10 Jul 2024

Anna-Lena Clays-Kulik: 2024 European elections



Between 06 and 09 June 2024, European citizens cast votes to help shape the European Union’s future. Even though many of us might have read or heard about the general outcomes of this important election, is it clear what this may mean for international higher education in Europe? What can we take away from the election outcomes, and what do these results mean for Europe’s immediate future?

In this EAIE podcast episode, host Laura Rumbley chats with Anna-Lena Clays-Kulik, Deputy Director for Policy Coordination and Foresight at the European University Association (EUA). Together, they discuss the nature of the European elections' outcomes, what this might mean for (international) higher education interests in Europe and what we can expect in the next few months.

About Anna-Lena Clays-Kulik

Anna-Lena Clays-Kulik has been working at EUA in different positions since 2011. As Deputy Director for Policy Coordination and Foresight, she works at the nexus of European policies, advocacy and futures thinking. She represents EUA in various working groups of the European education and research areas and is a frequent speaker and moderator at events. Before joining EUA, Anna-Lena worked at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education & Culture. Anna-Lena holds a Master’s in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium and a Magister degree in Communication Science, Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Münster, Germany. During her studies, she spent one year at the Institute of Political Sciences in Bordeaux, France. Besides her position at EUA, Anna-Lena works as an independent self-leadership coach for women since mid-2023. 

Additional resources

For further insights into the topics touched on in this episode, the following resources may be of interest:
 EUA factsheet ‘European Parliament elections: 6-9 June 2024: Your vote matters to shape the future of Europe and its universities’
→ EUA policy input ‘A renewed social contract for Europe and its universities: How universities and policy makers can work together to shape a strong, open and future-proof Europe’
→ Youth engagement in European politics: Looking ahead to the European elections
→ EAIE Barometer: National and European-level influences