The INU Council Meeting enables the International Network of Universities to move forward and provides a forum for its members to meet, exchange and further their collaboration.
On 15-17 September, the member universities of the International Network of Universities (INU) met at the campus of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Brescia, Italy, to discuss present and future activities. Representatives of the 12 member institutions were able to discuss the newest developments in cooperation and possible future projects within this network. John Style, Vice-Rector for Internationalisation, and Marina Casals, Head of the International Center, attended this meeting on behalf of the URV. The latter presented the report on the INU Seed Money project that she has been leading in the last year and which aims to unite the existing training initiatives offered by INU partners with the new ones created under this project under a single label that will improve the visibility of the network, the quality of training, the organization of the programs and the possibility of new collaborations among INU members.
The network will launch the INU Internship programme as a spin-off from this project, which aims to meet the increasing student demand for work placements. Through this new programme, the INU members will offer short term mobility stays and experiential learning opportunities to students within the network.
The URV participates strongly in activities run by this network such as the Hiroshima Global Citizenship Seminars, which take place every month of August in Japan, the UNPAR Student Conference, which takes place in January in Indonesia, and the Staff Shadowing programme through which the URV receives and sends staff to other member universities.
The next meeting will take place at Universitas Katolik Parahyangan (UNPAR) in Indonesia in March 2019.