From 16 to 18 November Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik has organised the workshop “Towards Connected Corners of Europe”, to facilitate cooperation between European academic institutions through joint projects and grant applications.
The workshop attended 27 participants from 13 different countries, mostly members of the offices of international affairs, grant officers or researchers or university professors engaged in international cooperation. The aim of the workshop was to stimulate new acquaintances, building new networks or broadening existing ones, to exchange information on different university structures, relations, traditions and routines in the filed of international cooperation and with the EU, to explore needs and opportunities for joint projects and grant applications in the field of student and staff exchange, as well as in the field of research.
On the very first day participants soon recognised differences within their home institutions’ administrational routines, cultural differences and varieties in legislation. Already on the second day, topics for possible new joint applications emerged and participants divided among those more interested in Erasmus + or Horizon 2020 programmes. On the very last day, ideas were even more concretised.
The workshop was supported by participants’ home institutions that secured funds for their travel, by the City of Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik-neretva county and by Inter-University Centre itself.
The IUC is very pleased that it was able to contribute to the new forms of cooperation, based upon its long lasting experience in fostering cooperation in advanced studies, its broad network of course directors from all over Europe, including especially the South East region and its mission to connect scientific community. We expect that these kind of workshops would continue in the future, or that there will be the follow-up of this workshop, again in the IUC.