A small delegation from Lund University travelled to Porto for the Annual Summit 2021 to discuss future challenges and opportunities. The issues under discussion included mobility between higher education institutions, lifelong learning and how we can intertwine research and education.
The first physical meeting in nearly two years within our European university alliance project, EUGLOH, was held 13–15 October. Among all the exciting items covered, there were a few things in particular that became my takeaways from the discussions in Porto:
- Most of the activities in the collaboration up to now have been in the form of online courses and virtual mobility. Now, EUGLOH wants to focus heavily on physical mobility for students and teaching staff between higher education institutions and also on trying to find sustainable ways to accomplish this. Not least, the student representatives raised this question and pointed out that we must be better at highlighting sustainable transport solutions.
- Intensive discussions are also taking place at our partner universities regarding lifelong learning and continuing professional development. Here, there are exciting opportunities for increased collaboration.
- There were questions concerning how we can better utilise existing opportunities to intertwine research and education, and to use research infrastructure in this context.
Work has now started on writing an application to extend the collaboration after 2022, with the current five higher education institutions – and four new partner universities (Alcala, Hamburg, Novi Sad and Tromsö). To be continued!
/ Lena Eskilsson
This text is published in LU News No 5 - 2021