The final program of the EUniverCities Meeting in Parma

Theme: A new student generation: new challenges for city&university


Aims of the network meeting in Parma
The university years are a milestone in every student’s life; beyond knowledge and degrees, the university experience play a key role in shaping the citizens of the future.

In the last ten years students have deeply changed: young generations, the so-called millennials, have different needs and different expectations.

Are universities ready to deal with this change? New flexible curricula and degrees are high on decision making agenda, new digital and physical infrastructure are a “must have” for any University, but that could not be enough.

The challenge regards not only the educational institutions, but affects deeply cities that host university facilities and that every year welcome new students.

The main objective of the meeting will be to reflect on these issues and try to answer to the following questions:

·         How have students’ behavior and expectations changed over the last decade

·         How can cities and universities deal with these changes?

·         Which are their new main challenges?

·         What does this imply for the cooperation between cities and university?

·         And how this cooperation can help in dealing with these challenges?

·         What kind of services and facilities should be designed and developed to meet these new needs and expectations? 

·         Can external partners help in dealing with this?

 We see three key areas in which the challenges play out:

Education: flexible curricula, digitalization, more practise based education and how the city/city stakeholders can play a role here

Student life & well-being: Dealing with growing pressure, stress and & mental issues of students: how can students combine ambition with feeling safe, relaxed, healthy, social and comfortable; How can they find fulfillment in student life, volunteering work, develop themselves in student unions etc.   

Housing: Housing needs seem to be changing; dealing with different housing needs for national and international students in very tight & expensive local housing markets.

During the 3 days of the networking event, we would like to share ideas among partners, exchange some good practices, reflect together on these challenges.

After the welcome on the first day, on the second day the meeting will start with a panel of 3 speakers:

1.       A representative from a European student association who will give his point of view on the new needs and expectations of students, especially after COVID-19, for a better integration in the city life

2.       A student representative from a Italian student association who will give his point of view on the new needs and expectations of students, especially after COVID-19, for a better integration in the city life

3.       A student representative from the University of Parma

4.       A student advisor who could talk about how students are dealing with this COVID-19 period... but also about their problems and expectations

Afterwards, the Municipality and the University of Parma will share their experience by presenting the Parma UniverCity project ("Parma Città Universitaria"), created with the aim of making Parma an increasingly university-friendly city by creating a student-friendly community model.

In the afternoon, the Network partners will present their best practices related to the 3 key areas mentioned above: Education, Student Life and Wellness, Housing.

On the third day, in the morning, we will have two parallel workshops, one for partners and one for students.

Students will discuss what they expect from their time as students from the city and university, and look at how those expectations are being met (or not..). Students will begin working prior to the meeting, through online meetings where they can get to know each other and begin discussing the topic.

Partners will discuss some concrete questions about the three key areas.

The two groups will meet in the plenary session for a final discussion, with the goal of producing a common document to share with our decision makers, finalized after the meeting, posted on our website.

The Handbook for Strategic City-University co-operation
At the beginning of the meeting, the EUniverCities Network will present its «Handbook for Strategic City-University co-operation”. The hanbook is the result of the process initiated by the University and the City of Lausanne during 3 workhops held between November 2020 and February 2021, finalized by all the partners with the supervision of prof. Willem van Winden, lead expert of the Network.


Day 1: Wednesday, 1st December 2021 – Arrival and Welcome Reception

Location: Town Hall - Strada Repubblica, 1

19:00 – 19:30


Registration, Meeting Goals and Program ( Green Pass check)

• Gabriele Agnetti (Secretariat EUniverCities)
• Alessandro Bernazzoli (Secretariat EUniverCities)
• Alessandro Tassi Carboni (President of Parma City Council)
• Guglielmo Wolleb (Delegate for International Relations of the University of Parma)

20:00 – 22:00

Buffet dinner at LOSTELLO - Cittadella park


Day 2: Thursday, 2nd December 2021 – Sharing sessions

Location: Regio Theatre - Strada Giuseppe Garibaldi, 16/a

8:30 – 8.45 Registration ( Green Pass check)


8.45 - 9:15

Opening , Welcoming Words and presentation of the City and the University of Parma

  • Federico Pizzarotti (Mayor City of Parma)
  • Paolo Martelli (Vice Rector University of Parma)
  • Cristiano Sandri  (Regio Theatre)
  • Gabriele Agnetti (Secretariat EUniverCities)
  • Alessandro Bernazzoli (Secretariat EUniverCities)
  • Willem van Winden (Lead Expert)
9:15 - 10:30

Handbook presentation

  • Willem van Winden (Lead Expert)
  • Marc de Perrot ( University of Lausanne)
  • Patrizia Darbellay ( City of Lausanne)
  • Alessandro Bernazzoli (University of Parma)
  • Gabriele Agnetti (City of Parma)

Open debate about the handbook

What will the partner do with it now? Should it be regularly updated? Etc…

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30

Parma UniverCity - Parma Città Universitaria Project (PUC):

 1 - The purpose and the project

  • Leonardo Spadi (City Councilor and PUC Coordinator)
  • Chiara Vernizzi (Rector Delegate and PUC Vice Coordinator)
  • Yuri Ferrari (Former President Council of Students UNIPR)


2 -  The research about Parma as UniverCity

  • Cristina Ziliani (Professor of Marketing, Department of Economics and Management)

3 - Services - transports

  • Laura Orsini (Head of Marketing and Comunication - TEP S.p.A.)
  • Michele Ziveri (Administrator Infomobility S.p.A.)


12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break at Regio Theatre
14:00 – 15:00

Round Table + Q&A:

  • Willem van Winden (Lead Expert)
  • Claudia Greco – President - student board – University of Parma
  • Giovanni Telesca - President - Erasmus Student Network Italy
  • Juan Rayón González – President Erasmus Student Network AISBL
15:00 – 15:15

Sharing Session – Parma

Dolores Rollo – University of Parma - Delegate of the Rector of Parma for Psychological Counseling. 

Psychological counseling between inclusion and sustainability

15:30 – 17:00

Sharing Session : Best Practices from the partners, on the topic

(exact titles of presentations may change)

1 - José Jesús Delgado Peña - Deputy Vice rector in International Cooperation - University of Málaga

The University of Malaga's International Cooperation student volunteer programme and Erasmus+ projects: a window to the world, a door to the heart


2 - Sophie Meadows  - Student Support Administrator – University of Exeter

Exeter’s Community Warden Scheme


3 - Jeroen Paeleman (City of Ghent) and Elena Beellaert and Nich Yilmaz (Artevelde University of Applied Sciences)

Housing and Student in Warm City Ghent


4 - Irene Heisz and Lucas Krackl (City of Innsbruck)

Student Housing in Innsbruck – young people´s needs, wishes and dreams


17:00 – 18.00

Optional site visit at Regio Theatre


17:30 – 18.15

Optional running session at the Parco Ducale (starting at 17:30) - 45 minutes

This part of the program is designed to relax a bit after the first day of the meeting. It will be quite cold, so please bring appropriate clothing for running in the cold. There will be time to go to the hotel and change out of your clothes. The meeting will be at 17:30 at Piazzale della Pace, under the Palazzo della Pilotta.


Transport to the restaurant: pick up at Hotel Sina Maria Luigia - Viale Mentana, 140

20.00 – 23.00

Dinner at Ristorante Romani,

Via dei Ronchi 2 -  Vicomero di Torrile (Parma)


Day 3: Friday, 3rd December 2021 – Workshops

Location: PLESSO AULE K – Via Kennedy, 6

8.15 Pick up under the Pilotta Palace in P.le della Pilotta
8:30 – 8.45 Arrival at Aule k and registration ( Green Pass check)
9.00 – 9.15

Objectives and organization of the Worshops

Willem van Winden (Lead Expert)

9:15 – 11.30

Students Workshop:

The students will discuss what they would expect from their student time from city and uni, and look how these expectations are met (or not..)

Output: a shared document

9:15 – 11.30

EUC Partners Workshop:

The partners will discuss about some concrete questions about the three key areas

Goal: share & develop concrete ideas to improve city-university collaboration in the three topic fields (housing, well being, education)

Table 1 Student housing.

Central question: how can city and university/universities work together better, to make sure that there is enough student housing at a reasonable prices

Table 2 student well-being

Central question: how can city & university work together better to improve the health and wellbeing of students?

Table 3: Education

Central question: how to connect the classroom (education/curricula) with the city?

People will move to all the tables

Output: a shared document

11.30 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 13:00

Plenary:  Sharing the results of the workshops and organization for a final common document

  • Moderators from the workshops
  • Willem van Winden (Lead Expert)
  • Gabriele Agnetti (Secretariat EUniverCities)
  • Alessandro Bernazzoli (Secretariat EUniverCities)
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch break
14:30 – 15:30

General market place:

1 - Lindsey Anderson  - Impact and Partnership Development Manager – Community Partnerships at the University of Exeter

Karijn Nijhoff - senior researcher at the Hague University of Applied Sciences – THUAS Delft

Sam Peper - Student-Assistant at the Hague University of Applied Sciences – THUAS Delft

The Socially Engaged Universities Project and the Toolkit : an online resource aimed at enabling universities across the EU to develop their own socially engaged research projects, based on the SEU partners' review of the state of the art, case studies and lessons learned from their pilot projects.


2 - Daniel Immer & Lara Schumacher , Students and Coordinators of the Green Office (student-led sustainability office) at the University of Innsbruck

Establishing a Green Office (student-led Sustainability Office)

Presenting the Green Office concept (Green Office Movement), how they were able to establish a Green Office at University Innsbruck and what they achieved and have planned for the future.


3 - Denisa Ungurean, Student and representative of UNITA's Students' Assembly

UNITA-Universitas Montium: an European Alliance made of six partener universities from five countries, which gather over 165.000 students. Focus on the Advisory Council and the initiative of joint workshops - students and public institutions brought together by universities in different projects


15:30 - 16:00

Walk towards the Erasmus Home - P.le San Francesco, 3

16:00 – 17:30

Coordinators’ meeting - Only for coordinators

At Erasmus Home (blended) - P.le San Francesco, 3

During the takeover of the secretariat by the University of Exeter, Marco Giorgi – City manager of Parma will attend the meeting.

16:00 – 17:30 Site visit - those who won’t attend the Coordinators’ meeting, will have the possibility to participate at a site visit or free time  in the city center:

Walk through the city Center with visit:

  • Welcome point of the University of Parma at Aemilia 187 a.C. space
  • San Francesco del Prato Church

17:30 – 19:30

Free time


Transport to the restaurant: pick up at Hotel Sina Maria Luigia - Viale Mentana, 140

19.50 – 23.00

Dinner at BORGO20 LAB

Via Ernesto Ghirarduzzi, 2  Parma


About Covid-19 Green Certification
Regarding the Covid-19 Green Certification, at the following link   you will find all the necessary information about it, including travel information.


"Persons over the age of 12 must present the green COVID-19 digital certificate to access certain services and activities:

When travelling between different regions by plane, train, ship, ferry or bus (except for regional trains [..], for which COVId-19 certification is not required)

·         Restaurants, bars, ice-cream parlours and confectioner's shops for indoor table consumption

·         Shows open to the public, sports events, both outdoor and indoor

·         Museums and cultural venues, shows

·         Swimming pools and gyms

·         Private parties, such as wedding receptions

·         Festivals and fairs

·         Conventions and congresses

·         Spas and fitness centres

·         Gaming and betting halls, bingo halls and casinos"

Covid-19 Green Certification is also compulsory to enter indoor restaurants and any public building including the Town Hall, the Regio Theatre and the University premises where the meeting will take place.




If someone should need to be tested with a swab during their staying in Parma,please take contact with some of the farmacies that provides swabs in the City center:



 To obtain the GREEN PASS if you did a swab and you’re NOT enrolled in the Italian Health System: 

  • Go to the governments’ green pass website 
  • Select "Utente senza tessera sanitaria o vaccinato all'estero", then: 
  • Select "Passaporto" from line 1 and write your passport number in the box on the right 
  • Select the correct type of code in line 2 and write your code in the box on the right. For a swab, your code type should be NRFE - you will find this on the document you obtain from the pharmacy when you do your swab.
  • Select the language of your vaccination or recovery certificate 
  • Fill out the CAPTCHA and click "Recupera certificazione". 

 This should generate a PDF of your green pass to save on your phone and always carry with you. 

If you need more information, please do not hesitate to ask, using the email address .



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