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EUA’s series of TRENDS reports on higher education in Europe show that while progress has been made through the implementation of structural reforms and the enhancement of institutional frameworks, there is a need to pay more attention to the process of learning and teaching itself. Therefore, EUA launched new activities in learning and teaching in 2017 with the aim to:

  • Identify and better engage with relevant university communities/those in charge of learning and teaching at institutional level, and dedicated networks and organisations;
  • Provide EUA members with opportunities for peer-learning and exchange of good practice;
  • Thus strengthen the voice of EUA in ongoing policy debates addressing the quality and relevance of universities by providing direct feedback from members on changing learning landscapes.

In this context, EUA organises the European Learning & Teaching Forum to facilitate the exchange of experience on learning and teaching in higher education among EUA members and other interested stakeholders. In order to prepare and complement the Forum, EUA also coordinates the work of a set of thematic peer groups on learning and teaching. In addition, the EUA led EFFECT project contributes to the teaching enhancement in European universities.

EUA organises thematic peer groups on learning and teaching to strengthen the bottom-up approach in engaging the European universities, to foster the community building, and to complement the Forum.

The main objectives of the thematic peer groups are:

  • To discuss and explore practices and lessons learnt in organising and implementing learning and teaching in European universities
  • To contribute to the enhancement of learning and teaching by identifying key recommendations on the selected theme

The following map shows the members of the four thematic peer groups:

  • Promoting active learning in universities (blue field)
    • Malmö University, Sweden (Chair)
    • Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
    • Politecnico di Milano, Italy
    • University Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France
    • University of Twente, The Netherlands
    • Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
    • University of Barcelona, Spain
    • University College Cork, Ireland
    • University of Lausanne, Switzerland
    • Coventry University, United Kingdom
  • Continuous development of teaching competences (green field)
    • Bournemouth University, United Kingdom (Chair)
    • University of Goettingen, Germany
    • University of Padua, Italy
    • The Jagiellonian University, Poland
    • University of Jyväskylä, Finland
    • Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN), Norway
    • University of Latvia, Latvia
    • University of Zurich, Switzerland
    • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium
  • Career paths in teaching (purple field)
    • Utrecht University, The Netherlands (Chair)
    • KU Leuven, Belgium
    • Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
    • Nord University, Norway
    • Camilo José Cela University, Spain
    • University of Rijeka, Croatia
    • Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
    • University of Bucharest, Romania
  • Evaluation of learning and teaching (yellow field)
    • Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom (Chair)
    • University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
    • Uppsala University, Sweden
    • University of Innsbruck, Austria
    • Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
    • ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    • University of Medicine & Pharmacy Iuliu Hatieganu Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    • European University of Madrid, Spain
    • Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania
    • Ghent University, Belgium

To read more about each group, click on the field (yellow, blue, green or purple).

To learn more about the groups that were organised in 2017 please click here. A summary report on the lessons learnt by the these thematic peer groups is published here.

The 2019 European Learning & Teaching Forum ‘Towards successful learning: Common ground and controversies’ will be hosted by the University of Warsaw, Poland on 14-15 February 2019.

The primary target audience of the Forum are vice-rectors for academic affairs, deans, programme directors, academic staff in the universities, and researchers in the field of learning and teaching. The Forum is also open for participation by policy-makers and other stakeholders in higher education.

For more information please visit the Forum’s webpage.

Previous Forums:

The first EUA’s European Learning & Teaching Forum was organised on 28-29 September 2017 by EUA in collaboration with the Conférence des présidents d’université (CPU) and hosted by University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris, France.

For more information (including the presentations and summaries of the sessions), please click here.

Based on the work of the EUA Learning & Teaching Initiative, the EUA Council endorsed a policy statement on 26 January 2018 that addresses the changing learning landscape in European universities.

The paper underlines the importance of learning and teaching (L&T) as a core mission and responsibility of universities. It is intended to guide EUA’s work on the topic, both as the voice of universities in policy debates, including the discussions of the Bologna Follow-up Group and the upcoming Ministerial meeting in Paris, and as a platform for member collaboration.

Download the full statement.

Lessons learnt from the thematic peer groups on learning and teaching, 29 November 2017

Following the implementation of the 2017 thematic peer groups, and the launch of the 1st European Learning & Teaching Forum, EUA presents a webinar that shares main outcomes and lessons learnt from the participating universities so to address institutional responses to the changing learning landscape. For more information about the webinar, please click here
Ten Principles for Enhancing Learning & Teaching at the European level, 1 February 2018

European Principles for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching serve institutional leaders in their quest to ensure quality, relevance and attractiveness of higher education learning and teaching in European universities. EUA presented a webinar that enabled a discussion on the ten principles and their implementation. The webinar was organised on 1 February at 14.00 CET. For more information, please click here.
Interview with Professor Jean Chambaz, President of the University Pierre and Marie Curie and member of the Board of the European University Association about the requisites for good learning and teaching in the run up to the European University Association’s first pan-European Learning and Teaching Forum. UPMC hosted university leaders and renowned experts at the flagship EUA conference on learning and teaching in Paris 28-29 September 2017. Professor Chambaz is a staunch advocate for fostering new learning and teaching initiatives through pan-European university collaboration and shared good practice.  

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Interview with Doctor Oliver Vettori
, Dean of Accreditation and Quality Management and Director of Program Management and Teaching and Learning Support at the Vienna University of Economics and Business ahead of the European University Association's first European Learning and Teaching Forum. WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) is one of the largest universities focusing on business and economics in Europe. It supports more than 23,000 students and over 700 researchers and teachers.

GROUSSEL_Carré (Crédit CPU)Interview with Gilles Roussel, President of the Conference of University Presidents (CPU), President of the University Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée and researcher in technology and computer science. For over 40 years the CPU has participated actively in the public debate on education issues, supporting university presidents in their responsibilities and promoting the French university system and its values. CPU co-organised EUA’s 1st Learning and Teaching Forum which was hosted by the University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC). Gilles Roussel was speaking alongside other European university advocates for exchange and success in learning and teaching.

Picture of Grace NevilleInterview with Grace Neville, Emeritus Professor at University College Cork and recipient of the French Légion d’Honneur for her work developing and supporting innovation in teaching practices. Grace chaired the closing plenary session capturing the outcomes and next steps after the European University Association’s 1st Learning and Teaching Forum.

The L&T Steering Committee (SC) is composed of eight members. The EUA Board appoints the Chair, and the European Student Union is invited to appoint one student member. The remaining six members are selected through a call for SC members.

The current SC is composed of the following members:

- Michael Murphy, Former President, University College Cork, Ireland (chair)
- Paolo Cherubini, Deputy Rector and Pro-Rector for Education, University of Milan Bicocca, Italy
- Jolanta Choinska-Mika, Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Quality of Education, Warsaw University, Poland
- Ian Dunn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience), Coventry University, UK
- Kornelia Freitag, Vice-Rector for Academic and International Affairs, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
- Gohar Hovhannisyan, European Students Union
- Riitta Pyykkö, Vice-Rector, University of Turku, Finland
- Oliver Vettori, Dean, Accreditations & Quality Management and Director, Program Management & Teaching and Learning Affairs, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

The mandate of the SC is to: 
- provide oversight of activities comprising EUA’s Learning and Teaching Initiative, specifically the organisation of the thematic peer groups and the European Learning & Teaching Forum (Forum); 
- develop the programme of the Forum in collaboration with the EUA secretariat, including deciding on the theme, on the speakers and topics for the plenary and parallel plenary sessions and on a call for contributions, on the basis of which it makes a selection to fill some of the Forum break-out sessions.

For further information on EUA L&T Initiative please contact Helene Peterbauer.

To keep abreast of ongoing and future initiatives, we invite you to engage with our communication channels:

European University Association (EUA)

Brussels office:
Avenue de l’Yser, 24
1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0) 2 230 55 44

Geneva office:
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Case postale 3174
1211 Geneva 3
Tel: +41 22 552 02 96