Danckaert: “For me, EUTOPIA is a constant refreshing of my way of thinking. It takes me out of my comfort zone, and by coming into contact with other universities that are organised in a different way, you learn to put common goals first. That’s enriching. We were one of the architects of the concept of connected learning communities, in which we connect professors and of course units from the different universities.”
EUTOPIA WEEK OPENING CEREMONY (IN ENGLISH)
27 June, 11.00-12.30, lunch reception until 14.00
- Doors open, registration
- Introduction - moderator Carmen Mazijn (EUTOPIA student representative, VUB PhD student in AI)
- Word of welcome - VUB rector ad-interim Jan Danckaert
- Keynote speech 1: Multilingualism – Brussels minister Sven Gatz
- EUTOPIA panel - VUB rector ad-interim Jan Danckaert; EUTOPIA chair, University of Gothenburg rector Eva Wiberg; EUTOPIA secretary-general Nikki Muckle. Moderator Carmen Mazijn
- Humanist chapel master Adriaan Willaert – Sophie Cocquyt, DionysosNow!
- Honorary EUTOPIA medal presented to VUB former rector Caroline Pauwels – EUTOPIA chair Eva Wiberg
- Keynote speech 2: Rosas – Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Rosas
- Closing remarks – Carmen Mazijn
You can find the full programme of EUTOPIA Week attached and on VUB’s EUTOPIA website.
The European University
The European University is an initiative of the European Commission to create a European Higher Education Area through which Member States can respond to the rapid changes in the European higher education landscape. The goal of these transnational alliances is to join forces and improve international competitiveness. European Universities make mutual exchanges in education and research much easier. For example, students can obtain a degree consisting of course units from different countries. There are currently 41 partnerships, each consisting of five to 11 universities, including EUTOPIA. EUTOPIA became a European University in June 2019.
EUTOPIA is an ambitious alliance of 10 like-minded universities willing to reinvent themselves: Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), CY Cergy Paris Université (France), Ca’ Foscari University in Venice (Italy), Technische Universität Dresden (Germany), University of Gothenburg (Sweden), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), NOVA University in Lisbon (Portugal), Pompeu-Fabra University in Barcelona (Spain) and the University of Warwick (United Kingdom). These 10 pioneers are joining forces to shape the university of the future. Each university has several campuses that are deeply rooted in their environment. They have established close relationships with their communities, institutional structures and local businesses. EUTOPIA’s mission is to create a unique and bold long-term alliance of transformative and committed institutions. Students, researchers and staff of EUTOPIA work together to create a new academic model, reflecting an open and united Europe that respects its citizens and the environment.
Lize De Potter