Organised by the French Rectors’ Conference (CPU) and the PRES Bourgogne Franche-Comté, the event looked to build on the previous Summits in Sapporo (2008), Turin (2009) and Vancouver (2010) where the importance of sustainable development, with the urgent need for implementing effective government policies in order to deal with current economic, social and environmental problems, led to stressing the vital role of universities and higher education establishments in this field.
EUA President (Professor Jean-Marc Rapp) and EUA President-elect (Professor Maria-Helena Nazaré participated in the event which addressed three central themes:
- Networks and cooperation: "universities and territories"
- International mobility of students and research fellows
- Virtual networks and distance cooperation