Rectors Seminar 2017 in Nicosia


On 24-25 October 2017, UNICA and the University of Cyprus organised a Rectors Seminar: Philanthropy in European Universities: strategies and challenges.



The generosity of individuals and foundations and the support of businesses keen to promote their social responsibility have the potential to provide substantial support for research and teaching activities and to help universities diversify their funding. This seminar offered a unique opportunity to engage in a meaningful discussion about fundraising strategies and challenges in promoting Philanthropy in European Universities.


The Seminar discussed topics such as fundraising, stewardship, promoting a culture of giving, alumni relations, university-community partnerships and ethical dilemmas relating to private donations. Academic and professional experts provided the participants with insights into current trends, shared their recommendations and outlined their vision of the future of university fundraising.


The University of Cyprus provided its own insight on the philanthropic journey that has led to the launching and successful completion of the largest academic library and the first Learning Resource Centre in Cyprus.  


More photos are available in this Flickr album


Presentations of the Seminar


Welcome & presentation by Constantinos CHRISTOFIDES, Rector of the University of Cyprus


SESSION 1: Major Donor Fundraising for European Universities

Fundraising at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel  by Paul DE KNOP, former Rector, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Major Donor Fundraising for European Universities by John KELLY, President, MiraKelly Fundraising Consultants
Major Donor Fundraising for a Major Russian University by Marina STUPNIKOVA, Deputy Head, Higher School of Economics Endowment Fund
Major Donor Fundraising by Jennie MOULE, Interim Executive Director, CASE


SESSION 2: Corporate Fundraising and the Promotion of Responsible Research and Innovation


(Corporate) Fundraising and the Promotion of Responsible Research and Innovation by Theo SCHUYT, Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Philanthropy: Driving force for ambition and innovation by Isabel PENNE, Director, Leuven University Fund
Corporate Development University of Oxford by Kirsten BUCKLEY, Head of Development, University of Oxford


Panel Discussion: From Alexandria to the contemporary university library: inspiring communities to participate and engage with lifelong learning


Introduction by Filippos TSIMPOGLOU, Director, National Library of Greece and Chair of the Panel Discussion
From Alexandria to Lausanne: libraries and universities by Didier VIVIERS, former Rector, Université libre de Bruxelles
University Libraries: New Roles beyond the Books - Places of Innovation and Imagination by José MOURA, Professor, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa


SESSION 3: Ethical Issues in Attracting and Managing Endowments and Private Donations


Introduction by Isabel PENNE, Director, Leuven University Fund & Chair of the Session
Ethical issues in attracting and managing endowments and private donations  by Sandra BOUSCAL, Director, Paris-Dauphine Foundation
Ethics in Fundraising by Jennie MOULE, Interim Executive Director, CASE



Target audience:

Rectors/Presidents, Vice-Rectors/Vice-Presidents, Deans, other representatives of academic leadership responsible for fundraising, development, and alumni relations, Senior Managers involved in international and European affairs.



Practical information

Download the practical information guide here


Further information:

For further information, please contact Ms Marta Brelih-Wasowska (UNICA Secretariat):



The organisation of the Seminar was done in cooperation with

  • Zorbas

Tuesday, 24 October, 2017 to Wednesday, 25 October, 2017
Host Institution: 
University of Cyprus
University House Anastasios G. Leventis
University House Anastasios G. Leventis 1, University Avenue University Campus, Aglantzia, 2109 Nicosia, Cyprus