The European University Alliance EU-CONEXUS, uniting six European partner universities, formed its Scientific Council. Dr. Darius Daunys, Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation of Klaipėda University, scored more votes than his colleague from the University of Zadar (Croatia) and was elected its Chairman.
KU has been participating in the process of building European universities of the future, initiated by the European Commission, since 2019, and together with 5 partners from different countries (University of La Rochelle (France), Agricultural University of Athens (Greece), Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest (Romania), Valencia Catholic University (Spain), and University of Zadar (Croatia)) has integrated into the alliance EU-CONEXUS. Another three associated partners are joining the alliance: Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland), University of Rostock (Germany), and Frederick University of Cyprus. EU-CONEXUS specialises in the sustainability of smart urbanised coasts, blue growth, innovative international academic activities in addressing global challenges, etc.
The election of a KU representative as the Chairman of the Scientific Council of the alliance is a significant fact that testifies to the partners’ trust in the scientific and managerial potential of Klaipėda University. The term of office of the Chairman of the EU-CONEXUS Scientific Council will last until the end of the next year.
“The Scientific Council is responsible for the drafting and development of the common scientific policy of EU-CONEXUS. It consists of the Vice-Rectors for Research of all the alliance partners and associates. Together we shall have to agree on the future priorities and goals of the alliance,” says dr. Darius Daunys. He makes no secret of the fact that he is to face a considerable test of diplomatic skills in reconciling the often very different interests of the higher education institutions operating in the alliance.
EU-CONEXUS (excluding associated partners) unites almost 42 thousand students, over 5,400 academic staff, 34 faculties, and 65 research groups. The goals of the alliance are joint study programmes, joint bachelor and master’s diplomas, intense academic and scientific exchanges, the development of a smart campus, implementation of innovative teaching methods, etc. The outcome of the consistent integration process include the first joint bachelor’s programme specialisms, which started this year, the ongoing international accreditation procedure for the joint master’s programme Marine Biotechnology, and the preparation for the presentation of another joint programme Smart Sustainable Coastal Development. EU-CONEXUS’ ambition in the field of research is four joint research institutes and a joint doctoral programme.