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Who we are
EUA is governed by three main bodies:
  • A Board elected for four years, comprising nine current or former rectors, including a President and two Vice-Presidents who constitute the Presidency. 
  • A Council constituted by the presidents of the national rectors’ conferences.
  • The General Assembly elects the President and Board and determines the strategic direction of the association.
EUA's Secretariat based in Brussels and Geneva, managed by the Secretary General, ensures the daily management and implementation of all EUA's activities.

The Presidency is comprised of the President and the two Vice-Presidents. The President holds office for four years and is not eligible for re-election. The Vice-Presidents deputise for the President in his absence.


Prof. Rolf Tarrach, University of Luxembourg


Prof. Martine Rahier, University of Neuchâtel

The Board is comprised of the President and eight members (including the Vice-Presidents), who are current or former rectors. The Board meets at least three times a year and is responsible for the preparation and implementation of the association's policy and the planning of its activities.


The Council is comprised of the President, the members of the Board, and the chairpersons or nominated representatives of all the full collective members of the association, as listed below.

Council members

  • Austria Prof. Oliver Vitouch, President, Universities Austria  
  • Belgium Prof. Yvon Englert, President, Rectors’ Conference, French Community of Belgium
  • Belgium Prof. Luc De Schepper, President, Flemish Interuniversity Council
  • Croatia Prof. Simun Anđelinovic, President, Croatian Rectors’ Conference
  • Cyprus Prof. Kostas Gouliamos, President, Cyprus Rectors’ Conference
  • Czech Republic Prof. Tomáš Zima, President, Permanent Representative, Czech Rectors Conference
  • Denmark Prof. Anders Overgaard Bjarklev, President, Technical University of Denmark
  • Estonia Prof Tiit Land, President, Universities Estonia
  • Finland Prof. Jouko Niinimäki, President, Universities Finland - UNIFI
  • France Prof. Gilles Roussel, President, Conference of University Presidents
  • Germany Prof. Horst Hippler, President, German Rectors’ Conference
  • Greece Prof. Pericles Mitkas, Rector, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Prof. Venetsana Kyriazopoulou, Rector, University of Patras
  • Holy See Prof. fr. Mauro Mantovani, President, Conference of Rectors of Roman Pontifical Universities
  • Hungary Prof. József Bódis, President, Hungarian Rectors’ Conference
  • Iceland Prof. Jon Atli Benediktsson, President, National Rectors’ Conference in Iceland 
  • Ireland Dr Michael Murphy, Representative, Irish Universities Association
  • Italy Prof. Gaetano Manfredi, President, Conference of Italian University Rectors  
  • Latvia Prof. Arvids Barševskis, President, Latvian Rectors’ Council
  • Lithuania Prof. Juozas Augutis, President, Lithuanian University Rectors’ Conference 
  • Luxembourg Prof. Rainer Klump, President, University of Luxembourg
  • The Netherlands Dr Karl Dittrich, President, Association of Universities in the Netherlands
  • Norway Prof. Vidar L. Haanes, President, Norwegian Association for Higher Education Institutions
  • Poland Prof. Jan Szmidt, President, Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland
  • Portugal Prof. António Cunha, President, Portuguese National Conference of Rectors
  • Romania Prof. Sorin Cimpeanu, President, Romanian Council of Rectors
  • Serbia Prof. Vladimir Bumbasirevic, President, Conference of the Universities of Serbia
  • Slovak Republic Prof. Rudolf Kropil, President, Slovak Rectors’ Conference
  • Slovenia Prof. Dragan Marušič, President, Slovenian Rectors’ Conference
  • Spain Prof. Segundo Píriz Durán, President, The Conference of the Rectors of the Spanish Universities
  • Sweden Prof. Helen Dannetun, President, Association of Swedish Higher Education
  • Switzerland Prof. Michael Hengartner, President, swissuniversities
  • Turkey Prof. Yekta Sarac, President, Turkish University Rectors’ Conference
  • United Kingdom Dame Julia Goodfellow, President, Universities UK
General Assembly 2011
Photo: Lars Kruse/AU Kommunikation

The General Assembly is comprised of all full members and associate members. The General Assembly meets at least once per year with only full members being entitled to vote. A full list of EUA members is available from the EUA members’ directory

EUA members can download documents related to the General Assembly through the EUA Community which can be accessed through the EUA homepage.

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