HERE Annual Conference 2021

Thursday, 18 November, 2021 to Friday, 19 November, 2021

The 2021 Virtual HERE Annual conference is the last of a six-year contractual period for Support for Higher Education Reform Experts (SPHERE) (, an initiative of the European Commission to support capacity development and policy reform in higher education in EU Neighbourhood countries. The conference is not only a means to celebrate what has been learned and achieved, but also to reflect in more depth on the impact of the HERE in higher education systems in EU Neighbourhood countries. This is particularly timely in the midst of a pandemic, where higher education reform topics that were already pressing prior to the crisis have become more accentuated, such as access, teaching and learning innovation, digitalisation, and quality assurance.

The conference will also offer an opportunity to look forward: What is in store for the new EU cooperation programmes for higher education and where is emphasis placed? How do HERE envisage the university of the immediate future and how can this be achieved? How have the dynamics of global cooperation changed and where are there new challenges and opportunities?

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