The meeting, held on October 3 at the Madrid-Puerta de Toledo UC3M Campus, was attended by presidents from 15 universities (including UC3M) which hold a spot in the “QS Top 50 Under 50” ranking and that all share an outstanding position in regards to research results. Specifically, in attendance were representatives from Universiteit Antwerpen (University of Amberes), Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Brunel University, UC3M, Dublin City University, University of Essex, Itä-Suomen Yliopisto, Universität Konstanz, Linköpings Universiteit, Loughborough University, Universiteit Maastricht, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Syddansk Universiteit and Universität Ulm.
During the session, the participants agreed to the creation of a European university young researcher network that enables the capabilities and results of each of its members to be strengthened. For this purpose, a committee of five universities has been created (Amberes, UC3M, Dublin City, Maastricht and Loughborough) to define network norms. At the start of the coming year, a second meeting will take place in Brussels, co-organized by the Universities of Maastrich and Amberes, to advance further in this project and which other universities not able to participate in Madrid could foreseeably join.
The “QS Top 50 Under 50” ranking, which is based on data from QS World University Ranking, takes as a reference only universities which have been in existence for less than 50 years. Of the five panish universities in the latest edition, four of them also make up the Alliance 4 Universities (A4U).