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EUniWell launch: invitation to participate

November 17 was the official launch day of EUniWell: the European University for Well-Being. EUniWell offers students, researchers and educators a range of new, international opportunities for collaboration and development. Leiden University is one of the seven universities working within this alliance to address issues of well-being.

A special opening session took place in Leiden as a prelude to the international Launch Event. Staff and students of Leiden University shared their EUniWell experiences and plans, with the aim of inspiring our University community to actively participate. The discussion was led by Hester Bijl and Oscar Kocken. Many different perspectives were presented, bringing EUniWell truly to life and giving a good impression of the possibilities that the alliance creates for students, researchers, educators and other members of staff.

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Hester Bijl emphasised that an important aspect of EUniWell is the high level of student engagement: they will have a say on research, education and exchange options right from the beginning. Fenna van Haeften, one of the Leiden University representatives on the Student Board, therefore urged students to explore the opportunities EUniWell offers that will make it easy to gain experience in an international community. ‘It’s interesting to learn about other universities and cultures. You can see big differences; for instance, that Leiden University is much less hierarchical than many other universities. Here, it’s easy for students to talk to their lecturers and professors, but that would be unthinkable at some of the other participating universities – for now, at least. It’s one of the topics that we’re currently discussing: how can these insights help improve education?’

International launch

The international launch was immediately after the Leiden event. It began in the morning with a welcome video featuring the Rectors of the seven EUniWell partner universities, followed by a live panel discussion with the Vice-Rectors in the EUniWell Steering Committee, who introduced some of the key elements of the alliance and its programme.

EUniWell also launched its second Seed-Funding Call, addressed to researchers, educators, students and staff within the consortium and inviting them to submit collaborative project proposals before 29 January 2021. In the afternoon there was a live panel discussion on ‘Well-Being from an Academic Perspective’, chaired by Professor Giorgia Giovannetti (Università degli Studi di Firenze), with four expert panel members: Dr Daniel Alvunger (Linnéuniversitetetet), Professor Ghozlane Fleury (Université de Nantes), Professor Bea Pászthy (Semmelweis Egyetem) and Dr. Daniel Wheatley (University of Birmingham). The programme concluded with seve pitches by young researchers from the seven partner universities presenting their research field in relation to well-being. One of these was given by Loes Janssen and Marie-Louise Kullberg from Leiden University. The participants then had the chance to meet online and exchange ideas about well-being research in two Open Meeting Rooms.

All the videos and more background information are available on the EUniWell website.

EUniWell welcome video

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About EUniWell

EUniWell, the European University of Well-being, is an alliance of seven universities: Leiden University, together with the universities of Birmingham, Cologne, Florence, Linnaeus, Nantes and Semmelweis. This alliance offers students, researchers and educators a range of new, international opportunities for collaboration and development.

The seven universities want to show that diversity and cross-border collaboration are the best way to meet the challenges faced in the area of well-being in universities, in society and worldwide. To achieve this, EUniWell will inspire cutting-edge research and innovation in education and training. The alliance focuses on four multidisciplinary research fields, which are closely aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals: well-being and health; individual and social well-being; environment, urbanity and well-being; and teacher education.

If you would like to participate in EUniWell, please contact us via the website.

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