Major expansion of the European University EUTOPIA

Ground-breaking university cooperation including innovative student exchanges

16 September - 11.00 - Residence of the Italian Ambassador in Belgium - Avenue Legrand 43, 1050 Ixelles

Dear journalist,

The European educational landscape is undergoing a paradigm shift: European universities are being established. Among them is the European University EUTOPIA, composed of the six open, innovative and inclusive universities Vrije Universiteit Brussel, University of Gothenburg, CY Cergy Paris Université, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, University of Warwick and University of Ljubljana.

On 16 September 2021 at 11.00, EUTOPIA will announce its first major expansion with three leading like-minded European universities:

  • Università Ca'Foscari Venezia - Italy
  • Technische Universität Dresden - Germany
  • Universidade NOVA de Lisboa - Portugal

and its association with four universities outside Europe:

  • Université Internationale de Rabat - Morocco
  • Kyungpook National University - South Korea
  • Monash University - Australia
  • Stellenbosch University - South Africa

For the students of these universities this means, among other things, that more new and innovative student exchanges will be possible, a kind of Erasmus 2.0.

You are invited to attend this enlargement ceremony, which will take place at the residence of the Italian Ambassador in Belgium and in the presence of rector Caroline Pauwels and other European and local stakeholders. Please confirm your presence by sending an email to You can also request interviews via this address.

The preliminary programme:

  • 11.00 - 11.05: Kick-off. Marie Marchand, EUTOPIA Student Council President
  • 11.05 - 11.15: Welcome. HE Genuardi, Italian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium
  • 11.15 - 11.25: Welcome to EUTOPIA. Prof Caroline Pauwels, rector of Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • 11.25 - 11.35: EUTOPIA and Ca'Foscari Venezia. Prof Tiziana Lipiello, rector of Ca'Foscari Venezia
  • 11.35 - 11.45: EUTOPIA and TU Dresden. Prof Ursula Staudinger, rector of TU Dresden
  • 11.45 - 11.55: EUTOPIA and NOVA Lisboa. Prof João de Deus Santos Sàágua, Rector of NOVA Lisboa
  • 11.55 - 12.05: Concluding remarks. Prof Eva Wiberg, Chair of the EUTOPIA Alliance and chancellor of the University of Gothenburg
  • 12.05 - 12.15: Photos. Rectors, EUTOPIA Sec Gen, Marie Marchand, VPs
  • 12.15 - 14.00: Reception

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