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The Sustainability of European Universities

Hosted by the University of Warwick, United Kingdom

22-23 March 2012

Universities are faced with dramatic changes, relating to worsening economic conditions. But the fast-evolving research landscape in Europe and a world of mass higher education also have an impact on the sustainability of universities. The conference will therefore try to shed light on the key aspects of sustainable higher education systems for Europe, and the possible pathways to achieve this.

EUA and its members will debate how to ensure quality teaching and deliver excellent research in a competitive environment by considering the different models developed in various higher education systems and taking into full consideration the role of framework conditions – such as funding and facilities.

The conference will:

  • engage university leaders in rethinking higher education models, to be sustainable in the 21st century, in a world of mass higher education and pressure on universities to perform competitive, high-end research;
  • consider the impact of different initiatives and models;
  • define the key tensions facing universities in rethinking the system and their own institutional strategies;  
  • identify the most important elements of ‘sustainability’ for individual universities and for the sector; and
  • reach consensus on institutional, national and European strategies and action that can be implemented by individual universities to promote sustainable and successful European universities and address the challenges ahead. 


The EUA Annual Conference 2012 will bring together university leaders, researchers, students, policymakers and partner stakeholders to discuss the challenges related to the sustainability of Europe’s higher education institutions. Please join us at the University of Warwick for EUA’s Annual Conference 2012 and share your thoughts and ideas with colleagues from all over Europe.


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