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EUTOPIA at NOVA: an alliance for the future

It’s the first official visit of this alliance of European universities. The opening session is public and can be followed on the Youtube channel of NOVA




The meeting starts this Monday, 23rd, in the auditorium of the Rectory of NOVA, in the Campus of Campolide, and promises two days of intense debate about the next steps of EUTOPIA European University - the alliance of European universities that NOVA joined last September. 

In the words of Professor João Sáàgua, Rector of NOVA, who will welcome the working group, "being part of this alliance will bring great opportunities to collaborate with our European partners and reinforces our mission as a global and civic University. For NOVA, this means being a high-profile international student-centred institution that serves society through knowledge and addresses today's local and global challenges in innovative and impactful ways." 

The opening session, scheduled for 8.30 am, goes on with Nikki Muckle, General-Secretary of the alliance. Elvira Fortunato, Portugal's Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, will end this initial moment. 

The programme also includes the presentation of NOVA 4 The Globe. This interdisciplinary platform promotes dialogue in the NOVA Community around the different areas of knowledge that contribute to sustainability. Its overview will conclude the live broadcast on NOVA's Youtube channel.  

Created in 2019, EUTOPIA European University aims to be an inclusive community of universities that share common values and seeks to address local and global challenges, contributing to a new model of higher education in Europe.

Selected to be one of the first Erasmus+ 'European Universities' pilot projects, EUTOPIA is joined by the University of Babeș-Bolyai in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Pompeu Fabra University-Barcelona (Spain), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) CY Cergy Paris University (France), Technische Universität Dresden (Germany), University of Gothenburg (Sweden), Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (Portugal), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), Ca'Foscari University of Venice (Italy) and University of Warwick (United Kingdom).


8.30 am - 8.45 am Welcome speech by João Sàágua, Rector of NOVA University Lisbon
8.45 am- 9.15 am: Presentation of the new bid by Nikki Muckle, Secretary-General of EUTOPIA
9.15 am - 9.30 am: Closing remarks by the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal, Elvira Fortunato
09.30 am-10.00 am: Coffee-Break
10.00 am - 11.00 am: Presentation of the transdisciplinary Platform NOVA 4 The Globe
11.00 am - 11.45 am: Overview of NOVA Schools’ contributions to Sustainability in the context of EUTOPIA Connected Communities
3.15 pm - 3.40 pm: - Presentation of the Campi XXI projects and the Innovation District

20h00: Gala dinner for Presidents and Vice-Presidents of EUTOPIA, NOVA Rectoral team and Deans of NOVA schools, with the presence of Elvira Fortunato, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education