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4th EUA Convention of European Higher Education Institutions, Lisbon, Portugal, 29-31 March 2007

21 December 2006

The Convention will bring together around 700 European university leaders and partners to take stock of the progress made since the Glasgow Convention (2005) and to articulate their own vision for the future.

Hosted by the Portuguese Rectors' Conference and
the Universities of Lisbon, the Convention will bring together around 700 European university leaders and partners to take stock of the progress made since the Glasgow Convention (2005) and to articulate their own vision for the future.

The focus of the Convention will not only be on major issues facing universities from a European perspective but also on balancing cooperation and competition internationally, thus reflecting both latest developments in the Bologna Process and at EU level. Discussions will be based on the results of the latest TRENDS V report as well as on the outcomes of EUA’s most recent conferences focusing on: building research strategies (Uppsala, October 2005), promoting regional innovation (Brno, October 2006) and diversifying institutional funding streams (Hamburg, March 2006).

Themes and topics for work group sessions: Implementing Bologna and defining the contours of the EHEA after 2010 (1); Policies for enhancing research and innovation (2); The responsibility of Europe's universities in a global environment (3); Enhancing Quality: Institutional Responses (4); Diversifying funding, widening access and ensuring affordability (5).

The closing address to participants will be given by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. Key note speakers confirmed so far include Fotis Kafatos, Chair of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council, Jan Figel, European Commissioner for Education, Culture and Multilinguism and David Ward, Director of the American Council on Education.

The Convention will result in a Declaration targeted at EUA members, governments and other stakeholders, to be presented to the next Bologna Ministerial meeting in London and widely disseminated to policy makers at national and European level. It will form the basis of EUA’s agenda for the coming years and set out how European universities view their development post 2010.

Further information including a preliminary programme is now available on the Convention website.

All EUA members will be sent an electronic invitation on Monday with online registration instructions. Please note that the deadline for registering with reduced price early fees is 26 January 2007.

European University Association (EUA)

Brussels office:
Avenue de l’Yser, 24
1040 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: +32 (0) 2 230 55 44

Geneva office:
114, Rue du Rhône
Case postale 3174
1211 Geneva 3
Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 552 02 96