New Initiatives and Challenges in Europe
NICE, the name of our inter-university network stands for New Initiatives and Challenges in Europe. The idea to create this network was born in 1992 when the members of the Nice consortium assembled at IPAG in Nice, France, to apply for ERASMU/SOKRATES funding. When the EU changed their policy in support of bilateral links, the NN group decided to carry on working together.
The network has grown continually over the past two decades. Its members meet annually to exchange ideas, develop joint projects, conduct multilateral research programmes and forge long-term partnerships for their students. NN now comprises over 30 partner institutions from 21 countries in the Enlarged Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Asia.
Principles and Guidelines
The members of the NICE Network are committed to the Bologna and Lisbon conventions. They share underpinning values and and quality criteria. All participating institutions subscribe to a jointly agreed Quality Charter which ensures that all members accept and implement Erasmus+ as well as ECTS quality standards in their home institutions.
The network is open for new members. Candidates can apply for membership before each annual conference where they present their institution. The NN members present decide on the application during the meeting. If a country is already represented in the NICE network, the members of the applicant’s country also vote on the integration of a new member.
NN has active sub-groups who may conduct joint projects or consult on individual network tasks. The number of sub-groups is unlimited.