Third Aurora Biannual: a great success for VU Amsterdam and others

On November 9-10, 150 Aurora university presidents, researchers, teachers, students and administrators met in Norwich, UK, to learn from and with each other. They worked together, listened to others, planned future work and had fun.

11/22/2017 | 10:18 AM

The Norwich Aurora Biannual was the third of its kind, after VU Amsterdam (October 2016) and Reykjavik (May 2017).Aurora Biannuals are a mix of meetings of the presidents, of the various thematic groups – like Diversity, Societal Impact, Internationalisation – and of the students from the Aurora universities.

The Norwich Aurora Biannual saw a total of 9 parallel working sessions, plenary discussions to bring these together, a debate of the role of Humanities and Social Sciences – and in between time to continue discussions and conversations informally. The Norwich Aurora Biannual saw a clear development from ‘discussing important topics’ to ‘starting concrete projects’ aiming  for tangible results. The Aurora Diversity & Equality Award led the way.

Now projects for a relevance-driven analysis of research output, inclusive internationalisation, improving intercultural competencies, enhancing a positive teaching & learning culture, an Aurora Students’ Sports Event – and many others were identified and kick-started.

See for yourself in the video impression of the event.

https://youtu.be/7vITGdPTRjQ