The rectors' addresses


The EUTOPIA Weeks are milestones in the construction of the EUTOPIA alliance, happening every six months. The "Rectors' addresses" series of videos focuses on the EUTOPIA rectors' addresses during the E-Weeks, to see how the alliance grew, and what it achieved.

First E-Week: CYU - Summer 2020

See here the video for the first EUTOPIA Week:

For this first E-week in CY, the Rectors all focus on different points:
  • François Germinet, President of CY Cergy Paris Université: "To let students invent the world of tomorrow"
  • Igor Papic, Rector of the University OF Ljubljana: "The absence of boundaries"
  • Caroline Pauwels, Rector of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel: "Connectedness, and the EUTOPIA educational model"
  • Eva Wiberg, Vice-Chancellor of the Unversity of Gothenburg: "Research & Education to create synergies"
  • Jaume Casals, Rector of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra: "Universality of Open Science"
  • Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick: "A transformed Europe, and the international aim of EUTOPIA"
Second E-Week: Warwick - November 2020

See here the video for the second EUTOPIA Week:


In the address of this second EUTOPIA Week, the rectors all focus on different points (with guest speaker Nikki Muckle, Secretary-General of EUTOPIA):

  • Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick: "The International engagement of EUTOPIA"
  • Nikki Muckle, Secretary-General of EUTOPIA, "What we have achieved so far"
  • Igor Papic, Rector of the University OF Ljubljana: "The three EUTOPIAn EU-funded projects: 2050, SIF, and TRAIN"
  • Eva Wiberg, Vice-Chancellor of the Unversity of Gothenburg: "Link between international strategy and local place-making, as well as adherence to democratic values and defending academic freedom"
  • Caroline Pauwels, Rector of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel: "The place of Students in a Student-centred alliance"
  • François Germinet, President of CY Cergy Paris Université: "The opportunities created by EUTOPIA"
  • Pelegri Viader, Rector's Commissioner for EUTOPIA at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Speaking on behalf of Rector Jaume Casals: "The effects of the pandemic on the alliance in a positive light: digitalization of higher education and new types of mobility"
Third E-Week: Gothenburg - April 2021

See here the video for the third EUTOPIA Week:


For this third E-week in Gothenburg the alliance was now at half its lifespan, a great occasion then to look back at what was achieved in its 18 months of existence. Thus, the Rectors focused on the following points (Nikki Muckle the Secretary-General of EUTOPIA, and Marie Marchand, President of the EUTOPIA Student Council, also had sizeable interventions):

  • Eva Wiberg, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg: "The EUTOPIAn Journey so far, through COVID, adaptation and persistence"
  • Nikki Muckle, Secretary-General of EUTOPIA : "What we have achieved so far, at the midpoint of EUTOPIA, and what to look forward to"
  • Marie Marchand, President of the EUTOPIA Student Council "What does being a student within EUTOPIA mean? Examples of student engagements"
  • Igor Papic, Rector of the University of Ljubljana: "What EUTOPIA is doing for Inclusion"
  • Caroline Pauwels, Rector of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel: "The evolution of the EUTOPIA Educational Model, and the Connected Learning Communities"
  • Jaume Casals, Rector of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona: "Betting on EUTOPIA to innovate, for European solutions to problems can help develop local solutions too"
  • François Germinet, President of CY Cergy Paris Université: "Sustainability through solidarity, solidarity through connectedness. Stay connected"
  • Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick: "Internationalism and the new international partners of EUTOPIA outside of Europe"
  • Eva Wiberg, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg: "Last words: Connections, inclusion, and opening of the EUTOPIA Week"

Fifth EUTOPIA Week: Brussels 27 June - 01 July 2022

This portion will be completed once more information is made available.

Fourth EUTOPIA Week: Barcelona 22-26 November 2021

Pompeu Fabra University is hosting the fourth EUTOPIA Week, on-site and online, across the university’s three campuses in Barcelona.

The EUTOPIA Week is an opportunity to bring together all the key actors participating in the EUTOPIA project and offers a week full of interactive in person and online events, workshops, conferences, forums, seminars and many more interesting activities to the EUTOPIA alliance and beyond.

The main theme of UPF’s EUTOPIA Week is Planetary Wellbeing, as defined in the concept paper and fostered by UPF as its Institutional Framework. Broader than the concept of (social and environmental) sustainability, ambitious in nature and subject to many diverse manifestations in the university environment, the Planetary Wellbeing Institutional Framework represents a practical expression of UPF’s commitment to sustainable leadership role in the society and simultaneously follows the sustainability spirit, actions and aspirations of EUTOPIA.

To complement this varied academic programme, UPF has prepared a fascinating cultural visits programme on Planetary Wellbeing and Sustainability around Barcelona and its metropolitan area, as the city of Barcelona itself offers ample opportunities for such endeavours due to its core philosophy being linked to sustainability since the early 1990s. This EUTOPIA Week is an undeniable occasion for networking opportunities and the perfect setting to discover many special places and spaces impacting today’s societal challenges.

EUTOPIA Week BARCELONA ProgrammeRegistration, and session videos.

Third EUTOPIA Week: Gothenburg 12-16 April 2021


EWeek 2021 registration and programme: click here

Monday 12th April is all about inclusion, and everyone is welcome. We start the EUTOPIA Week journey with our opening ceremony from 10:00am – 11:00am. In the afternoon, we’ll talk about inclusion in higher education and adapting the system to the students.

Tuesday 13th April is all about education. In the morning, you can learn about EUTOPIA’s innovative education model. In the afternoon, the EUTOPIA student forum will discuss the student vision for EUTOPIA; if you are a student, this is for you. Tuesday afternoon is the first of two half-day workshops on university autonomy and integrity, and is part of a regional collaboration between EUTOPIA and institutions in the Western Balkans. The second session will be on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday 14th April highlights local and global cooperation. Are you a student and wonder why you should be a part of EUTOPIA? Then come to a lively roundtable between students and professionals who will explore the benefits and synergies international networks such as EUTOPIA can provide. Is digitization of the societal role of journalism an example of creative destruction, or just destruction? This is the question being raised in Wednesday’s afternoon session.

Thursday 15th April puts research in focus. We’ll be taking up links between education and research and have two sessions related to sustainability issues. Are you a researcher and wonder what the EUTOPIA partnership network may have to offer you? Then come to our afternoon session for researchers to learn about opportunities available through EUTOPIA.

Most of our sessions include a mix of students, academics and non-academics in a variety of roles. Some of the sessions mentioned are being organised or led by students. Throughout the week, you’ll also see that EUTOPIA’s collaborations extend beyond the academic world, and even beyond Europe.


Most of you are probably still working or studying from home. You might look out of the same window every day. But what do you see?

What you see out of your window might not seem that different or unusual to you. For someone else, it might be. Or maybe the similarities of what we see, no matter where in the world we are, help us see the things we have in common.

To celebrate EUTOPIA Week Spring 2021, we’d like you to snap a picture of your everyday life: of the street where you live, what you see on your way to buy a pint of milk when you take your dog for a walk or a glimpse from your window before you switch on the computer in the morning. We’d love to experience it with you, if only in a photograph. Let others take a visual journey to the places that make us EUTOPIA.

While there will be some nice prizes, this isn’t a contest to find the most stylish or professional photo or the grammatically perfect write-up. We’re looking quite simply for photos that capture what people see outside these days, photos representing EUTOPIA’s European and global partners taking part in EUTOPIA Week Spring 2021.

Let others get a look outside by sending your photo to before 4 pm (GMT) / 5 pm (CET) on Thursday 15 April.

Please include your name, where you are and one to two sentences about your photo. The winners will be announced on the last day of EUTOPIA Week Spring 2021, Friday 16 April. You do not need to be present and please note that you by sending in your photo, agree to let EUTOPIA use, share, modify, and/or adapt your image.

Second EUTOPIA Week: Warwick 23 - 27 November 2020

EUTOPIA Week brings together key players – students, researchers, subject matter experts and strategic partners, from across our European alliance network, every six months. This year we will be hosting a number of additional online events, open to all, to provide unique insights and enable important discussions on topics impacting society today.

The University of Warwick (UK) is hosting the second EUTOPIA Week online from 23 to 27 November.

For more information, please fill our registration form.

What’s happening?

Our programme includes a range of workshops, panel debates and open forum Q&A’s to choose from. We have engaged a range of high-profile speakers from across our networks to participate in important topical discussions relating to Higher Education and the wider global operating context.

A number of sessions will be open to the public and promise to offer impressive academic and professional expert insights into the hot topics facing our society today. Some sessions will only be open to University presidents and vice-presidents, Work Package leads and co-leads, actions leaders and members, students, staff, academics and researchers from six partners of EUTOPIA. Detail of who can book sessions is indicated on the timetable.

All sessions will be delivered online, with some limited numbers, managed on a first-come, first-served basis. See event itinerary

Find out more about our event themes:

Opening Ceremony

Join us as we reflect on the successes of the EUTOPIA alliance to date and reflect on the forward programme of EUTOPIA Week 2020

EUTOPIA presents
Focused sessions targeted at sharing opportunities and insights across the EUTOPIA network

Student opportunities: Sessions targeted at students studying at EUTOPIA. Practical guidance and information from the EUTOPIA experts. Find out how to:

  • Participate in projects with prestigious European universities
  • Gain practical international work experience
  • Improve your CV and acquire new skills and competences
  • Build a strong European student network
  • Develop your intercultural and employability skills

Researcher opportunities: Find out more about opportunities for researchers and PhD students offered through our EUTOPIA partnership network:

  • Researcher mobility Program
  • Science and Innovation Fellowships
  • Improve your CV and acquire new skills and competences
  • Young Leaders Academy
  • University responses to Covid-19: Open to anyone, this interactive panel session, sees academic experts from a range of fields share insights into how EUTOPIA partners responded to and aided the fight against COVID-19. A live audience question and answer session is included.

Short, topical lunchtime talks for anyone to join:

  • Cities of Culture
  • University/Industry partnerships
  • Research and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

EUTOPIA Discusses
Led by EUTOPIA partners, these interactive sessions will convene expert panels to investigate, discuss and debate topical issues in European Higher Education:

  • Under the Lens: Inclusion for a European University
  • The Eutopia Education Model and the European Education Area
  • Universities and Economic Development: from Productivity to Prosperity for All
  • Researchers’ Careers in Higher Education (hosted by the Guild of Research Intensive Universities)

EUTOPIA Workshops
A series of expert-led practical workshops to enhance development of EUTOPIA members and our associated partners:

  • Developing Early Career Researchers: led by the IAS of both CY Cergy and Warwick, this session will share guidance and support from the respective centres of excellence in addition to highlighting opportunities offered by EUTOPIA for current ECRs or those considering a career in research
  • Western Balkans: how to design, accredit and launch an international /inter-university study programme.
First EUTOPIA Week : CY Cergy Paris 29 June - 3 July 2020

The EUTOPIA 2050 project includes six EUTOPIA Weeks. CY Cergy Paris University will host the first EUTOPIA Week from June 29 to July 3, 2020. The purpose is to:​​​​

    - Bring together all key actors of the project;
    - Celebrate the alliance;
    - Reinforce our shared identity and culture;
    - Include our students and staff into this event;
    - Progress on the scheduled actions of the project;
    - Present CY Cergy Paris Université academic, cultural and socio-economic environment;
    - Communicate at a French local and regional level and include their representatives into the ceremonies and round tables;
    - Communicate among the other alliances.

The actors involved are the presidents and the vice presidents, Work Packages leads and co-leads, actions leaders and members, students, staff, academics and researchers from six partners of EUTOPIA.

Among the content produced for this EUTOPIA Week there are:

     - Cultural Visits: Short videos exploring the city of Cergy and its surroundings, discovering the history of the city, its cultural life, places, people, action and events.
     - Discover CY: a way to discover CY Cergy Paris Université under a new light through staff, students, stakeholders short videos presentations. It will give you a good overview of the university even without being present!
     - Noon talks: short conferences between 12:00 and 12:30, centered around interesting subjects like Open Science, International Mobility, or the concept of Knowledge Bazaars.
     - Student Associations' videos: The EUTOPIA Alliance wouldn’t be the same without its students and its campus life. To get a better idea of the student life in EUTOPIA universities, we invite you to watch some video-presentations of student’s associations.
     - Conferences about subjects such as Sustainable Campuses and Digital Inclusion.

The Cultural Visits, Discover CY, and Student Associations' videos are available in a playlist HERE.

The Noon Talks, Conferences, and institutional videos (EUTOPIA Photo Contest and Opening / Closing Ceremony) are available in a playlist HERE.

Regarding the present situation caused by COVID-19, CY Cergy Paris Université—with the agreement of all partners—decided to adapt the format of the event and to propose a full digital, on-line e-EUTOPIA event.