Publish Date: 08.04.2021

Category: News from the University

From 12 - 16 April 2021, the University of Gothenburg will host the third biannual EUTOPIA Week of six planned alliance conferences. Given the ongoing pandemic, the conference is being held entirely online, allowing us to reach out and include a broad audience of students, staff, partners, officials and the general public.

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Programme 

The full EUTOPIA Week programme is available through this linkThere is a separate registration link for each open session.
Registration is quick and easy, so please sign up for all the sessions you want to attend.

What's on the agenda

For this EUTOPIA Week, the University of Gothenburg has created an exciting and informative programme with engaging speakers and sessions on key issues for the EUTOPIA alliance and the higher education sector. In a series of workshops and discussions, we will share new ideas and initiatives and explore ways to address issues such as inclusivity, sustainability, and local and global cooperation. Some sessions provide information and insights into pan-European opportunities for students and researchers alike. There will also be great networking opportunities for everyone, and even a few fun activities.

Here are only a few highlights from the programme:

Monday 12 April, 11:00-12:00 (CET)
Join our journey: EUTOPIA Week Opening Ceremony
The University of Gothenburg welcomes participants and guests from near and far to the EUTOPIA Week opening ceremony. A variety of EUTOPIA representatives will provide highlights from our journey so far, and look at what lies ahead. We are delighted to be able to welcome our special guests, the UN Assistant Secretary General Ulrika Modéer and Anders Danielsson, Governor of the County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland, who will provide their perspectives on international and local cooperation.

Monday 12 April, 12:30 - 13:30 (CET)
Idioms and expressions: A multilingual quiz to get your journey going
What do you do before you travel to a new country? Maybe you try to learn some key phrases in the local language. Maybe you read about the country or region and its culture. Come see how language and culture are intertwined in this fun, interactive quiz about idioms and expressions from the languages of EUTOPIA.

Wednesday 14 April, 14:00 - 15:00 (CET)
Digitalization of  journalism. Creative  destruction  or  utter destruction?
In an anarchic digital environment where anyone with a twitter account can become a publisher, journalism faces new challenges and opportunities. What are the consequences for democracy and how can the EUTOPIA universities prepare students in general and students in journalism in particular to face this new and changing digital media landscape?

Thursday 15 April, 09:30 - 10:45 (CET)
How the European University Initiative can contribute to the further integration between education, research and innovation
European University alliances provide a unique opportunity to promote true integration between education, research and innovation activities in higher education. The European University Initiative is game-changer, moving higher education institutions well past simply encouraging exchanges and synergies between them. But the alliances, such as EUTOPIA, cannot make these changes alone. Moving forward, what can we expect and hope for in terms of closer co-development of the Erasmus and Horizon Europe programmes in support of European Universities so that we can make the vision for new higher education models a reality?

Both the Directorate General for Education and Culture and the Directorate General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission are participating in this session, together with the presidents of the University of Gothenburg, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, and Stellenbosch University.

Finally, we also want to bring the following sessions to your attention:
The Student Forum (Tuesday, 14:00 - 15:00 CET) and "How can we help you" with the EUTOPIA Career Ambassadors (Wednesday, 12:30 - 13:30 CET) are specifically designed for students. For researchers, we can recommend "Opportunities for researchers" (Thursday, 14:00 - 15:00 CET). And don't forget our photo contest, already open now.

So come aboard and join our journey!

Photo contest 

EUTOPIAn Views

Most of you are probably still working or studying from home. You might look out of the same window every day. But what do you see?  

What you see out of your window might not seem that different or unusual to you. For someone else it might be. Or maybe the similarities of what we see, no matter where in the world we are, help us see the things we have in common. To celebrate EUTOPIA Week Spring 2021, we’d like you to snap a picture of your everyday life: of the street where you live, what you see on your way to buy a pint of milk, when you take your dog for a walk, or glimpse from your window before you switch on the computer in the morning. We’d love to experience it with you, if only in a photograph. Let others take a visual journey to the places that make us EUTOPIA.

While there will be some nice prizes, this isn't a contest to find the most stylish or professional photo, or the grammatically perfect write-up. We're looking quite simply for snapshots that capture what people see outside these days, photos representing EUTOPIA's European and global partners taking part in EUTOPIA Week Spring 2021.

Let others get a look outside by sending your photo to  with the subject line “photo contest” before 5pm (CET) on Thursday 15 April 2021. Please note that, by sending in your photo, you agree to let EUTOPIA use, share, modify, and/or adapt your image.

Please include your name, where you are (city/town and country), and one to two sentences about your photo. You don’t have to wait for EUTOPIA Week to end to send in a photo. You can submit a photo starting now!

The winner(s) will be announced at the closing ceremony at 12:00 (CET) on Friday 16th, where a slideshow with submitted photographs will be presented.

More information through this link.

EUTOPIA Week on social networks

Because of the ongoing pandemic, this third EUTOPIA Week will be held entirely online.

We are using our social networks to relay information about the different sessions, so please don’t forget to keep checking the Alliance’s channels and the EUTOPIA Week webpage for announcements and updates.

So please, come on and join our journey!

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