Below please find the Concept Programme for the European Universities Forum, organized at Palacký University Olomouc on the 1st and 2nd of December. More detailed information will be shared later.

Thursday, December 1st – Faculty of Law, Building B, Auditorium




Opening Speeches
Radka Wildová, Deputy Minister Higher Education, Science and Research 
Martin Procházka, Rector of Palacký University Olomouc


Panel 1: State of Multilateral Collaboration and Support to European University Initiative
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Moderator: Michal Malacka, Vice-Rector for Strategy and Regional Affairs, Palacký University Olomouc

  • Ioana Dewandeler, Policy Officer Higher Education, European Commission, DG Education and Culture
  • Ludovic Thilly, Chair of Coimbra Group, Coordinator of FOREU2, Vice-Rector at the University Poitiers
  • Tilmann Märk, Rector the University of Innsbruck
  • Thomas Estermann, Director, European Universities Association, Brussels  


Lunch and Networking at Faculty of Law


Panel 2: Ambitions, Challenges & Best Practices of Pioneering European University Alliances
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Moderator: Bára Křenek Sobotková, Czech Liaison Office for Education and Research in Brussels, Senior Consultant for Education

  • Michal Malacka, Vice-Rector for Strategy and Regional Affairs, Palacký University Olomouc    
  • Pavel Doleček, Vice-Rector for Strategic Cooperation and Development, Charles University
  • Břetislav Dančák Vice-Rector of Internationalisation, Masaryk University
  • Zbyněk Škvor, Vice-Rector for Science, Creative Activities and PhD Studies, and Research, Czech Technical University in Prague
  • Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Rector University of Rijeka, YUFE Alliance  
  • Tetyana Kaganovska, Rector V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University


Reception at the Archbishop’s Palace

Friday, December 2nd – Fort Science




European University
– Research and Innovation

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Moderator: Halldór Jónsson,
Aurora Alliance, University of Iceland

European University
and Governance Models
– Deepened Collaboration

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Moderator: Selma Porobić,
Aurora Alliance,
Palacký University Olomouc

European University
Challenged-based Approach
and Stakeholder Engagement

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Moderator: Otakar Fojt,
Aurora Alliance External stakeholder Nominee

Aurora Rectors
& Guests

Historic University & City Tour with Lunch


Lunch and Networking at Fort Science


Closing Remarks

  • Workshop Outcomes: Workshop Moderators
  • Closing Speech: Michal Malacka, Vice-Rector for Strategy and Regional Affairs, Palacký University Olomouc

This programme may be subject to change.

About sections - Panels & Workshops

High-level panels Day 1

Panel 1: State of Multilateral Collaboration and Support to European University  Initiative

This opening panel will look into the significance of the European University Initiative as a flagship program of the European Higher Education Area and its contribution to the European Strategy for Universities. Our focus will be on a supportive multilateral environment for European Universities and their sustainability. We will discuss how the current state of collaboration between the European Commission, government, Higher education institutions and other Alliances and stakeholders can support the development of joint working culture, identity and shared governance and contribute to a long-term vision that European University Alliances have committed to. 

Panel 2:  Ambitions, Challenges & Best Practices of Pioneering European University Alliances

In this second high-level panel, we will focus on key elements for the implementation of the joint vision, mission and strategies of the European University Alliances by zooming in on the transformative leadership, co-engagement and governance models in a transnational European context, and with a reference to regional geopolitical challenges, including the war in Ukraine. Through the lens of 4 existing Czech Alliances, we will discuss the transformative institutional potentials and share the obstacles as well as best practices.

Workshops Day 2

European University Alliances  – Research and Innovation

What are the most tangible results of the Science with and for Society(Horizon2020) project on the institutional level? What is the state of play regarding the shared research infrastructure and support for research collaborations? This workshop will focus on Research and Innovation in EUN Alliances within the Czech context. We will discuss the challenges and best practices of aligning our research resources so far and how to move ahead beyond the pilot phase. 

European University Alliances and Governance Models –Deepened Collaboration

What are the common vision, mission and values of your Alliance? How has deep institutional transnational cooperation been modelled so far?  Which governance prototypes have been established, and how do they contribute to the implementation of the common vision, strategy and activities? Can students and staff participate and how? What does an inter-university campus look like after the pilot phase and what are the next steps? In this workshop, we will have each Czech EUN Alliance presenting their own innovative and new, systemic, structural and sustainable cooperation EUN models by focusing on challenges encountered so far and presenting solutions and new ideas in moving forward.

European University Alliances, Challenged-based Approach and Stakeholder Engagement

What is the state of play in connecting students and academics, together with researchers, entrepreneurs, companies, local and regional actors, and civil society actors? How can we improve working together to address societal and other challenges? In this workshop, we bring together the leadership of the Czech alliances with relevant stakeholders to discuss the models for Innovative solutions adaptable to different regions in Europe. We look into a challenged-based approach to learning and training that can develop knowledge and equip students, lifelong learners and researchers with critical thinking, entrepreneurial, creative and transversal skills, relevant to a fast-changing labour market and profound transition-driven changes in our society.  

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