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UZH 2018

EUA 2018 Annual Conference

Engaged and responsible universities shaping Europe

The 2018 EUA Annual Conference will discuss universities' pivotal role in generating knowledge, developing intercultural understanding and fostering civic engagement through their core missions.

Hosted by University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

5 - 6 April 2018

  • Universities, through their core missions of education, research, and innovation, are key drivers of knowledge societies. Europe is currently facing challenges including social and educational inequality, demographic changes and new migration patterns. The rise of populism means increasing distrust in scientific arguments while political conflicts risk threatening democracy and other shared European values. In this context, universities have a pivotal role to play in generating knowledge, developing intercultural understanding and fostering civic engagement through their core missions.

    There is a growing awareness of the social and ethical impact of universities’ activities on society. Universities are educating an ever more diverse student population in the hope that they become informed citizens, able to respond to the changing needs of society and the labour market. In addition to producing new knowledge through research, universities focus on the dissemination of this knowledge and its utilisation in scientific and technological innovation. Nevertheless, in order to demonstrate accountability and justify continued public investment in higher education and research, universities need to redouble their efforts to express the importance of their contribution to society and the need for evidence-based discussions enshrined by scientific integrity and ethics.

    The EUA Annual Conference will build upon EUA’s work with its members on various topics linked to the societal mission of universities. It will provide participants an opportunity to explore how universities across Europe demonstrate their social responsibility by ensuring that their activities contribute to shaping society at large. The conference will include examples of institutional practices, national and European policies and initiatives that bear evidence of today’s engaged and responsible universities.

    Hosted by University of Zurich


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  • About the University of Zurich  

    University_entranceThe University of Zurich (UZH) has earned worldwide renown as a top-ranked research university and is a global leader in innovative, research-based teaching. UZH attracts and unites scholars from a variety of academic disciplines, thus offering them unique opportunities to build an international network. UZH is a member of the prestigious League of European Research Universities and maintains partnerships in research, in teaching and in student exchange programmes with over 500 institutions in 100 countries. In the faculties, interdisciplinarity is highly appreciated, fostering intellectual curiosity. Scholarship thrives in Zurich’s open-minded environment – and has a long history of doing so. Since its foundation in 1833, UZH has attracted research pioneers from all over the world. To date, twelve Nobel Prize laureates have taught and conducted research at UZH.

    About Zurich

    Zurich_cityZurich is situated in the very heart of Europe and at the foot of the Swiss Alps, and is the ideal base from which to explore Switzerland. Zurich Airport, which has direct connections to 170 destinations all over the world, is just a 10-minute train ride from the centrally located Zurich Main Station.

    Zurich is a leading global city and among the world's largest financial centres despite having a relatively small population. The city is home to a large number of financial institutions and banks. Most of Switzerland's research and development centres are concentrated in Zurich. The Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Livability Ranking sees Zurich rank among the top ten most livable cities in the world.

    Zurich unites creative city life and idyllic scenery within the smallest of areas. Art connoisseurs and culture enthusiasts have over 50 museums and more than 100 galleries to choose from, while inquisitive city explorers can discover the striking contrast between the picturesque Old Town and the modern, constantly changing urban quarters. Nature lovers seeking fresh air and green open spaces will delight in the city’s location directly by the lake, in its abundant expanses of forest and parkland, and in its very own mountain, the Uetliberg.

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    Photos of the 2018 EUA Annual Conference in Zurich are available here.

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