On Thursday, November 19, 2020, The Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe UNICA organizes the 30th UNICA General Assembly & Rectors Seminar. Entitled “Three Decades of UNICA: achievements, challenges and opportunities for European universities in the COVID-19 era”, the anniversary edition will take place exclusively online and will include, besides the UNICA General Assembly, a special rectors seminar, containing three different thematic sessions.
Opened by the UNICA president, prof. Luciano Saso, from Sapienza University in Rome, and by Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, the seminar will begin with a session addressing the role taken by UNICA in enhancing networking and cooperation between European universities.
On behalf of the University of Bucharest, assoc. prof. Sorin Costreie, vice-rector of the University of Bucharest and member of the UNICA Steering Committee, will chair the second session, which will address the challenges and opportunities met by the universities in the new pandemic context.
The last session of the event will tackle the role of higher education in the configuration of a future society.
UNICA is an institutional network of 53 universities from 37 capital cities of Europe, combining over 175,000 staff and 1,950,000 students. Founded in 1990, UNICA seeks to facilitate international collaborations and to promote academic leadership through understanding and sharing between its members.
The essential part taken by UNICA in enhancing networking and cooperation between European universities is also confirmed by the strengthened cooperation between UNICA and CIVIS, visible especially in the double affiliation of member universities and in shared projects and events, but also in the interconnection of the leadership structures of the two international networks. As such, UNICA president, prof. Luciano Saso, and two of the five members composing UNICA Steering Committee, prof. Carmela Calès Bourdet, vice-rector of the Autonomous University of Madrid, and assoc. prof. Sorin Costreie, vice-rector of the University of Bucharest, are also members of CIVIS.