European Universities are transnational alliances promoting European values, and working to revolutionise the quality and competitiveness of European higher education. Through the initiative, the Commission is making a key contribution to building the universities of the future.

7 November 2019

Brussels, Belgium

 

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Building the universities of the future

The European Commission invites you to join its event on the European Universities Initiative on 7 November 2019, from 14:00 to 18:00, at SQUARE - Brussels Convention Centre, Place du Mont Des Arts, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

European Universities are transnational alliances promoting European values, and working to revolutionise the quality and competitiveness of European higher education. Through the initiative, the Commission is making a key contribution to building the universities of the future.

Ministers, representatives of the 17 European Universities, students and academics will explore a range of topics related to the future of higher education at the event, including:

  • the need for the next generation of students, teachers and researchers to find solutions to contemporary societal challenges
  • preparing young people for the jobs and society of the future
  • accelerating the transformation of Europe's higher education institutions to ensure their quality, inclusiveness and international competitiveness

The event will include an information session on the second call for proposals for the European Universities Initiative, due to be launched this autumn. This will be complemented by a closed morning dialogue with the selected European Universities and an informal dinner between EU ministers responsible for higher education.

Background

The event will mark nearly two years since the Gothenburg Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth of November 2017 and the European Council meeting of December 2017. At the latter, EU Heads of State and Government called on member states, the Council and the Commission to continue to work towards the creation of a European Education Area by 2025.

Since then, progress towards this vision has continued with the European Universities Initiative inspiring higher education institutions across the EU. 

Different models for cooperation are currently being tested through two calls for proposals under the Erasmus+ programme.

Programme

13:00 - 14:00 | Registration

14:00 - 14:15 | Welcome

  • Themis Christophidou - Director-General, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC), European Commission.

15:30 - 16:00 | Coffee break

16:00 - 16:15 | Introduction to the panel discussions

  • European Commissioner responsible for higher education.

17:45 - 18:00 | Closing remarks by Hanna Kosonen, Finnish Minister for Science and Culture

Blaženka Divjak

Minister of Science and Education, Croatia.

Biography

Hanna Kosonen

Minister of Science and Culture, Finland.

Biography

Manuel Heitor

Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal.

Biography

Astrid Soderbergh Widding

President, Stockholm University, CIVIS alliance, representing the CIVIS European University

Biography

Costas Georgiades

Student, Maastricht University, representing the YUFE European University

Biography

Daniela Trani

Managing Director of the Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE)

Biography

Eugenijus Valatka

Rector of Kaunas University of Technology, representing the ECIU European University

Biography

Gohar Hovhannisyan

Vice-President, European Students’ Union (ESU).

Biography

Jean Chambaz

President of Sorbonne, representing the 4EU+ European University

Biography

Joan Elias

Rector, University of Barcelona, CHARM-EU European University.

Biography

José A. Muñoz-Cueto

Rector’s Delegate University of Cádiz & Coordinator of the SEA-EU European University

Biography

Kostis Giannidis

President of the Erasmus Student Network

Biography

Michael Murphy

President of the European University Association (EUA)

Biography

Petra Schaper Rinkel

Vice-Rector for Digitalisation, University of Graz, representing the ARQUS European University

Biography

Sophie Beernaerts

Head of Department, Erasmus+ and EU Aid Volunteers, EACEA.

Biography

Stéphane Lauwick

President of EURASHE

Biography

Themis Christophidou

Director-General, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC), European Commission.

Biography

Tiziana D'Acchille

Director of the Academy of Fine Arts of Roma, representing the EU4ART European University

Biography

Vanessa Debiais-Sainton

Head of Unit B1 - Higher education policies and programmes, DG EAC.

Biography

Wolf-Dieter Lukas

State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany.

Biography

Practical information

Date

7 November 2019

Location

Mont Des Arts, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

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