Justin, ULiège student representative at the new European University
Last October, Justin Jamar, a final-year student in the Humanities and Social Sciences at ULiège, spent several days in Rotterdam with a large delegation from the University as part of the UNIC project. The only ULiège student on the trip, he represented his fellow students at the new European University.
In April 2022, I joined the Student Board of the Alliance. Each university has one or two students on this board, charged with representing the student community and its interests. As a result, about twenty of us meet every two weeks at a distance. All exchanges take place in English, a foreign language for most of us. Face-to-face meetings facilitate exchanges. On trips like the one to Rotterdam in October, or Bilbao last April, working groups are organized to discuss collaboration between the 10 universities, particularly in terms of student mobility and research.
The trips are short but intense: we sleep very little, we take advantage of the opportunity to forge links with teachers and students from other universities, and we visit the city guided by members of the host university. It's a great experience!
Justin's decision to join UNIC was prompted by his election as a member of the Fédé's student council. He will be handing over the reins in September 2024 when the next Student Council is constituted.
As a student in the Social Sciences, it's very interesting for me to contribute to the UNIC project: the partner cities are post-industrial cities with a very diverse population and a lot of migration. In the project, I work alongside researchers Elsa Mescoli and Alexandro Mazzola, who are experts on these issues at the Faculty.
This bulimic of activities is also a member of the Faculty of Social Sciences Council and accompanies a group of first-year students as part of a mentoring project supported by the Vice-Dean for Teaching.
The UNIC European University project brings together universities in post-industrial cities: Bilbao, Bochum, Cork, Istanbul, Oulu, Rotterdam, Zagreb, Malmö, Lodz and Liège. This institutional project aims to promote the role of these universities as players in the social, technological and economic transition, and as drivers of inclusion in regions characterized by the super-diversity of their populations.
UNIC and the Faculty of Social Sciences
Research on superdiversity and inclusion is central to each of the partner universities. The UNIC alliance is closely linked to the European Network of Excellence "International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe "( IMISCOE), currently headed by the University of Liège and coordinated by Jean-Michel Lafleur and Daniela Vintila, researchers at the Faculty of Social Sciences.
In October 2023, the alliance's first joint master's degree was launched: master RePic: redesigning post-industrial cities. A second joint master's degree is due to be launched shortly, focusing on the challenges of superdiversity in education, organizations and society.