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 Public 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 four 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 - Plenary session 1

Venue: University of Bergen, Aula

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Registration, coffee & sandwich

Walk & wonder at the University Garden 

15:00-15:05Welcome to the conference on European Universities
15:05-15:15Welcome to the University of Bergen
15:15-15:25The importance of the European cooperation in higher education 
15:25-15:40The European strategy for universities - European universities alliances as role models in the higher education landscape 
15:40-16:00The impact of European University Alliances on national and European policies for higher education  
16:00-16:30Coffee break
16:30-17:45Great 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 other participants (interactive part) 

Networking dinner at Scandic Ørnen Hotel


Thursday 4 May, 2023

Venue: Scandic Ørnen Hotel

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 Plenary session 2: Re-thinking education, research, innovation and social dimensions – the transformative impact of the European University Alliances  
09:00-09:05Welcome to the session
09:05-09:20The potential impact of European University Alliances – challenges and benefits in the Norwegian context
09:20-09:35Focus on Education in the European University Alliance  
09:35-09:50Focus on Research in the European University Alliance
09:50-10:05Focus on Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the European University Alliance
10:05-10:20Focus on European Values, Inclusion & Societal Outreach in the European University Alliance
10:20-10:30Summing up
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: Sharing experiences, knowledge and results

16:00-16:05Welcome to the session
16:05-16:30Existing strategies for outreach and dissemination
16:30-17:00World café round 1: Discussion of strategies with European University Alliances
17:00-17:30World café round 2: Discussion of strategies with European University Alliances

18:00-19:00 Optional

Walk & wonder
•    Bryggen – the UNESCO’s heritage site at the heart of Bergen
19:30-22:00Dinner at the Scandic Ørnen Hotel 


Friday 5 May, 2023

Venue: Scandic Ørnen Hotel

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09:00-10:30Workshop session 3: Co-creating knowledge and innovation eco-systems
10:30-11:00Coffe break
 Plenary session 4: European higher education in the future?
11:00-11:05Welcome to the closing plenary session
11:05-11:35Feedback from workshop sessions
11:35-12:20The role of European University Alliances in European higher education
12:20-12:30Conclusions and further steps


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Registration via National Agencies by 7 March, 2023
Fra: 3. mai 2023 14:00
Til: 5. mai 2023 14:00
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