UNICA Days in Brussels | 28 February – 1 March 2024

The first edition of the UNICA Days will take place in Brussels, from 28 February to 1 March 2024. The event is open to the whole UNICA community as well as to partner organizations, European stakeholders, and policy makers, and intends to mark a significant step towards shaping the future of the network. The UNICA Days will feature some of the key topics and audiences charting a course for Europe’s Higher Education environment.

Registration is now closed. For any inquiries, please contact office@unica-network.eu

Under the overarching theme “Navigating the Future: Strengthening Democracy through Education and Research“, participants will be able to network amongst the UNICA membership and meet with stakeholders and decision-makers shaping Higher Education policy in Europe.

The event will cover three key topics for our community:

  1. The democratic mission of universities ahead of the EU Parliament elections 2024
  2. The developments in transnational cooperation on education in Europe
  3. The visions for a new European research and innovation strategy

Read more about the theme

As the European elections 2024 approach, we are fully aware of the interconnectedness of Higher Education and European politics. Democracy, anchored in active citizen engagement, inclusivity, and well-informed decision-making, highly benefits from the pivotal role of universities. These institutions uniquely empower individuals by providing them with knowledge, promoting critical thinking skills, and fostering the capacity to contribute meaningfully to the advancement of society. Moreover, through research and innovation, universities provide the knowledge for evidence-based decision-making and policy development to address societal challenges.

In this way, the intersection of Higher Education and democracy becomes a cornerstone for societal development and progress. This is, therefore, the ideal moment to leverage the collective capacity of UNICA member universities and make the community’s voice heard among decision-makers, stakeholders, and partners in Brussels, marking a significant step towards shaping the future we aspire to create.

Why participate in the UNICA Days?

We are giving the UNICA community the space to share their voices and build new ideas with decision-makers and other Higher Education stakeholders in Brussels. Either you are in the leadership of a UNICA university or part of one of the UNICA Working Groups, this is your chance to contribute to the network’s shared vision on the evolving role of universities in and for capital cities.

Target groups: Rectors/Presidents, Vice-Rectors/Vice-Presidents, Heads of International Offices from UNICA member universities; Coordinators and Members of the UNICA Working Groups.

Venues & agenda

Wednesday, 28 February
Venue: University Foundation
(Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels)
Thursday, 29 February
Venue: European Parliament Info Hub Esplanade Solidarność 1980, 1050 Brussels
Friday, 1 March
Venue: European Parliament Info Hub, Esplanade Solidarność 1980, 1050 Brussels
14:00 – 17:30
Meetings of UNICA Working Groups & Steering Committee
Welcome reception
09:00 – 13:00
Opening & Session on the EU elections
14:15- 18:00
Session on Education
Reception at the Representation of Romania to the European Union
09:00 – 13:30
Session on
Research & Innovation
& Roundtable with Liaison officers of UNICA members in Brussels

List of participants (as of 21 February 2024)

UNICA Days in Brussels | 28 February – 1 March 2024

European Parliament Info Hub & University Foundation, Brussels



Laura Brossico (laura.brossico@unica-network.eu)

Thibaut Le Forsonney (thibaut.leforsonney@unica-network.eu)