Flags of European nations and the EU in Strasbourg: the European Universities Association represents 870 universities in 49 countries across Europe

Flags of European nations and the EU in Strasbourg:  the European Universities Association represents  870 universities in 49 countries across Europe

University leaders from countries across Europe will gather in Swansea on 11-12 April for the annual conference of the European University Association.

Swansea University is hosting the event, which will see around 300 delegates discuss the challenges facing the sector in their respective nations and across Europe as a whole.   

The European University Association (EUA) represents more than 870 universities and national rectors’ conferences in 49 European countries.   They influence EU policies on higher education, research and innovation.  Through continuous interaction with a range of other European and international organisations, EUA ensures that the independent voice of European universities is heard.

Swansea Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle is Vice President of the EUA.

The theme of this year’s conference in Swansea will be “integrity in a time of change”.  The event will investigate and showcase universities’ capacity to deal with change and to shape societal transformation while staying true to their core character, values, and missions.

This theme will be addressed from a variety of perspectives: teaching integrity, integrity in international collaboration, research ethics and integrity, and integrity in university leadership. Conference sessions will encourage an in-depth reflection on how universities can balance integrity and change to their own benefit and that of society. 

The conference, which takes place on the Bay campus, is being supported by the University’s events team, working with EUA colleagues. The programme includes a gala dinner, to be held at Swansea Arena.

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Professor Paul Boyle, Swansea University Vice-Chancellor, said:

“It is a privilege to be hosting the European University Association’s Annual Conference at Swansea University this year. The Conference brings together university leaders from across Europe to discuss the most pressing issues for our sector and our society. It is an important vehicle for collaboration and partnership between institutions, and enables our European sector to come together with purpose across national borders. 

This represents the first time that the EUA has hosted its Annual Conference in Wales, and only the third time since its inception that it has been held in the UK. Following the UK’s recent association to Horizon Europe, this underpins our enduring commitment to collaboration with our European partners, to maximise impact and opportunity for all.

Our University’s events team have worked collaboratively with EUA colleagues in preparation for the Conference, and we very much look forward to welcoming university leaders from across Europe to our region, and to sharing with them the unique beauty of Wales.”

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