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
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.
On December 11, 2020, the Network of Universities of Small Countries and Territories (NUSCT) celebrated its second COVID-19 online conference , in view of the impossibility of holding a twice-postponed face-to-face Rectors’ meeting because of the continuing pandemic, with related travel and gathering restrictions.
NUSCT members were accompanied by the Rector and the International Coordinator of the University of Akureyri (Iceland), and by the Vice Rector of University of Nicosia (Cyprus), who had been invited by President Miquel Nicolau in response to their interest in joining the Network.
Rectors and institutional coordinators in attendance updated information on the impact of the pandemic on their institutions, generally described as milder than had been forecast. In most member universities the extended instruction in the online modality has been rated positively by their students and staff, and, contrary to expectations, enrollment not only has not suffered, but has generally experienced an increase compared to the previous year. Institutional funding has not been affected, nor were research projects, other than by limitations imposed by international mobility difficulties. International student and staff exchanges, on the other hand, are still under temporary suspension at most Network institutions.
NUSCT members agreed to carry out a number of joint activities designed to strengthen the Network and its members in the face of these ongoing challenging times.
Rectors set the fall of 2021 as the tentative period to hold the postponed 3rd NUSCT Rectors’ Meeting at the UNIRSM, in the Republic of San Marino.
NUSCT is pleased to announce that two more of its members, namely the University of Gibraltar and the University of Greenland, have joined fellow members of NUSCT in becoming signatories of the Magna Charta Universitatum, thus further reinforcing the network’s commitment to the principles of the Magna Charta Declaration.
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 MCU Declaration (http://www.magna-charta.org/ ), which has been updated this year, contains principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy as a guideline for good governance and self-understanding of universities, present and future.
4th December 2020
The Ministers of Education of the European Higher Education Area met online on 19th November, 2020, to review the progress of the Bologna Process. In the course of the meeting the Republic of San Marino was formally admitted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
This expanded EHEA, which affects Network of Universities of Small Countries and Territories member Università degli Studi della Repubblica di San Marino, further aligns and cements NUSCT the to the principles of the EHEA.
November 20 , 2020
The University of the Faroe Islands and the University of the Republic of San Marino , both members of the Network of Universities of Small Countries and Territories, have been accepted to become signatories of the Magna Charta Universitatum, thus joining members Universitat d’Andorra, University of Malta, and University of Montenegro in espousing and promoting the principles of the Magna Charta Universitatum Declaration.
On May 4th, 2020, the Network of Universities of Small Countries and Territories (NUSCT) celebrated an online Rectors’ meeting , in lieu of the conference originally scheduled to take place at the Università degli Studi di San Marino, in San Marino, postponed due to travel restrictions.
Rectors and institutional coordinators in attendance shared respective institutional responses to the pandemic, ranging from support provided to students and staff, to process of migrating courses to online platforms, challenges with technology, and possible impact on the global post-COVID-19 higher education.
The online meeting was also an occasion for NUSCT to formally welcome the University of the Faroe Islands and the University of Montenegro, as the network’s new members, with presentations by their respective rectors, Dr. Chik Collins and Dr. Danilo Nicolic.
Rectors agreed to organize the 3rd NUSCT Rectors’ Meeting at the UNIRSM as soon as the global restrictions are lifted, and travel no longer poses health risks.
On June 10, 2020 the Network of Universities of Small Countries and Coursera, the world’s major online educational provider, signed an agreement allowing the Network to join the latter’s Coursera for Campus COVID-19 Initiative, meant to assist universities in their response to the pandemic-caused instruction disruption.
The NUSCT Coursera for Campus platform will make available 3800 Coursera courses across 400 specialisations, with free Certificates for students completing the courses, and free access to provider’s reporting tools for the programs – one per member university – administrators (both are normally available only to fee-paying partners).
Through the agreement, Coursera has granted to NUSCT 20.000 licenses for the members’ university communities.
NUSCT students and staff will be able to enroll until July 31 2020, and must complete their courses by September 30, 2020 to obtain the corresponding free certificate.
NUSCT negotiated this agreement with Coursera in the belief that many of its courses might be useful resources for its members’ regular programs, particularly during these challenging times.
Although the “COVID-19 Academic Year” is almost over, these courses might be helpful to students needing remedial studies over the summer, with the added incentive of an official certificate to show for their work. Learners who have successfully completed their academic year, on the other hand, might also appreciate the opportunity to expand their academic knowledge through this particular model of online learning.
NUSCT Rectors have been invited to attend the 32 Anniversary of the Magna Charta Universitatum and the launch of the 2.0 version of the Declaration.
The Anniversary which had been planned to be held in Bologna on 24 and 25 September, 2020, has been postponed to 16-17 June, 2021. The postponement is due to continuing uncertainty about when it will be possible for ‘normal’ university operations and travel to resume after the disruption caused by the COVID-19 virus.
The new Magna Charta Universitatum will be launched at this meeting. NUSCT members will sign it along with other signatory universities so as to make a global statement about the importance of MCU values.
Posted on 31/03/2020
Updated on 2/07/20
The University of the Faroe Islands (UFI – https://www.setur.fo/en/) officially joined the Network of Universities of Small Countries and Territories, NUSCT, on February 25, 2020, as its membership application was unanimously approved by members.
Official repository of the cultural heritage of the Faroese people and only higher education institution that teaches in Faroese in the world, the University of the Faroe Islands thus becomes the 8th member of our growing Network.
More information about this new partner
February 28, 2020