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Bricks and clicks for Europe: building a successful digital campus

18 December 2015

EUA is pleased to announce that registration is now open for EUA’s 2016 Annual Conference that will take place at the National University of Ireland, Galway on 7-8 April 2016. The theme of the conference is “Bricks and clicks for Europe: building a successful digital campus”.

NUI_Quadrangle_copyright NUI Galway_resizedThe 2016 conference will explore how Europe’s universities are developing comprehensive “bricks and clicks” strategies and how they are tackling the challenges involved in becoming more interactive and interconnected. 

Universities in Europe are engaged in large-scale transformations in an attempt to address social, cultural and technological changes as well as the shifting expectations of students and society at large. At the same time, higher education institutions continue to be confronted with increasing competition and heavy financial constraints. Disruptive technologies are of central importance in these change processes. They play a decisive role in re-conceptualising the university ecosystem by opening up new opportunities for coordinating and linking universities’ various missions, activities and processes in new and manifold ways.

Whether digitalisation is seen as a new paradigm and a game changer or simply a new modus operandi, it is having a major impact on the way universities conduct research, provide teaching and relate to their community. Digitalisation also requires universities to consider new strategies and to review their modes of operation in order to be successful. A particularly important aspect of such strategies is how best to facilitate and support both virtual and physical interaction and collaboration between staff, students and the wider community, a capacity which may well constitute  key added-value to universities in the future.

University leaders and practitioners will share their experiences of major change processes, such as the introduction of open access, open innovation and research and the incorporation of new technologies in university teaching. The conference will also seek to explore how these transformations are affecting institutional development, particularly HR and campus management as well as community relations. 

EUA members are also invited to attend the EUA General Assembly prior to the main conference. 

More information is available on the conference website.

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