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Dear <<First Name>>,

At UniBE International, we have been busy preparing for our membership in ENLIGHT. The negotiations have now been concluded and we are the 10th member university of the alliance. In this newsletter:

  • Rector Christian Leumann explains what ENLIGHT membership means for us.

  • We clarify the difference between our two most important European networks.

  • You’ll meet two students who share their experiences studying at another ENLIGHT-university.

  • Recent media coverage shows that our ENLIGHT membership and the preparation year for Ukrainian school leavers are being noticed beyond the university.

  • Ann-Seline Fankhauser talks about Compass-UniBE, which is a new preparation year for refugees open to candidates from all backgrounds.

ENLIGHT membership: what does it mean for us?

The University of Bern is a member of the university alliance ENLIGHT. What does being a member of a European University alliance mean for students and staff at the University of Bern? In this interview, Rector Christian Leumann looks ahead and explains the university’s vision for our ENLIGHT membership.

Read the interview

Two very different European networks

Other ENLIGHT universities

Discovering Uppsala University

Who are the other nine member universities of ENLIGHT? In this edition of our newsletter, we travel to Sweden to discover the oldest Nordic university. It is very different from the University of Bern, but also shares some surprising similarities.

Read the portrait

ENLIGHT student campus

International activities in the news

Swissinfo: The University of Bern joins ENLIGHT

Swissinfo published an article about Swiss universities joining European University alliances. The University of Bern’s Vice Rector Virginia Richter is quoted explaining why the University of Bern has decided to become a member of ENLIGHT.

Read the article

Hauptstadt: Vorbereitungsjahr für Geflüchtete

Hauptstadt, an independent online magazine based in Bern, wrote an article about the preparation year for Ukrainian school leavers. The article tells the story of Iryna Kamienieva, how she had to flee Ukraine and how the preparation year at the University of Bern gave her a chance to continue her education.

Read the article (in German)

A new preparation year for refugees from all backgrounds

The University of Bern is launching a pilot programme to give refugees from all countries a chance to prepare for enrolling as regular students at the University of Bern. Ann-Seline Fankhauser, project leader of Compass-UniBE, and her colleague Solvej Sörensen explain the hurdles that refugees face when trying to enrol for a university degree and how this programme is helping to overcome them.

Read the article

The Guild

Tackling our biggest societal challenges with interdisciplinarity

Horizon Europe: Priorities for strengthening SSAH research in Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is fast approaching its halfway point. The Guild is actively involved in consultations with the European Commission on how to improve its successor programme. Gabriele Rippl, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, discussed with colleagues from Uppsala University and Babes-Bolyai University the most fundamental challenges we face as a society. As members of the Deans of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities working group of The Guild, they contributed to a position paper calling for the strengthening of the social sciences, arts and humanities research in Horizon Europe.

Read The Guild’s recommendations for Horizon Europe

UniBE showcases digital skills in teaching and learning

Fritz Sager, Kerstin Nebel, Etna Krakenberger and David Graf were invited to Brussels to explain how the University of Bern fosters digital skills in learning and teaching. They explained how the EvInCo project (Evidence-based digitalised teaching, digitally supported Interaction, and eCoaches) puts human interactions at the centre of attention.

Read the interview

Partner universities

New partnership agreements

Upcoming events

ENLIGHT events

Did you know?

UniBE International holds a photo competition for our outgoing exchange students called "The World through your Lens!". 🏆📸  These were the three winners of the autumn semester of 2022 (in no particular order):

Laura Brändli went to Stockholm University in Sweden

Alessandra Blanco studied at Waseda University, Japan

Alissa Neff attended Durham University in the UK

Congratulations! 👏

Please get in touch with your suggestions, news and stories to help us develop this newsletter into a meaningful exchange of ideas. Please forward this newsletter to anyone who could be interested in international aspects of the University of Bern and The Guild.

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