Policy Seminars


Second CG High-Level Seminar for Rectors and Vice-Rectors on Education Policy

13-14 November 2017, Trinity College Dublin

On 13-14 November 2017, the Coimbra Group held its second High-Level Seminar on Education Policy, which was kindly hosted by Trinity College Dublin.

Around 100 participants joined us in this successful event, including Rectors and Vice-Rectors of the 39 Coimbra Group universities and representatives of key stakeholders in higher education policy and in industry.

This seminar continued the annual tradition of Coimbra Group high-level policy seminars addressing issues of key concerns in, alternately, education and research policies. Within our alternating biannual structure the focus this year was on Education Policy and the chosen topic “Internationalisation of the Curriculum”.

We discussed how internationalisation strategies and policies at our universities are and can be reflected in the curriculum, campus life and wider activities of the universities. More specifically, we shared our experiences and ideas over a number of related aspects such as the embedding of internationalisation in the curriculum for all students, the role of co- and extra-curricular activities, student societies and student life, virtual mobility, managing diversity of learning styles and intellectual approaches, intercultural communication and English as a medium of instruction.

We are grateful to our keynote speakers:

Patricia Reilly (Deputy Head of Cabinet, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport), Conor O’Carroll (Chair, European Steering Group on Human Resources and Mobility), Betty Leask (Emerita Professor of La Trobe University, Melbourne, former Pro Vice-Chancellor Teaching and Learning), Elspeth Jones (Emerita Professor of the Internationalisation of Higher Education at Leeds Metropolitan University, former International Dean and International Education Consultant), Fionnuala Meehan (Head of Google Ireland, Vice President of EMEA Google Marketing Solutions), Mary Clarke (Vice-Dean for International Citizenship, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), Helen Spencer-Oatey (Professor in the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick);

As well as to Coimbra Group respondents:

Tony Fawcett (Dean and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor Education, Durham University), Hiltraud Casper-Hehne (Vice-Rector International Universität Göttingen), Dana Samson (Vice-Rector International, Université catholique de Louvain), Anne-Marie Motard (Vice-Rector International, University of Montpellier), Dorothy Kelly (Vice-Rector International, University of Granada).

We would like to thank Trinity College Dublin for the warm hospitality and of course all the participants, who made this event such an enjoyable experience with quality discussions and inspiration for future activities.


The slides and podcasts of the presentations will be available soon.


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Coimbra Group research policy seminar

27-28 October 2016, San Servolo

On 27-28 October, the Coimbra Group held its third research policy seminar at the Venice International University on the island of San Servolo. The seminar was opened by President Yves Jean, the Honorary President of the Coimbra Group, and Rector Rosario Rizzuto on behalf of the University of Padova, one of the founders of the Venice International University.                    

The seminar brought together twenty-five Coimbra Group universities with representatives of European organisations such as the European Commission, the League of European Research Universities, the Guild of Research-Intensive Universities and UNICA.

The afternoon saw two inspiring presentations from Senior Adviser to the Commissioner, Prof. Maria da Graça Carvalho setting the scene with the three “O”s, open innovation, open science and open to the world, while Dr Wilhelm Krull underlined the importance of training people, of nurturing the innovation that comes from human creativity.

The panel discussion brought the speakers together with Rector Rizzuto, Vice-President Lokesh Joshi from Galway and Prof. Deketelaere from LERU.

The second day concentrated on the theme of research infrastructures, with an introductory presentation from David Bohmert, who represents the Swiss National Science Foundation on the ESFRI Board, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures, followed by Dr Jennifer Edmonds from Trinity College Dublin and Prof. Paul Bertrand from University of Louvain on DARIAH, Digital Research Infrastructures for the Arts and Humanities. Rector Žukauskas from Vilnius University presented the shared infrastructures at his university, and Prof. Serge Huberson looked at the international cooperation level and the questions of sustainability.

You will find the presentations below:

 Dr W. Krull 

Prof. M. da Graça Carvalho 

Dr J. Edmond DARIAH 

ESFRI D. Bohmert 

Prof. P. Bertrand DARIAH 

Prof. S. Huberson 

Rector A. Zukauskas Vilnius Case Study 


Coimbra Group conference

"Impact of a Horizon 2020 proposal – industrial leadership and societal challenges"

3-4 December 2015, Aarhus University



Coimbra Group High-level Seminar

“A Tradition of Innovation”


26-27 October 2015, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași




Seminar for Directors/Coordinators of Translation,

Interpreting and Translation Studies Programmes


28 October 2015, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași


Provisional programme


Coimbra Group High-level Seminar
“Horizons 2015: First Experiences, Emerging Expectations”
Horizon 2020 from the perspective of European Research Universities

30-31 October 2014, San Servolo 


Summary of Findings Rector Elmer Sterken, Honorary President of CG Rectors' Advisory Group

Message from the Italian Minister of Education and Research Stefania Giannini

List of Participants


Cooperation between Research Support Offices in the CG Mr John Westensee - Aarhus University
The open archive HAL: open access to scientific publications Ms Christine Berthaud - CCSD, CNRS

Keynote on Research and Innovation Provost Patrick Prendergast, Trinity College Dublin
Early Career Researchers at the University of Edinburgh Prof. Jeremy Bradshaw - University of Edinburgh
Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions: Opportunities for early-stage researchers Ms Kamila Partyka - DG Education and Culture, European Commission
Open Access and Open Data in Horizon 2020 Dr Wolfram Horstmann Georg-August University Göttingen
Open Access and Open Data Pilot in Horizon 2020 by Daniel Spichtinger presented by Dr Horstmann Georg-August University Göttingen
Conclusions Honorary President, Rector Elmer Sterken, University of Groningen
Science 2.0: the view from LERU Dr Paul Ayris - University College London
Cohesion and Regional Innovation Rector Volli Kalm - University of Tartu
Regional Innovation Prof. Anders Malmberg - Uppsala University
Horizon 2020 and its impact on university research strategies Prof. Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik - University of Vienna
Early stage researchers: perspective from doctoral education Prof. Melita Kovačević - University of Zagreb


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