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5th EUA Convention: Facing Global Challenges - European strategies for Europe’s universities, Prague, Czech Republic (18-21 March 2009)

18 December 2008

EUA is pleased to announce that registration is open for its 2009 Convention that will take place at Charles University in Prague, from 18-21 March 2009.

For the European higher education community, EUA’s biennial Conventions are unique opportunities for reflection on the ongoing changes in European higher education sectors and institutions. Around 500 institutional leaders from all over Europe are expected to attend.

The 2009 Convention comes at a particularly important time. Key decisions on higher education post 2010 will be taken at the 2009 Bologna ministerial meeting that will map out the future of the European higher education area while at the same time the future contours of the European Research Area, and the role of universities are also under discussion at European level. The outcomes of the Convention will be geared towards impacting directly on decision making in these two crucial areas.

Hence the choice of the theme of the event - Facing Global Challenges: European strategies for Europe’s universities – that underlines the growing reality of the European Higher Education and Research Areas, with strong implications for national and institutional development.

In order to ensure well-established contributions to the 2009 Bologna ministerial meeting, the Convention will have a new format, where priority issues will be tackled under four thematic clusters:

•    The university as an inclusive and responsive institution;
•    Universities as research institutions;
•    Governing and managing complex institutions: New challenges in higher education – Impact and institutional response;
•    Global outreach – Europe’s interaction with the wider world.
Each cluster will comprise plenaries and working groups, that will last the entire Friday morning of 20 March. The results of the clusters will be discussed by the cluster chairs in Plenary session III, on Friday afternoon.

Please visit the conference website to register for the event.

European University Association (EUA)

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

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