On September 11-12 in Kristianstad (Sweden) the first stationary meeting of the COLOURS team, European Universities initiative, took place, once the Alliance project proposal had been selected for funding. The event was organised by the partner university, Kristianstad University. The meeting was attended by JDU representatives:
- Prof. Janusz Kapuśniak, Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations
- Prof. Marcin Sosnowski, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology
- dr Rafał Głębocki, Faculty of Science and Technology
- Bartłomiej Kowalik, MA, Department for Research and International Relations
and other universities that are part of the Alliance, which, apart from Kristianstad University, include: Josip Juraj Strossmayer University Osijek (Croatia), University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain), University St Kliment Ohridski Bitola (North Macedonia), Paderborn University (Germany) - consortium leader, University of Ferrara (Italy). A novelty introduced during the event was the hybrid nature of the meeting, which enabled participation in meetings not only in a stationary form, but also online – from their home centres, which was used by other members of the COLOURS team from JDU.
During the plenary sessions and workshops devoted to individual Work Packages, organisational and substantive issues related to the creation of a common European University were discussed. The event was also an ideal opportunity for numerous networking meetings, including with representatives of business and local governments, which include Krinova – Incubator and Science park and Kristianstad Municipality.
The contract with the European Commission is expected to be signed in October this year, and the implementation of the project will start in January 2024. The next meeting of the entire Alliance in November this year will be organised by Jan Dlugosz University in Czestochowa.