UNICA General Assembly 2020

The 30th UNICA General Assembly and Rectors Seminar will be co-hosted by Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 18-20 November 2020.


Three Decades of UNICA: achievements, challenges and opportunities for European Universities in the (post) COVID-19 era







Please note that we envisage to host the event in Berlin as planned while establishing additional digital formats for remote but active participation.




While celebrating the 30th anniversary of UNICA and looking back on the achievements of the network and of European universities over the past 3 decades, the Seminar will also reflect on the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on our societies, and on Higher Education in particular.

How universities have responded to this crisis? What are the opportunities and threats that the pandemics has posed to HEIs? Which role can universities play in addressing its long-term social and economic impact?

Furthermore, a panel discussion on the European Universities initiative will provide the opportunity to share experiences and lessons learned among UNICA member universities which are partner of the selected alliances.



Rectors Seminar's sessions: 

  • Session 1. 1990-2020: UNICA & Europe – a success story
  • Session 2. European Universities initiative: lessons learned & first experiences - Panel discussion with one representative of each European University Alliance including UNICA members
  • Session 3. Challenges & opportunities for universities in the (post) COVID-19 era
  • Session 4. The future relevance of Higher Education for society


Schedule (subject to slight changes)

Wednesday, 18 November 18:00-20:00 Welcome Reception
Thursday, 19 November 9:00-12:00 UNICA Administrative GA
12:00-13:00 Informal Rectors meeting | Contact Persons/IRO meeting
14:00-17:45 Rectors Seminar
19:30-21:30 GA dinner
Friday, 20 November 9:00-13:00 Rectors Seminar
13:00-14:00 Farewell lunch
14:00-16:30 Optional social programme 




Online registration will open in June



For any questions, please contact the UNICA Secretariat: office@unica-network.eu

Wednesday, 18 November, 2020 to Friday, 20 November, 2020
Host Institution: 
Freie Universität Berlin
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin