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EUTOPIA Week 12-16 April 2021

Registration now open!

Registration is now open for EUTOPIA Week online.

From 12-16 April E-week will be packed with workshops and seminars on a wide range of topics, relevant to students, staff and researchers from the alliance and beyond. There will also be some great networking opportunities for everyone, and even a few fun activities planned.

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The University of Gothenburg is looking forward to hosting the third EUTOPIA Week online. The week will be packed with workshops and seminars on a wide range of topics, relevant to students, staff and researchers from the alliance and beyond. There will also be some great networking opportunities for everyone, and even a few fun activities planned. Each day is loosely built around a theme, and each theme is a building block of the EUTOPIA Alliance.

Monday, April 12th is all about inclusion, and everyone is welcome. We start the EUTOPIA Week journey with our opening ceremony, where we greet participants and guests from near and far. A variety of EUTOPIA representatives will provide highlights from our journey so far, and look at what lies ahead. We are delighted to welcome our special guests, the UN Assistant Secretary General Ulrika Modéer and Anders Danielsson, Governor of the County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland, who will provide their perspectives on international and local cooperation.

In the afternoon, we will talk about inclusion in higher education and adapting the system to the students as well as enjoy a fun, interactive quiz about idioms and expressions from the languages of EUTOPIA.

Tuesday, April 13th focuses on 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 also 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 part of the workshop will be on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, April 14th highlights local and global cooperation. Are you a student and wonder why you should be a part of EUTOPIA? Then come to a lively student-focused roundtable between students and professionals who will explore the benefits and synergies international networks such as EUTOPIA can provide. This will be followed by a session titled “How can we help you? Networking with the EUTOPIA Career Ambassadors”, where you can network with EUTOPIA’s career ambassadors and find out what they do and have to offer, get access to their resources and networks, and learn about their workshop series.

After lunch there is a session with the thought-provoking title “Digitalization of journalism. Creative destruction or utter destruction?” In an anarchic digital environment where anyone with a twitter account can become a publisher, journalism faces new challenges and opportunities. This session is bound to lead to a lively discussion.

Thursday, April 15th puts research in focus.

In the morning we kick off with a high-level policy session examining how European University alliances can provide a unique opportunity to promote true integration between education, research and innovation activities in higher education. Both the Directorate General for Education and Culture and the Directorate General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission are participating in this session, together with the presidents of the University of Gothenburg, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, and Stellenbosch University.

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. Thursday is also the day for anyone interested in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the late morning, come to "Post-Covid Society: An Opportunity or Challenge Towards the Construction of Sustainable Urbanism?", and in the late afternoon, we have “Tackle sustainability challenges together, now”.

Friday, April 16th is about the EUTOPIA journey ahead, and is our final destination for the week. After the invitation-only EUTOPIA Forum, we welcome everyone again - including the general public - to our Closing Ceremony from 12:00-12:30.

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.

Photo Competition

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 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 4pm (GMT) / 5pm (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.