The conference WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE(COME) AN ENGAGED UNIVERSITY will take place on-line from 14 to 15 July 2020. 

The conference addresses the guiding question: “What does it mean to be(come) an engaged university?”. It aims at promoting service-learning in higher education and increasing awareness about the role of service-learning with respect to the third mission of universities. The objective of the conference is to spread knowledge and share experiences about theories, research and practice on service-learning as well as networking with different stakeholders in the field of higher education. The conference targets scholars, practitioners, students, and community partners interested in the concept of engaged university and service-learning as a strategy for its development.

The conference is organized by partners of the Erasmus + project “Service-Learning in Higher Education” (number 2017-1-SK01-KA203-035352): Matej Bel University (Slovakia), Babes Bolyai University (Romania), Palackého University Olomouc (Czech Republic),  University in Rijeka (Croatia), Danube University Krems (Austria), Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Germany) and the European Association of Service-Learning in Higher Education (EASLHE) in collaboration with the Latin American Center for Solidarity Service-Learning  (CLAYSS). The conference is part of the Third Regional Service-Learning Week in Central and Eastern Europe region (CEE) organized by CLAYSS and CEE Service-Learning Network.

The conference will be on-line in the “flipped format”.


Video invitation to the conference from vice-rector of Matej Bel University, Slovakia. 


Please see the program for the conference.

You can find video presentations and posters that will be presented at the conference on the web site after the 30th of June 2020.

The information about how to join the different sessions during the conference will be sent after the 10th of July 2020 only to the registered participants

Registration for the conference is available on the website until the 10th of July 2020.


The conference will be facilitated by PDCS

PDCS is a non-governmental organization providing professional education and facilitation services, consultancy, and counseling in the field of conflict resolution, support of social dialogue, civic participation, and the development of civil society in Slovakia and abroad.