Author: Niels Hexspoor

European Universities Forum at Palacký University Olomouc

On the 1st and 2nd of December, Palacký University Olomouc will organize the European Universities Forum. This high-level event, organized in the light of the Czech EU presidency, will provide an opportunity to discuss and assess the role of European Universities Initiative pilot phase in the Czech higher education context and within the European aims of building the Higher Education Area.

This event will be an incubator for new ideas on the mobilisation of universities, in the broadest sense, to promote shared European values and a strengthened identity, and also to improve the quality, attractiveness and international competitiveness of Europe’s higher education establishments.

This forum will be opened by the Czech Deputy-Minister for Education, and brings together the participating universities from various Member States, the European Commission and of course all of the relevant stakeholders, in particular the alliances of European universities.

The two-day programme features:

  •       Two high-level panel sessions addressing the priorities of the European Universities’ ambitions
  •       Three “Alliance workshops” intended as spaces for exchanging best practices between Czech alliances and their top management focusing on research and education developments, offering initial feedback on their pilot phase in order to contribute to developing the next steps
  •       A closing session, reporting on the panels and thematic sessions to contribute to Czech national and European level on the future of European universities in Higher Education.

For more information on the event, take a look at  

BEVI Training Workshops: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced

The Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory (BEVI) is an accessible, adaptable, and powerful analytic tool that can be used to measure the impact of teaching, learning and training activities on the mindsets of students and staff.


  • Basic Training: 25th November 2022, 17.30 – 19.30, CET.
  • Intermediate Training: 1st & 2nd December 2022, 12.30-14.00 & 17.30-19-00 CET.
  • Advanced Training: 2023 (Dates TBD)


Basic BEVI Training: Virtual via Zoom; Intermediate and Advanced: In Person and Virtual

Target group:

This workshop is open to all Aurora academic and non-academic staff and doctoral students.

What are the requirements for Admission and Enrollment?

To do the intermediate or advanced level, you need to have done the previous stages. Although, this time, you can do the intermediate either after following a basic course last year or the year before, OR by reviewing the BASIC course videos before the 25th of November session and participating in that session.


  • Hajime Nishitani (BEVI & Soka University)
  • Craig Shealy (IBAVI & WWU)
  • John Style (Aurora & URV)

These workshops are FREE.

For further information, please write to John Style (  if you are participating as part of the Aurora Network and Craig Shealy ( if you are participating as part of IBAVI Global.

Register here!

More information can be found here

Mentorship programme for PhDs and early stage researchers at Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice

On behalf of the AURORA alliance, we are pleased to invite you to the Capacity Development Support (CDS) Training event organised by Pavol Jozef Šafárik University (Kosice, Slovakia), in collaboration with the Aurora CDS Task Team at Palacky University (UP) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

The two-day training event with a focus on  Mentorship programme for PhDs and early stage researchers will take place in hybrid format on 26-27 October 2022.

The event is open to academic staff of the Aurora Associate partners and the universities in the CDS Network involved in mentoring and supervision of PhD students and young researchers as well as staff involved in the development of a mentorship programme at their own university.

In case of interest, please register to the event via this online form Registration is open for both in-person and online attendance.

More information about the trainers and the programme can be found here.

Aurora LOUIS-Workshop

On Wednesday 12th October 2022, you are invited to the Aurora LOUIS Workshop, which will take place from 09:00 to 13:00 at the Faculty of Law, room A.01Part of the Aurora Competence Framework, LOUIS (Learning Outcomes in Universities for Impact on Society) will help you further develop the quality of your courses by focusing on the societal impact of your learning outcomes.

The goal of this workshop is to equip the participants with knowledge and skills necessary for implementation of LOUIS Tool into their classes. That would allow them to project, design and innovate their own courses. After completing this course, the participants would be also able to train others in using the LOUIS tool.

LOUIS matrix is designed in such a way, that both the university teachers and their students are be able to measure the progress in the classes, as well as understand the necessary steps to take in order to get to the higher level of a specific transversal competence.The workshop will be very interactive, therefore the participants are asked the bring an annotation of their own course in order to focus on the implementation in a specific context. 

You can enrol to the programme on the oficial website of Lifelong Learning Department:, or by scanning the QR on the poster. 

Aurora LOUIS Workshop – Poster


Infoday on MSCA Doctoral Networks

As member of AURORA, it is a pleasure to invite you to the Infoday on MSCA Doctoral Networks that take place on 22nd of September at 10 a.m. Rovira i Virgili University is organizing this exclusive virtual event with Xavier Eekhout, Researcher mobility and career development project manager at EURAXESS Spain & MSCA NCP Spain.

It will be a great opportunity to learn more about the funding opportunity of the currently open 2022 call and find the best AURORA partners to collaborate on these projects. 

If you are interested in the event but can’t attend, you should register anyway and we will send you the video and session materials. 

War in Ukraine: Support to our Aurora partner V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University

UPDATE 01.09.2022: Overview of Support to our partners at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University:

A full, updated overview of our support to our partners at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University can be found here. 

PDF – UP Aurora Ukraine Support Efforts Overview

UPDATE 15.03.2022: UP Coordinated aid for Ukrainian Students: 

Any Ukrainian student interested in studying at Palacky University Olomouc can fill in the following questionnaire: 

Questionnaire – Ukrainian Students interested in studying at UP

At the moment, no limit has been set on the amount of Ukrainian students that Palacky University Olomouc can welcome. 

We can offer Ukrainian Students the following: 

  • Ukrainian Students are eligible for a scholarship of 10 000 CZK a month offered by the Czech government, and paid by Palacky University Olomouc.
  • The students will be accepted as exchange students.
  • Students can attend Czech language classes, and classes in English for Erasmus students. 
  • Teachers will be asked to give all Ukrainian students a chance to finish their classes successfully and receive credit, if necessary with some extra work. 
  • Each student is eligible for two semesters of such support. 
  • National legislation currently allows entry into studies only through the standard admission procedure. A new special procedure for Ukrainian students is currently being prepared. 
  • Ukrainian Students can apply to study at Palacky University as permanent students if they pass the test and get B1 level of Czech. 


UPDATE: As we speak, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University is facing massive damages to its buildings. Our colleagues from Kharkiv made the following video and ask for your help! 

Video – Help V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University!


Coordinated Aurora support to Karazin University

Given the leading role our university has in the Aurora Capacity Development Support Program, UP has taken a coordinating role to help colleagues at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University on behalf of the Aurora universities.

The Aurora UP office ​is currently undertaking following short-term (humanitarian) actions in collaboration with VU and Aurora Network:

  • Ensuring the immediate protection and securing relocation, employment, and accommodation at UP for Aurora focal points at International office of Karazin ​University 
  • Supporting online teaching of Karazin Kharkiv per internal fundraising and purchase of equipment by Aurora universities 
  • Continuous assessment of needs and fundraising for Karazin staff and students and info-sharing among Aurora universities
  • Systemic and collaborative bottom-up support development: Implementing range of support actions ​for Karazin institution and its students and staff as per continuous assessment of needs in collaboration with Karazin Intenational office. 

For more details on full scope of our planned actions (short-term, mid-term and long-term), see our Action plan (April update)

UP will continue planning ahead and communicating these available protection resources to V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University staff and students and has set up a website in Czech, English, Ukrainian that is a focal point of official info-sharing

We are grateful for joint efforts and Aurora’s collaboration in supporting the colleagues at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University and look forward to your continuing support.

If you wish to help and support our partners at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University or wish to reach our colleagues from Ukraine, please contact our Institutional Coordinator Selma Porobic.

Looking back at the International Summer School: Refugee Law & Rights

In support of our Ukrainian partners at V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, the International Summer School Refugee Law & Rights took place between the 15th and 25th of August, in Olomouc. The hybrid school, which was co-organized and implemented by Palacký University Olomouc and Karazin University, welcomed 24 participants both online and in person.

The participants came from six countries including United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, and Ukraine, and comprised both undergraduate and postgraduate students of social sciences, mostly from law studies, sociology, and human rights.

During ten dynamic days, the participants followed lectures, engaged in discussions and participated in an extensive evening program, during which the students had a chance to engage with professionals in the field, UNHCR experts, as well as a plenary sessions on Peace Building and Recovery with Karazin University Staff and Peace Education MA student from the University of Innsbruck.

As part of the ongoing Aurora Universities donations and support campaign for Karazin University, the school was able to provide 5 students from Karazin University free of charge online participation, and to engage another 5 university professors and 2 administrative stuff in its organization and full program implementation, alongside the UP and International experts.

A detailed report of the International Summer School on Refugee Law & Rights can be found here.

The full program of the summer school can be found here.

Presentation: Dr. M. C. Reig Current research in Anthropology

We would like to invite you to an online meeting with our colleague dr. Mireia Campanera Reig from the Department of Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Work University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain, which will take place on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 from 1 p.m.

Dr. Mireia Campanera Reig came to the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Palacký University in Olomouc as part of a joint international project “Active aging – a healthy lifestyle”, which is part of the AURORA project, guaranteed by the Palacký University in Olomouc. The main researcher of the project is the Department of Preclinical Subjects at the Faculty of Health Sciences in Olomouc. Dr. Mireia Campanera Reig will have an online presentation on the topic: Current research in Anthropology and Social Work at University Rovira i Virgili. Strengthening collaboration with Palacký University. The goal of this lecture is to present the pedagogical and scientific focus of her department (Department of Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Work) as well as of the University Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain.   She will present the possibility of establishing further cooperation with other departments at Palacký University in Olomouc. The lecture will last about 15 – 20 minutes, followed by a discussion.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 987 4843 1834
Passcode: 144487

This semester, take a course at the University of Innsbruck!

We are happy to inform you that in the upcoming winter semester 2022/2023 Universität Innsbruck will offer diverse Bachelor’s and Master’s level open to students of all Aurora universities, including UP students

Registration will be open on August 16,2022 and will be closed on September 4th, 2022.

Interested? More information on the registration process can be found here. You can find our special tutorial video which will guide them through a registration process via the UIBK online system: Aurora Course Offerings – University of Innsbruck (

UIBK offers the following courses:

For more information on the courses, or the registration, contact

If your participation in these courses includes a trip to Innsbruck, we can fund you through our Aurora Student Mobility Scheme. When participating. For more information on the funding possibilities and admin procedure at UP, contact


Demography, Epidemiology and Healthy aging – The viewpoint of a geriatrician

On the 14th of September, the Health & Wellbeing group organizes an interesting lecture on Demography, Epidemiology and Healthy aging from the perspective of a geriatrician.

This lecture is organized by Prof. Nicola Ferrara, MD, of UNINA, and doc. Petra Mandysova, MSN, Ph.D. and doc. PhDr.Mgr. Helena Kisvetrová, Ph.D of UPOL. It will touch a wide range of topics, ranging from the demographics of ageing and the concept of healthy ageing, to the genetic approach to ageing and the characteristics of geriatic patients.

The lecture is worth 2 ECTS credits and will take place online. Join us Wednesday 14th of September 2022 at 10:00-13:00
CET at 

Interested, please register by contacting, before September 12th. 

A full overview of the topics for this lecture can be found here: 

Demography Epidemiology and Healthy aging – The viewpoint of a geriatrician – Sept. 14 2022