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LMU President Huber re-elected Chairman of LERU

Munich, 05/24/2011

The League of European Research Universities (LERU), a network of 21 leading European research universities, has reappointed LMU President Bernd Huber as its Chairman. At a meeting of the LERU Rectors’ Assembly held at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris at the weekend, Professor Huber was chosen by the Rectors and Presidents of the universities represented in the network to serve for a second three-year term. The aim of the LERU network is to influence the shaping of policies that impinge on European universities and their research activities, and thus ensure that they provide the universities with an optimal framework in which to promote excellence in both research and teaching.

“Over the past several years, we have been able to strengthen LERU’s position as a source of expert advice and as an advocate for the interests of the universities and university research in Europe,” says Professor Bernd Huber. “The viewpoints presented by the League are being brought to the attention of the leading decision-makers at the European level with increasing effectiveness, and are regularly taken into account in the drafting of important position papers on research policy.” Thus, the recommendations formulated by all LERU members formed part of the preparations of the summit of the EU Heads of State and Government who convened on 4 February 2011 to discuss the planning of the EU’s research policy for the coming nine years.

In his second term as LERU Chairman, Huber intends, among other things, to present the case for extensive long-term investment in basic research. “Basic research, as it is very successfully carried out at European universities, is the point of departure, the “front end”, for scientific innovation,” Huber points out. “It is a necessary condition for applied research and its translation into marketable products, and therefore requires a secure program of public funding.” LERU is currently engaged in intensive discussions on the precise design of the 8th EU Framework Program, and in early May submitted to the EU Commission an Advice Paper containing concrete recommendations for action.

The LERU network, which was set up in 2002 and counts LMU among its founding members, is an integral component of the University‘s international strategy. In addition to cultivating key cooperations with leading universities in North America and Asia, LMU has extended its international contacts in Europe by intensifying its partnerships with the highly reputed universities represented in the LERU network.

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