19 October 2022 | Briefing

The European Universities Initiative and system level reforms

Current challenges and considerations for the future

Anna-Lena Claeys-Kulik, Enora Bennetot Pruvot, Thomas Estermann, Thomas Jørgensen

As the European Universities Initiative moves into a new phase, EUA has taken stock of its impact thus far, notably in how it may further policy reforms that benefit transnational university cooperation more broadly.


Building on EUA’s previous work, new evidence provided by EUA’s collective members (national rectors’ conferences) and interviews conducted in the framework of the forthcoming update of EUA’s Autonomy Scorecard, this briefing explores the link between European and national system reform discussions in the context of the European Universities Initiative. In addition, the paper further structures the debate about remaining system-level challenges related to transnational university cooperation in Europe and elaborates some key considerations for the future.

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