Launch Event of the Skills Community of Practice

Competences required to tackle the Green and Digital transitions as well as current skills gaps in the labour market, are the drivers behind the EURASHE Community of Practice on Skills. The launch of such a Community was previously on the EURASHE agenda, yet the designation of 2023 as the European Year of Skills by Commission President von der Leyen creates the momentum for prioritizing this crosscutting topic and joining forces to support the upskilling and reskilling in Europe. It is strongly aligned with the European Skills Agenda and The European Pillar of Social Rights that place as a first principle the right to quality and inclusive education, training and life-long learning for people’s skills development adapted to society’s needs.

The Skills Community of Practice will bring together institutions, associations and policymakers working on future skills development within the Education & Training sector, providing a space for learning and new ideas for optimising skills ecosystems at national and regional levels. It is co-lead by Mondragon University, Basque Country, Spain and the Future Skills Think Tank NextEducation from Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University, Germany, both partners in the new European University Alliance EU4DUAL. Everyone involved in this event will be in a position to contribute with experience and knowledge to shaping together the future of skills in Europe!


Feb 2023

Face-to-face | Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain


Venue: Bilbao Berrikuntza Faktoria, Uribitarte Kalea, 6, Paseo Uribitarte, 3, 48001 Bilbao, Biscay

9h00 – 09h30 Registrations & welcome coffee

09h30 – 09h45



Setting the scene – EURASHE Skills CoP 

Ulf-Daniel Ehlers – DBHW , Jon Altuna -Mondragon University, and Armando Pires – EURASHE  


Keynote speech

Margherita Bacigalupo, Joint Research Centre, European Commission  



Panel discussion 

Moderator: John Edwards  

  • Adolfo Morais, Deputy Minister for Universities and Research, Basque government  
  • Iñigo Larrea, Talent Manager at Modragon Corporation 
  • Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Professor for Education Management and Lifelong Learning at Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DBHW) 
  • Margherita Bacigalupo, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
11h15 – 11h30  Coffee break and departure to AS Fabrik at  Zorrotzaurre Island 
11h30 – 13h00  Visit of Mondragon University Campus – AS Fabrik  
13h00-14h15  Lunch at AS Fabrik and back to Bilbao Berrikuntza Faktoria   
14h1515h00   Workshop 1 – Skills Demand: What skills do we need?
15h0015h45  Workshop 2 –  Challenges of the skills  supply
15:45 – 16h00  Coffee break 
16h00 – 16h45  Workshop 3- Cooperation regional skills ecosystem: What do we need to do in order to create an ecosystem?
16h45 – 17h15   Closing panel discussion with workshop reporters 
17h15 – 17h30  Next steps in the EURASHE Community of Practice on Skills 
17h30 – 19h00  Cocktail reception