YUFE is one of the first 17 alliances selected by the European Commission in 2019 to develop a unique model of a European University. The 14 YUFE partners aim to contribute to a more competitive, innovative and united Europe through structural cooperation in education, research, innovation, and engagement with local communities.
YUFE Townhall is a 2.5-day umbrella event involving all of YUFE’s programs and activities for YUFE students, staff, and citizens. It is supposed to feature inspiring speakers from across Europe and beyond and provide a stimulating environment for YUFE students, staff, partners, and citizens. Its focus will be on the European higher education and its links to wider society. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will now mainly take place virtually, which will actually make it more inclusive, accessible and sustainable with wider engagement across the whole of Europe.
The YUFE Townhall will take place on December 7-9, 2020 and it aims to close the gap between academia and the rest of society, including as diverse an audience as possible.
The opening ceremony is scheduled for Monday, December 7, and it will feature Prof. Martin Paul, M.D., Ph.D., President of Maastricht University and Chair of YUFE, and Jessica Winter, student at the University of Bremen and Vice-Chair of YUFE. To familiarize the wider audience with YUFE and its achievements to date, Daniela Trani, Ph.D., Director of YUFE Alliance, will hold a presentation, which will be followed by Q&A with questions from the virtual audience.
Two of the YUFE Townhall sessions will be open to the public. The first session gives an overview of what has been achieved by YUFE in it’s first year. The second open session asks a variety of stakeholders, including the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, as well as the DG of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, and the CEO of a triple-helix campus, what European Universities can contribute to society, with a focus on regional employability following the quadruple helix model. The quadruple helix model brings together science, policy, industry, and society. The third working session is organized and hosted by the YUFE Student Forum.
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