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YUFE alliance hosts town hall for alliance members

  • Date

    Mon 7 Dec 20

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The Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) alliance, which Essex belongs to, is holding a two-day town hall event for alliance members, with three sessions open to the public, focusing on the alliance’s current programmes and activities.

The theme of the event, aimed at bringing together the YUFE community, is European Higher Education and its links to wider society.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the town hall event will take place online, allowing it to be as inclusive, accessible and sustainable as possible, encouraging wide engagement across the whole of Europe.

YUFE is one of the first seventeen alliances selected by the European Commission in 2019 to develop a unique model of a European University. The fourteen YUFE partners, including ten universities, aim to contribute to a more competitive, innovative and united Europe through structural cooperation in education, research, innovation and engagement with local communities.

One of the main goals of the alliance, in terms of cooperation between staff, students, citizens, businesses, government and policy makers, is to address local and European challenges to achieve solutions that have global relevance. The alliance also works together to develop and promote joint educational programmes, services that can add value to local communities, and to enhance the mobility of all its students and staff.

Together, the YUFE partners are aiming to create an inclusive higher education landscape without borders that is in line with current developments in society and the labour market.

All staff and students of YUFE alliance universities are invited to join in the townhall event, and some sessions will be open to the public:

  • The first open session on 7 December gives an overview of what has been achieved by YUFE in its first year.
  • The second open session on 8 December asks a variety of stakeholders, including the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, the DG of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, and the CEO of a triple-helix campus, what European Universities can contribute to society, with a focus on regional employability following the quadruple helix model. The quadruple helix model brings together science, policy, industry, and society.
  • The third open session on 9 December is a working session organised and hosted by the YUFE Student Forum.

Find out more and register for the YUFE town hall event