4EU+ Open Session and Round Table

16. November 2020

Prague, 16 November 2020. The Annual Meeting of the 4EU+ Alliance was be held as an online event, organized by Charles University. It consists of three main parts:

In the morning, various stakeholders from the 4EU+ Community explore selected topics of central relevance for the Alliance during the micro think-tank sessions. In parallel, the 4EU+ Governing Board holds its regular meeting with the 4EU+ Management Committee and Vice-Rectors/Vice-Presidents of member universities.

Charles University Rector Tomáš Zima officially takes over the position of the Chair of the 4EU+ Governing Board from the President of Sorbonne University Jean Chambaz at the General Assembly.

4EU+ Academic Council will be officially inaugurated as a Governance Body of the Alliance.

The Open Session of the Annual Meeting, organised with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, starts at 16:00. All the partners and friends of the 4EU+ European University Alliance are invited to join. Main outcomes of the micro think-tanks sessions are being shared, successful Flagship projects are being presented and a round-table discussion on the topic „4EU+ as a prototype for synergy between research and education“ is being held.

The detailed programme of the Open Session:

Welcome by the Rectors, Ambassadors, European Commissioner, Members of the Czech Government

    • Welcome by CU Rector Tomáš Zima

    • Welcome by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček

    • Greetings by the Deputy Minister of Education Václav Velčovský

    • Greetings by the ambassadors

    • President of Sorbonne University Jean Chambaz: achievements of 4EU+ in 2020

    • Rector of Charles University Tomáš Zima: Priorities of 4EU+ under the GB Chair of CU Rector Tomáš Zima

    • Greetings by the European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel

Reports from the micro think-tanks sessions by student co-chairs

Topic 1: Just Wishful Thinking? The claim of synergy between research and teaching in 4EU+ Janathan Juarez Altuzar (HU)

Topic 2: 4EU+ and Europe: Can 4EU+ make us better Europeans? Can 4EU+ strengthen Europe? And should it? If yes, how? Eliška Černovská (CU)

Topic 3: Mobility, connectivity, exchange: Which mix of modes cooperating within 4EU+ works best? What can be gained by certain modes? And what is lost? Bret Doerksen (UM)

Key topic: 4EU+ as a prototype for synergy between research and education

  • Presentation of one successful project per Flagship

    Flagship 1: Urban Health Case Challenge
    Flagship 2: Cooperative Network Philotrans
    Flagship 3: Joint master degree in Mathematics and Applications
    Flagship 4: Extension of competences and knowledge-based education of natural hazards and environmental change

  • Round-table discussion with representatives of the European Commission, Rectors and students, moderated by Tomáš Zima, Rector of Charles University

    • Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, Head of the Unit Higher Education, DG EAC
    • Apostolia Karamali, Head of Unit Academic R&I and Research Organisations, DG RTD
    • Bernhard Eitel, Rector of Heidelberg University
    • Henrik C. Wegener, Rector of the University of Copenhagen
    • Student representatives: Mike Gudbergsen (UCPH), Julia Kostro (UW), Bérangère Poncet (SU)

Original links: YouTube | 4EU+