Skills for europe | EURASHE 32nd Annual Conference

Mobilising HE for the green and digital transitions


June 2023

University Politehnica Bucharest CAMPUS | Bucharest (Romania)


In her 2022 State of the Union address, the President of the European Commission announced that 2023 would be the European Year of Skills. Closely linked to the world of work, Professional Higher Education can help meet the skills gaps Europe is facing and develop the broader competences required for the green and digital transitions. However, reinforced cooperation with business will be needed, as well as with other education and training institutions, governments, and civil society, which should develop regional skills ecosystems. Industrial transition demands the reskilling and upskilling of workers at all ages and therefore adult learning will become more relevant for higher education. Furthermore, Europe needs more trained researchers in all regions to apply knowledge in SMEs. Amid this background of rapid economic and technological change, the 32nd EURASHE Annual Conference is an opportunity for inspiration and co-creation of human capabilities for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest (UPB) will host the upcoming EURASHE Annual Conference. UPB is an international school of engineering and the oldest Romanian Technical University. Since it was founded in 1818, its mission has been thought over as a blend of education, research and innovation, addressing problems that come from the real world: renewable energies, sustainability, space and security and innovative engineering and many more.

UPB is part of over 20 larger academic associations: The European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE), the European University Association (EUA), the Top International Managers in Engineering Association (T.I.M.E.), The Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER), L’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), Magna Charta Observatory (MCO),  etc. Since 2020, UPB has been part of the European universities initiative and a member of the European Engineering Learning Innovation and Science Alliance (EELISA).

UPB has 15 different engineering faculties distributed over 3 campuses, two state-of-the-art research centres with more than 70 laboratories, almost 29.000 students enrolled in BSc, MSc, and PhD studies: 95 undergraduate degree programs, 184 master programs and 14 doctoral schools, and 44 programs in English, German and French.

Preliminary agenda

📍 Aula (Conference Center) & Central Library – University Politehnica Bucharest (UPB) –
Bucharest, Romania

9:00-13:00 Mapping the Regional Impact of Universities of Applied Science – UASiMAP project final event 

**Events in blue on the 7 June 2023 are not part of the Annual Conference but are organised by EURASHE and held in the same venue. If you wish to attend, please register on the event page by clicking on the name above.

DAY 1 – 8 JUNE
9:00-9:30 Registrations and welcome coffee


Armando Pires – EURASHE President

Mihnea Cosmin Costoiu – Rector University Politehnica of Bucharest



Ligia Deca – Minister of Education of Romania

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:15 Breakout sessions I

PANEL DISCUSSION I | Labour Market and Cooperation with Industry

Luís Loures – President IP Portalegre

Frank Melis Founder and CEO Global

Isabelle Pouliquen – Vice Rector, Aix-Marseille University

Manuela Prina – Head of Skills Identification and Development Unit, European Training Foundation (ETF)

13:15-14:30 Lunch break & Networking
14:30-15:15 Breakout sessions II


Victor Negrescu – Member of the European Parliament

Mona Roman – Innovation Director, Metropolia UAS

Kristina Sermuksnyte-Alesiuniene – Cluster Manager, AgriFood Lithuania

Dr Liam Brown – Vice President, Technological University of the Shannon

16:15-16:30 Closing of the day


Meeting of Higher Education Institutions who are currently involved or interested in the European University Initiative

19:00-21:00 Gala dinner
21:00-23:00 Informal get together


DAY 2 – 9 JUNE
09:00-09:30 Registration and welcome coffee

KEYNOTE SPEECH | The profile of a boundary spanning champion – how to enhance external engagement ?

Arno Meerman – CEO of University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN)

10:00-10:45 Breakout sessions III
10:45-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:00 Breakout sessions IV
12:00-13:00 Lunch break & Networking


Moderated by Ana Tecilazic – EURASHE Board Member and Secretary General at Algebra University College

Cristina Ghitulica – Vice President, ENQA and Professor at University Politehnica of Bucharest

Eltjo Bazen – Chief Product Owner Quality Assurance, HU UAS

Horia Onita – Vice President European Students’ Union


Closing Session 

PHE Awards and Wrap up 


Registration and fees

Type Early bird fee (until 12 April) Standard fee
Members 330€ 390€
Non-members 490€ 550€
Breakout session organisers 290€
Students (from member institutions)* 140€
Group discount for EURASHE members (3 or more)** 20% off

*The fee is only valid for students from institutions that are EURASHE members and should register for the event using the institutional academic email address.

 **If you are coming with a group, after registering each participant, please email [email protected] with the list of registered names so we can apply the discount fee. 


By completing and submitting the event registration form, you acknowledge and accept the obligation to pay the registration fees in full. Kindly note that your registration confirmation will be sent to you via email. It is important to wait for this confirmation before taking any additional actions. The deadline for registration is 26 May 2023.

Cancellation policy:

  • Cancellation before 8 May: 70%of your ticket will be refunded 
  • There will be no refunds given after 8 May

* All cancellations must be sent via email to [email protected]
* Participants who register and do not attend the whole event will not be refunded


Once register the financial department will send you an invoice and the payment has to be made prior to the event by bank transfer


Contact [email protected] for any questions you might have regarding the Annual Conference. 

Practical information and accommodation

These are some of the hotels EURASHE has partnered with for this Conference. We have some rooms allocated for some of the hotels, and they will offer participants a discount. To reserve a room in one of these hotels, please email us at [email protected], and we will send you the link to proceed with your booking. 

The booking link with the discounts is available for a limited period, so we recommend you book the hotel as soon as you register for the Conference. 

HOTELS IN BUCHAREST SINGLE ROOM/per night + breakfast DOUBLE ROOM/per night + breakfast
IBIS Bucharest Politehnica 3* 67 euro 77 euro
Yesterday 3* 50 euro 60 euro
Novotel Bucarest City Centre 4* 124 euro 136 euro
Hilton Garden Inn 4* 135 euro 150 euro

Aula (Conference Center) & Central Library


Biblioteca Centrala

Campus Universitatea Politehnica din Bucuresti

Splaiul Independenţei nr. 313, sector 6

*More information about how to arrive, transport and essential things to know will be shortly available.


If you have any questions, please get in touch with [email protected]



We invite universities of applied sciences leaders, the entire community of professional higher education, European businesses, public institutions and European students’ representatives to attend the Annual Conference to share their experiences and learn about trends, models and inspiring practices. The Conference will focus on five main topics:

  • Addressing labour market needs: Europe faces skills gaps in many different professions, varying between countries and regions. This is one of the main reasons for the 2023 European Year of Skills, and education is being prioritised in many Recovery and Resilience Programmes. Higher Education Institutions need to be more innovative and flexible to respond to these needs, including short cycle courses, in-firm training and lifelong learning. Contributions are welcomed in cooperation with businesses and governments to identify skills needs and strategies for upskilling and reskilling.
  • Future skills and competences: We know that many future jobs don’t currently exist, but we know that a range of horizontal skills or ‘competences’ will be vital to enable students to adopt new methods and technologies in the workplace and their lives more broadly. Contributions are welcome that show how higher education can provide the human capabilities of tomorrow and how these are needed to address grand challenges such as climate change and ageing.
  • Regional dimension: The ‘world is not flat’, and industry 4.0 is emerging in different ways depending on the economic structure of cities and regions. Skills intelligence is vital to ensure regions remain competitive and resilient, and cooperation between education, business and government is needed to develop and retain talent. Examples of such cooperation and skills intelligence are particularly welcome under this thread.
  • Digitalisation: This thread covers everything related to the digital transition, from edtech solutions to digital skills. Contributions are particularly welcome that show how higher education institutions are helping to implement the EU’s Digital Education Action Plan.
  • Research and innovation competences: Analytical skills and capabilities to use new technologies in the workplace are becoming increasingly important across sectors, not only for research professionals. This track seeks contributions on how applied research and innovation are being developed within institutions and graduates.

The Conference Programme committee will select the contributions with more impact in their communities, and the winner will be awarded the PHE Star title in each of the five themes.

The PHE Star awards aim to showcase individuals, the PHE community, and businesses working hard during these challenging times to take PHE to the next level.

We welcome to submit:

  • Breakout sessions: Each interactive parallel breakout session would be attended by about 30 participants. The breakout sessions should be organised interactively as workshops to encourage discussions between the participants. The structure can e.g. include an overview followed by group discussions. We expect to accept about eight proposals for next year’s Conference. The length of the proposal: is 45 minutes.

Presenting at EURASHE’s Annual conference allows you to reach a broad audience and give you visibility before and during the Conference. In addition, chosen contributions will have a reduced fee to attend the Conference.

The call for contributions is closed. 

Programme Committee


Bjørn Olav Østeby

Bjørn Olav Østeby

Bjørn is a bachelor student from the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. His field of expertise is business administration, with a specialization in accounting and taxation. This year he is working full time as an Executive officer for International Affairs at The National Union of Students in Norway.

Ulla Preeden

Ulla Preeden

Since 2016, Ulla is the Rector of Tartu Health Care College in Estonia. She belongs to Rectors’ Conference of Universities of Applied Sciences of Estonia and she is a chairperson of the Supervisory Board of Estonian Quality Agency for Education. Since 2022, she also belongs to EURASHE Research Community of Practice core group. Ulla is passionate to improve the quality of vocational and higher education and to grow the research possibilities for universities of applied sciences.