ERUA First Annual Summit

Reimagine European higher education with us!

2-4 December 2021 (online)

Hosted by New Bulgarian University

Main Objectives

  • Bring together the ERUA community to foster acquaintance and strengthen collaboration between participants from all the partner universities
  • Promote ERUA’s mission, vision and objectives
  • Offer an opportunity for discussion and sharing to all actors and stakeholders of the European higher education area. The ERUA community is open and eager to welcome academics, administrative staff, students, and doctoral candidates, as well as external experts and other stakeholders to re-imagine together a new model of Reform University

Summit Schedule (CET Time)

2 December (Thursday)

09:00 – Executive Committee (Internal Alliance Meeting)

12:00 – Break

• Welcome speech by ERUA coordinator
• Welcome speech by the Rectors of the Alliance
• Greeting letter by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
• General ERUA presentation: A Reform University model – ERUA Project coordinator
• RE:ERUA presentation: An Engagement Strategy for research and innovation
• Student representative speech: Students role, vision and expectation in a co-creation process
• Testimonial by academics, administrative staff, students

14:30 – Break

Our task is to rethink and strengthen European reform universities. As part of this, WP2 Reimagining Higher Education and Research is collecting and comparing information about the universities in ERUA and beyond. This workshop is dedicated to the efforts of the WP2 student group, which has the main responsibility for data collection. We want to listen to the participants’ articulations of reform university ideas, and how we – the WP2 student group – can help support the realization of these ideas.

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16:30 – Break

The workshop aims to increase knowledge within the alliance on joint programmes through sharing of experiences in a “peer learning” format. This will support the alliance’s reflection on the ERUA joint programmes to develop in the future.

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3 December (Friday)

Empowering higher education communities across Europe: Creating educational pathways and social cohesion in the light of lived multilingualism.

This interactive workshop will give voices and space to explore strategies and opportunities for the development of European educational and research communities in the light of European linguistic diversity. ERUA student and staff community aims and actions will be presented and discussed with the audience in the context of a science slam battle on the theme of “Creating linguistic and historical individual and world knowledge in our minds and communities”.

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11:00 – Break

The objective of the workshop is to discuss among the partners of ERUA & ERUA University communities:

• Тhe latest trends in the digital transformation in the service sector, with reference to Universities & Research and how Universities are engaging in digital transformation today;
• Тhe links between Innovation and Sustainability, in the context of Higher Education & Society and how ERUA itself is engaging Students in our Societies.

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14:00 – University Council (Internal Alliance Meeting)

16:00 – Break

  • Short report from the workshops
  • Ask our Rectors and coordinators
  • Signature of the ERUA Sustainable Development protocol
  • Dance performance by NBU students
  • Closing speech by ERUA Project coordinator
  • Music performance by NBU students

4 December (Saturday)

10:00 – Advisory Board (Internal Alliance Meeting)

Ready to Attend?

Deadline for registration: December 1, 2021

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