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Online, 4 - 5 March 2021

What’s new in Brussels? Recent Developments in European Policies and Programmes


The year 2021 will mark a new stage in European higher education. Not only will 2021 kick start the implementation of the key strategic orientations underpinning the renewed European Education Area and the European Research Area (with the financial backing of the EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027), it will also continue the tremendous efforts of the sector to pursue co-creation and innovation in the challenging context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many institutions will have to align their strategies with the new realities in order to mainstream and upscale such efforts, in the field of internationalisation, among many others, and to seek support at national and European levels for their inclusion, sustainability and digitalisation agendas.

The main goal of “What’s New in Brussels? Recent developments in European policies and programmes” is to facilitate such institutional processes and to offer a birds-eye overview of the key innovations and opportunities in the new generation of EU higher education & research programmes and policies. Special emphasis will be placed on Erasmus+ actions and their synergies with Horizon Europe and other, including national-level, funding schemes. The discussion will feature concrete approaches higher education institutions and national agencies can employ to put the new European directions into practice. The event will also provide an opportunity to engage in an open dialogue with leading experts and policy makers.

A flagship event of the Academic Cooperation Association, “What’s New in Brussels?” will bring together a unique mix of international participants from national funding and promotion agencies, policy makers at national or European levels, and higher education professionals including senior staff responsible for the design of international strategies and collaborations and managers involved in their implementation.

The programme, speaker information, and registration form can be found on ACA’s external event platform

The participation fee for "What's New in Brussels?" is: 

  • 115 EUR for ACA members, Higher Education Institutions, organisations and individuals from member countries (ie. Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, United States) 

  • 145 EUR for participants from non-member countries (ie. countries other than the aforementioned)

Watch all "What's new in Brussels?" panel presentations and keynote speeches here :