Between the 30th March and 1st April 2020, a virtual conference was held within the framework of the EUGLOH project. With regard to the COVID-19 outbreak, the annual meeting of the project was carried out exceptionally online.
The host of the annual meeting of the EUGLOGH project was the University of Porto, where a wide choice of professional training programs were prepared to the delegations of member institutions. However, due to the state of emergency declared concerning the novel coronavirus outbreak, journeys were cancelled – as a consequence, the management of the project decided to host the event virtually and plenary sessions of the operative committees would be held online.
The main topic of the three-day video conference was the relocation of the project's programs to the online space. Thus, the online collaboration - which will become increasingly important in the near future - has already been in the spotlight in the first year of the EUGLOH project. As a result of these discussions, scheduled programs do not need to be canceled, citizens of all five universities will be able to participate on virtual platforms. All things considered, we may expect online workshops, competitions, summer universities and courses in the joint organization of the five partner universities in the near future.
'We believe that we must maintain our joint project on global health during these difficult times. Our mutual goal is to provide the 210,000 students who are part of the collaboration at the five partner universities with valuable programs' emphasized Prof. Dr. Márta Széll, Vice-Rector for Strategic Planning at the SZTE and Member of the Executive Board of the project.
In 2019, SZTE submitted a joint application with four other European universities; the University of Paris-Saclay, the University of Lund, the University of Porto and the Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich to join the European University Alliance for Global Health (EUGLOH), which won funding for 3 years from the European University Associations program. Through the collaboration, 210,000 students, 23,000 educators, researchers, and administrative staff will have access to mobility between the five collaborating universities. In addition to flexible curricula and a European degree, they will allow students to personalize their studies: for example, they can choose which partner institution and when to study at.