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Huber passes baton to new LERU Chairman

München, 05/19/2014

At a meeting of the Rectors and Presidents of the universities that make up the League of European Research Universities (LERU), held in Helsinki last weekend, LMU President Professor Bernd Huber formally handed over the office of Chairman of the consortium, which he had occupied for the past 6 years, to his designated successor, Professor Alain Beretz, President of the Université de Strasbourg. LMU was one of the founding members of LERU, an association of 21 leading, research-intensive European universities. LERU’s aim is to contribute to the shaping of higher education and research policies in the EU, to ensure that European universities are provided with an environment that optimally nurtures excellence in teaching and research.

Kurt Deketelaere, the General Secretary of LERU, expressed his sincere thanks to Professor Huber for the work he has done as Chairman of the association: “As a founding father of LERU, Bernd Huber has made a significant contribution in establishing LERU as a network of top-level universities. The League has become a valued interlocutor for the European Commission, acting as the voice of European research-intensive universities on a wide range of topics related to EU research policy,” he stated. Huber’s successor Alain Beretz said that Huber had done “an outstanding job in his two terms as LERU Chair.”

“It has been an exciting and challenging time for me, particularly with regard to LERU’s intensive involvement in the discussions surrounding the design of the Horizon 2020 program,” Huber recalls. “I have always regarded it as an honor to work on behalf of the leading research universities in Europe for the achievement of our common objectives – the creation of a single European Research Area and the provision of an assured source of long-term financing for the support of basic research, because research is the basis of all innovation.” – And Huber has every intention of continuing to pursue these goals at various levels in the future.

LMU is a founding member of LERU, which was set up in 2002, and the network is an integral part of the University’s international strategy. In addition to its key partnerships with leading universities in North America and Asia, LMU continues to intensify its already close links with its distinguished European peers represented in LERU, thus further consolidating its position on the international scene.