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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.

While 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.

Through 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.

For updates follow #EUALearnTeach on Twitter or join the LinkedIn group ‘Learning & Teaching in European Higher Education’.


Welcome from the rector

Since 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.



The University of Deusto

The 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.

The 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.

Beyond 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.

The 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.




A 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.

The 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.

Finally, 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.









© University of Deusto

The Forum will be of interest to vice-rectors for academic affairs, deans, programme directors, academic staff and researchers focusing on learning and teaching. The Forum also welcomes the participation of students, policy makers and other stakeholders in higher education.

The early registration deadline is 12 January 2022

The overall deadline for registration is 2 February 2022.

Registration fees


(until 12 January) 

(from 13 January)  

 EUA members



 Non-members (academic/public sector)*  



 Non-members (industry/private sector)







*This category includes higher education institutions, public authorities and NGOs.
**If you select this category, the EUA Events Team will contact you so that you can provide an "EUA Student Certificate form", which has to be signed and stamped by your institution's secretariat.

The registration fee includes attendance at the Forum, coffee breaks, lunches and the Forum dinner on Thursday, 17 February 2022. Participant fees do not cover travel, accommodation expenses.

EUA aims to ensure the participation of all members who wish to attend EUA events. However, each event has a limited capacity, and to guarantee a fair balance amongst countries and institutions, EUA may have to restrict attendance. As a result, EUA reserves the right to refuse registrations if there are too many participants from one institution. Priority will be given to those who register early. EUA will not be able to accept additional registrations once the event is full, even if this occurs before the registration deadline. 

Covid-19 rules
As the first EUA physical event since March 2020, EUA reserves the right to modify the programme according to the sanitary situation at the time of the event and the number of registrants to the Forum. Measures will be taken according to the Spanish regulations at the time of the event. Please consult this tab to know more about conditions/restrictions to enter Spain.

Please note that by filling in the registration form for an event you agree to full payment of the registration fees. Your registration will be confirmed by email. Please wait for your confirmation before making any further arrangements.

Registrations will not be processed without payment. Payment has to be made upon confirmation and prior to the event by bank transfer or by credit card. The participant assumes full responsibility for paying all bank charges associated with the payment.

Cancellation is free of charge for the early bird period, which ends on 12 January 2022From 13 January to 26 January 2022 included, cancellations are still possible, but an administrative fee of 30% of the registration fee remains due. Any refunds will be made after the conference. Participants who cancel after 26 January 2022 or fail to attend, will be liable to pay the entire registration fee. Substitutes will be accepted at any time, provided that EUA is informed of the change. EUA advises participants to ensure that they are covered by their own organisation’s insurance policy. 

Cancellations or changes must be sent in writing to the following email address: events@eua.eu.

Neither EUA nor the University of Deusto will be liable for any losses, accidents or damage to persons or objects, regardless of the cause. Participants attend the Forum and all related events at their own risk and responsibility.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the EUA coordination team at events@eua.eu.


The Forum will take place at:

University of Deusto
“La Literaria” building
Unibertsitate Etorb., 24
48007 Bilbao
Bizkaia, Spain

Social programme

More information on the dinner venue of 17 February will follow shortly.


For more information on how to get to the venue and practicalities for the Forum, please consult this document.

Block reservations for participants have been made at special rates in hotels of different categories for the period of the Forum.

Hotels are to be booked by the participant directly on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that rates are only valid for reservations directly made through the agency mentioned below. Participants are advised to make their hotel reservations as soon as possible. Please note the deadline for the rooms blocked at each hotel in order to ensure your booking.

Please consult the map with the location of the Forum venue and the hotels that are listed below.

Hotels in Bilbao

Single room   

Double room   

Deadline for the rooms blocked   

Mercure Jardines de Albia 4*    



December 10

Hesperia Bilbao 4*



January 1

Barceló Nervión 4*



January 15

Catalonia Gran Vía 4*



December 1

Vincci Consulado 4*



January 15

NH Bilbao Deusto 3*



January 14



  • Hotels subject to availability when confirming the booking
  • Prices are shown per night, including breakfast (VAT included)
  • The hotels reserve the right to change rates after the deadline for the rooms blocked 
  • Important note: the booking will not be confirmed until the payment is made



Bookings must be made through Nautalia Travel Agency to be eligible for the special rates.

To proceed with the booking, please, send an email to deusto@nautaliaempresas.es with the following information:

  • Indicate the reference 2022 EUA FORUM
  • Name and surname
  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Passport/DNI
  • Postal address to be shown on the payment invoice
  • Payment method: by credit card or bank transfer (after receiving this information the travel agency will contact you with the instructions on how to proceed with the payment)

Other types of accommodation: see Bilbao Turismo webpage

According to the Spain Travel Health website of the Spanish Health Ministry: from 7 June 2021 all passengers arriving to Spain by plane, train, bus or car from this list of countries that are qualified as being risk countries for Coronavirus, must present one of the following certificates to enter Spain:

  1. A negative COVID test certificate for a COVID test taken within 48 hours of your arrival to Spain. COVID tests accepted: NAAT tests, e.g.: RT-PCR tests, RT-LAMP tests, TMA and rapid antigen tests.
  2. Or a certificate that prooves you had a full COVID-19 vaccination 14 days before entering Spain with one of the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency. The list of vaccines valid in Europe and to enter Spain can be found on the European Medicines Agency official website of the European Union.
  3. Or a certificate of immunity after having recovered from COVID-19. The certificate of recovery are valid from day 11 after your first positive NAAT test result and up to 180 days, which equalts to approximately 6 months.

Before travelling to Spain by plane, passengers need -  in addition to one of the three certificates mentioned above - to fill in the Spain Travel Health form. From 48 hours before the flight you can send the form – which included a prove of vaccination/negative test result - to the health authorities. Once sent you will receive an email with a QR code that will allow you to access the destination airport.

Click here for additional information on how to fill in the form.

During the event, necessary sanitary measures will be taken following the Covid protocol established by the host.

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