NICE Network Annual Meeting 2018 Northumbria

The New Initiatives and Challenges in Europe (NICE) Network is an inter-university network consists of over 30  partner institutions from 21 countries in the Enlarged Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Asia. Northumbria University is the only UK member and signed the network’s Quality Charter in 2008.

The idea to create this network was born in 1992 when 12 Higher Education Institutions from 5 EU member states assembled at IPAG in Nice, France, to apply for ERASMUS funding. When the EU changed their policy in support of bilateral links in 1996, the NN group decided to carry on working together and to enlarge the network to further EU member states and partner countries.

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.

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.

This three-day meeting will include a social activity, a series of plenary and workshop sessions and a formal dinner.

Registration will open in February/March 2018. Accommodation details will be available soon.

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)

Region/StateRepublic of Ireland
Website International Office
NN-coordinatorDr. Deirdre Lillis / William O'Mahony
International OfficePeter Dalton
Erasmus CodeIRLDUBLIN27
Erasmus Charta / Erasmus Plus PIC999902288
Dublin Institute of Technology (commonly referred to as DIT) (Irish: Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Bhaile Atha Cliath) is one of the largest higher education institutions in Ireland. It has been ranked in Times Higher Education’s top 100 university-level institutions globally under 50 years old.[2] Established in its present form by legislation in 1992, the institution has a continuous unbroken history stretching back to 1887 with the establishment of the first technical education institution in Ireland. It is recognised particularly for degree and postgraduate programmes in Product Design, Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, Engineering, Science, Marketing, Hospitality, Music, Optometry, Pharmaceuticals, Construction, Digital Media and Journalism.
Dublin Institute of Technology has circa 20,000 students. Degrees are awarded for undergraduate programmes and both taught and research postgraduate programmes. Academically DIT comprises twenty-seven large “Schools” grouped into four broad Colleges; Engineering and Built Environment, Business, Science and Health and Arts and Tourism. These also contribute to the research activities of an overarching Graduate Research School and to four cross-institutional Research Institutes that bring together over seventy research centres and groups

27th NICE Network Annual Meeting at the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland

Dear Nice Network members,

It is a great honour to host the 27th NICE Network Annual Meeting at the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland June 11th to 13th, 2017 in cooperation with the NICE Network Steering Committee.

We are committed to making this event a great success and memorable experience and we are looking forward to welcoming you to Helsinki in June!

Arja Hannukainen
Head of International Relations
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Terhi Topi
International Coordinator, member of the
NICE Network Steering Committee
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Universidade de Vigo

Websitevisit homepage
Website (english)visit english homepage
Website International Officevisit international office website
NN-coordinatorEva Garea Oya
International OfficeUniversidad de Vigo. Campus Universitarios. Edificio Miralles. 36310 Vigo. Spain
Erasmus CodeE VIGO01
Erasmus Charta29447-LA-1-2014-1-ES-E4AKA1-ECHE

The Universidade de Vigo is a young public academic institution officially founded in 1990 that has managed to consolidate itself in time as a reference of modernity and innovation in Galicia. It has three main objectives: to provide higher education services with high quality rates and oriented to promote work placements among its students, giving priority to internationalization; to promote a basic and applied research through competitive research groups at an international level; and to transfer its knowledge and scientific advances to the society in order to foster an intelligent, sustainable and integrating growth of all its surrounding territory.

The Universidade de Vigo is organized in three Campuses, placed in three different cities, Vigo, Pontevedra and Ourense- all of them in the South of Galicia, Northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. On the Shanghai Ranking it was on the top 500, ranking between the 400th and 500th.
Its internationalization aim makes the Universidade de Vigo the Galician university offering more student exchanges, and receiving and sending the greatest number of students with Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus, ISEP (USA) and bilateral programs with third country institutions. Courses regarding the European Integration process at the UVIGO are present at all educative levels of the institution, thanks to the support over the years of the different Government teams and its professors, with 17 Jean Monnet actions, including one Jean Monnet Chair, one Ad Personam Jean Monnet Chair and one Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, whose aim is to train staff specialized in territorial cooperation, to contribute to the European construction through territorial cohesion and to spread the history of the European construction.

The general objectives of the Universidade de Vigo concerning the internationalization are to promote the exchange of professors, researchers, students and administrative staff and to prepare them for the global labour market; to gain recognition in the international education market, establishing strategic partnerships, and internationalizing the teaching and research, and to promote innovative international projects within a framework of multilateral and cross-border cooperation and to attract and retain the best. The Uvigo has participated in the last 15 years in more than 70 EU education funded projects.

Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA)

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Website (english)visit english homepage
Website International Officevisit international office website
NN-coordinator Isabelle Rufflé (
International OfficeBusiness Administration Department, IUT2 faculty
Erasmus Code
Erasmus Charta

One of France’s leaders in higher education
Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) is one of France’s leaders in higher education and research. It is a comprehensive, global university, which enrolls about 45,000 students each year in its high-quality academic programmes, and maintains 80 research centres in all disciplines. UGA is an international leader in both pure and applied research. It also benefits from a uniquely innovative setting. Our researchers enjoy ties to a thriving local community of international businesses and industry, particularly in scientific and high-tech fields. We are also able to collaborate with major European research facilities located in and around Grenoble to produce outstanding results.

International partnerships
UGA is also proud to work with over 650 academic partners in 80 different countries to provide high-quality international teaching, learning and research. It sustains a wide variety of international exchanges allowing students, faculty and staff to enrich their educational experience, to exchange knowledge and best practices and to strengthen international ties between individuals and institutions in research, teaching and learning.

One of the students’ favourite universities
UGA is located in Grenoble, an international city and a wonderful place to live, work, and study. Nestled in the Alps, Grenoble enjoys an incomparable natural setting, with opportunities for sports lovers and nature enthusiasts alike. Student surveys, for the past ten years, have consistently placed Grenoble in the top 3 cities for students. Combining the conveniences of a mid-sized city with an extraordinary mountain setting, Grenoble offers culture, nightlife, sports, and more. Grenoble is also a hub of innovation, employing thousands of people in research, technology, and international business

About IUT2/ GEA (the business administration department) which is a member of the NICE network:

One of the faculties of UGA is called Institut Universitaire de Technologie 2 (IUT2). It is the institute for applied sciences of UGA. It comprises 8 departments in the field of Social Sciences including the GEA department. Over 3,000 students a year are taught social sciences by the 185 lecturers and 420 field experts of IUT2

The Gestion des Entreprises et des Administrations (GEA) Department of IUT2 Grenoble is the Business Administration department of IUT 2. It is one of the most attractive undergraduate Business Administration schools in France. It offers high-quality vocational programmes to 350 students each year and has excellent reputation with local companies. It has a long history of international academic partnerships (over 40 years) and a wealth of experience in international student and faculty projects.

The British University in Egypt (BUE)

City El Sherouk, Cairo
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Website International Officevisit international office website
NN-coordinatorProf. Shadia Fahim (
International OfficeDr. Mohamed Eid
Erasmus CodeN/A
Erasmus ChartaN/A

The BUE was formally inaugurated by HRH Prince of Wales and HE Mrs. Mubarak, Egypt’s First Lady, on 22 March 2006.

The University has been supported by a high profile and influential Board of Trustees compromising individuals drawn from UK and Egyptian business, public life and educational sectors.

A group of UK universities, led by Loughborough University provided the academic direction, teaching and quality management processes thereby ensuring the ‘British’ quality of the education.

The academic staff consisted of highly qualified British, Egyptian and international academics experienced in the British system of Higher Education.

BUE was established initially with seven faculties: Engineering, Informatics and Computer Science; and Business Administration , Economics and Political Science, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Communication and Mass Media, and Nursing.

26th NICE Network Annual Meeting “Enhancing the Quality of HEI Internationalisation”

Dear NICE Network members,

It is a great honour hosting the

26th NICE Network Annual Meeting “Enhancing the Quality of HEI Internationalisation”

 at the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, Austria from June 12th to 14th, 2016

in cooperation with the NICE Network Steering Committee.

We are committed to make this event a great success and memorable experience and we are looking forward to welcoming you in the UNESCO World Heritage region around Krems!

Prof.(FH) Mag. Eva Werner,                     Prof.(FH) Dr. Karl Ennsfellner

Rector                                                       CEO & Head of International Relations

Tallinn University of Technology

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Website Englishvisit website
NN-coordinatorAnneliis Tomingas (School of Engineering), Olev Tõru (Estonian Maritime Academy)
International Officevisit website
Erasmus CodeEE TALLINN04
Erasmus Charta63305

Brief description

Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), the only technological university in Estonia, is the flagship of Estonian engineering and technology education. Here the synergy between different fields (technological, natural, exact, economic and health sciences) is created and new ideas are born. TalTech is to become one of the leading technological universities in the Baltic Sea region.
Study and teaching is based on internationally recognized research and the graduates are highly rated on the labour market. The University’s approximately 70,000 alumni have shaped the economic landscape of present-day Estonia.
TalTech is a university, which by relying on academic competencies and professional management, responds actively to the needs of the rapidly developing society and is involved in tackling the challenges of the digital era. The TalTech campus is also a home to more than 200 high-tech companies including Skype Eesti.
TalTech is preparing the next generation of engineers and advancing engineering culture in Estonia, contributing to the sustainable development of the society and increased national prosperity with its innovative services. Our vision is innovative Estonia in a sustainable world.


Tampere University of Applied Sciences

Websitevisit website
NN-coordinatorPirkko Varis
tel. +358 50 329 3144
International Office
Erasmus CodeSF TAMPERE06
Erasmus Charta29496

Brief description

Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) is an internationally oriented multidisciplinary higher education institution in the Tampere Region in Finland. It is oriented towards working life and RDI co-operation. The strengths are multidisciplinary education, creativity, and a strong international dimension.

TAMK’s educational provision focuses particularly on wellbeing and health, business, and industrial production, with special emphasis on promoting learning and creativity. TAMK offers education and related research, development and innovation services in seven fields of study. In addition to professional degree studies, there are versatile possibilities for extension studies.  TAMK also provides pedagogical qualification required of teachers in universities of applied sciences and vocational institutions.

Tampere University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Finland with some 10 000 students. The campuses are located in the city of Tampere as well as in three towns in the region: Ikaalinen, Mänttä-Vilppula and Virrat.

Vytautas Magnus University

Websitevisit website
International Office
Erasmus CodeLT KAUNAS01
Erasmus Charta

Brief description

Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) (Lithuanian: Vytauto Didžiojo Universitetas (VDU)) is a public university in Kaunas, Lithuania. The university was founded in 1922 during the interwar period as an alternate national university. Initially it was known as the University of Lithuania, but in 1930 the university was renamed to Vytautas Magnus University, commemorating 500 years of death of Vytautas the Great, the Lithuanian ruler, well known for the nation’s greatest historical expansion in the 15th century.

It is one of the leading universities of Lithuania, has now about 8,700 students, including Master and Ph.D. candidates. There are slightly fewer than 1000 employees, including approximately 70 professors.