"Active Campus Europe" Launched

26/01/2017

On January 24, 2017, the European health project was officially inaugurated. It is led by RWTH Aachen through the University Sports Center.

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On January 24, Professor Doris Klee, Vice-Rector for Human Resources Management and Development at RWTH Aachen University, welcomed the 25 project participants representing 16 universities from seven European nations.

The launch of the project was celebrated in the Provincial Government Building in Maastricht – the building in which the Maastricht Treaty was signed 25 years ago. Present at the event were the governor of the Province of Limburg and Maastricht University’s Vice-Rector for Education, Harm Hospers.

In her welcome address, Professor Klee emphasized RWTH Aachen’s commitment to corporate health management, whose implementation is supported by the University Sports Center.

For the second time now, the University has succeeded in acquiring a major health project. Between 2009 and 2011, RWTH Aachen received funding from the national in form initiative for the project “Health Promotion and Prevention for Students and Staff Through Sports Activities,” developed in collaboration with the universities of Potsdam, Paderborn, and Wuppertal.

Based on this project, RWTH Aachen developed a new concept idea and, together with 15 universities, applied for funding from the Erasmus+ program. Again, despite facing strong competition at the European level, the application was approved and full funding granted. Professor Klee congratulated Peter Lynen, the head of the University Sports Center, for the success in the funding competition.

The project participants seek to develop a best practice manual for university sports in Europe and develop a program of activities for individuals not active in sports.