New White Rose Brussels Office, launch event and new PVC for International at Leeds
This week I received the keys to the premises of the new White Rose Brussels office. The office is situated on Rue du Luxembourg, very close to Trône metro station and five minutes walk from the European Parliament and European Commission buildings. The office building is Nordic House, which used to be the Swedish Embassy, but now houses numerous regional and representative offices, such as European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN), the Slovak Liaison Office for Research and Development (SLORD), the University of Wolverhampton Brussels office and the Oslo Region Brussels office. I look forward to working closely with these offices in the future. The office itself will consist of five members of staff, myself, an office/events manager and three trainees from the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. There will also be hot desking facilities for any member of staff in Brussels who needs access to office facilities, and there is a meeting room for approximately 10 people that can be booked. However at this moment I still need to source some office furniture and internet and phone connections as well before the office is fully operational.
I am also in the midst of finalising the official office launch event, which will be held on 7th and 8th April in Brussels to celebrate the opening of the White Rose Brussels Office, and to inform our key stakeholders, such as the European Commission, European Parliament and alumni, of the excellent research undertaken at the 3 universities and the future work of the office. On the 7th April there will be an evening reception at the British Residence with speeches from Her Excellency Alison Rose, British Ambassador to Belgium, Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds and myself. Then on the 8th April there will be a seminar session at the Hotel Renaissance Brussels with presentations from eminent scientists from the three universities in the areas of sustainability, food security and health and wellbeing.
And finally, the University of Leeds has appointed its first Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International). Professor Hai-Sui Yu will take the role to work with teams across the University to determine and deliver Leeds’ international strategy, helping to boost the University’s global profile and standing, while generating research and educational opportunities with overseas partners. Professor Yu is a distinguished geotechnical engineer and will also hold the role of Professor of Geotechnical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering. He will start in his new position on 1 September 2016.