Leadership and Organisation for Teaching and Learning at European Universities – LOTUS


The call for participation in the Leadership Development Programme is now open under the Erasmus+ funded LOTUS (Leadership and Organisation for Teaching and Learning at European Universities) project.

The Leadership Development Programme will offer an opportunity for European higher education institutions to address the key challenges in learning and teaching that they are currently facing, by fostering capacity building in implementing systematic approaches to enhance learning and teaching. The deadline to participate is 2 November 2020.

The LOTUS project aims to contribute to capacity building and strategic change management for learning and teaching at higher education institutions across Europe. The project also aims to discuss and demonstrate the potential of various actors (ministries, university associations, student and staff unions, etc.) to support transformation and innovation in learning and teaching.

LOTUS is led by EUA in partnership with a diverse consortium of higher education institutions, national rectors’ conferences, education ministries and organisations actively involved in learning and teaching across Europe.

LOTUS is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, as an initiative to support the implementation of European Higher Education Area (EHEA) reforms. LOTUS will run until September 2022.

Objectives & approach

Foster higher education institutions’ capacity to develop and implement structured and systematic approaches to enhance learning and teaching.

The project will carry out a Leadership Development Programme to address processes and conditions at higher education institutions to implement learning and teaching strategies. A total of 40-60 higher education institutions will benefit from this Leadership Development Programme, while supporting each other through a peer-learning and problem-solving approach. LOTUS will also address the key challenges that institutions face in priority areas of the EHEA reforms (such as student-centred learning, digitalisation, teachers’ professional development, institutional organisation and quality management), and seek ways to build them into an overarching institutional framework, thus relating learning and teaching to other parts of institutions’ missions.

Explore how learning and teaching can be best supported by national and European policies

A Policy Dialogue will explore how different stakeholder groups in learning and teaching can support institutional developments, facilitate interinstitutional exchange and collaboration, and contribute to national and European policy development. A series of national workshops and European-level policy dialogue meetings will be organised – fed with lessons from the Leadership Development Programme.

Provide a set of recommendations for supporting learning and teaching development through inter-institutional cooperation, at regional, national and European levels

Building upon the results from the participating higher education institutions under the Leadership Development Programme and from the policy dialogues, LOTUS will propose recommendations on how cooperation between institutions can contribute to enhancing learning and teaching, and how this can be supported by national and European stakeholders (authorities, organisations).


  • Preparation of the Leadership Development Programme

(September 2020-December 2020)

  • Leadership Development Programme

(September 2020-June 2022)

  • Policy Dialogue

(December 2020-June 2022)

  • Dissemination

(September 2020-September 2022)

Documentation here.

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