Publish Date: 27.09.2021

Category: Eutopia

Consortium-related News 

EUTOPIA alliance enlargement ceremony, September 15 - 16 2021

On September 16, 2021, three new universities officially joinedthe EUTOPIA alliance in a ceremony held in Brussels.

The Technische Universität Dresden, the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, and the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, are since last Thursday, the three new members of the EUTOPIA alliance of European Universities.
The rectors of the alliance met in person in Brussels to sign on the entrance of the new universities and their growing involvement, particularly regarding the future of the alliance in anticipation of a new bid for the European Commission. You can find the press release here.


Expert Seminar Season: EUTOPIA’s Educational Model

On September 14 2021 (14h30 – 17h CET) the EUTOPIA alliance organized its firstExpert Seminar: Exploring Opportunities in Transnational Life-Long Learning.

The demographics of higher education students are changing, yet higher educated graduates who require an update or reorientation of their knowledge and insights are confronted with multiple barriers: responsibilities for family and professional context limit their mobility and available time for studying.

The EUTOPIA university partners aim to offer better chances for responding to the ambitions of Life-Long Learners by developing flexible mechanisms that recognize short-term learning efforts building on the concept of micro-credentials.

You can watch a replay of the Seminar, featuring EUTOPIA’s curriculum developers and keynote speakers, Mr. Yves Punie  (JRC EU Science Hub)  and Mr. Jens Bjørnåvold (CEDEFOP), on EUTOPIA Youtube Channel.

The EUTOPIA Student Career Ambassadors are back on track, with a new workshop, today 5 p.m CET!

The year has just started and already the Student Career Ambassadors are back to work.
The first workshop of the year is organized by the Career Ambassador from CY Cergy Paris Université, in collaboration with the STudent Engagement Programme (STEP) and Animafac: how to valorize your student engagement. 

The goal of this workshop is to help you valorize your extra-curricular activities and your student engagement (in EUTOPIA activities for example ;)) on your CV.

Do you want to become a volunteer? Are you always curious about new opportunities and experiences? Are you already part of an extra-academic activity of any type? If so, don’t miss the event!

Click here to learn more and here to register.

EUTOPIA Speakers at the Open Science Fair 2021, September 20 - 23 

OS Fair 2021 aims to bring together and empower open science communities and services; to identify common practices related to open science; to see what are the best synergies to deliver and operate services that work for many; and to bring experiences from all around the world and learn from each other.

--> OSFair2021 Lightning talk Submission, by Elisa Maes & Lennart Stoy of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel: "Driving assessment reform through collaboration – the approach of the EUTOPIA European University".
Sept 21,11:30-12:30 session

Policy initiatives such as the European Research Area and infrastructures such as the European Open Science Cloud include calls for a reform of research assessment, recognition, and reward systems to more strongly reflect Open Science criteria. However, while several frontrunners at national and institutional level are emerging, many universities are reluctant to reform, citing systemic obstacles to changing research assessment.

A potential answer to this collective action problem are the alliances funded by the European University Initiative, which are expected to introduce “academic career systems that support and reward researchers who participate in engaging with society and in a culture of sharing the results of their research, in particular by ensuring early sharing and open access to their publications and other research outputs”.

Click here to learn more and here to register.

UUKi (Universities UK International) new monthly webinar series

The post-Covid-19 era has brought in its wake challenging short and mid-term implications for universities.

Join us for a new monthly webinar series from September 23 2021, with partners, ​designed to help enable universities to develop their international strategies.
The first three webinars of the series are:

  • Why aren't we second, September 23 2021 in conversation with IDP-Connect: A discussion of the UK’s international student recruitment performance based on a report we are about to launch, 'Why Aren't We Second, Part II'. you can read Part I of the report here.
  • The impact of COVID19 on international education and the road to recovery, October 14 2021 in conversation with Navitas: The series provides deep insight into the global international student market and cast forward findings to make some concrete prediction on what 2022 might hold.
  • The impact of technology on internationalisation strategies, November 25 2021 in conversation with Pearson: Covers the rise of technology in education delivery and assessment, explores the benefits and limitations of technology in addressing the expectations and requirements of international markets and students.

Click here to learn more and here to register.


The Warwick Economics Summit - February 4 - 6 2022

The Warwick Economics Summit (WES) is looking for EUTOPIAn students to act as ambassadors and to build delegations to attend the hybrid event on 4-6th February 2022.

WES is the largest student-run academic conference in Europe, covering the fields of economics, politics, and the wider social sciences. The 2021 virtual Summit attracted delegates from more than 185 universities and addressed the most pressing global issues in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

WES2022 will be a hybrid Summit combining in-person and virtual events. Through a world-class speaker line-up, WES Blogs (where students across the world write on different topics), a Student Speakers Series and our exclusive Meet the Speaker series as well as numerous networking and career events that provide a chance to discuss topics relevant to the world, we offer a unique opportunity for students to meet and learn from world leaders and fellow students.

The WES team would very much like to welcome students from across the EUTOPIA alliance to WES2022 and to participate in this rich programme of events. More info on the ambassador scheme in is available this brochure.


ICUR 2021
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. It was established through a collaboration between staff at the University of Warwick, and Monash University in 2013.

ICUR fosters international connections and interdisciplinary conversations between undergraduates from partner institutions. It provides a rigorous yet supportive forum for students to engage in global research dialogue, discuss ideas and receive feedback from their peers.

ICUR 2021 will take place September 28 - 29, and will involve EUTOPIA students! Check out the ICUR 2021 Webpage.

#EUTOPIA CultureClub
In need of some cultural stimulation to get you into the mood for the start of the academic year? EUTOPIA has got you covered!

EUTOPIA, that’s six different regions in six different countries of different sizes, different historical backgrounds, different demographics, and different cultural heritage, both material and intangible. Rather than viewing our numerous differences as obstacles, the EUTOPIA alliance chooses to celebrate them, to see the richness they represent. Or, in the words of one of our students, illustrated in her winning design for the EUTOPIA tote bag design competition: “together we thrive”. 

With #EUTOPIACultureClub, members of the EUTOPIA community share their national must-reads, favorite compatriot artists, songs, artwork, films, theatre performances, recipes for national dishes, talk about their favorite national holiday or tradition, … Keep an eye on our socials this summer, because a steady stream of cultural tips is coming your way! More of #EUTOPIACultureClub here.


September 20th - 23rd
Open Science Fair 2021

September 20th
Career Ambassador Workshop on valorizing student engagement

September 28th - 29th
ICUR 2021

October 25th - 29th
Hackathon in Gothenburg (Open Innovation Challenge)

October 26th
Career Ambassador Workshop "Expat life series": Expat life in Sweden

December 1st
Deadline for Postdoctoral fellowship opportunities at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel