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ESEU midterm workshop


September 16, 2023

ESEU midterm workshop


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ESEU invites policy-makers, university stakeholders, alliances and experts to discuss the way forward of a European Status for European Universities. The interactive online midterm workshop of the ESEU-project will take place online, 16 October, 10:00-12:00 CET.

During the online workshop, we will reflect on the findings of the ESEU-project so far: why do alliances need a European Status, what are the limitations of existing European instruments for transnational university cooperation, and what challenges & opportunities does the national/state level pose? Also, we will brainstorm about the next deliverable of the project: A policy roadmap to identify the exact needs of alliances to overcome obstacles in transnational university collaboration.


  • 10:00: Welcome
  • 10:05: Setting the scene by Vanessa Debiais-Sainton (Head of Unit Higher Education, DG EAC) about the (political) context of the European Status, including Q&A with the audience
  • 10:25: Overview of ESEU-project so far:
    – Reminder on the needs for a legal status by Heli Harrikari (ECIU University)
    – Analysis of available legal structures by Lavinia Kortese (Utrecht University)
    – Summary of national context by Reda Nausėdaitė (Kaunas University of Technology)
    – Next steps: Development of EU Roadmap by Olga Wessels (ECIU)
  • 10:55: Break-out sessions to discuss obstacles for transnational collaboration of universities in Europe, and what we would need concretely from Member States and EU. Break-out groups on the following topics:
    – Teaching and learning
    – Research
    – Innovation and engagement with society
    – Human Resources
    – Other topics
  • 11:20: Plenary debrief
  • 11:30: Conclusions and next steps by Daniela Crăciun
  • 11:35: Q&A between participants and Project Management Team
  • 12:00: Closure

We look forward to seeing you online!

Questions about the workshop? Contact olga.wessels@eciu.eu

You can find more information about the use cases, report on available structures, and a report including the national context here.

Co-funded by EU. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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