This online event focused on the upcoming European Strategy for Universities and its interplay with system-level reform processes. It brought together university representatives, European policy makers, representatives of national ministries and other stakeholders in higher education and research. The aim was to discuss how European policies and programmes interact with national reform processes, pushing forward system transformation as we head towards 2030.
Expected for January 2022, the European Strategy for Universities as announced by the European Commission, aims to support university transformation by fostering synergies between university missions through related EU policies, programmes and national reforms. This strategy comes in a context of reform discussions, also in connection to the Next Generation EU recovery and resilience plans. Both national and European levels are key to improve the framework conditions for universities across Europe and enable them to best serve society and achieve the vision of open, engaged and autonomous institutions as set out in “EUA’s Universities without walls – A vision for 2030”.
Topics discussed at the online event were:
These and many more issues were addressed in three online sessions featuring examples of European policies, national reforms and perspectives from universities across Europe.
The recording of this online event is available via EUA's YouTube Channel.
14.00-14.45 Opening session
14.45 – 15.30 Panel 1 - Synergies between higher education, research and innovation: policies, programmes and practice
15.30 – 15.45 Break
15.45 - 16.30 Panel 2 - Fostering recovery and resilience: the role of national plans in university system reforms
16.30 – 17.15 Panel 3 - The future of transnational university collaboration: how to overcome system-level barriers
17.15-17.30 Closing remarks by Amanda Crowfoot, EUA Secretary General