Envisioning the Future of Higher Education: Expectations, Opportunities and Challenges for Leadership



2-3 May, 2022

Co-organized by the University of Valencia & EWORA

MONDAY, May 2, 2022

Venue:  Historical Building “La Nau", University of Valencia

Room: Aula MagnaCentre Cultural La Nau 

17:00 - 18:00

Opening Remarks

MC: Hilal Tekmen 

Gulsun Saglamer, President, EWORA 

Mavi Mestre, Rector, Valencia University 

Eva Alcón, Rector, Universitat Jaume I 

María Antonia Peña, Rector, Huelva University


Keynote Speeches

Chair: Carmen Fenoll, Former Vice Rector, University of Castilla-La Mancha

María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, President, Spanish Council of State

Carmen Vela, former Secretary of State of Investigation, Development & Innovation (Spain) 

19:00 -20:30

Welcome Cocktail hosted by the University of Valencia at their Botanical Gardens


TUESDAY, May 3, 2022

09:00 - 10:30

Plenary Session I

Chair: Birgit Riegraf, President, Paderborn University 


Curt Rice, Rector, Oslo Metropolitan University 

Sondan D. Feyiz, Rector, Kadir Has University 

María José Figueras, Rector, Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Lidia Borrell-Damian,  Secretary General, Science Europe 

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00- 12:30

Plenary Session II

Chair: Inga Žalėnienė, Rector, Mykolas Romeris University


Hanne Leth Andersen, Rector, Roskilde University

Yvonne Galligan, Director (Vice-Rector), Technological University Dublin 

Luciano Saso, President, UNICA 

Fernando Leon Garcia, President, IAUP and CETYS University  

12:30- 12:45 Group Picture 
12:45 -14:15 LUNCH
14:15 – 15:45 

Roundtable: "Enhancing and Diversifying Leadership in European Universities" 

Chair: Eileen Drew, Former Director, Trinity Centre for Gender Equality & Leadership, Trinity College


Anna Steiger, Vice-Rector, TU Wien

Anna Chelmonska-Soyta, Vice-Rector, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sci.

Heidi Hansson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Umeå University

Katrin Niglas, Vice-Rector, Tallinn University 

15:45 - 16:00  Coffee Break 
16:00 - 16:40

Workshop Conclusions by EWORA Board and SAB Members 

Chair: Kerstin Tham, Vice-Chancellor, Malmö University


Gulsun Saglamer, President, EWORA

Birgit Riegraf, President, Paderborn University

Inga Žalėnienė, Rector, Mykolas Romeris University

Carmen Fenoll, Former Vice-Rector, University of Castilla-La Mancha

Eileen Drew, Former Director, Trinity Centre for Gender Equality & Leadership, Trinity College

16:45 – 18:30 General Assembly for EWORA members
19:30- 22:00

Reception at the City Council of Valencia, and Farewell  Dinner at La Nao, hosted by the University of Valencia