The UNIRSM hosts the NUSCT 3rd Rectors’ Annual Meeting

On 20 October, 2021, rectors and vice-rectors from the universities of the Network of Universities of Small Countries and Territories came together in the Republic of San Marino to celebrate the NUSCT 3rd Annual Meeting, the network’s first face-to-face meeting since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting, which followed participation in the 2021-2022 UNIRSM Academic Year Inaugural Ceremony and a visit to the “Dante” exhibition at the Embassy of Italy in San Marino, was  hosted by member Università degli Studi della Repubblica di San Marino , in hybrid format to facilitate participation by members who could not travel to the meeting site.

Meeting participants congratulated President Miquel Nicolau as they reviewed with satisfaction the consolidation and evolution of the network during the pandemic, which grew by 4 members to now represent almost all European small countries and territories.

Members also very positively assessed the activities that were launched during the COVID-19 months – the NUSCT Quality Assurance Working Group with 23 QA experts,  the NUSCT Discussion Group on Education and Technology During COVID-19, the NUSCT Coursera for Campus platform, the successful drive to have all member universities underwrite the Magna Charta Universitatum Declaration, as well as to be included in U-Multirank, among others – and the support received from the Network and from one another to overcome the challenges that each had to face  during the pandemic to various  aspects of university operations.

Finally, rectors unanimously agreed to set up an external NUSCT Quality Assurance Unit, to organize an International Conference on the History of Small Countries – to be held at the University of the Faroe Islands –  to launch joint summer bootcamps on various topics –  the first one being on Applications of Distributive Ledger Technologies, to be organized the University of Nicosia, in Cyprus – and to explore the possibility of designing NUSCT joint and double degrees. Inter-NUSCT mobility and exchanges are expected to increase as COVID-19 travel restrictions are eased.

The Università della Repubblica di San Marino, and specifically rector Corrado Petrocelli and his team were thanked for the impeccable organization of the meeting; rectors were also thanked for their very productive contributions.

In closing, NUSCT President Miquel Nicolau announced that the host of the 4th NUSCT Rectors’ Annual Meeting will be held at the University of Greenland in 2022.   

NUSCT is a network led by the University of Andorra to enable universities in small countries that share similar characteristics and contexts establish collaborations, share strategies and best practices, and have a unified voice in international fora.

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Public Service Reforms in a Small Island State: the Case of Malta

Member University of Malta colleague, Prof Frank Bezzina, co-authored  the publication  “Public Service Reforms in a Small Island State: the Case of Malta”, that was launched on 9 September, 2021 at the Maltese President’s Palace, with co-authors Dr Emanuel Camilleri and Dr Vincent Marmara.

The book offers a broad analysis on reforms and changes that have taken place in the Public Service in Malta since 2013, and their impact on the service, the client, and government employees.

The publication presents Malta as a reference point for other small island states, and its public service as a case study for reforms in public services and their successful implementation.

For more information on the Springer publication please contact frank.bezzina@um.edu.mt

From left to right:. Co-authors Frank Bezzina and Vincent Marmara, H.E. Dr George Vella (President of Malta), Mr Mario Cutajar (Principal Permanent Secretary), co-author Emanuel Camilleri

The Universitat d’Andorra coorganises an International Roundtable on Art and Cultural Diplomacy

 

The Universitat d’Andorra, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Andorra and the Andorran National Commission for UNESCO, is organizing a panel discussion on “Perspectives on Art and Cultural Diplomacy” to take place face to face and online at the Congress Center in Andorra la Vella,  Principality of Andorra, on 15th July 2021, from 18:00 to 20:15CEST (UTC+2).

The panel discussion will bring together 10 international experts from national governments, intergovernmental organisations, higher education institutions, NGOs and the arts, who will share experiences on the benefits and impact of the arts as a tool for  Cultural Diplomacy.

The closing keynote address will be delivered by former UNESCO Director- General Federico Mayor Zaragoza. See full program here.

The event organisers and panelists will present the Andorra Declaration for the Promotion of Cultural Diplomacy Through Higher Education. For endorsement by panelists, participants, and institutions worldwide, follow this link.

For free registration please go to http://www.uda.ad/roundtable2021.

For additional information contact info@unesco.ad

University of Liechtenstein accepted to sign Magna Charta Universitatum

Vaduz – The Observatory Governing Council of the “Magna Charta Universitatum” has reviewed the application of the University of Liechtenstein and approved it as a signatory of the Magna Charta MCU2020 in March 2021. At the next ceremony of the Bologna-based association, Rector Prof. Dr. Ulrike Baumöl will sign the agreement of principles.

The Magna Charta Universitatum was signed by some 400 rectors on the occasion of the 900th anniversary of the University of Bologna on September 18, 1988. It lays down fundamental principles of university life and is intended to protect the idea of the humanistic university. The fundamental principles are the independence of institutions, academic freedom, the inseparability of research and teaching, and their moral and intellectual independence from political and economic influences. The aim of the charter is to formulate basic requirements for future university development and policy. Signatories to the charter now include 889 universities from 88 countries.

“Signing the charter places us as a young university even more firmly in the humanistic traditions of higher education and fosters bonds between European universities – including those between Europe’s small states,” says Rector Prof. Dr. Ulrike Baumöl, explaining the significance of the convention: “In addition, the ‘Magna Charta’ serves as a universal inspiration for our further development.”

University of Liechtenstein becomes a signatory of the Magna Charta Universitatum

NUSCT is pleased to announce that member University of Liechtenstein has become a signatory of the Magna Charta Universitatum, thus underlying the network’s commitment to the principles of the Magna Charta, already underwritten by members University of Andorra, the University of the Faroe Islands, the University of Gibraltar, the University of Greenland, the University of Malta, the University of the Mediterranean of Montenegro, the University of Montenegro, the University of Nicosia, and the University of San Marino.

The Magna Charta Universitatum is a document that was originally signed by 388 rectors and heads of universities from all over Europe and beyond on 18 September 1988, coinciding with the 900th anniversary of the University of Bologna.

The Magna Charta Universitatum Declaration contains principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy as a guideline for good governance and self-understanding of universities, present and future.

NUSCT launches a Working Group on Quality Assurance

The Network of Universities of Small Countries and Territories has launched a Working Group on Quality Assurance, in which all of the members of the Network are participating.

The objective of the WG is to inventory and share the quality assurance tools that members employ, to internally benchmark these, and to identify processes and instruments that should ideally be adopted to ensure that all universities are optimally equipped to attain their mission and to meet stakeholders’ highest expectations, both in normal and in exceptional situations and environments.

The deliverable of this Working Group  will be a document with recommendations to all NUSCT members on how best to maintain the highest level of Quality Assurance across the Network.

For more information contact: secretariat@nusct.net

The Mediterranean University joins the NUSCT

As NUSCT (Network of Universities of Small Countries and Territories) approaches the 3rd anniversary of its constitution, the Network unanimously approved on February 15, 2021, the application of the Mediterranean University (Univerzitet Mediteran) as its 11th member.

The Mediterranean University thus becomes the second higher education institution from Montenegro, as well as the 2nd private university to join the Network.

For more information on the new member please visit http://unimediteran.net/index.php/en/ 

 

Universities interested in joining NUSCT should apply online or address a letter of interest by their rector/Vice Chancellor to: NUSCT President Miquel Nicolau at president@nusct.net

NUSCT welcomes new members the University of Akureyri and the University of Nicosia

On February 1st , 2021 the University of Akureyri and the University of Nicosia were welcomed into NUSCT with the unanimous support of the member universities’ rectors.

The membership of the University of Akureyri and of the University of Nicosia attest to the effort of NUSCT to achieve a fully inclusive  European national and territorial representation, by now adding Iceland and Cyprus to Andorra, the Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Montenegro, and the Republic of San Marino, and , with the University of Nicosia,  the first private university to join the Network.

For more information on the  two new members please visit https://www.unak.is/english  and  www.unic.ac.cy

 

Universities interested in joining NUSCT  should apply online at https://surveys.uda.ad/index.php/243358?lang=en

NUSCT registered almost 300 enrolments on the “Coursera for Campus” platform

The “NUSCT Coursera for Campus”, has enrolled 297 learners from its universities since the Network of Universities of Small Countries and Territories (NUSCT) adhered to the initiative in June, 2020. The bulk of registrations took place in September, coinciding with the provider’s decision to extend the registration deadline to the end of that month.

The majority of the learners, who were first introduced to the Coursera  educational platform through this initiative, took training in computer science, finance, psychology, law and data management. In total, 314 teaching hours were recorded and participants attended up to 407 classes, giving an average course rating of 4,8/5.

The “Coursera for Campus” initiative was launched to assist universities in mitigating the instruction disruption caused by the health crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic by offering almost 4,000 online courses in 400 different areas, with free Certificates for learners who successfully  completed the courses in two months, and no later than the end of December, 2020.