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Mobility testimonials

Going on a Unite! mobility makes a great life and professional experience.

If you're looking for some inspiration or need to feel assured you will gain a lot from going abroad, read the testimonials of colleagues who have moved within the Unite! partner universities.

And thanks to them for sharing! 


Thomas Draschbacher

PostDoc @ TUGraz

Host university:  KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Kind of mobility:  staff training

What did you do?

My stay had three major goals:

  • Working together on research projects and papers with the colleagues from KTH INDEK
  • Starting our Unite! Seed Fund Research project together with KTH Stockholm and Aalto University
  • Getting to know the world of academia outside of my home university
What made you choose a Unite! partner?

I think what really is the value of the Unite! university is the fact that for any collaboration among Unite! universities, you do not have to build contacts and infrastructure from scratch. Instead, you can leverage the structures and procedures of the Unite! university alliance. Additionally, the many different opportunities for young researchers in the Unite! network can be considered as complementary vehicles: the more of them you engage in, the more value you can draw from it for your own work.  

Unite! & you

To be honest, I only knew that Unite! existed and that TU Graz had become a member in 2022. I did not know anything about the opportunities that Unite! offers. 

During my stay and afterwards, I feel like an ambassador for the possibilities that Unite! offers. Both at my home and my guest university, I have discovered that most people have never heard of the alliance or, if they have heard of it, they do not know any details. For that reason, I now try to spread the word and the positive spirit of the alliance at every occasion.

What are your expectations for Unite?

What I really like about Unite! is that the great people who work on the development of the alliance totally understand that cooperation activities at universities need a bottom up instead of a top down approach. For that reason, I expect Unite! to keep fostering grassroots initiatives for cooperation among students and junior researchers. Once these people have experienced the benefits of intercultural exchange and collaboration, they will become ambassadors of this great cause themselves. This will  make Unite! fly!


Joana Salgueira

International Affairs Officer @ Universidade de Lisboa

Host university:  Wroclaw University of Science and Technology

Kind of mobility:  staff training

What did you do?

I used an Erasmus+ Staff Training scholarship to participate in the Night-time Letter Writing event. The idea is that this event will be replicated at all universities in 2024.

What made you choose a Unite! partner?

In this case it was an activity (Night-time Letter Writing Event) offered within the Unite! Alliance.

What did you do?

I used an Erasmus+ Staff Training scholarship to participate in the Night-time Letter Writing event. The idea is that this event will be replicated at all universities in 2024.

What are your expectations for Unite?

I hope that in a near future all institutions can have clearer and easier connections based on the work all the communities within Unite! have done until now.


Davide Papurello

Assistant Prof. @ Politecnico di Torino

Host university:  TU Graz

Kind of mobility:  Individual mobility – teaching activity and planning the next research activity

What did you do?

Together with my colleagues from TU Graz we planned our teaching activity having to conduct a virtual course next March. We produced the material and presentations for the course. During that week, we also planned the research activity for our next project.

What did you gain?

Practical skills and a close partnership with the TUG Sturm’s group.Thanks to the partnership with TUG, we planned a research project with TU Da and WUST.

What made you choose a Unite! partner?

The possibility to gain new skills. The partnership with important universities already connected inside the alliance.

What are your expectations for Unite?

To acquire expertise and have the opportunity to collaborate with other universities within the alliance.


Yvonne Völkl

Researcher @ TU Graz

Host university:  Universidade de Lisboa

Kind of mobility:  staff training

What did you do?

We discussed our respective projects and laid the foundations for future collaboration in a research proposal that was submitted afterwards. I was also able to use the host institution's research facilities to advance my research.

What did you gain from this experience?

I got to know several colleagues at the host institution and gained valuable insights into their research activities and methods. In our conversations, we were able to learn from and advise each other, build mutual confidence, and discuss possible future cooperation opportunities.

What made you choose a Unite! partner?

I was eager to use the opportunity for networking with an Unite! partner knowing from experience that staff mobilities can result in constructive cooperation.  

What are your expectations for Unite?

I think that the initiative has the potential to lead to solid support networks and long-term research collaborations. 


Anja Spangenberg

Secretary and member of staff council @ TU Darmstadt

Host university:  IST Lisboa

Kind of mobility:  individual training mobility

What did you do?

I delved into all aspects of personnel at IST ranging from recruitment to personnel administration and processes of professional development.

What made you choose a Unite! partner?

The wish to build a network on the administrative level – assistance, secretary or as they are name in Portugal “higher technicians”. We can learn a lot from one another as i.e. the processes of digitalisation.

Unite! & you

​As Darmstadt is very active in the project of Unite! I obviously had a good chance to follow its start and activities (before I went to IST Lisboa). Afterwards,  As it was my first personal contact within Unite! it increased my interest in following the activities, specifically if they include the level of secretaries and office personnel.


What are your expectations for Unite?

A European view on the development of universities which offers the chance to pick the best ideas and spread them.