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EUA 2017 Annual Conference

Autonomy and freedom: The future sustainability of universities

The EUA 2017 Annual Conference will discuss how autonomy and freedom of universities can be linked to address the current political, economic and societal challenges in Europe.

Hosted by University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway

6 - 7 April 2017

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    University autonomy and academic freedom are crucial for the well-functioning of universities and higher education systems. The current political, economic and societal challenges in Europe have a significant impact on universities and their role, as well as their organisation and strategy. The conference will be a timely occasion to discuss how university autonomy is linked to addressing these challenges.

    EUA has become one of the most important actors on these topics through its numerous conferences, meetings and studies, as well as through its exclusive benchmarking tool, the Autonomy Scorecard, which is used in Europe and beyond.

    Since 2015, EUA has been collecting data with its members for a full-scale update of the Scorecard in order to evaluate the current state of play. The new version will be launched at the Annual Conference and it will provide the backdrop for a discussion on the latest trends, challenges and future of autonomy and academic freedom.

    The conference will bring together institutional leaders, policymakers and stakeholders to share their experience, discuss the impact of recent changes on governance, funding, human resources and academic matters as well as the appropriate forms of accountability in relation to autonomy and freedom.

    The conference programme will include plenary sessions, facilitated high level discussions, a selection of presentations, as well as more interactive forms of engaging conference participants at all levels throughout the conference.

    Registration is now closed, more information can be found here.

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  • About the University of Bergen

    The University of Bergen (UiB) is an international research university dedicated to advancing research, science and higher education. Founded in 1946, the University is young, but it grew out of a much longer academic and scientific tradition which had evolved at the Museum of Bergen since its foundation in 1825.

    About the University (Copyright UiB - Sandra Jecmenica)For nearly 180 years, the institution has been a distinguished seat of learning, offering rich opportunities to students and researchers at all levels. Most of its premises are concentrated in the heart of the city of Bergen. There are about 14,800 students enrolled, of which around 1,550 are international. The University has 3,600 faculty and staff members. PhD candidates are paid employees of staff, making the doctoral degree at UiB particularly attractive for rising talent.

    UiB's academic landscape is characterised by its great variety. Seven faculties cover most of the traditional university disciplines. More than 60 different specialised departments, centres and institutes are included within these faculties. There are also an increasing number of multi-disciplinary research centres, projects and units.

    The University is constantly interfacing with the international environment in order to expand its borders and to explore the world. It is heavily involved in international co-operation in research and education and has signed bilateral agreements with universities, research institutions and academic centres of excellence in all parts of the world. UiB is also committed to co-operating with developing countries and has established programmes with universities in Third World Countries in the areas of health, poverty, and resource management.

    UiB is engaged in the European Union's Framework programmes for research and technological development and has been designated as a European Research Infrastructure and a Research Training Site in several scientific fields. 

    About Bergen

    Beautiful, rich in tradition and history, charming, lively - all these adjectives describe Bergen, and yet there is more to it. Bergen is Norway’s second largest city, with the facilities of a large town, and the charm and atmosphere of a small one, with its wooden houses and narrow cobbled streets. Bryggen is the old trading wharf that still looks the same as it did when the town was in its infancy. Bryggen is considered the face of Bergen, a port of our collective cultural heritage, having its place on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

    About Bergen (Copyright Bergen Reiselivslag Espen Haagensen - has one of the world's oldest symphony orchestras, Norway's first national theatre, and is also the place where the author Henrik Ibsen completed his theatrical traineeship.  It hosts Norway's most extensive cultural event, the International Music Festival and has fostered famous personalities such as the author Ludvig Holberg, the painter J. C. Dahl, the violinist Ole Bull and the composer Edvard Grieg. Art collections include exhibitions of the works of both Edvard Munch and Pablo Picasso.  A private music recital in the home of Edvard Grieg at Troldhaugen will give an added dimension to your stay. Bergen is the city of wooden architecture, the "Buekorps" or local Boy's Brigade, and of jewellery design – a true City of Culture.

    Stroll in the shops or picturesque narrow alleyways of Bergen, through museums and art galleries, along Bryggen and through the Fish Market. Take the funicular railway up to Mount Fløyen, and you will find Bergen spread out at your feet, nestling between the mountains and the fjords. Bergen is so delightfully compact that you will quickly find your way around, thanks to the varied landscape that makes it so charmingly unpredictable. 


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    Photos of the 2017 EUA Annual Conference in Bergen are available here.

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