Session 08.01

The EAIE debate: The ‘Macron’ initiative - the right step towards a European Champions League?

At this session, protagonists of provocative positions will challenge the audience to rethink their own assumptions on the newly launched European Universities initiative. Are they set to be the breeding ground for a European Champions Leagues of non-national university organisations, with European funding, European laws and European degrees? Or will it merely be a case of putting old wine into new bottles? We’ll explore the pros and cons of the initiative, as well as its likely effects.


  • European-funded programmes
  • Leadership & strategy


  • Unni Kvernhusvik Sagberg, 
    Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in HE, Norway
  • Kees Kouwenaar, 
    Aurora Universities Network, Netherlands


  • Gwenaëlle Guillerme, 
    T.I.M.E. Association
  • Robert Coelen, 
    NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
  • Hans-Jochen Schiewer, 
    Eucor - The European Campus, France
  • Dag Husebø, 
    University of Stavanger, Norway


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