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The Knowledge-Sharing Platform

November 7, 2019

1st meeting of the European Universities

Location / Venue: Square Convention Center, Glass Entrance, Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussel, Belgium
Organiser: European Commission

On 7 November, the higher education institutions forming the initial European Universities will come together for the first time to explore the benefits and opportunities created by this new initiative. The event will also be open to other universities and provide an open forum for discussions about the higher education landscape of the future. Participants will hear representatives of the first European Universities alliances present their strategies, learn about the upcoming second call for proposals in this pilot phase and have an opportunity to share their thoughts on the future of the initiative.

This event will mark nearly two years since the European Council called on Member States and EU institutions to start building a true European Education Area. The European Universities initiative is a key pillar of this project. At the end of June this year, the Commission selected the first 17 European Universities, which are starting their joint activities this autumn. The second call for proposals is due to be launched before the end of the year.



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.

14:15 - 15:30 | Information session: European Universities Initiative 2020 call for proposals

15:30 - 16:00 | Coffee break

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

  • European Commissioner responsible for higher education.

16:15 - 17:45 | Panel discussions on the transformative role of the European Universities Initiative

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

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