1 December 2021
Second day of meetings and reflections at the 4th Unite! Dialogue
Yesterday was all about learning and co-creating together with the Unite! community. We also had the first session of which will be the governing council of the alliance, the Academic Forum.
Yesterday we beggined with the first meeting of Unite!'s Academic Forum. The governing council of the alliance that brings together staff, academics and students from each university has discussed in this first session the new features of the future mission of Unite!
The president of Unite! Tanja Brühl and the rector of the UPC, Daniel Crespo, met with more than 200 participants at the Opening Session which brought together staff and students from the seven universities that are part of Unite!
At the opening ceremony, Brühl said that "we started as pioneers committed to transforming European higher education and our mission statement illustrates that we are committed to innovation, multidisciplinarity, teaching, research and entrepreneurship". Afterwards, Unite! president welcomed Stefan Östtlund to the stage, so that the Vice President for Global Relations at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, could agree to take over the organisation of the 5th edition of Unite! from 8-10 March.
Yesterday's sessions were aimed at sharing and co-creating with the Unite! community, to construct the pathways for the development of Unite!'s Metacampus, a digital platform that connects the seven universities in the alliance, to enable online-mobilty access to the range of programmes and diversity of activities offered through Unite! The following session also allowed virtual and physical attendees to participate in a co-creation session with the aim of collaboratively defining the principles that will inspire the future actions of the alliance. The outcomes of the session will help to define the topics for Unite!'s new mission, which we will present in the submission of the new Erasmus Plus call that was just launched yesterday morning by the European Comission, in line with the priorities of the European Education Area by 2025. 
Finally, all the working groups (Work Packages and Task Forces) presented their work in a walk-in poster session, design to inform the community about the various current initiatives and projects.
Today, 1 December, for the first time, the meeting includes an event designed for the main external actors involved in the alliance who will also be able to participate in the debate. Under the name of Branding Event, this conference aims to promote the visibility of the alliance and enhance its engagement with the various stakeholders. Keynote speakers will debate with members of the Unite!'s community, and it will all be streamed live. The Branding Event will be divided in 5 key areas to showcase the potential and strength of the Alliance, addressing ethics and technology, impact on the European Higher Education Area, impact on regional innovation ecosystems, leadership in smart technologies and global impact on society.
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