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This book overturns the stereotype that small states, however defined, are weak and are, or ought to be, consigned to the margins of international relations. It argues that small states are not ‘punching above their weight’, or even anomalies – since it is large states which are the anomaly in the global system. The text unpacks the nature and character of small state success, while also looking critically at thirteen episodes in modern history where small states, singly or collectively, emerged victorious in confrontations with larger states. The case studies, globally sourced, are bookended by conceptual and analytic reviews of what these events mean for diplomacy, international relations and small states more generally…”

The Åland University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), which joined the Network of Universities of Small Countries and Territories on 10 May, 2023, subscribed to the NUSCT Multilateral Student, Faculty and Staff Exchange Agreements on 1 June, 2023thus expanding and enriching the exchange opportunities for NUSCT members’ students, faculty and staff, and promoting  their understanding  and appreciation of the uniqueness of small countries and territories.

9 Rectors and 9 delegates from the 11 university members of the Network of Universities of Small Countries and Territories gathered, onsite and online, on 10 May, 2023, at the University of Lichtenstein, to celebrate the network’s 5th rectors’ annual meeting.

The participants were welcomed by  Mrs. Rachel Guerra, Director of the Liechtenstein Office of Education and were addressed by Andrew Deeks, President of the International Association of Universities.

Amongst the most important decisions unanimously taken at the meeting,  the following deserve special mention:

  1. University of Akureyri rector Eyjólfur Guðmundsson was elected  2nd President of the Network of Universities of Small Countries and Territories,  effective 11 May 2023;

  2. the Äland University of Applied Sciences was admitted to NUSCT as its 12th member, thus bringing the Network closer to a complete representation from Europe’s small countries and territories;

  3. student representatives from  member universities will be invited to to attend and inform all future NUSCT Rectors’ Annual Meetings;

  4. NUSCT members will draft and adopt a network policy on the application and use of Generative Artificial Intelligence, as well as a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) scorecard;

  5. NUSCT will draft a declaration on the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence;

  6. NUSCT will assess the viability of becoming  a European University Alliance.

The complete list of the decision taken at the meeting can be accessed at this link

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