Proposal Submission

QS Europe 2021 Conference and Exhibition

Leveling the Field: Bottom-up growth in building resilient European higher education
7-8 July 2021

The deadline to submit your proposal is 14 June 2021.

Proposals will be evaluated on how well they fit within the theme and applicants will be informed about the outcome of the evaluation as soon as possible.

If you are new to the Proposal Submission System, please read the user guide.

Tracks and Topics

European higher education is heralded as one of the oldest and most prestigious in the world, and hosts one of the largest proportions of ranked institutions by continent in the World University Rankings. The number of ranked universities, however, only represents around a third of all European higher education institutions, highlighting a significant opportunity for bottom-up growth across the region. What can Europe teach itself in raising the profile of all providers? Can larger and better known providers learn from institutions less than 50 years old? How can providers plan together to work on equal footing?

The extension of the Horizon 2020 programme into the Horizon Europe programme to support research and innovation in higher educations sees the European Union continue its commitment to science research until 2027. Those outside the programme’s field of focus and the EU, however, will not see the same level of benefits. How can higher education simultaneously work within and look beyond Horizon Europe to increase the benefits of the programme? What does 2028 look like for research and innovation? Where are the immediate quick gains and what needs for development over the course of the programme’s scope?

European students have a wealth of access to high quality tertiary education, within their own country, within the continent, and further afield. Programmes and initiatives, such as Erasmus+ and the new Turing Scheme in the UK, also actively encourage students to take a global mindset. In creating a global mindset for students, what are their expectations of institutions, their governments, and communities? What do they see as the major benefits of studying abroad and what influences their decisions-making? Students within the continent also show a keen awareness of the UN’s SGDs and a desire to work within them for global benefit. How does universities’ perceptions of students’ desires meet with reality? Are there areas that receive less consideration from institutions and can are opportunities to better reflect students’ needs and wants?

Information for Presenters

Submissions by non-academic institutions

Kindly note that there has been a revision in our submission policies. If a non-academic institution would like to present a paper at our conferences, please send in your enquiry to and we will forward this to our conference chair for their consideration.

*Do note that there will be presenter fee applicable for non-academic institution.

Multiple submissions by academic institutions

All proposers of the said event are to abide to the following

  • Each approved presenter will only be scheduled to a single presentation slot in the program

  • Each institution is allowed up to three approved presentation slots, of which are to contain three different presenters.

The above policy has been put in place to ensure the delivery of a varied informative and well-tailored presentations by diverse prominent presenters of the global higher education sector.