Guild Forum on European Universities: Towards a new vision for Europe's higher education sector
Join us for a debate on the next steps for European University alliances with Director-General Themis Christophidou, other representatives of the European Commission, and selected alliances. The event will be followed by a networking reception.
The European University initiative has triggered substantial enthusiasm, energy and creativity amongst universities, inspiring national leaders, ministries, university staff and students alike. Following the success of the first pilot call, how can we ensure that European University alliances deliver on their ambitious objectives? The Guild Forum will discuss how this initiative can help accelerate institutional change and help universities retain their position amongst the best in the world. It will explore how can EU programmes and Member States support alliances in delivering on their joint strategy. Given the extensive efforts that are being devoted to this initiative across Europe, this Forum will address a crucial question: can European Universities transform the higher education sector for good?
Panellists will address key issues of academic concern:
- Innovative strategies for bringing together education, research and innovation, including creating meaningful links between the European Research Area and the European Education Area
- New impulses for how alliances can increase benefits to their local economies and regions, while at the same time articulating the societal value of science to the wider public.
- Examining how partners from outside of the EU/EEA can bring added value to the alliances' vision, given the complexity of building trust and creating effective governance models within European Universities.
Director-General Themis Christophidou
Director-General for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, DG EAC; European Commission
Minister Valérie Glatigny
Federation Wallonia-Brussels; Belgium
Prof. Vincent Blondel
Chair of The Guild and Rector of the University of Louvain
Sophia Eriksson Waterschoot
Director for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, DG EAC; European Commission
Head of Academic R&I and Research organisations Unit, DG RTD; European Commission
Head of Unit, Innovation and EIT, DG EAC; European Commission
Prof. dr. hab. Stanisław Kistryn
Vice-Rector for Research and Structural Funds, Jagiellonian University, UNA Europa
Prof. Stuart Croft
Vice- Chancellor and President of the University of Warwick, EUTOPIA
Prof. Dr. Martin Paul
President of Maastricht University, YUFE
Prof. Antoine Cazé
Vice-President for International Relations, Université de Paris, Circle U.
Prof. Dr. Monique Scheer
Vice-President of International Affairs, University of Tübingen, CIVIS
Dr. Klaus Birk
Director, Erasmus+ Agency Higher Education, DAAD
Prof. Jan Palmowski
Secretary-General, The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities
13h30 // 14h00 REGISTRATION AND WELCOME DRINKS
14h00 // 14h10 OPENING REMARKS BY RECTOR VINCENT BLONDEL
14h10 // 14h30 KEYNOTE SPEECH BY DIRECTOR-GENERAL THEMIS CHRISTOPHIDOU
14h30 // 14h45 ADDRESS BY MINISTER GLATIGNY, FEDERATION WALLONIA-BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
14h45 // 18h00 THREE PANEL DISCUSSIONS FOLLOWED BY AUDIENCE Q&A
18h00 NETWORKING RECEPTION