February 3, 2023

Meet the new YERUN Executive Board!

During the YERUN Autumn General Assembly that took place in Maastricht on 29 and 30 November, the YERUN Executive Board was renewed.  

We welcomed two new Board members: Prof. João Amaro de Matos, Vice-Rector of NOVA University Lisbon, and Prof. Neville Wylie, Deputy Principal for Internationalisation at the University of Stirling.  

Prof. Hildegard Schneider, from Maastricht University, and Prof. Florian Schweigert, from the University of Potsdam, were reappointed. Prof. Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Rector of the University of Rijeka, will continue her mandate as YERUN President for another year. 

In January this year, during the first meeting of the Executive Board, Prof. João Amaro de Matos was appointed as YERUN Vice President and Prof. Neville Wylie as YERUN Treasurer.  

We congratulate the two new Board members on their election and on their new positions and we look forward to a fruitful and active collaboration!  


Professor João Amaro de Matos is Vice Rector of NOVA University Lisbon and coordinates the areas of Education and International Development. He is a full professor of Finance at Nova School of Business and Economics.

He is responsible for the international strategy of the University, including accreditations, rankings, mobility, cooperation projects, and contributions to networks and alliances. 

Regarding the Educational portfolio, João Amaro de Matos is responsible for establishing an educational strategy for NOVA University, focusing on the implementation of pedagogical innovative methods across the university, and the rethinking of the educational offer under the challenges of the after-Covid times.


Professor Neville Wylie is Deputy Principal for Internationalisation and Professor of International History.

He is responsible for providing strategic leadership for: Matters relating to the University’s global engagement; Working with the relevant teams to deliver on the University’s Strategic Plan as it relates to international collaborative research, overseas recruitment, student mobility, international partnership development, transnational education, and the internationalisation of the University’s teaching curricula and extra-curricula programmes; Overseeing the University’s engagement with its overseas student and alumni communities, stakeholders and supporters; Representing the University in international networks, and working alongside local, regional and national government, business and third sector organisations to promote the University’s interests and standing on the international stage.

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