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VSNU joins statement of European Rectors' Conferences on collaboration with the UK


The Presidents of Rectors’ Conferences in 24 European countries have proclaimed their support for continued collaboration with UK universities, even after a Brexit. In the joint statement, also signed by Jan Mengelers, vice-president of the Association of universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the presidents point to the great significance of collaboration and exchange of ideas and people.


The joint statement in full:
We as European university leaders wish to reaffirm our commitment to international cooperation and exchange in this turbulent time for Europe. We are strongest when we tackle issues collaboratively, when we exchange ideas and people, and when we open our hearts and minds to new perspectives and new knowledge.
Collaboration is also a cornerstone of innovation and excellence. It is by pooling infrastructure, data and expertise that we can best pursue ground-breaking research which improves people's lives and help to build strong and sustainable knowledge economies.
The outcome of the UK's referendum on EU membership will mean a new relationship between the UK and the rest of Europe, but we will work together to ensure that the long-standing research and exchange relationships between Europe's universities continue, for the benefit of people across the continent.


The Presidents of European Rectors' Conferences

Prof. Rolf Tarrach


European Universities Association

Prof. Dame Julia Goodfellow


Universities UK

Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler


German Rectors' Conference

Professor Jean-Loup Salzmann


French Conference of University Presidents

Prof. Dr. Oliver Vitouch


Universities Austria

Prof. Dr. Tomas Zima


Czech Rectors' Conference

Rector Per Michael Johansen

Vice Chair

Universities Denmark

Professor Tiit Land


Universities Estonia

Professor Jouko Niinimäki


Universities Finland

Professor Luc De Schepper


Flemish Interuniversity Council

Dr. József Bódis


Hungarian Rectors' Conference

Dr Jon Atli Benediktsson


National Rectors Conference in Iceland

Prof. Don Barry


Irish Universities Association

Prof. Gaetano Manfredi


Conference of Italian Universities Rectors

Professor Arvids Barsevskis


Latvian Rectors' Council

Professor Rainer Klump


University of Luxembourg

Jan Mengelers


Association of Universities in the Netherlands

Prof. Dr Vidar L. Haanes


Norwegian Association for Higher Education Institutions

Professor Wieslaw Banys


Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland

Prof. António M. Cunha


Portuguese National Conference of Rectors

Prof. Dr Vladimir Bumbasirevic


Conference of the Universities of Serbia

Professor Rudolf Kropil


Slovak Rectors' Conference

Professor Dragan Marušič, PhD


Slovenian Rectors' Conference

Mr. Segundo Píriz Durán


Conference of the Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE)

Professor Helen Dannetun

Chair of the Board

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