Spreading innovative results from European University Alliances to other higher education institutions

An international conference, co-created by four Erasmus+ National Agencies, based in Austria (OeAD), Germany (DAAD), Hungary (Tempus Foundation) and Norway (HK-dir). The conference is hosted by the Norwegian Directorate of Higher Education and Skills (HK-dir). It is organised as a fully onsite event, which will take place in Bergen (Norway) on the 3-5 of May, 2023.

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During several years of intense cooperation, more than 40 European University Alliances have developed outstanding results, which are of great interest for other European higher education institutions and various stakeholders. The aim of this of this conference is therefore twofold:

  • To identify and spread innovative results and best practices from European University Alliances to other higher education institutions, and
  • To discuss and explore the transformative impact of the European University Alliances on higher education in Europe.

The programme includes five plenary sessions, twelve of workshops and several networking events, which will provide participants with opportunities to connect, share experiences, identify good practices and learn more about the transformative footprint of the European university alliances.

Who can attend?

The conference is scaled for ca. 150 participants, representing European University Alliances, National Agencies, other higher education institutions, national authorities, the European Commission and other stakeholders.

Participation is by invitation only. 


A detailed programme can be downloaded above.

Wednesday 3 May, 2023

Venue: University of Bergen, Aula

TimeProgramme post
14:00-15:00Registration, coffee & sandwich
15:00-15:05Welcome to the conference
15:05-15:15Welcome to the University of Bergen
15:15-15:25The importance of the European cooperation in higher education 
15:25-15:40Keynote: The European University Strategy - European University Alliances as lighthouses in the higher education landscape
15:40-16:00Key statements: The impact of European University Alliances on national and European policies for higher education 
16:00-16:30Coffee break
16:30-17:45Panel discussion: Great expectations - what does it mean to be a role model? How do European University alliances and other stakeholders interpret this role?
17:45-18:00Meet & greet: Interactive part to get to know other participants 

Walk & wonder at the University Garden

19:30-22:00Networking dinner at Scandic Ørnen Hotel


Thursday 4 May, 2023

Venue: Scandic Ørnen Hotel

TimeProgramme post
09:00-09:05Welcome to the session
09:05-09:30Keynote: The transformative impact of European University Alliances – challenges, solutions and benefits for other Higher Education Institutions
09:30-09:45Flash talk: Focus on Education in the European University Alliance 
09:45-10:00Flash talk: Focus on Research in the European University Alliance 
10:00-10:15Flash talk: Focus on Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the European University Alliance 
10:15-10:30Flash talk: Focus on European Values, Inclusion & Societal Outreach in the European University Alliance Engage.EU
10:30-11:00Coffee break
11:00-12:30Workshop session 1:  Re-shaping the landscape of higher education in Europe – how can the transformative impact of European University Alliances be transferred and multiplied? 
14:00-15:30Workshop session 2: Building innovative and sustainable structures on different levels
15:30-16:00Coffee break

Plenary session 3: Expectations, challenges and solutions

17:30-18:30Walk & wonder
•    Bryggen – the UNESCO’s heritage site at the heart of Bergen (free time)
19:30Dinner at the Scandic Ørnen Hotel 


Friday 5 May, 2023

Venue: Scandic Ørnen Hotel

TimeProgramme post
09:00-10:30Plenary session 4: Sharing experiences, knowledge and results 
10:30-11:00Coffe break
11:0012:30Workshop session 3: Co-creating knowledge and innovation eco-systems
14:00-15:00Plenary session 5: European higher education in the future?
15:00-16:00Tea & afternoon delights


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Registration via National Agencies by 7 March, 2023
Fra: 3. mai 2023 13:00
Til: 5. mai 2023 16:00
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