YUFE Townhall is the largest YUFE annual event with the aim of gathering all YUFE stakeholders – internal and external – to discuss issues of mutual importance, outcomes and results of YUFE, and future plans for the development of European Universities Initiative.

YUFE Townhall 2023

YUFE Townhall 2023 will take place in Rijeka from the 15th until the 17th of February 2023 and will be dedicated to the topic of impact and contribution of the European Universities to its stakeholders, higher education systems and societies in general. This will entail exploring questions such as:

  • Contribution to the European Strategy for Universities
  • Engagement with (diverse) external stakeholders
  • Examples of European Universities’ impact for different stakeholders
  • Combining the European focus with the local dimension of community engagement
  • Needs from the European higher education
  • Long-term future of the European Universities

We hope that you will join us at this event which brings together YUFE executives, engaged staff from all YUFE universities and associated partners, YUFE students, and external partners and stakeholders in joint discussions about the impact of European Universities on higher education and broader societal landscape.


There are several external activities during YUFE Townhall.
The full external programme for the YUFE Townhall 2023 can be found here.


Panel Overview

Panel 1 takes place on the 16th of February from 10:15 – 11:30. This is a point in time to explore what this transition from European University Alliances pilot projects to more permanent, embedded and stable entities means for the European University Alliances. This panel will talk about how this sensitive transition should be managed, implemented and supported will be explored from a variety of different perspectives, including European University Alliance management, student representatives, sectoral organisations and policymakers.

Panel 2 also takes place on the 16th of February from 11:45 – 13:00. European Strategy for Universities presents one of the most significant recent policy developments within higher education in the European Union. This panel will explore the questions of implementation, monitoring and impact from diverse perspectives. YERUN, will reflect on the European Strategy for Universities as whole: its success factors, impact so far, and future potential. Four representatives from European University Alliances will then present how they have contributed to the European Strategy for Universities and how they plan to do so in the future.

Panel 3 will take place on the 17th of February from 11:00 – 12:15. European University Initiative has set ambitious long-term goals for the European University Alliances. This panel will gather diverse internal and external stakeholders – policymakers, student representatives, higher education researchers and university management – to explore expectations, predictions and potential scenarios of the impact that future European Universities can have on European societies, economies and labour market.

Panel 4 will also take place on the 17th of February from 13:45 – 15:00. The third university mission of service to society remains as important as ever for European higher education institutions and future European Universities also need to ensure that they are societally engaged, open and integrated with their communities. This panel will explore the local dimension and community engagement of European University Alliances. The focus will be on practical examples from four alliances. 


Speaker Highlights