International associations echo the statements of the NUSCT

NUSCT statements “Declaration on Minority Languages and AI” and the renewed “Condemnation of the Russian Armed Forces Aggression against Ukraine” have been given wide distribution by the News Digest of the UNESCO National Commissions Platform, by the European University Association, and by the International Association of Universities.
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Declaration on Minority Languages and AI

The Network of Universities of Small Countries and Territories (NUSCT) calls on Technology companies to be linguistically inclusive

NUSCT Rectors gathered at the 4th NUSCT Rectors’ Annual Meeting at the University of Greenland, in Nuuk, Greenland, on 3 May, 2022 unanimously agreed to call on Technology companies to include minority languages in the design and production of Artificial Intelligence-supported software and applications, now mostly and alarmingly absent.

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25 May 2022

NUSCT renews the condemnation of the Russian Armed Forces Aggression against Ukraine

NUSCT Rectors gathered at the 4th NUSCT Rectors’ Annual Meeting at the University of Greenland, in Nuuk, Greenland, on 3 May, 2022 unanimously agreed to renew their 2 March 2022 call for an immediate halt to the Russian armed forces’ aggression in Ukraine, also expressing concern for the programmatic destruction of Ukraine cultural heritage, in and beyond occupied territories.

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20 May 2022

The 4th NUSCT Rectors’ Annual Meeting celebrated at the University of Greenland

Rectors and rectors’ delegates from the 11 universities members of the Network of Universities of Small Countries and Territories gathered on 3 May, 2022, at the University of Greenland to celebrate the 4th rectors’ annual meeting of the Network

The meeting was held in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, the largest island in the world.

The meeting brought together representatives from universities representing the near totality of Europe’s small countries and territories, in a blended format, with on-site and online participation.

The participants were welcomed by the Councilor of the Nuuk City Government Juaaka Lyberth, in representation of Mayor Charlotte Ludvigsen, and were also addressed by Amanda Crowfoot, the Secretary General of the European, Association of Universities.

Participants listening to the address by the European University Association Secretary General Amanda Crowfoot.

Members also agreed to the following: 1. to lobby tech companies and respective governments to ensure that AI applications include languages employed in the countries and territories in our Network; 2. to renew the NUSCT condemnation of the Russian Armed Forces aggression against Ukraine, calling for an immediate halt to the suffering and destruction being caused. NUSCT once more underscores its commitment to peace and to a peaceful resolution of all conflicts; 3. to set up a Working Group to propose a multilateral NUSCT program (possibly at the Master’s level) on topics of common interest to all Network members; 4.to hold the 5th NUSCT Rectors’ Annual Meeting in Gibraltar in May/June, 2023.

Finally, members unanimously asked President Miquel Nicolau to further extend his mandate by another year, and accepted President Nicolau’s proposal to amend the Constitutive Agreement to allow former Rectors/Vice-chancellors/presidents of member universities to be presidents of the Network, as long as they are guaranteed the support of their institution.

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

The following universities are members of NUSCT:

The University of Greenland to host the 4th NUSCT Rectors’ Annual Meeting

The University of Greenland will host the 4th NUSCT Rectors’ Annual Meeting on 3 May, 2022 .

The meeting will be held in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, the largest island in the world.

Rectors from the 11 member universities representing the near totality of Europe’s small countries and territories, will come together in a blended on-site and online meeting to review the progress made by the Network since its 3rd Meeting celebrated at the University of the Republic of San Marino, UNIRSM, in San Marino, in October 2021, and to establish the Network’s roadmap for the coming year.

The participants will be welcomed by Juaaka Lyberth, Councillor of the Nuuk City Government , in representation of Mayor Charlotte Ludvigsen, and will also be addressed by the Secretary General of the European Association of Universities, Amanda Crowfoot in implicit recognition of the relevance of NUSCT within the European university landscape.

Rectors, assisted by vice-rectors and international office directors , will also have the opportunity to discuss adaptation to the COVID post-pandemic era, impact of the war in Ukraine on international mobility and collaborative international projects involving the countries at war, and hosting refugee scholars, amongst other relevant topics.

Quantitative and qualitative increase in collaborations amongst members and between the Network and other associations will also be the object of productive deliberations.


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

The following universities are members of NUSCT:

For information on Greenland, please go to the following links:

NUSCT condemns Russian military agression against the Ukraine

The Network of Universities of Small Countries and Territories, NUSCT, publicly condemns the invasion of the Ukrainian territory and the breach of its sovereignty by the Russian armed forces, and supports the global demands for an immediate halt to the military aggression, for the respect of international law, and for the diplomatic and peaceful resolution of all conflicts.

Likewise, NUSCT encourages citizens and organisations of the world to incessantly dedicate their energy to the global preservation of peace, tolerance, mutual respect and understanding,

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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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3rd Meeting in the media

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