will offer career tracks and a professional mobility scheme to foster collaboration of both academics and non-academics.

We are excited for you to join YUFE on this journey! We are currently still working on developing some exciting calls for YUFE staff. Once ready, all offers will be published on the website. Deadlines are indicated in each call. Selection procedures may vary from call to call.

Faculties benefit from organising YUFE courses through mutual exchange and best practice sharing with other institutions. It is naturally also always advantageous to have a diverse and heterogeneous group of students and learners, which YUFE facilitates. Lastly, YUFE courses foster long-term cooperation between YUFE partners.

There is no fixed limit to the number of participants to date. This depends on the respective measures of staff development. All programme offers, once ready, will be available on the website.

The first staff related call will offer positions for postdocs. A first call will be published in fall 2020 with a starting date for the first cohort in 2021. Each university is planning to offer at least one postdoc position, thus 10 positions per year may be available in the near future. Calls for other staff groups will follow.

Individuals however can make use of the mobility schemes as soon as travel restrictions are no longer in place.

The first cohort of postdoc researchers will start in 2021. Each university is planning to offer at least one postdoc position, thus 10 positions per year may be available in the near future. Calls for other staff groups will follow. Positions will be published in fall 2020, with application instructions, on the website.

YUFE offers early career track positions for PhDs as well as the opportunity to be physically and virtually mobile through your PhD.

We believe that taking part in YUFE expands the career paths of university employees.

YUFE will therefore offer career paths to all university staff with an international dimension. New opportunities for exchange and work shadowing, such as short visits to YUFE partner universities, will become available soon. Offers will be posted on the Staff Portal, which is currently under construction, as well as on the individual webpages and employment portals of the YUFE partners.

YUFE Staff Weeks promote YUFE values, mobility across YUFE partners and mutual learning. They are a core element in implementing the policies of the different work packages on the ground by bringing together experts and those interested in building the YUFE university. Staff weeks have a minimum duration of 2 days. Their thematic programme features different formats (presentations, debates, round tables, break-out sessions, workshops, job shadowing) and may as well include experts from other YUFE universities.

Offers, which are still being developed, will be posted on the YUFE Staff Portal on the Virtual Campus as well as on the individual webpages of the YUFE partners.

You can apply for YUFE’s “job shadowing programme” where you visit a colleague at another YUFE university to learn how similar tasks are organised, by writing an email to the Institutional Coordinator of the YUFE partner institution that you would like to visit. In this email, you describe your background and the plans for your visit. The Coordinator forwards your request to your counterpart.  After you and your counterpart agree on an appropriate date of your visit, you apply within your institution for Erasmus staff mobility funding. Please keep in mind that there might be fixed deadlines for the application process in your institution.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all physical summer schools had to be postponed. We are currently working on summer and/or winter schools to be launched shortly. All other offers including online courses as well as the YUFE Academy will be posted on the YUFE Virtual Campus in the coming months.

YUFE does so far not have any mobility allowances itself. There are however opportunities to finance mobility via the existing Erasmus schemes. Please get in touch with the relevant people within your university for more information.

All YUFE partners share the view that the academic and professional staff in the YUFE universities are the key enablers of the YUFE Alliance.

By adopting a joint staff development policy, the YUFE partners commit themselves to realising the vision of a European University, enabling the development of all staff members with regards to their knowledge, skills and talents and to empower all staff to build YUFE into a young, student centred, non-elitist, open and inclusive university.

YUFE promotes a zero tolerance approach to any form of discrimination on the basis of, but not limited to, ethnic background, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief, socio-economic status, caring responsibilities, refugee status. YUFE also recognises that individuals have multiple aspects to their identity and this intersectionality has an impact on their experiences, opportunities, participation and outcomes.

We are so happy you are excited about getting in touch with colleagues at the other YUFE universities! YUFE is currently working on a Staff portal that will offer a special feature on research collaboration opportunities. In the meantime, requests on research collaboration can be send to the individual universities’ international offices and to the YUFE Institutional Coordinator.

The principles of YUFE’s recruiting practises are outlined in the YUFE Recruitment Policy. YUFE partners share the view that academic and administrative staff, together with the students, citizens and businesses, are the key enablers of the YUFE Alliance.

Having adopted a joint staff development policy, YUFE partners commit themselves to realising the vision of a European University, enabling the development of all staff members with regards to their knowledge, skills and talents and to empower all staff to build YUFE into a young, student centred, non-elitist, open and inclusive university.

YUFE promotes a zero tolerance approach to any form of discrimination on the basis of, but not limited to, ethnic background, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief, socio-economic status, caring responsibilities, refugee status. YUFE also recognises that individuals have multiple aspects to their identity and this intersectionality has an impact on their experiences, opportunities, participation and outcomes.

The YUFE Academy in 2020 will be an exciting online sequence of lectures and workshops travelling along the YUFE campi on “European Identity”, YUFE’s first focus area, which will give participants a “feel” of YUFE. This first YUFE Academy will be open to all interested parties. The programme and all details for registration will be published soon on the YUFE Website.

Yes, YUFE finds virtual, blended and physical mobility extremely important. YUFE put an important emphasis on online and blended mobility already ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, naturally the Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions on gatherings and mobility have ensured YUFE has made even more online courses and activities available. YUFE’s offers are currently elaborated and can be found on the YUFE Staff Portal, once launched.

The four YUFE Focus Areas are:

  • European identity and responsibilities in a global world
  • Digital societies
  • Citizens health and well-being
  • Sustainability

Our focus areas correspond with some of today’s greatest global challenges, and those likely to face our societies in the future, in Europe and elsewhere. By bringing together research, education, industry and citizens, we will work towards solutions that benefit every European citizen and region.

The YUFE Alliance and its individual partner institutions welcome all initiatives to participate in YUFE mobility measures. However, a willingness to participate does not automatically constitute a right to participate. Participation in mobility schemes is subject to a successful application. If you want to participate in one of the measures offered, please get in touch with your superior, for approval, and YUFE Institutional Coordinator, for more information.

Our ultimate goal is for you to receive a YUFE certificate showcasing you have participated in a YUFE mobility measure. We are still working on what a specific YUFE certification will look like. Thus, participation in YUFE mobility measures will for now be certified by the institution hosting the corresponding programme.

We are excited for you wanting to be part of multiple YUFE programmes. Participation in staff weeks or other mobility measures need to be approved by your home institution. Please contact your Institutional Coordinator for more information on this matter as well as your superior for approval. The YUFE Alliance itself does not set up any restrictions or limitations on the amount of times you can participate.

Travelling with your entire team to another YUFE institution depends on the respective measures and its requirements. Additionally, a university must be able to afford absence of an entire team for a specific amount of time. Therefore, issues like these need to be decided on a case-by-case basis.

We are excited for you wanting to be part of YUFE! A brief overview on the members of the YUFE Alliance can be found here on the YUFE Website. You can find more information on the individual webpages of our partners.

We are excited for you wanting to be part of YUFE!  This is a great question, and we are still looking into the practicalities of whether time spent at another YUFE university could count for your limitation periods.

We are excited for you wanting to be part of YUFE!  This is a great question, and we are still looking into the practicalities of who is responsible whilst you are at another YUFE university. For now, we would suggest you to contact the relevant people within your institution on your institution’s insurance policy.

Yes, we want to stay in touch with you! The YUFE Talent and Expert portal, which is currently being developed, will function as a platform for all further exchange and discussions. Similarly, a YUFE Alumni Association will be set up in the near future.

Yes definitely! YUFE aspires to be an open and inclusive European University for all. YUFE put an important emphasis on online and blended mobility already ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic. Naturally the Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions on gatherings and mobility have ensured YUFE has made even more available online.

We are currently working on a 2-day online programme in autumn 2020 on “Service and support structure for international researchers and staff”. Other offers will be on “International doctoral collaboration”, “Institutional Governance and Strategic Management”, “Financial Issues in Higher Education”, “Making Education Accessible for Students with Disabilities” to name a few. A full catalogue of offers will be placed on our Staff Portal.

Yes, definitely! YUFE aspires to be an open and inclusive European University for all. YUFE puts an important emphasis on online and blended mobility already ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, naturally the Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions on gatherings and mobility have ensured YUFE has made even more available online.

We are currently working on a 2-day online programme in autumn 2020 on “Service and support structure for international researchers and staff”. Other offers will be on “International doctoral collaboration”, “Institutional Governance and Strategic Management”, “Financial Issues in Higher Education”, “Making Education Accessible for Students with Disabilities” to name a few. A full catalogue of offers will be placed on our Staff Portal.

Moreover, YUFE offers plenty of opportunities to engage at the different universities. Please have a look at YUFE in our Cities, such as take part in the YUFE Helpdesks, the YUFE @Home programme etcetera. and all activities offered at your institution.

YUFE programmes are offered to full time as well as part time staff members.

In order to participate in YUFE it is beneficial to understand and speak English at B2 level at least (following the CEFR framework). There are language courses offered at each YUFE university open to YUFE staff members.

There are no costs associated to being a YUFE staff member, apart from any costs involved in physical mobility activities. However, for any physical mobility activities, Erasmus grants might be available.

Although it can be anticipated, that a firm commitment towards the YUFE alliance, i. e. a participation in YUFE activities, such as staff weeks, further education and training opportunities will lead to an upgrade in personal skills, the YUFE alliance cannot address questions related to salaries of individual staff members at partner universities. Negotiations about salaries are not a subject of YUFE as an Alliance but of individual staff and their respective employer.

YUFE staff members benefit in a twofold manner. For staff, YUFE will be a means of developing their careers within the European environment. University management staff together with students, citizens and business professionals will collaborate in knowledge-creating teams, which will lead to an individual upgrade of skills that in turn will be beneficial for the YUFE Alliance as a whole.

YUFE expects a reasonable commitment from its staff and students, which could be higher than a regular job. YUFE for example stimulates staff to not just focus on mobility and work placements at another university, but also to actively engage in society through civic engagement and professional activities and take up academic courses.

Likewise, as YUFE is still in its early stages, it is extremely important that YUFE staff are willing to try something new. This means taking the good and excitement of the European University, with any hiccups that might happen. Staff have to be motivated to contribute to European identity and provide constructive feedback to help make YUFE into a new model of university.

 

Diversity and inclusivity is extremely important to YUFE. Therefore, YUFE is not looking for a specific kind of people to participate in its activities. We hope to reach all different kinds of people as staff, students and learners.

As YUFE is still in its early stages, it is extremely important that YUFE staff are willing to try something new. This means taking the good and excitement of the European University, with any hiccups that might happen. Staff have to be motivated to contribute to European identity and provide constructive feedback to help make YUFE into a new model of university. We hope to welcome staff that are motivated to work in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary way. In this vein, we ask you to be open to various perspectives and to be willing to step outside of your academic bubble.

The YUFE Staff Portal will become a resource for all universities and public and private organisations across Europe looking for highly-skilled, responsible and resilient employees to fulfil the needs of the ever changing workforce. Via the YUFE Staff Portal, universities, other education providers, research institutes, companies, public bodies and non-governmental organisations in the ten regions will list their vacancies and funding opportunities on the YUFE Staff Portal.

The YUFE Staff Portal is currently being developed and will be available shortly. Please bear with us in the meantime.

YUFE considers all phases of a career a journey, and supports its staff members through training and coaching to move forward in their professional career = on their journey.

The YUFE Alliance welcomes ideas and initiatives on projects, learning opportunities, topical staff weeks etc. As a first step, please get in touch with your Institutional Coordinator.

If you would like information on your institution’s active YUFE Alliance staff, please get in touch with your Institutional Coordinator.

Citizens

There is no use in gaining knowledge without putting it to good use. Our students are looking for volunteering opportunities, co-living options and local challenges that can use fresh insights, and your experience in taking their theoretical knowledge into reality.

If you have a challenge you would like help with or a question, you can send it to our helpdesks, once up and running.

Simultaneously, YUFE also provides you with opportunities to test and upgrade your skills by taking courses through the YUFE Virtual Campus, which is still being developed.

Among many other ways, you can offer assistance or guidance in the YUFE volunteering programme or participate in the YUFE @Home co-living scheme.

Once the YUFE Citizens’ portal is up and running you can check the current opportunities in your local area there. There will always be initiatives you can join. Also, please let us know how we can help you and your city as YUFE.

Helpdesks will be available online and/or physically and at pop-up events in the cities where the 10 YUFE universities are located. The first YUFE Help Desks will be launched in May 2021.

At YUFE we think part of internationalisation is making the world better for everyone, not just the few who have the opportunity to go to university etc. In order to do so, YUFE believes that in promoting European identity it is adamant to not only involve universities, governments and businesses, but also the citizens in those cities.

YUFE students and staff are encouraged to participate in volunteering activities offered on the YUFE Volunteering platform. This includes assisting local citizens with doing groceries, maintaining the garden and providing company for those who feel lonely, such as through co-living solutions offered via YUFE @Home. Perhaps you do not need any assistance, but would like to learn or practice your foreign language skills, or teach a foreign student or staff more about your language or culture?

Another important component in YUFE are the YUFE Helpdesks and YUFE Challenge Teams. Through both mechanisms, YUFE students and staff, amongst others, try to help solve local and global challenges. Do you have a challenge you would like to submit?

YUFE started as an initiative by the European Commission. YUFE received a pilot grant for three years from the European Commission, and therefore supplies a large part of the YUFE’s funding. Because all YUFE partners are so committed to YUFE and its vision, all YUFE partners provide a lot of additional funding themselves too. Finally, many national funding bodies were convinced of YUFE’s ideas and provided additional funding.

Carrying the responsibility that comes with helping out requires adequate matching and safeguarding. At YUFE we try to carefully balance the act of safeguarding people in society, whilst keeping volunteering inclusive and accessible for all. We are currently working on guidelines for this process. We do not envision that all volunteering requires a selection process, but some activities might require a “certificate of conduct” or specific degrees (e.g. when giving medical or legal advice). This would be the case for YUFE students and staff, but also citizens hosting YUFE students and staff for example. Once the activities are launched, these guidelines will be in place and accessible for all.

That is great! We are so pleased you can help create a closer link between YUFE students and/or staff and the local community. YUFE @Home will be launched in 2021. We will update the relevant contact information here at that time.

Businesses

YUFE students are beneficiaries of a multinational and multidisciplinary challenge based education. They have not just taken part in an exchange programme but combined their educational mobility with language courses, professional training and civic engagements. YUFE students have developed resilience and entrepreneurial skills to face the future of their personal and professional life.

YUFE students have experience working closely together with businesses and citizens in the YUFE Challenge Teams. All skills that they can use in a professional environment.

We are very keen on your interest in hiring YUFE students. However, we do not yet have an answer to this question as it is also dependent on national regulations. For now, please get in contact with the nearest YUFE academic partner.

We are very keen on your interest in hiring YUFE students. However, we do not yet have an answer to this question as it is also dependent on national regulations. For now, please get in contact with the nearest YUFE academic partner.

When it comes to integrating a YUFE student with other employees, YUFE students have experience working closely together with businesses and citizens in the YUFE Challenge Teams.

We are very keen on your interest in hiring YUFE students. However, we do not yet have an answer to this question as it is also dependent on national regulations. For now, please get in contact with the nearest YUFE academic partner.

We are very keen on your interest in hiring YUFE students. However, we do not yet have an answer to this question as it is also dependent on national regulations. For now, please get in contact with the nearest YUFE academic partner.

We are very keen on your interest in hiring YUFE students. However, we do not yet have an answer to this question as it is also dependent on national regulations. For now, please get in contact with the nearest YUFE academic partner.

We are very keen on your interest in hiring YUFE students. However, we do not yet have an answer to this question as it is also dependent on national regulations. For now, please get in contact with the nearest YUFE academic partner.

We are very keen on your interest in hiring YUFE students. However, we do not yet have an answer to this question as it is also dependent on national regulations. For now, please get in contact with the nearest YUFE academic partner.

We are very keen on your interest in hiring YUFE students. Please get in contact with the nearest YUFE academic partner.

We are very keen on your interest in hiring YUFE students. Please get in contact with the nearest YUFE academic partner.

We are very keen on your interest in hiring YUFE students. Please get in contact with the nearest YUFE academic partner.

YUFE Challenge Teams gather students, researchers, experts from both the public and private sector, and citizens from different fields working together to achieve one or various feasible and innovative solutions to a social, scientific or technological targeted goal. These are not meant to address one company short term profitable challenge but, in case of industry, more a sectorial or collective challenge which resolution would benefit to a group.

For a company to become a part of a YUFE Challenge Team, please contact your nearest YUFE academic partner.

Of course the involvement of a YUFE student helps to establish a collaboration but it is not a free entry to campus, The scope of the collaboration needs to be address and its particularities agreed upon.

We are very keen that you express interest in working together with YUFE. YUFE is developing 4 innovation platforms based on: Citizens wellbeing, Digital societies, Sustainability and European identity and responsibilities in a global world.

If you would like any further information please get in contact with your nearest YUFE Institution.

YUFE is willing to help with knowledge and research capacity and academic teams’ contributions, therefore, it would depend on the funding opportunities you are thinking on and the alignment of the expertise that the Alliance can provide.

Government and Policy Makers

YUFE calls for representatives of the local community to cooperate to ensure that benefits of internationalisation are spread throughout society and are available to everyone. Politicians can help in defining the purpose and goals of the YUFE Help Desks, volunteering activities and in developing the YUFE @Home co-living scheme, but also in providing administrative support, helping in disseminating the information on YUFE activities etc.

YUFE will be beneficial for everyone in society. Following the quadruple-helix process, YUFE wants to cooperate to ensure that the benefits of internationalisation are spread throughout society and are available to everyone, including disadvantaged groups in society. By working together on the same goal, society as a whole will become more equal with opportunities for groups they could otherwise not engage in. For example, the single mother who can enjoy an exchange experience from her home through virtual courses on the YUFE Virtual Campus. Citizens seeing nothing other than people speaking different languages in their city, will now be able to get legal or medical advice from them through YUFE volunteering, or cooperate in solving one of the local challenges through the YUFE Help Desks or Challenge Teams.

YUFE is so far only a pilot project of the European Commission with funding committed only for three years. To achieve its ambitious goals, YUFE partners have already been investing a lot of their own resources into the European University. They have also been able to acquire some local and national funding. Naturally, any additional funding allows YUFE to achieve more in a shorter timeframe.

Additionally, YUFE can always use more active engagement from everyone within society. Therefore helping disseminate YUFE’s message and actions are key in getting as many citizens as possible involved.

That is great! We are so pleased you want to help create a closer link between YUFE and the local community. Please contact your local YUFE coordinator for more information.

That is great! We are so pleased you want to help create a closer link between YUFE and the European community. Please contact YUFE’s Management Office at info@yufe.eu.