Even as negotiations for the UK’s exit from the European Union reach their complex climax, an English university is set to virtually host a week-long event dedicated to continental cooperation.
The University of Warwick will convene students, researchers, and staff from the EUTOPIA network of six European universities for a series of workshops and discussions highlighting pan-European student mobility and research collaboration
“Solving challenges together, at a global and local level, is at the core of EUTOPIA’s mission,” said Professor Stuart Croft, the university’s president and vice-chancellor.
“I am proud that our network is continuing to create new opportunities for the movement of knowledge and ideas across the continent.”
Speakers set to address the higher education alliance – spanning the UK, France, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, and Slovenia – include Themis Christophidou, the European Commission’s director general of education, youth, sport and culture, and Martin Reeves, chief executive of Coventry City Council.
Among the topics to be discussed are how to ensure European universities reach optimum inclusivity, creating transnational programmes in areas such as sustainable development, and how universities can enhance cities and regions by supporting culture, talking to business and industry, and researching the UN’s sustainable development goals.
Warwick Esports Society will host a series of online gaming tournaments during the week, with entertainment augmented by a virtual pub quiz.
Ahead of just its second formal gathering, the EUTOPIA community has already proved itself to be more than a talking shop. Earlier this year, for example, partners invested €10.2m on funding 76 post-doctoral researchers focused on such issues as inequality, artificial intelligence, antimicrobial resistance, and sustainable materials.
It also underlined its aim to create opportunities for living, studying, and working across the continent by welcoming its second cohort of cotutelle scholars, PhD researchers funded to study at – and be supervised by – two partner institutions.
Solving challenges together, at a global and local level, is at the core of EUTOPIA’s mission – Professor Stuart Croft
“The COVID-19 pandemic and upheaval to normal life across the planet this year have shown us that we can all face huge difficulties by working together, from international collaborations between countries and institutions to looking out for each other in our local communities,” added Croft.
“I am looking forward to spending time with our friends from around the EUTOPIA network this month, and to furthering our vision of more connected, more inclusive, more impactful higher education in Europe.”
Register here for EUTOPIA Week, taking place virtually from November 23-27.