A Science|Business Network roundtable (15:00 – 17:00 CET)
In recent months, the European Commission has launched a new strategy to empower universities to become more central players in driving a sustainable post-COVID recovery, the twin transitions, and the EU’s global leadership in tackling the complex challenges of our age. Its comprehensive plan also places education, skills, diversity and inclusion, and related values at the heart of Europe’s agenda and ambitions – topics which have arguably tended to take a back seat to other policy priorities in the past couple of decades.
For the Universities Strategy to succeed, it seems clear that member states will have to mobilise significant resources and policy support behind the Commission’s ambitions, in areas that have frequently been defended as national competences. In parallel, debate is also growing about the future role and impact of European University Alliances within various flagship policy initiatives – not least the establishment of the European Education Area, the revitalisation of the Research & Innovation Area, and the launch of the new European Innovation Agenda.
Against this backdrop, Science|Business will convene a high-level roundtable on March 7 with members of its Network, EU and national officials, and invited guests to discuss the way forward. Amid the usual talk about synergies, frameworks and new opportunities, what can the Strategy realistically deliver through to 2025, and what are the most significant barriers to progress that still need to be addressed? How do the Commission and universities themselves see the evolution of European University Alliances in this context, and what more needs to be done to ensure their long-term viability and sustainability? How might European degrees strengthen our skills and knowledge base, not least in line with the green and digital transitions? And will there be a role for industry and other key stakeholders to help co-create new curricula, programmes and innovation?