BEGIN:VCALENDAR PRODID:-//Microsoft Corporation//Outlook 11.0 MIMEDIR//EN VERSION:2.0 CALSCALE:GREGORIAN METHOD:PUBLISH BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20220217T000000 DTEND:20220218T000000 DTSTAMP:20211128T055045 SUMMARY:2022 European Learning & Teaching Forum DESCRIPTION:The European Learning & Teaching Forum is an EUA event that provides an opportunity for participants to meet and discuss developments in learning and teaching at European universities. The Forum builds on EUA’s work with its member universities on this topic. Alongside the bottom-up approach, the Forum makes use of EUA’s extensive policy work in European higher education. The Forum is an ideal event for vice-rectors for academic affairs, deans, and management involved in learning and teaching. It also welcomes students, policy-makers and other stakeholders in higher education.\n\nWhile the Covid-19 pandemic has posed considerable challenges to the higher education sector, it has also resulted in an innovation drive, with many universities rethinking the methods and formats that work best for their learners. In reflecting about the future, many questions remain: Looking beyond the trend of the moment, how can new technologies really enhance learning and teaching? How can digitalisation be embedded in a university’s culture in a way that serves the institution’s strategic objectives? How can the potential of digitalisation be harnessed to increase equity of access to learning? What will the implications be for internationalisation? These and many other questions will be at the heart of the event.\nThrough a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the Forum provides a platform for discussion on how universities enhance learning and teaching through digital means, while also presenting the work of the 2021 EUA Learning & Teaching Thematic Peer Groups.\nFor updates follow #EUALearnTeach on Twitter or join the LinkedIn group ‘Learning & Teaching in European Higher Education’.\n \nWelcome from the rector\nSince its inception in 1886, our university has striven to maintain its mission as an educational institution committed to the humanistic and social development of society. The University of Deusto managed to persevere through difficult economic, social and political times, keeping its mission and alma mater alive: to nurture each other and humanise the world. As a result, we now have campuses in Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria and Madrid that offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in all fields of study that embrace teaching excellence, internationalisation, diversity, inclusion and digital transformation as cross-cutting values.Today, we are going through difficult times in a world immersed in a unique scenario, dramatically shaken by a pandemic. In this context, it is particularly urgent to reflect and discuss the progress and challenges facing higher education. While these challenges already existed as the Covid-19 crisis began to unfold, they have become more evident and have demanded immediate responses. In fact, the lockdown, unexpectedly declared in mid-March 2020 in order to combat the pandemic, forced universities to urgently adapt to remote teaching; accelerating major change processes.It is therefore particularly timely to meet, reflect and discuss all the questions that challenge us all as higher education leaders in Europe. How can new technologies actually improve learning and teaching processes? The time has come to reflect, experiment and assess the benefits of digital technology in education, but always bearing in mind that technologies are a means to education, not an end.We must not let the current crisis distract us and make us forget our focus on students as main actors and drivers of change, on active listening to students. However, this does not mean that technology is not important. Rather, it means that technological transformation should help us to better respond to our challenges as a learning, educational and research organisation.\n \n \nThe University of Deusto\nThe University of Deusto was inaugurated in 1886. The concerns and cultural interest of the Basque Country in having its own university, as well as the interest of the Jesuits in establishing higher studies in some part of the Spanish State coincided in its conception. Nowadays, Bilbao is the centre of a metropolitan area with more than one million inhabitants, a city traditionally open to Europe.\nThe central headquarters of the University of Deusto is located on the opposite side of the estuary, facing the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum, an emblematic symbol of the significant transformation of Bilbao during the last three decades. In 1916, the “Universidad Comercial de Deusto” received a group of students who would be the first graduates in Economic Sciences in Spain.\nBeyond individual projects and research, which is coordinated from chairs such as Law and the Human Genome, Leisure and Disabilities, there is a clear option for the social topics of interdependency, distribution of resources, migration, human rights, development, poverty and environment, ethics and society at the university. Studies on cultural identity (individual and collective), and European integration processes are being carried out by various international research groups.\nThe institution is located on two campuses: Bilbao and San Sebastian with headquarters in Madrid and Vitoria. It counts 10,000 students, 600 professors and 1,200 invited professors. As a Jesuit University, Deusto is a part of an international network, formed by 202 educational institutions that provide a pedagogical tradition centred on the person as having essential value.\n \n \nBilbao\nA city with plenty of charisma and personality, it is traditional and avant-garde at the same time. From the narrow streets of the Casco Viejo (Old Town) to the Gran Vía and the New Bilbao, there is a whole world of history and legends that have turned the small port on the banks of the river into a world benchmark. A friendly space for those who are interested in innovation, architecture, art, technology, design, leisure, gastronomy and culture.\nThe Guggenheim Museum Bilbao kicked off a ground swell of creativity that Bilbao has successfully used to create an innovative and contemporary architectural jigsaw, both in terms of the shapes and the use of materials. These universal works offer an overview of world architecture in the first decades of the 21st Century.\nFinally, Bilbao is an international point of reference in terms of cuisine. The excellent restaurants, found throughout the city, transform good meals into an art form. Restaurants like Azurmendi, Mina and Nerua, Etxanobe and Zortziko are distinctive for their Michelin Stars - a symbol of creative gastronomy and haute cuisine.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n© University of Deusto LOCATION:University of Deusto, Bilbao, TRANSP:OPAQUE END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR