Aurora at the University of Duisburg-Essen

Welcome to AURORA at the University of Duisburg-Essen

As a member of the European university network Aurora, the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) relies on intensive cooperation with selected partner universities from Reykjavik to Naples. Students, researchers and teachers as well as administrative staff benefit from this cooperation.

With the approval of an Aurora European Universities Alliance by the European Commission, the joint activities were raised to a new level in summer 2020. On this page you will find all relevant information and opportunities to get involved.


Study in Europe - from home! Aurora Virtual Campus

Do you want to learn in an international, inclusive (virtual) environment and have the freedom to experience cultural exchange without physically traveling to another country? Do you feel inspired to influence society and contribute to solving its problems?
Then attend an Aurora course and discover how you can contribute to social change.

Aurora Virtual Campus


Fall Biannual 2023

Palacký University in Olomouc is looking forward to hosting the Aurora Fall Biannual from October 17 - 18.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the Aurora team. Following the consultation, you can proceed with the pre-registration. When registering, you should indicate whether meetings of the work packages are planned.

Online Courses from the University of Innsbruck

The University of Innsbruck has published its online courses as part of the European University Network Aurora.

For Course Information, Please Click Here

UPOL Summer Schools

Palacký University Olomouc (UPOL) invites students from the Aurora Universities to its Summer Schools from July 14 - August 13, 2023. Students will not only be able to gain academic experience there, but also have the opportunity to explore the historical cities of Olomouc, Prague, Vienna and others, taste the local cuisine, and make new friends from all over the world. For more information about the programs and registration, please see the flyer or the website.

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Aurora European University Program Secures Continued Funding

We are excited to announce that Aurora has been accepted into the second funding round under the 2023 European Universities Initiative. This allows us to deepen our existing collaborations and continue our mission in higher education transformation. 

The upcoming Aurora 2030 consortium, led by the University of Iceland, has received substantial funding of €14.4 million over a four-year period. The program, which received a 90/100 score from the Commission, builds on the significant progress made during the 2020-2023 pilot phase.

Aurora Fellowship Public Lecture

Prof. Lara Johannsdottir (University of Iceland) will be joining  UDE on September 12 for our Aurora Fellowship guest lecture (Gerhard-Mercartor-Haus Duisburg, 6 p.m.). Her lecture titled "Urban Mobility and Sustainable Business Models of Public and Private Companies in Iceland" will focus on urban mobility in the Icelandic capital Reykjavík and public transport to and from Keflavík International Airport. 



For more information on Prof. Johannsdottir and her lecture, please click here.

Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory Workshops

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. Learn more about the BEVI tool and the International Beliefs and Values Institute (IBAVI).

Basic Training: June 8 and 15, 2023 - 18.30 to 20.30, CET.
Intermediate Training: June 29, July 6, 11 and 13, 2023 - 18.30 to 20.30, CET.
Advanced Training: Autumn 2023 (TBD)

The Basic and Intermediate BEVI trainings will be held virtually, via Zoom. To register, please contact John Style.

What are the requirements for admisson and enrolment?

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

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 this year or previously, OR by reviewing the BASIC course videos before the first Intermediate session and participating in that session.

Click here for detailed information
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Aurora funding application submitted for 2024-2027

At the end of January, the Aurora Alliance consortium submitted the project application for follow-up funding for 2024-2027. With ambitious goals, we want to further develop and solidify this project of European university cooperation. The decision of the EU Commission on the project applications is expected to be made in June 2023. After Aurora has already registered many joint achievements in the first funding phase, such as the Aurora Exchange Program for students, the Doctoral Pool for networking researchers, and the SDG Dashboard, we are looking forward to further cooperation and invite all UDE members to continue their engagement for and with Aurora.


Université Paris Est-Créteil joins Aurora

With the anticipated start of the second EU funding phase for the Aurora Alliance in November 2023, there will be two changes among the participating institutions. Due to Brexit, the University of East Anglia will unfortunately no longer be able to participate in EU funding but will remain an associate partner of the Alliance in a modified role. We will, however, welcome the University of Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC) as a new member.  
In preparation for further cooperation, we already had the pleasure of welcoming the responsible Vice President for European Affairs, Prof. Martin Schwell, and the Aurora Project Manager, Ana Megrelishvili, from Paris for an inaugural visit on March 21 and 22. The two French colleagues visited UDE to exchange ideas with the local staff and to establish first Aurora contacts.
We are looking forward to further collaboration!


Aurora Mini Grants

The University invites applications for Aurora Mini Grants from funds of the Vice-Rectorate for University Culture, Diversity & International Affairs.

As a member of the Aurora Alliance, the UDE supports the development of joint teaching/learning formats with the 8 partner universities of the university network. The projects can be supported with up to € 3,000 per application. The projects must be implemented, accounted for and reported on by the end of 2023.

The announcement of the Mini Grants can be found here and the application form here.

If you have any questions, please contact
Julia Tackenberg
Tel.: +49 (0)203- 379 2445

For detailed info click here