European Initiatives - Chances for Universities?

May 21, 2014 - 16:30 - 18:00
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
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Peter van der Hijden

The Higher Education Research Group (HERG)

cordially invites you to a

lecture by


Independent higher education expert, Brussels


European Initiatives - Chances for Universities?

Date: Wednesday, 21st May, 4.30 p.m.

Venue: CEU, Nador u. 9, Gellner Room

Universities are teaching, doing research and fostering innovation at local, national, European and international level. They are contributing substantially to the well-being of their region and country. Ideas born at universities can resonate throughout the European Research Area (ERA) and beyond. Students may find many places to study in the European Higher Education Area (Bologna) and further afield.

From an EU perspective, universities are helping to build the 'Innovation Union' and reach the aims of the 'Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth'. The EU is an important source of funding for universities through programmes like Erasmus+, Horizon 2020 and the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). This presentation points at chances for universities and actions they could undertake.

PETER VAN DER HIJDEN is an independent higher education expert of Dutch nationality, living in Brussels. Peter has worked 23 years for the European Commission. He has been Head of Sector Higher Education Policies in the Directorate General Education and Culture (modernising universities, Erasmus, Bologna). He has also worked for the Transport and Energy DG (inland waterways) and the DG Research and Innovation (ERA and Horizon 2020). Peter studied law in Nijmegen and Leiden and graduated from Maastricht University, The Netherlands, where he started his career as Vice-Registrar of the University Council and Research Policy Officer at the Faculty of Law.

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