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2021 Coimbra Group Annual Meeting

29 April 2021

The official website for the event:    https://coimbra2021.cuni.cz/CG21-7.html

The Executive Board and the Rector of Charles University in Prague, our hosts this year, had to take the regrettable but unavoidable decision to switch to a fully online event this year again. All meetings traditionally scheduled during the Annual Meeting of the Coimbra Group shall be nevertheless maintained and therefore the event schedule has been extended throughout the month of June 2021. All information, final programme and registration links will soon be available in a dedicated website.


7-11 June, all week long

Working Group Meetings – Coimbra Group Members only


Friday, 11 June, 9h-10h CEST

Public Workshop– Open event
Career services in times of Covid-19: Challenges, Responses and Best Practices

In this session, the authors of the report “Career services in times of Covid-19: Challenges, Responses and Best Practices”, members of the Coimbra Group Employability Working Group, will present and discuss about the main outcomes of the report, based on the experiences of career services in 12 Coimbra Group universities from across Europe.
Constituted as the hub where students, employers and university staff connects, Career services have not stopped their activities during the pandemic, taking advantage of the new opportunities and trying to overcome the challenges. New ways of communication and relation with students, graduates and employers, have emerged, as well as innovations in how the services are structured and how activities are delivered. Despite the different experiences and contexts, the aim has been always reduce the impact of the social and economic crisis over students and graduates.
The event is targeted towards not only career centres but also university services or units that deal with employability, professional counselling, internships, training and job placements of students and graduates, with a national or international scope, as international or alumni offices.


Friday, 11 June, 11h-12h CEST

Public Workshop – Open event
Safe and sound – Tools for Safety, Security and wellbeing of international mobile participants

The issue of safety and response to emergency situations is particularly important for HEIs because they move thousands of students, teachers and administrative staff all around the world. In particular during the pandemic of Covid19, despite a decrease in the number of mobility that took place worldwide, the health factor has become even more urgent.
The HEIs involved in the UniSafe project are developing four Intellectual Outputs in order to create, share and disseminate a new approach aimed at making the period abroad safer. The first part of the presentation will focus on a brief overview of the project and the presentation of the 4 IOs by each leader and, in particular:

  • standard protocols, procedures and good practices for HEIs to deal with safety issues
  • the online training course for HEI staff on safety and security issues
  • the online training course for mobile participants on safety and security issues
  • some useful tools to deal with safety and security issues to HEIs staff and students association

Afterwards, the audience will be asked to complete the “Self-assessment tool on Safety and security for students and staff during their mobility period” that represents the core of the IO1, through which the HEIs can make data-informed decisions and compare performance across time to determine progress in achieving objectives.
The Unisafe project is co-funded by the European Commission through Erasmus+-Key Action 2 – Strategic partnership in the field of Higher education. All the partner members are part of the Coimbra Group and contribute to the publication of “Guidelines for Coimbra Group Universities on Safety Protocols for Mobility”.


17 June, 8h45 – 12h30 CEST

Public Conference – Open event

Under the theme of “Sustainable Universities in the 21st century” the conference will first examine the critical role of universities in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal #16 (“Effective, accountable and inclusive institutions”) in a multi-level governance context. The second part of the public conference will be devoted to the sustainability of the European Universities Initiative.

With the confirmed participation of European Commissioner Ms Mariya Gabriel, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Ms Amina J. Mohammed and Professor Gary Marks (University of North Carolina, Robert Schuman Centre, EUI Florence)

2021_Coimbra Group Public Conference draft programme


17 June, 14h00 – 16h00 CEST

Closed Rectors’ Meeting – Coimbra Group Rectors only

Theme discussion on the Higher Education Transformation Agenda


18 June 10h00 – 12h00 CEST

General Assembly – Coimbra Group Members only


29 June 10h30-12h00 CEST

3MT Final and Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize for Erasmus students Award Ceremony

Open event – Webcast on the Coimbra Group Youtube Channel