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On March 2, 2018, representatives from the University of Malta, the University of Greenland, the University of Liechtenstein, the University of San Marino, the University of Gibraltar and the Universitat d’Andorra met in the Principality of Andorra to formalise the creation of the Network of Universities of Small Countries and Territories, NUSCT. The constitutive meeting was hosted by the Universitat d’Andorra, as leader of this initiative. In the words of NUSCT former President and rector of the Universitat d’Andorra, Dr. Miquel Nicolau,  “…the Network of Universities of Small Countries and Territories was born of a shared need to address issues that are specific to higher education institutions that operate in socio-political and economic contexts of small countries and territories, but that are marginally dealt with by existing international higher education associations”. NUSCT will facilitate benchmarking in areas such as governance models, education/research-private sector partnerships, fundraising, and others that might be of shared concern. The Network will also provide a platform for exchanging information and best practices in financing models and internationalization efforts, as well as a forum to discuss ways to improve member institutions’ performance and response to the evolving expectations of society, demands for new professional skills, brain retention, and implementation of new technologies, among others. NUSCT will additionally focus on promoting bilateral and multilateral agreements amongst its members in the realm of research, academic programs, and student and staff exchanges. The diversity and international nature of the Network and the combined strength of its members will be leveraged to tap into competitive funding sources for joint or collaborative research projects. Universities that did not participate in the constitutive process of NUSCT are welcome to apply for membership by contacting The University of Montenegro was admitted to NUSCT on March 8, 2019. The University of the Faroe Islands was admitted to NUSCT on February 25, 2020 The University of Akureyri was admitted to NUSCT on February 1, 2021 The University of Nicosia was admitted to NUSCT on February 1, 2021 The Mediterranean University (Montenegro) was admitted to NUSCT on February 15, 2021 The Åland University of Applied Sciences was admitted to NUSCT on May 10,  2023 NUSCT c/o University of Akureyri Solborg, v/Nordurslod 600 Akureyri Iceland Tel. +354 460 8035

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