The European University Information Systems Association (EUNIS), is the Association of Information Technology Services in European Higher Education and Research institutions. Founded in 1993, EUNIS aims to encourage cooperation between higher education institutions, and also with other organisations and industry suppliers. 

Every two years EUNIS organises the “Rectors’ Conference”, which is co-organised and hosted by one of its members and attended by Presidents, Vice Presidents, Provosts, Vice Chancellors and Rectors from many HE institutions across Europe and beyond.

The 2018 Rectors’ Conference entitled University 5.0 – Bridging people and technology, is the 6th edition of a series of EUNIS Rectors’ Conferences started in 2003 in Paris, followed by a 2nd event also in Paris and three subsequent conferences in Prague (2012), Helsinki and Espoo (2014) and Krakow (2016). The 2018 edition is hosted by the University of Porto under the main title of “University 5.0”, which mirrors the on-going developments in the industry and aims to reflect on the implications of the close connection between people and technology in higher education strategy, policies, and governance. It will provide an excellent debating and networking fora to discuss and anticipate the impact of the latest developments in information technology and their role in enabling higher education institutions to succeed in a cooperative and competitive globalized world.

1. Driving change in leadership and management
Impact of big data and analytics
– Research management
– Open access and open science

2. The autonomous classroom: Is it the future?
– Emerging scenarios in online education
– Open educational resources and practices
– Impact of intelligent agents and learning analytics

3. Building online trust and transparency
– Online exams and credentialing
– Blockchain: Why should I care?
– Plagiarism and other ethical issues

4. Enhancing the student experience
– New roles for students and teachers
– Learning commons
– Unbundling of education: Threat or opportunity?