European University Alliances: Drivers of Change and Innovation in Higher Education



On the occasion of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the ten Belgian universities invite researchers and policy makers to reflect on the European University Alliances as drivers of change and innovation in higher education. This high-level conference will explore multilingualism, inclusion, student and staff mobility, superdiversity in academia and the labour market, pedagogical innovations and the European Degree label. The conference will also focus on how the alliances can contribute to an enhanced collaboration with our partner universities in the Global South.

The conference is organized back-to-back with the “Towards a European Degree & a European Legal Status for Alliances of Higher Education Institutions” event by SMARTT and the European Commission, with a joint session and reception on the evening of April 29th.  


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April 29th

Brussels, ULB Campus Solbosch, Auditorium Henri La Fontaine


Opening Session: 17:15 - 18:00

Reception/Walking Dinner: 18:00 - 20:00



April 30th

Brussels, Centre Albert Borschette


Session 1: 9:00 - 10:00: The Future of Education and Language Learning in our Connected World

Lead partners: UCLouvain (Circle U) and  VUB (EUTOPIA)


Break: 10:00 - 10:30


Session 2: 10:30 - 11:30: Cosmobility: Rethinking Student and Staff Mobility

Lead partners: ULB (Civis) and UGent (ENLIGHT)


Session 3: 11:30 - 12:30: Understanding and Applying Superdiversity in Academia, Higher Education and Beyond

Lead partners: ULiège (UNIC) and UHasselt (EURECA-PRO)


Lunch: 12:30 - 14:00


Session 4: 14:00 - 15:00: Alliances as Drivers of Pedagogical Innovation

Lead partners: UNamur (UniversEH) and  UAntwerpen (YUFE)


Session 5: 15:00 - 16:00: The European Degree as an Important Milestone towards a Strong Future for the European Higher Education Area

Lead partners: UMONS (EUNICE) and KU Leuven (Una Europa)


Break: 16:00 – 16:30


Session 6: 16:30 - 17:30: EU and Global Partnerships / Cooperation with the Global South

Lead partners: VLIR-UOS and CRef


Concluding Session: 17:30 - 18:00: Policy Recommendations


The programme is provisional, potential changes will be communicated.