2021 Oct/26

Academic Council meeting in Valencia

The Catholic University of Valencia (UCV) has organized the 20th meeting of the EU-CONEXUS Academic Council, in which the foundations have been laid for this European consortium until 2030.

Fifteen representatives of the six member universities of EU-CONEXUS participated in the conference in person: La Rochelle University (France); Agricultural University of Athens (Greece), Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest (Romania), Klaipeda University (Lithuania), University of Zadar (Croatia) and UCV. Three other partner universities from Germany, Cyprus and Ireland have participated virtually.

The meeting began with the intervention of Tine Delva, General Directorate for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission, sharing the its perspective for the coming years regarding the future of alliances from European Universities. Delva has advanced important details on the “concepts of European degrees and micro-credentials, which together with digitization, flexibility in programs and mobility will be the basis for the transformation of the European higher education area in the medium term”.

Thereafter, the researcher Gerda Zigiene, from the European alliance ECIU, took part presenting the progress of ECIU in terms of micro-credentials and the application of challenge-based learning, in the different degrees of the universities that are part of their consortium.

The second day has focused on laying the foundations for the future EU-CONEXUS academic offer. Thus, issues such as interdisciplinarity in smart urban coastal sustainability, the complementarity of educational programs, continuing education courses or future joint programs, among other projects, have been addressed. This session has included a visit to L’Albufera National Park, in which it has been analyzed how Europe is facing climate change and urbanization.