Learning for, in and with society

Drawing inspiration from the EUA vision for 2030, “Universities without walls”, this event will explore the various links between the societal responsibility of higher education and universities’ learning and teaching activities. It will address learning from three perspectives:

  • For society, because there are many ways in which universities can have and demonstrate their impact as learning institutions in service to society, for example through community-based learning and open education.
  • In society, because universities can only truly serve society if higher education is based on a comprehensive, agile and forward-looking understanding of learning and skills needs, for example in the form of authentic learning.
  • With society, because universities need the exchange and engagement of all stakeholders and their broader community, for example through co-curricular and other co-creative approaches to learning and teaching, in order to understand and address current and upcoming learning needs.

Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the Forum provides a platform for discussion on how universities enhance learning and teaching. It is an ideal event for vice-rectors for academic affairs, deans, and management involved in learning and teaching. It also welcomes researchers, teachers, students, policy makers and other stakeholders in higher education.


Welcome from the Rector

2021 04 29 km rektorwahl 4I am very happy to welcome the participants of the EUA Learning and Teaching Forum 2024 to Bochum. Since the foundation of Ruhr University Bochum, 58 years ago, teaching has been of special importance at this university. As first institution of higher learning in the Ruhr Area, it brought university education to this region. Constant innovation and a special responsibility to help also non-traditional students to succeed have been hallmarks of learning and teaching at Ruhr University.

During the last two decades, learning and teaching at Ruhr University became much more focussed on students’ needs, for example by focussing on digitalization and internationalization. Our students became more actively involved in the development of teaching and learning; and the spread of digitalization and the development of our recent sustainability strategy (Sustainable RUB 2030) are only two of the fields where students have been instrumental. RUB has been spearheading digital self-assessments and e-learning for well over 20 years and the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic led to a further digitalisation push. In addition, the European Council's initiative to strengthen strategic partnerships between higher education institutions across Europe helped us to form the European University of Cities in Post-industrial Transition (UNIC) with 9 partner universities in all parts of Europe.

The European Universities Initiative has importantly contributed to the networking between higher education institutions across Europe. Events such as the Learning and Teaching Forum of the European University Alliance promote the exchange on learning and teaching-related issues not just within and across alliances but throughout the whole of Europe and beyond.

The subject of the Learning & Teaching Forum in 2024 "Learning for, in and with society" focuses on the EUA vision for 2030, which aims at "Universities without walls." It puts the links between university education and social responsibility in the spotlight. This very timely vision creates special demands on teaching. I am pleased that this particular focus topic is being discussed in Bochum, as it is also a focus at Ruhr University and at our university alliance UNIC.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Martin Paul, Rector of Ruhr University Bochum


About the University

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Ruhr Universität was founded in 1965 as the first academic institution in the north-western industrial region of Germany in Bochum. Today the university is at the centre of one of Europe’s largest science hubs and offers academic education, innovative research, and transfer activities far beyond the region’s borders.

More than 41,000 students are enrolled at 21 faculties at Ruhr University. This makes it one of the ten largest universities in Germany. 630 soccer fields could be set up on the 4.5-km² campus. 6,360 members of staff make Ruhr University the largest employer in our city.

For students, Ruhr University is an attractive place to study. It offers a broad range of subjects and allows students to combine them in flexible ways. In 2010, teachers and students worked together to develop an overall vision for the development of Learning and Teaching at Ruhr Universität. This mission statement is currently updated by students and teachers.

Research-based learning is the overall teaching philosophy that offers students increasing independence and responsibility for their own learning processes. Digitalisation is fully integrated into Learning and Teaching for more than 20 years. As an additional feature, the third mission of universities is increasingly shaping our teaching approach. Our engagement in the university alliance UNIC is a vivid example for this, as the ten partner universities in UNIC work hand-in-hand with their cities to aid their students to develop into change agents and engaged citizens for our cities’ futures.


About Bochum

Bochum 2 RUB Marquard CopyUntil the middle of the 19th century, the city of Bochum was an agrarian town. In the second half of the 19th century Bochum, like the whole Ruhr Area, turned into a center of coal mining and steel production.

Severely destroyed at the end of World War Two, mining and steel were instantly revived afterwards. Yet, with their decline in the 1960s, the city underwent major structural changes with all the accompanying side effects of unemployment, financial challenges and anxiety.

Today, Bochum is the science hotspot in the Ruhr region - nine academic institutions in higher education, around 60,000 students and almost 10,000 employees stand for a unique academic diversity.

Thanks to its many museums and exhibitions, Bochum holds many opportunities for art lovers to discover and marvel at. With three art museums and numerous important contemporary sculptures, Bochum is exceptional as a city of art.

Bochum is equally well known for its theatre, the Schauspielhaus, hosting one of Germany's most renowned acting companies, and for the VFL Bochum, a well-known soccer club in the German Premier League (Bundesliga). Its gastronomic venues in the so called Bermuda3eck (Bermuda Triangle) makes Bochum the centre for nightlife in the Ruhr area.

The call for contributions for the 2024 European Learning & Teaching Forum is now closed. Authors will be informed from late November onwards whether their contribution has been selected for presentation at the Forum.

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 13 December 2023. 

The final deadline for registration is 24 January 2024.

Registration fees


 (until 13 December)

 (from 13 December) 

  •  EUA members

Please consult the member directory to know whether your institution is a EUA member.



  •  EUA Member - group registration -15%

Group registration includes group of 3 to 7 participants from the same EUA member university. To benefit from this discount, a student must be included in the group.



  •  Non-members (academic/public sector)

This category includes higher education institutions, public authorities and NGOs.



  •  Non-members (industry/private sector)



  •  Students

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.



  • Breakout session speakers (reduced fee)

This category applies only to people who have submit an application through the call and have been selected.




The registration fee includes attendance at the Forum, coffee breaks, lunches and the Forum dinner on Thursday, 8 February 2024. 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. 

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.

If a cancellation is received on or before 3 January 2024 an administration charge of 30% of the registration fee remains due. Any refunds will be made after the conference. Participants who cancel after 3 January 2024 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. Cancellations or changes must be sent in writing to the following email address: ltforum@eua.eu.


Neither EUA nor the Rurh University Bochum 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 Events Team at ltforum@eua.eu.

The event will be hosted at the following address:

Ruhr University Bochum - Conference center
Universitätsstraße 150,
44801 Bochum, Germany

For more information on how to get to the venue and practicalities for the Forum, please consult this document on how to get around the campus and things to know about the forum and its venue.


About Accommodation

In order to make a reservation at any of the recommended hotels, please send an email to the hotel you wish to book and follow the registration process.

Acora Bochum Living in the City
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B&B Hotel Bochum-City
Standard room : 75,50€ incl. breakfast
Registration process: please use the reg number 802205 and mention “EUA Learning&Teaching Forum”

GHOTEL Hotel & Living Bochum
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Hotel Claudius
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Ibis Bochum Zentrum
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Ibis Styles Hauptbahnhof  
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