The European University Association (EUA) is a network that unites some 800 universities in 47 countries under the banner “Strong Universities for Europe.” EUA serves as an important forum for debate on higher education policy and as a platform where universities and national rectors’ conferences from 47 European countries can discuss issues related to education, research, and innovation, thus enabling the institutions to initiate joint projects. It also provides the framework for universities to shape important academic policy on the international stage. Through its activities, the EUA plays a fundamental role in strengthening European education and research.
The EUA conference is held at a different venue every year. UZH submitted a bid to host next year’s conference – and was selected as the location of next year’s meeting of university leaders, which will take place from 4 to 6 April 2018. “I look forward to welcoming some 400 university leaders and other guests from all over Europe,” says UZH President Michael Hengartner. “It is an honor for UZH to host this major international conference.” Hengartner, who is also currently president of swissuniversities (the conference of higher education institutions in Switzerland), points out that hosting the conference represents a valuable opportunity for UZH: “The event will increase the already excellent international reputation of our University.”