About ELIA

What is ELIA

ELIA - European League of Institutes of the Arts is a globally connected European network that provides a dynamic platform for professional exchange and development in higher arts education. With over 250 members in 47 countries, it represents some 300.000 students in all art disciplines.

Its cross-disciplinary quality makes ELIA unique as a network. ELIA advocates for higher arts education by empowering and creating new opportunities for its members and facilitating the exchange of good practices. ELIA collaborates with partner networks around the world. 

ELIA Mission and Objectives

The principal mission of ELIA is to represent Higher Arts Education and to be an influential voice and advocate in promoting the interests of its members. In placing emphasis on the value of arts education and artistic research, ELIA is dedicated to enhancing the conditions in which Higher Arts Education can flourish, nationally and internationally. Our current time is dominated by financial uncertainty, global ecological challenges and rapidly shifting political landscapes. Therefore, ELIA’s mission is vital, urgent and relevant.

ELIA’s main objectives are to:
  • Strengthen the position of higher arts education;
  • Support the free development of education in the arts;
  • Promote the arts as a central contributor to social and economic development;
  • Encourage cultural diversity and foster communication between cultures.
-> More on ELIA's objectives can be found under the Strategic Focus and the Manifesto.

ELIA’s aims are primarily realised through:
  • Events, projects and initiatives, which address all levels of the higher arts education community (leaders and managers; lecturers and researchers; artists and students). For our current events and projects visit the Activities page
  • Partnership: ELIA's collective knowledge accumulated over many years and its strong network create the ideal platform for cooperation and partnerships. More can be found on the Benefits page.
  • Dissemination: Through the ELIA website and social media, the office supports its members to share information with the network and to find project partners and funding. Publications and position papers are disseminated to share knowledge and experiences on the key ELIA’s key topics.For more Publications visit our Library page or register to our Newsletter for current updates. 

Organisational Structure

ELIA members participate in various ELIA projects and events. They are encouraged to network and share information not only during ELIA events but also with the network via the ELIA website.

The Representative Board consists of a maximum of 21 members elected during the General Assembly from and by registered full members of the organisation, ensuring a proportional representation of disciplines and regions. The Representative Board elects the President and Treasurer. The tenure is for a period of two years. See the current board by clicking here.

The Executive Group, including the President, comprises a maximum of nine members chosen from the Representative Board.

The ELIA Team, currently residing in Amsterdam, coordinates daily affairs, project manages the events in cooperation with local partners and handles all membership requests and related inquiries.

ELIA has over 25 years' experience in representing higher arts education in Europe. The ELIA Team, elected Board, specialist steering groups and members provide the organisation with a wealth of expertise that bolsters its advocacy and forms an extensive resource for research, the development of new projects and networks, policy review and future scenario planning.


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Lab 105
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The Netherlands

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