Policymakers Session: The European University Initiative


RISIS-ETER Policymaker session on data and indicator needs for the European University Initiative

13 June 2022, 2 to 5 pm (Webinar)

The European University Initiative promoted by the European Commission has ignited collaborations and alliances across all European countries. The goal of the webinar is to discuss the evolution of the Initiative based on new evidence. The webinar is promoted by ETER, the European Tertiary Education Register, a systematic and updated collection of official microdata on all higher education institutions in Europe supported by the Commission. ETER data will be used to characterize the Alliances created under the Initiative and to discuss the potential for the long term evolution of the European Higher Education Area.

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14.00 – 14.15 Opening speech: The European University Initiative within the framework of the European Education Area

Yann-Maël Bideau,  Higher Education Unit, European Commission, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

14.15 – 15.15 Session 1: empirical evidence on the European University Initiative

Presentation: The European University Initiative from the perspective of data and indicators. Evidence from ETER

Andrea Bonaccorsi, University of Pisa

Roundtable discussion

  • Michael Murphy, President, European University Association (EUA)
  • Ben Jongbloed, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS)
  • Sebastian Stride, SIRIS Academic

15.30 – 16.30 Session 2: Mapping the European University Initiative.

Presentation: Factors leading to the formation of alliances. Evidence from ETER

Marco Cavallaro and Agata Lambrechts, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)

Roundtable discussion

  • Karen Maex, Chair, League of European Research Universities (LERU)
  • Gabi Lombardo, Director, European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH)
  • Ludovic Thilly, Coordinator, European Campus of City-Universities (EC2U) and FOREU2 and Chair, Coimbra Group
  • Emily Palmer, Secretary-General, Una Europa and Representative, FOREU1

16.30 – 17.00 Concluding statements and the way forward

  • Andrea Bonaccorsi, University of Pisa
  • Benedetto Lepori, ETER coordinator, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)