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How can European University Alliances help address Global Challenges?

14 April 2022

Join the discussion on Monday 25 April | 6-8 p.m. | Senate Room, Academy Building

In the framework of the launching of ENLIGHT’s Global Engagement Module in Groningen, the French Embassy in The Netherlands and UG will organize a joint event to explore the ways in which EU University Alliances can help address global challenges. Welcoming remarks by rector Cisca Wijmenga are followed by a short keynote, a panel discussion and a reception.
The working language will be English.

Please register before Friday 22 April here.


  • Welcoming remarks by Cisca Wijmenga, Rector of the RUG;
  • Keynote: Mathieu Musquin, EHEA Policy Advisor at the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation.
  • Panel discussion with:
  1. Prof. dr. Robert Wagenaar, Director International Tuning Academy / Professor of History and Politics of Higher Education
  2. Prof. mr. dr. Brigitte Toebes , Chair, Health Law in a Global Context, Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre, Department of Transboundary Legal Studies
  3. Dr. Adriana Perez Fortis, Scientific coordinator of the Cross-border Institute of Healthcare Systems and Prevention (CBI), Department of Health Services Research | School of Medicine and Health Sciences | University of Oldenburg, Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health | University of Groningen
  4. Carle Bonafous-Murat, Senior liaison officer at France Universités, Brussels office
  5. Tessa Klimp , Student representative of the UG University Council and the UG Student Core Group for ENLIGHT.

Moderator: Mervin Bakker, Director International Strategy & Relations

Series of panel discussion

This panel discussion in Groningen is the launch event of a series on European Universities organized by the Institut français des Pays-Bas in the framework of the French EU Presidency, and in cooperation with Leiden. European City of Science.

Global Engagement Module (GEM)

Within the GEM, coordinated by the universities of Ghent and Groningen, students from the 9 ENLIGHT partners (incl. Bordeaux) will work on different societal challenges. In the challenge on (public) health proposed by the UG, students will explore several important sub-questions that cross many disciplinary boundaries. How can we provide the right care at the right place? What should we do to improve people’s digital health skills? And how can we ensure a holistic approach to strengthening public health.

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