18. & 19.01. 2024 - Lusíada University in Porto

Turning Knowledge into Success

1st Congress of European Private Higher Education
Conference Focuses

1. Discussion of relevant issues for the future of Private Higher Education in Europe.

We have discussed following topics:

  • What is the actual situation of PHEI in the EU, and what are the perspectives 2030?
  • What are the EU’s political, legal, economic and technological framework-conditions for PHEI?
  • Which are the success-factors, unique selling points and best practices of European PHEI compared to the public system?
  • What are possible strategies for growth and high performance of PHEI in the European HE-market?
  • How can PHEI strengthen their role and significance in the European HE system?

2. Bringing together PHEI and improving transborder cooperation and partnership between them.

The Conference will offer a poster-forum, where the participating PHEI can present themselves and meet and discuss common interests and projects.

Inviting the key personnel such as Rectors, Vice-rectors, Directors, Heads of International Offices of PHEI to meet, collaborate and create networks.

Inviting policy makers, national accreditation agencies, ministries responsible for HEI to exchange perspectives.

Participating PHEI should be asked in the registration for a poster, presenting their institution.

EUPHE and its member associations will be represented at a stand.

Featured Speaker

The Expert Speaker

Klaus Hekking Marketing Expert
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Klaus Hekking Marketing Expert
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Reserve your spot!


Conference agenda

Registration of Participan

08:00 - 09:30

Welcome addresse

9:30 - 10:30

Welcome addresses

  • Congress-President, Joao Redondo
  • State Secretary for Higher Education Pedro Teixeira
  • EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel – video message to be confirmed
  • Video message by the Chairwoman of the Committee for culture and education of the European Parliament Ms. Sabine Verheyen.
  • Mayor of Porto, Rui de Carvalho de Araújo Moreira


10:30 - 11:00

Private Higher Education in Transition – Relevant Trends 2030


  • What place, what role of PHE in France in 2030?
  • Development of the HE market (volume, structure (public/private, different types and forms of HEI), terms of competition)
  • Demands of relevant stakeholders towards HEI (students, faculty, labor market, politics)
  • Development of the technological environment for HEI (digitalization, artificial intelligence etc.)
  • Financing HE (private/ public)


Anne-Sophie Barthez

Directrice Générale de l’Enseignement Supérieur, Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur France.


11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 11:45


11:45 - 12:15

What makes us successful – Success-factors of PHEI


  • The entrepreneurial approach as a driver of innovation, creativity and customer orientation in PHEI
  • PHEI as pacemakers of academization and better access to HE
  • PHEI as trendsetters of tailormade study programs
  • PHEI as independent advocates of academic freedom
  • PHEI as promotors of efficiency in HE
  • PHEI as partners of government and industry


Barbara Toplak-Perovic​
Barbara Toplak-Perovic

ALMA MATER EUROPAEA, Ljubljana - Maribor


12:15 - 12:45

Lunch at Lusíada University

12:45 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:00

The discreet charm of discriminating PHEI

Suggested Topics:

  • Forms of discrimination of PHEI in state funding, regulation, politics
  • The jurisdiction of the ECJ concerning terms of trade for PHEI
  • How to tackle discrimination?


Klaus Hekking

Vice-President of EUPHE


15:00 - 15:30


15:30 - 16:00

Why Europe really needs Private Higher Education


  • PHEI as expression of educational pluralism in the scientific world
  • PHEI as a facilitator for accessibility to HE
  • PHEI as a contributor for an open civil society
  • PHEI as driver of innovation by competition
  • PHEI as role model for educational efficiency
  • PHEI as a contributor for economic growth in the “ EU-Green Industry”


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Ottmar Schneck

SRH Mobile University, Germany


16:00 - 16:30

BMI Times Higher Education presentation

16:30 - 17:00

Social event – Coming together – bring your own wine and cheese. Music

17 :00


10:30 - 12:30

“Together we are stronger - Ways towards a strong European network of PHEI “


  • Where can networking create added value for PHEI
  • Which are the best ways of PHEI networking?
  • How to find and choose suitable network-partners?
  • Formal or informal cooperation – What is the best way to solve specific problems?
  • Which role should and could EUPHE play?

Moderated open space session

12.30 Closing Event

President of APESP – Antonio Almeida Dias
Rector of Lusíada University – Afonso Oliveira Martins
Minister of Higher Education – Elvira Fortunato
President of EUPHE – João Redondo

Reserve your hotel stay

Porto Palácio Hotel

Hotel: Porto Palácio Hotel

Promo code: EUPHE24

Booking Date: 18/01/24 – 19/01/24

Porto Palácio is the access to exclusivity, where a collection of contemporary art is as natural as the best 360º view of the city. Porto Palácio is choosing to arrive at AUGE for a tasting. Porto Palácio is to dedicate time to well-being in a world class SPA.

 The location on Avenida da Boavista, the heart of Porto’s business and financial center, is the perfect choice for business and leisure travelers.

The hotel is close to a wide range of activities and tourist routes that allow you to explore the destination according to your tastes and interests.

Four Points by Sheraton

Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton

Promo code: TSKOPOFP

Booking Date: 18/01/24 – 19/01/24

Single: 80€ | Double: 90€

Contact: +351 229 767 920

Rate valid only for the night of January 18th, 2024

The promocode must always be mentioned in the e-mail or telephone

Porto Palácio Hotel

Hotel: Bessa Hotel

Promo code: EUPHE

Expiry Date: 05/01/2024

The reservation must be made directly on hotel website mentioning the respective

At the moment of booking a credit card will be requested for the total payment of the reservation, and no changes or cancellations will be allowed;

All reservation requests will be subject to hotel availability at the time of request.

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  • HF Tuela Porto 3 ***

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