A special breakout session, prepared by INVEST alliance and moderated by Dr. Konstantinos Kokkinos, Dr. Pantelis Ipsilantis, Dr. Nickolaos Samaras from the University of Thessaly, Greece, and Mr. Andrean Lazarov from the University of agribusiness and rural development, Bulgaria, raised a huge interest with the theme ‘European universities alliances: Deepening cooperation and building the universities of the future. The session provided opportunities for discussing the European Universities Initiative of the European Commission, addressing modern challenges to educational systems in Europe strengthening strategic partnerships, and establishing new models in networking, with a special accent on PHE. The expectations for European universities by 2025 were presented through examples of shared, integrated, and long-term strategies for education with links to research and innovation and society as a whole; the establishment of interuniversity campuses, new joint and flexible curricula, and approaches to teaching and learning; and capacity building, followed by teamwork in new cooperation models and activities in driving sustainability, excellence, and European values in EHEA. Special considerations were put on demand for new skills which are constantly increasing and on the digital transformations in HEIs, especially imposed by COVID-19 pandemics, incl. inclusion and flexible teaching and learning approaches.


Curator, Andriana Gerondis