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Unleashing the Power of European Universities

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OEB 2023 will host a conference session on European University Alliances, the emergence of Umbrella Universities and collaboration on standards.

OEB takes place in Berlin from 22 to 24 November
OEB takes place in Berlin from 22 to 24 November 

The OEB Conference, taking place in Berlin from 22-24 November, will host a session ‘Unleashing the Power of European Universities’.

The emergence of "umbrella universities" in Europe has led to a paradigm shift in the higher education landscape, with a focus on interconnecting all institutions. Is your institution a member of a European University Alliance? Automated real-time exchange of data and joint course displays are just some of the criteria that alliance members need to fulfill. This does not just affect leadership or an IT department’s activities, but impacts all students and education professionals too.

Our panel will discuss collaborative efforts that are being undertaken on a European level to establish common standards, coordinate activities, and foster cross-sector cooperation. Experts will share recommendations and best practices.

Key takeaways include understanding the paradigm shift and the role of European University Alliances, insight into interoperability challenges, such as data exchange, student privacy and integration of diverse systems.

“Unleashing the Power of European Universities” will take place on Thursday, Nov 23 at 16:30. 

The full OEB 2023 Conference Agenda is online along with OEB 2023 Conference Ticket purchases and more information about the exhibition of new products and solutions, which runs alongside the conference.

Channa van der Brug
Programme Manager, Hochschulforum Digitalisierung for Stifterverband

Channa van der Brug is programme manager international affairs at at Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (, the German Forum for Higher Education in the Digital Age) for Stifterverband, where she is developing opportunities for international knowledge exchange on good practices for digital teaching and learning. She has more than 20 years’ of experience in the education sector and a passion for the role of technology in shaping the future of education, as well as for developing deeper understanding and connections between diverse people and institutions through engagement and dialogue.

Alexander Knoth
Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting GmbH

Alexander Knoth vertritt den Bereich "Digitale Bildung" bei Deloitte Consulting und arbeitet im Auftrag des Bundesmisnisteriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) im Management Team der Digitalen Vernetzungsinfrastruktur für die Bildung. Dort verantwortet er das Produktmanagement. Zuvor war er Chief Digital Officer (CDO) und Leiter des Digitalisierungsreferats beim Deutschen Akademischen Ausatsuchdienst (DAAD) und arbeitete als Advisor for Digitalization of Teaching and International Affairs im Präsidialamt der Univeersität Potsdam.

Evelien Renders
Adviser International Education, SURF

Evelien Renders facilitates international collaboration in higher education at SURF, the cooperative organisation for IT in Dutch education and research. Complex processes, manageable data, and interoperability between systems make her happy. She keeps track of international developments in student mobility and other logistical processes. In doing so, she contributes to flexible and agile education, both in the Netherlands and abroad. With a commitment to public values and open standards, Evelien advocates for communication, trust, and collaboration between IT stakeholders in higher education.

Stéphanie Oberheidt
European Digital Education Hub Lead, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)