Universities must actively look to the future to identify threats and opportunities. This closely relates to a key element of universities' existing role within society, whereby they both identify and influence a wide range of changes happening in the world around us. Over the past decade, many have experienced profound institutional- and system-level reforms, and they continue to change as challenges evolve and new opportunities arise. Questions surrounding the future of our planet, societies and economies drive these changes.
As the university sector takes ownership of this debate, EUA has developed its own vision about what Europe's universities should look like in 2030.
Renewal and transformation are present at various levels, be it institutional, societal or political. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated certain aspects of these developments.
At the European level, political interest in universities has increased in recent years and EUA has been a major player in the debate. In 2017-2018, the European Universities Initiative (EUI) put universities and higher education high on the European agenda. Specifically, the EUI has focused on the development of transnational university alliances as a cornerstone of a future European Education Area. More recently, a much broader debate on the future of universities has emerged. In this context, EUA is actively looking towards the institutional transformation needed to advance towards shared goals, such as innovative learning and teaching, Open Science and Open Access.
As a next step, EUA is engaging in the debate about “Universities and the future of Europe”. In its work to shape this future, the Association will explore what kind of European framework and means of cooperation universities need to best fulfil their missions in an ever-changing world.
This seminal document is the result of extensive consultations and deliberations with EUA members and partners over a six-month period in 2020. It sets out a vision of resilient and effective universities, serving Europe’s societies towards a better future.
EUA Strategic Plan
The need for strong universities has never been greater in addressing societal challenges. The Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, resource scarcity, ageing populations, migration and managing artificial intelligence are among the many examples of areas where universities have a major impact.
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EUA member RWTH Aachen University will launch its new virtual event series "The New Fiction of Good Science - Talking About...". EUA President Michael Murphy will participate in the first edition “Talking About... How Universities Positively Shape Social Change”, which will be made available on 29...view more
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EUA member in Poland, Wroclaw University of Economics and Business (WUEB), published its 2030 Strategy report outlining the circumstances that explain the university’s understanding of the future functioning of WUEB, its vision and mission, strategic priorities, and the iterative mechanism of...view more
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The European University Alliance E³UDRES² (Engaged and Entrepreneurial European University as Driver for European Smart and Sustainable Regions) celebrates its official Online Opening Conference “Towards Future Universities for Smart and Sustainable Regions” on 22-23 March 2021, from 13:00 to...view more
The Eurasian Universities Union (EURAS) organises the Eurasia Higher Education (EURIE) Summit on 3 – 5 March 2021. This year’s EURIE Summit will be held virtually and will count with the presence of the European University Association in two sessions: EUA President Michael Murphywill...view more
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