The primary objective of the Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN) is to strengthen and develop cooperation in the area of scientific research, academic education and service to society among a cluster of highly -ranked, young universities in Europe on an equal basis and for their common benefit.

The members of this university network have a number of key values in common:

  • an orientation towards creative, innovative and outstanding scientific research;
  • a responsibility towards a global, fair, solidarity minded, multicultural, and diverse society;
  • a commitment to internationalisation;
  • a focus on teaching quality and quality assurance; and,
  • an emphasis on graduate employability.


  1. Work together to have young research universities influence RESEARCH POLICIES in Europe and, in particular, under the EU funding programmes for Research and Innovation.
  2. Conduct activities to generate RESEARCH COLLABORATION in fields of common interest with social and/or economic impact and especially within the scope of EU Research and Innovation Programmes.
  3. Enhance ACADEMIC EXCHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES of academics and professional services staff and students among the Network.
  4. Establish KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE on best practice in university governance and organization.
  5. Establish DUAL, MULTIPLE OR JOINT INTERNATIONAL DEGREE PROGRAMMES: Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. programmes.


The Network is run by the General Assembly, formed by the Rectors/Presidents/Vice-Chancellors of the university members of the Network.

The university member of the Network should be included, or have been included at least for one year, in the QS ranking Top 50 under 50 or the THE ranking 100 under 50. They must be committed to keeping the spirit and mission that brought them to the ranking in the first place.

The admission of new members has to be approved by the General Assembly, upon proposal of the Executive Board or of at least three members of the Network.


YERUN Members


The president is Prof. Juan Romo from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Executive board


YERUN Office
Rue de Trône, 62
1050- Brussels
Contact – Ms Silvia Gomez Recio, secretarygeneral@yerun.eu