2022 Jul/13

EU-CONEXUS attended the Campus of European Universities in Versailles

On June 30th, EU-CONEXUS attended the Campus of European Universities in Versailles. The event gathered all 41 European universities alliances, representatives of the European Commission, the European Union, French Ministries as well as socio-economic partners.

The event which aimed at opening discussion regarding the achievements and the future of European Universities alliances opened on speeches from Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth & Sylvie Retailleau, French Minister for Higher Education and Research.

Over roundtables organised by the Ministries, the role and importance of European Universities in building up the next generation of global experts, able to cooperate and work within diverse cultures, sectors, and environment, in different languages and across borders was highlighted. Each represented European University got the chance to introduce their accomplishments and their vision and ambitions for the future.

Arturas Razbadauskas, Klaipeda University Rector, presented EU-CONEXUS during a workshop on “Role models for the transformation of European higher education.” He addressed the impact of transnational cooperation carried out by European University alliances at three levels:

  • For the benefits of European students;
  • For the development of institutional strategies;
  • For the modernisation of national systems of education.

Within the Alliances Village, each Alliance had the opportunity to present itself, share and learn from each other’s experiences. They have received the visits of European Commissioners as Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, in charge of Higher Education, and French Ministers such as Sylvie Retailleau, French Minister for Higher Education and Research and Clément Beaune, State Secretary in charge of European Affairs. Socio-economic actors also participated in the event, giving EU-CONEXUS representatives a great opportunity to network and “𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘌𝘶𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘐𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘔𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴’ 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘤 𝘴𝘱𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦.”, says Jean-Marc Ogier, President of EU-CONEXUS who attended the event & Isabella Baer-Eiselt, Executive Director of EU-CONEXUS.

This event, of higher stakes, not only marked the end of the French Presidency of the European Union, but also established the lines and opportunities for European Universities to pursue their development and settled their international recognition. Key topics such as the experimentation of a European label that would allow the recognition of the added value of joint European study programmes, the development of legal means that would allow European universities to recruit from within, etc., were discussed.

As Jean-Marc Ogier, President of EU-CONEXUS who attended the event & Isabella Baer-Eiselt, Executive Director of EU-CONEXUS said: “𝘖𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘣𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘭, 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘌𝘶𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘱𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘧𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘌𝘶𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘵𝘺 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘧𝘪𝘵 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘫𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳s”