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The European University Alliance Arqus unites the universities of Granada, Graz, Leipzig, Lyon 1, Maynooth, Minho, Padua, Vilnius and Wroclaw. Numerous events and offers for students, researchers and staff are available in the Alliance – learn more here!

Arqus in a nutshell

The Alliance’s name is derived from the Latin word "arcus/arquus", meaning arch. The name stands for the bridges that the Alliance is building for a common future with the aim of responding to global social challenges and strengthening European unity.

Reshaping Europe's higher education

The main objective of Arqus is to develop a new form of European higher educational institution through in-depth, international cooperation in teaching, research, study and transfer.

Services

  • Study stay abroad
    Take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad with many spots available at the Arqus partner universities
  • Events
    Take part in summer schools and other events organised by the Arqus partner universities
  • Degree programmes
    Enrol in one of the joint degree programmes and earn degrees from all participating partner universities (currently there are three joint master’s degree programmes)
  • Networks
    Establish an international network, e.g., through the Arqus Café or events at our university or the partner universities
  • Join in
    Get involved in the various Arqus structures for students (Student Council, Student Agora)

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between Arqus and Erasmus+?

Erasmus makes it possible for you to complete a traineeship or study stay abroad at a partner university in Europe. These partner universities include the Arqus universities. Erasmus+ is a funding programme of the European Union, while Arqus is a part of the EU initiative “European Universities.”

How can I go abroad with Arqus?

Contact Leipzig's Arqus team to find out about the opportunities available to you through Arqus. Due to our particularly close partnership in the Arqus Alliance, we can offer a higher number of what are called “field-flexible exchange places”. You can find more information on the page about studying in Europe.

How can I find out about the current events and calls for applications for Arqus?

Follow Arqus (@arqusalliance) and Leipzig University (@unileipzig) on social media, check out the central Arqus website regularly or get in touch with Leipzig’s Arqus team by email or telephone. With this email address, you can also subscribe to our university’s Arqus newsletter.

Services

  • “Communities of Practice”
    Staff members of our university can establish what are known as “Communities of Practice” with their international colleagues in order to discuss processes and working methods as well as to work on new developments together.
  • Stay abroad
    Staff members of our university have the opportunity to take part in workshops, staff weeks and conferences with short-term mobilities.
  • Networks
    Our staff establish an international network, e.g., through events that are organised at our university or the partner universities

Frequently asked questions

Is Arqus also for (non-academic) staff members?

Yes, there are numerous opportunities available to our staff members throughout the year: Establishing networks with colleagues at the partner universities, participation in conferences, staff weeks, workshops etc.

How do staff members participate in Arqus and network with colleagues at other Arqus universities?

Staff can get in touch with Leipzig’s Arqus team at any time by email or telephone. The colleagues will then direct them to the right office in the Alliance.

How can staff members find out about the current events and calls for applications for Arqus or participate in these?

We announce events and calls for applications on social media, on the Arqus website and on the International Centre's website. Staff members at the Arqus universities can apply directly to calls for applications or contact Leipzig’s Arqus team by email or telephone. With this email address, you can also subscribe to our university’s Arqus newsletter. Arqus (@arqusalliance) and Leipzig University (@unileipzig) post updates on social media and on the central Arqus website.

Services

  • Networks
    Take advantage of an established European network that makes it easier to get in contact with colleagues from other universities and develop new cooperative research projects with them
  • Stay abroad
    Visit the Arqus partner universities as part of research and teaching activities
  • Resources
    Gain access to the Arqus partner universities’ resources
  • Support
    Benefit from the specific administrative support of the Arqus team at each partner university

Frequently asked questions

How can I take part in Arqus and network with researchers at other universities?

Take advantage of an established European network that makes it easier to get in contact with colleagues from other universities and develop new cooperative projects with them Visit the Arqus partner universities as part of research and teaching activities (research starts at the master’s level) You are welcome to contact Leipzig’s Arqus team by email or telephone. The colleagues will then direct you to the right office in the Alliance.

What funding sources are there?

Arqus is funded by the European Commission (Erasmus+, Horizon 2020) and the national budget (DAAD). For more information about the funding sources and current calls for applications, please contact Leipzig’s Arqus team by email or telephone.

How can staff members find out about the current events and calls for applications for Arqus or participate in these?

We announce events and calls for applications on social media, on the Arqus website and on the International Centre's website. Staff members at the Arqus universities can apply directly to calls for applications or contact Leipzig’s Arqus team by email or telephone. With this email address, you can also subscribe to our university’s Arqus newsletter. Arqus (@arqusalliance) and Leipzig University (@unileipzig) post updates on social media and on the central Arqus website.

Better equipped for the future

The Arqus Alliance is a network of nine universities working together to improve research, teaching and learning, and community engagement:

The Arqus universities share the conviction that collaboration is important for the future and the social contribution of students, researchers and staff. Through this network, they aim to better respond to the challenges of the 21st century and contribute to the excellence and attractiveness of higher education.

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Rethinking European Cooperation

From an idea to the first results

From October 2019 to September 2022, the European University Alliance Arqus went through its three-year pilot phase with six action lines on inclusion and diversity, quality in teaching, multilingualism, entrepreneurship, research and early career researchers, and European citizenship. Together, numerous digital and physical activities and offers were developed for members of the partner universities. The second phase will build on these and other topics.

Joint further development

In October 2022, the second funding phase of the Arqus Alliance was launched through the European Commission up to and including 2026. The partner universities have identified two focal points:

  • The expansion and institutionalisation of the measures implemented in the Alliance during the first three years (e.g. free mobility of staff and students between all universities in the Alliance, joint educational and staff development offers or the joint use of resources).
  • The development of new innovative measures leading to the establishment as a fully-fledged European university.

The Alliance's offers and strategies are being developed in 15 work packages. These are divided into three action lines: "Education", "Research" and "Societal Engagement". Leipzig University is part of all the Alliance's working groups, but has a leading role in the areas of "European Heritage", "Linking Local Ecosystems", "Inclusion and Diversity" and "Plurilingualism and Interculturalism".

Focus on Research and Innovation

Arqus Research & Innovation, since 2021 funded under Horizon 2020, additionally aims to strengthen the research and innovation dimensions of the Alliance and address current global societal challenges through intensified joint research.

Student representation at Leipzig University

The student representation in the Arqus Alliance at Leipzig University, the Arqus4Students-AG, is always looking for reinforcement and can be contacted by email.

Our university in the Arqus Alliance

There are many members of our university who are active in the Arqus Alliance. Find details of contact persons here, as well as snapshots of our cooperation.

Rector and Vice-Rectors' Council

Prof. Dr. Eva Inés Obergfell

Prof. Dr. Eva Inés Obergfell

Rector

Ritterstraße 26
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-30000

Prof. Dr. Matthias Middell

Prof. Dr. Matthias Middell

Vice-Rector for Campus Development: Cooperation and Internationalisation

Ritterstraße 26
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-30040

Work package leaders

Prof. Dr. Conny Melzer

Prof. Dr. Conny Melzer

Work Package “Inclusion and Diversity”

Marschnerstraße 29d/e
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-31535

Prof. Dr. Olaf Bärenfänger

Prof. Dr. Olaf Bärenfänger

Work Package “Plurilingualism and Interculturalism”

Goethestraße 2
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-30270

Office hours
nach Vereinbarung

Prof. Dr. Utz Dornberger

Prof. Dr. Utz Dornberger

Work Package “Linking Local Ecosystems”

Ritterstraße 9-13
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-39761

Dr. Steffi Marung

Dr. Steffi Marung

Work Package “Arqus Living Lab: European Heritage & Identity”

Emil-Fuchs-Straße 1
04105 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-30232

Steering Committee

Dr. Svend Poller

Dr. Svend Poller

Goethestraße 3-5
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32020

Office hours
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Dr. Ewa Adamkiewicz

Dr. Ewa Adamkiewicz

Goethestraße 3-5, Room 328
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32090

Coordination Team

Dr. Ewa Adamkiewicz

Dr. Ewa Adamkiewicz

Coordination Arqus

Goethestraße 3-5, Room 328
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32090

 Ninon Böhme

Ninon Böhme

Coordination Arqus

Goethestraße 3-5, Room 328
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-30133

 Saskia Lina Steszewski

Saskia Lina Steszewski

DAAD European University Network, Coordination Arqus R&I

Goethestraße 3-5, Room 329
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32096

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Funded by ...

The EU European Universities Initiative is funded under Erasmus+. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports this European initiative with an accompanying national programme.

Co-funded by Erasmus+

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Co-funded by DAAD

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Co-funded by the SMWK

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