The rise of European University Networks

When French president Emmanuel Macron laid out his vision for European University networks last year, many listened with great interest. Since then, the initiative has been intensely debated in Brussels and in Member States. What can be achieved through these networks of European Universities, and what will it take to get there? How could these European University networks drive educational innovation and the quest for excellence, while being inclusive at the same time? What key principles are necessary to strengthen European integration, support European values, and develop the European identity of scientists and students. And especially, what can be learned from cross-border cooperation between universities in neighbouring countries?

This event provides an opportunity to engage with the creation of European Universities based on the latest state of play presented by the Commission. It is organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Federal and European Affairs and Regional Development of Lower Saxony, the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony and The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities.

To register please contact the Guild office at

5:00 pm

Doors open and welcome drinks

5:30 pm

Opening addresses by

Birgit Honé, Minister of Federal and European Affairs and Regional Development of Lower Saxony

Björn Thümler, Minister for Science and Cultura of Lower Saxony

5:50 pm

Introductions by

Prof. Dr. Hiltraud Casper-Hehne, Vice-President of Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, U4 Network

Francesca Maltauro, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

6:10 pm

Panel discussion with

Prof. Dr. Hiltraud Casper-Hehne, Georg-Agust-Universität Göttingen and U4

Francesca Matauro, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

Janosch Nieden, Eucor - The European Campus, Director of the Coordination Office in Strasbourg

Prof. Dr. Antonino Rotolo, University of Bologna and European University Alliance

Elmer Sterken, Rector of the University of Groningen and European Medical School

Moderated by Jan Palmowski, The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities

                                    The discussion will be followed by a reception

Published May 3, 2018 1:51 PM - Last modified May 3, 2018 6:07 PM