Supporting changemakers in European higher education

28th – 31st May 2024 | University of Murcia, Spain

EUF Open Space

7th Edition

The Open Space allows participants to dive into EU funding opportunities, present and discuss past and ongoing European projects and their results, and exchange ideas on how to work towards their institutional priorities. The event will tackle the priorities set by the participants themselves, such as sustainability, inclusion, novel mobility formats, and managing the internationalisation process in a changing world.

This 7th edition will be a 4-day event and is powered by the EUF Project Manager and Advisor Community, and will gather representatives from EUF members and beyond. The lively and creative environment of the event offers multiple networking and good practice sharing opportunities among higher education staff working (or aiming to work) on EU projects meeting their priorities.

Open Space, Split, 2023

Take the first step to your Erasmus+ project

Meet your European colleagues at the 7th Edition of the EUF Open Space!


Registration deadline 19 April 2024


Online introduction session

Introduction to the OS concept and getting to know the participants & facilitators

Day 1

Morning  – arrival and free time

From 13:00 onwards – registration and welcome coffee with participants


  • Introduction to the Open Space
  • Official welcome by University of Murcia
  • ​Keynote by MEP Marcos Ros Sempere* on the impact and importance of Erasmus+ on the future of the European societies
  • Erasmus+ Project Results in the Spotlight
  • Change-maker parallel session I (work in groups)

* Final availability to be confirmed as the European Parliament elections are scheduled to take place on June 6th-9th

Day 2


  • Introduction to the Day 2
  • Policy context of the European Education Area and key ongoing developments
  • Parallel sessions about Erasmus+ KA2 calls: 
    • Cooperation Partnerships 
    • Alliances for Innovation  
    • Capacity Building projects in Higher Education
    • Erasmus Mundus Joint Degrees
  • Change-maker parallel session II (work in groups)


  • Parallel sessions about project planning and implementation:
    • Impact – how to successfully define and measure qualitative and quantitative indicators;
    • Workplan Management – typical pitfalls and how to implement a successful project management environment;
    • Quality assurance – designing an adequate quality assurance and control plan for your project;
    • Dissemination – the guiding questions towards building a solid dissemination plan;
    • Leading international project teams – key aspects to succeed and maintain high motivation level throughout project lifetime.

Guided tour of Murcia city centre and dinner hosted by the University of Murcia

Day 3


  • Introduction to the Day 3
  • Key Criteria for a successful application – aka the evaluator’s perspective 
  • Change-maker parallel session  III (work in groups)


  • Voting on the change-maker proposals to be presented on the next day
  • Lucky winners prepare their presentation for the next day
  • Cartagena visit

Day 4


  • Introduction to the Day 4
  • Presentation of change-maker parallel session outcomes
  • Project Management principles and project lifecycle – a theoretical approach
  • From ideas to actual impact – pathway to making a change in Higher Education
  • Open Space takeaways: what are the next steps?

Informal networking (optional) and farewell!

Venue & Host

The University of Murcia (UMU) is an international institution and with its student population of approximately 38,000, it is the largest university in the Region of Murcia. The UMU is a comprehensive state university offering 60 degree qualifications – five of them dual degrees – 72 masters degrees and 36 PhD qualifications in Fine Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Health Sciences, Sciences, Social Sciences and Law.

Founded in 1272 AD, the University of Murcia is the third oldest university in Spain, and the thirteenth oldest in the world.

The UMU has a strong presence in the local and regional community and plays a very important role not only in research and teaching, but also in the society itself, acting as an essential social engine and as a strategic bridge for every teaching and research activity, as well as for any investment to be carried out in the Mediterranean coast.



University of Murcia
Facultad de Letras (Faculty of Arts)
Campus de la Merced
C/ Santo Cristo, 1
Planta Baja
30001 Murcia



There are 2 airports close to Murcia: Alicante-El Altet and Corvera-Murcia. Alicante has a greater number of international flights compared to Corvera, and offers more connections with Madrid and Barcelona.

A taxi shuttle can be hired if needed to pick you up from Alicante or Corvera airport (from Alicante airport, 70€ per ride; from Murcia-Corvera airport, 35€ per ride). Maximum: 4 people per ride.


Trains come to Murcia del Carmen Train Station, as well as AVE service from Madrid. You can easily find a taxi at the main entrance of the train station to get to the hotel.

Local transportation


Uber is available in Murcia. Use your phone’s app!

Accommodation suggestions

The tourist season in Murcia starts in April, please make sure to book your accommodation in advance! More options are available on, Airbnb or

Rincón de Pepe Hotel

Hesperia Murcia Centro

Churra Hotel

Barceló Murcia 7 Coronas

Cetina Hotels

Sercotel Amistad Murcia


Registration is closed

Erasmus+ Staff Mobility

Higher Education staff can use Erasmus+ staff mobility funding to participate in the EUF Open Space 2024. Please contact the responsible person in your institution to find out more about your eligibility. We are able to provide you with an invitation letter if required.

The Organiser

The European University Foundation (EUF) is a network of universities established in 30 countries. It stands for diversity and social fairness in Higher Education and aims to accelerate the modernisation of the European Higher Education Area. The network deploys intensive cooperation and policy experimentation under five key pillars:

  • Digital Higher Education both for governance and provision of education
  • Entrepreneurship and employability skills of graduates
  • Policy innovation at national and European level
  • Active citizenship of students and
  • Quality mobility for all


  • EUF network university – 360 EUR
  • Other institution – 460 EUR
  • Speaker/Contributor – 260 EUR


  • All training sessions
  • 3 lunches
  • Coffee breaks
  • 1 Open Space Dinner
  • Guided tour in Murcia
  • Visit to Cartagena

Most recent editions

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EUF Open Space 2018

EUF Open Space 2018

In 2018, we will organise the 4th EUF Open Space training and you are invited! After three successful editions in Luxembourg, Aveiro and Naples, we are going further East to the Aegean sea and to the great Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.


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This was the first time I have attended an Open Space event, but after the 1st day I was sure that it has to be a “must” in the office activities’ annual calendar, side by side to EAIE Conference or other similar events. It has been a truly enriching experience!
Open Space participant 2023

Highly recommended – very well organised in a very beautiful place and very enjoyable, productive and inspiring. Many thanks 😉
Open Space participant 2023

The atmosphere was professional but relaxed at the same time. Friendliness and smiles all around. That’s a great way to work.
Open Space participant 2023

I was able to learn a lot in a very short period of time.
Open Space participant 2018

Very professional, planned event, very warm welcome and friendly staff during the event, highly competent speakers.
Open Space participant 2016

The organisation was excellent. There was a great mastery of all the topics covered and the practical exercises were well thought out. The atmosphere was great too.
Open Space participant 2023

The EUF team is available, enthusiatic and nice, the networking opportunity is rich, as well as the professional and personal experience with lots of tips concerning the process of project application.
Open Space participant 2019

It is one of the most interesting and useful workshops on internationalisation I’ve ever attended.
Open Space participant 2018

Relaxed schedule, very prepared and professional trainers/speakers; interesting, stimulating and informative content.
Open Space participant 2018

The venue was wonderful, the lectures and group work were very good and the staff was very helpful. This was of a great benefit to me.
Open Space participant 2017

Lovely atmosphere and meeting a lot of new colleagues – superb networking and reaching my goal of learning more about internationalisation at home.
Open Space participant 2023

Excellent attention to the organisation, to the well-being of the participants and to the overall content relevance of the workshops. It was very worthwhile!
Open Space participant 2023

I felt so challenged and appreciated in the same time during the event. Everything was there to improve skills, to learn more, to get update/first-hand information and to feel supported professionally, socially and personally. These circumstances are perfect to incubate brilliant ideas.
Open Space participant 2017

It gives a good overview of the possibilities and we also meet with potential partners. It’s also a hub for ideas to put in place at our university.
Open Space participant 2019