Publish Date: 17.05.2021

Category: Eutopia

Consortium-related News 

How to succeed in the European Universities Initiative

The European Union has published European Universities Factsheets giving comparative information on the 41 European Universities Initiative (EUI) alliances currently in operation and making themselves ready for the mid-term review of the EUI later in 2021.

At the call of the two first rounds of the EUI, it was explicitly stated by the EU Commission that the selected alliances are to serve as role models for “the path towards the EHEA [European Higher Education Area]”, and therefore it is of great interest for potential applicants and others to hear how these alliances have started operating their projects. Learn more here.

The process of developing a new strategic model for UPF's internationalization completed

The University has worked breaking new ground to structure internationalization from a cross-cutting standpoint, placing it at the centre of its institutional project and as a strategic driving force. One of the most important elements of the new model is students’ “internationalization at home”, whereby they can enjoy a more inclusive international experience without leaving UPF. Learn more here.

The app Dikhat! has been launched to fight antigypsyism

The application is part of the project AGREP (Action Program for Effective Reporting of Antigypsyism and Discrimination), led by the GRITIM-UPF research group, with Zenia Hellgren as principal investigator, and funded by the European Commission. It includes several sections that allow reporting an incident, consulting a map locating complaints, and finding out about the services provided by the Federation of Roma Associations in Catalonia and the Office for Non-Discrimination of Barcelona City Council, partnering entities. Learn more here.



¿Dónde vamos? ¡A España!

For this new meeting on Wednesday, May 12th at 3 p.m, the EUTOPIA Career Ambassador from the University of Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) is inviting you to a new workshop of the serie : "How to find a job in" Spain.
During the workshop, you will learn all the culture in the Spanish job market : how to write a CV and application letter, where to find job opportunities and how to prepare your job interview. 

To register, please refer back to this link.
The workshop is given by El Despertador, a Catalan coaching firm which aims to support individuals in the process of personal and professional self-leadership through self-knowledge, orientation, emotional management and skills development.

EUTOPIA: a new educational model – online expert seminar on 18th May

EUTOPIA’s educational model is aligned with a challenge-based approach to learning and encourages application of knowledge and theory to real-world problems. The EUTOPIAn students are involved in a common learning journey to find and implement meaningful solutions for complex issues in a European context. EUTOPIA thus foregrounds the importance of pedagogical excellence for the European university of the 21st century.

In order to realize this ambitious new model for higher education in Europe, EUTOPIA develops Connected Learning Communities. The Connected Learning Communities have the potential to bring together staff, students and stakeholders outside academia engaged in cross-campus learning and teaching activities in close interaction with research agendas of the EUTOPIA partner universities.

The seminar intends to present and exchange views on this model with two renowned European experts: Yves Punie (Senior scientist at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Seville, Unit Human Capital and Employment) and Jens Bjornavold (Brussels office of European Centre for Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)). Results of the exchanges will be shared afterwards.

Academic Leadership Week – sessions open to EUTOPIA partner universities Monday 31stMay

VUB cordially invites you to come and listen to two inspirational lectures on academic leadership on Monday 31st May. Vicerector Internationalisation Romain Meeusen will kick off VUB’s Academic Leadership Week with a reflection on the meaning of appropriate leadership in a university setting (13h00-13h30). He is followed by leadership expert prof. Katrien Fransen (KU Leuven) who will give a keynote speech on “The Power of Empowerment: Drawing on Shared Leadership in Sport Teams as an inspiration for the Academic Setting” (13h30-15h00):
What is it that enables some sport teams to outperform others? What makes some sport teams perennial champions and others perpetual runners up? Leadership is one of the key factors that contributes to competitive advantage. However, developing and implementing a leadership structure that delivers the desired competitive advantage is far from straightforward. In this presentation, we unravel how a shared (rather than a vertical) leadership structure has unique advantages for sport teams’ effectiveness and team members’ health and well-being. In addition, we invite the audience to reflect on the translation of these insights to an academic setting.

Interested EUTOPIAns are invited to register here.
Registration closes on Thursday May 27th.



EUTOPIA Young Leaders Academy – call for applicants

Ready to join the EUTOPIA Young Leaders Academy?
Supporting research exchanges between high-potential, early to mid-career researcher from all EUTOPIA partner universities, the EUTOPIA Young Leaders Academy will constitute a community of promising independent research leaders, sharing and promoting European values and the EUTOPIA vision of an interconnected academic environment. 
Opening date for applications: 30 April 2021. Closing date for applications: 30 June 2021.

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EUTOPIA DocMob Doctoral Mobility Programme – call for applicants

EUTOPIA DocMob supports research visits of EUTOPIA PhD students across EUTOPIA partner universities, and hence supports research collaboration within the EUTOPIA Alliance. The programme is open to all academic disciplines and topics.
Applications can be submitted from 30 April 2021 until 22 June 2021.

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EUTOPIA Virtual simulation of Council negotiations on post-2020 EU budget 

EUTOPIA invites students from EUTOPIA partner universities and EUTOPIA global network to participate in the simulation, organised by the University of Ljubljana School of Economics and Business, taking place fully online between 5 and 9 July 2021 with a preparatory meeting on 28 June. Assert your bargaining power in one of the most complex and high level EU negotiations and gain insight into decision-making within the EU Council!

The simulation will focus on the substance and procedures of the Council (Council of the EU and the European Council) negotiations about the post-2020 medium term EU budget composed of two elements, the traditional multiannual financial framework 2021-2027 and a new recovery instrument, the Next Generation EU. 

All participants will receive a certificate of participation and will be eligible for 4 ECTS credits. The simulation will be conducted in English.

Registration deadline is 28 May! 
For CY students please contact Tomy QUENET(instead of Linda BENRAIS, as written in the flyer).

Learn more here.


ICUR 2021: The abstract submission is still open

The International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) is an annual, two-day academic conference that showcases the best in undergraduate research from around the world. ICUR fosters international connections and interdisciplinary conversations between undergraduates from partner institutions.
ICUR 2021 will be held on September 28th and 29th 2021.

The abstract submissions for the 2021 edition are open until midnight on June 2, 2021. You can submit your abstracts by filling the form on the ICUR website. You will receive updates about the outcome of your submission within the month after the June 2 deadline.

You will find more information here and on the ICUR website. Call for abstract is available here.

Summer schools offered by the EUTOPIA universities

Please find below a reminder list of all the different summer schools proposed by the EUTOPIA universities.
For more information, please click on the relevant summer school.



April 30th - June 22nd
EUTOPIA DocMob Doctoral Mobility Programme – call for applicants

April 30th - June 30th
EUTOPIA Young Leaders Academy – call for applicants

May 28th
Registration deadline for the Simulation of the Council's negotiations on post-2020 EU budget

May 31st
Academic Leadership Week – sessions open to EUTOPIA partner universities 

June 2nd
Deadline for the ICUR 2021 Call for abstracts

June 7th - August 27th
Data Science for Social Good summer programme (University of Warwick)

June 28th - July 2nd
CY's Summer School on French Studies. Interculturality, Trends & Model circulation

June 30th - July 2nd
Student-led summer conference ‘Rethinking SDG UN 2030 in the Post Pandemic Era'

July 5th - 9th
CY's Summer school onHeritage

July 5th - 16th
VUB's Summer school on EU policy-making: analysing civil rights in the EU

July 5th - 30th
The University of Gothenburg’s Summer School for Sustainability

July 5th - 30th
Barcelona International Summer School

July 5th - 9th
Simulation of the Council's negotiations on post-2020 EU budget

September 28th - 29th
ICUR 2021