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George Weidenfeld is also to be remembered as a great friend of Oxford on Saturday, September 24th, in the Sheldonian in Oxford, having not only founded the Europaeum, 'his first baby' - but continued to support the university in many ways, serving for many years as Vice-President of the University's Development Campaign, and helping to create and establish the Weidenfeld-Hoffman Scholarship Scheme which funds up to 25 top-ranking scholars each year, and the Blavatnik School of Governance which already has some 150 graduates a year reading public policy degrees. Both were ideas first discussed within the Europaeum board. All are welcome at this event, and invitations have gone to select Europaeum graduate alumni and to leading donors, friends and supporters of the association. The event follows the hugely memorable event which took place at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on June 26th to mark and celebrate the many achievements of George Weidenfeld, who died on January 20th at the age of 96. It was attended by a huge array of well-known public figures, academics, intellectuals, journalists, artists, authors and many who have given years of support to the Europaeum.
The Europaeum is once again mounting a special initiative focussing a series of events to be hosted with the Graduate Institute in Geneva, on European migration and mobility, amidst the fall out from the UK vote to exit the European Union. The plan for the Europaeum's European Migration Day is to invite a select group of past and current Europaeum alumni to come to Geneva on October 20th for a day of debates and discussion, including a 'fireside chat' with leading European figures, and a model European Parliament-style debate on the theme including reforms to free movement rules, dealing with asylum seekers from north Africa, the impact of the Brexit vote, and how to build Europe-wide cooperation on migration issues.
What does it mean to be a "good" European ? The question recurs as Europe grapples with a series of simultaneous crises - refugees, multi-culturalism, uneven economic development, and bailing out neighbours at a time of low economic growth. These are tests for not only the capacities of both states, regions, communities and individuals on how best to respond in a practical way, but they raise deeper, existential questions of what kind of Europe we want to build, share, and protect. If cherished values to do with communitarianism, liberal freedoms, gender and sexual equality are threatened, how should the good European react ? What does it mean for our politics with the rise of Euroscepticism and right-wing populism? What is the role of EU in the construction the European identity ? Has the EU helped or hindered ?
Graduates from China and from Europaeum universities have been engaging actively in discussions at this year's exciting Europaeum Summer School this month hosted at Oxford University's new China Centre. Some 14 students presented papers on current or past research on a range of topics to do with legitimisation, corruption, identify, ageing : see the full list of abstract papers here. A full list of participants can be seen here, and the biographical notes on the range of experts taking part from Fudan, Hong Kong, Renmin universities in China, as well as from Oxford, London, the EC and other places, can be reviewed here.
Oxford has been gearing up to face a future that could herald the UK out of the EU, with potential threats to a major research stream, which last year yielded more than £66 million; the 1 in 7 students that come from the EU to study at Oxford; and one in six staff that come from the EU. Oxford has joined a high-level university Europe Group which is keeping in touch with the UK government and lobbying through bodies such as the European Research Council and LERU. The University has hired special lawyers to advise on migration law, and there is advice on the impact of pensions.