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Federalism vs. Localism: what works?

Following the tremendous success of our conference on Federalisms - East and West - India, Europe, and North America held in 2010, the Europaeum is now planning a second follow-up event in late 2012 this time exploring themes of multi-level governance and localism in the US, Europe, and India. The conference is due to take place in the Indian capital of Delhi, with a range of leading figures from the worlds of politics, law, economics, academia, and the media. Please read the attached statement for a summary of key issues to be discussed - and stay tuned for more details.

The Future of European Universities II: a policy forum on higher education

The Europaeum is moving ahead with its plans for an international policy forum on the Future for European Universities 2011-15. This important event will set out to explore the future of higher education in former ECE region. The conference entitled Higher Education: Progress, and Academic Freedom - Universities in East Central Europe since the Fall of the Wall is planned for late 2012, to be held at Oxford University. Leading education experts, policy-makers, top media figures, and scholars from across the Europaeum network will be in attendance. As usual this event is open to selected graduate students from Europaeum partner universities. Stay tuned for more information.

Europaeum Graduate Workshop: Arab Spring - One Year On

The Europaeum ran a new graduate workshop on The Arab Spring One Year On: What next ? hosted at Paris 1-Sorbonne on March 22-24th, with Professor Christine Mengin as  Director. The aim was to take stock of developments in the region a year on, and to look ahead, with the focus especially on two key pioneers for change - Tunisia and Egypt. Speakers included Slim Laghmani (University of Tunis), Mohammed Marouani (Paris 1), Nadine Picaudou (Paris 1), Lise Storm (University of Exeter), and Patrice Vermeren (Paris 1), among others.

Erhard Busek joins the Europaeum

The Europaeum is pleased to announce the addition of a new trustee, a former Austrian Vice-Chancellor, Minister of Science and Research, and Minister of Education - Dr. Erhard Busek. Currently a Visiting Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Studies at Duke University, and Co-Chair of the Commission on Radio and Television Policy: Central and Eastern Europe, Dr Busek is a welcome addition for our Board of Trustees. For more information about Dr Busek please see his full biography on our website. Click here for a full list of our current trustees

Oxford-Geneva Bursary winners announced !

This year’s Europaeum Oxford-Geneva Study Bursaries have been won by two young scholars who will respectively be researching adolescent sexuality in Africa and water resource use after population growth and economic development. The bursary scheme is designed to allow specialist library or archive work, supervisions with desired tutors, taught programmes including specialist summer schools, field work or work with organisations linked to partnership universities.

The Europaeum 2011 Annual Summary

The Europaeum has compiled a summary of our highly productive year in 2011. Last year saw the Europaeum and our partner institutions host a number of events, including five graduate workshops, five research project group meetings, four Europaeum Lectures, and six international conferences, as well as our annual Summer School and Classics Colloquiums. We also helped produce seven publications and new media, such as the Connecting Europe through History report on Experiences and Perceptions of Migrations, the Liberlisms ERPG special report on Liberalism in West and East, the Europaeum Academic Directory of associated scholars, and a new, stylish version of our monthly e-Newsletter. Along with our annual grant opportunities, MA programme, and visiting professorships, the Europaeum remains as active as ever! Click here to download a full summary of the Europaeum's 2011 activities

2012-2013 MA applications now being accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the Europaeum’s 2012-2013 MA programme in European History and Civilization. This programme offers graduate students a special opportunity to deepen their knowledge of European history and institutions, their philosophical and historical backgrounds and underpinnings, and their social and economic contexts, through the lens of three different busy university worlds. This knowledge plays an increasingly crucial role in practical decision-making and strategic planning, where Europe-wide and global contact and negotiation is required. For further information, see Application details on our website.

New report released

A report from the 2011 International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe held at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow has been released. The topic of the conference was Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe: before, after, in the process? Supported by The Europaeum, Nevena Vlaykova, an MPhil student in Russian and East European Studies at University of Oxford, and Jiří Koubek, studying for an MSc in Political Science at Charles University, Prague, attended the conference and offer this Report of the proceedings.

Migrations Report Released !

The Europaeum has partnered with EUROCLIO - an association of European history teachers in two special EU-funded programmes on Connecting Europe through History, allowing History teachers and Historians and policy-makers to explore and share new ideas and themes for teaching in classrooms. Following the success of our initial series on Human Rights in Europe (2007-2008), we embarked on an another series of lectures, conferences, and workshops at Europaeum partner institutions at Oxford, Bologna, Leiden, Helsinki, Paris, and Krakow, as well as other universities in Berlin, Vienna, and Nijmegen, on the theme Experiences and Perceptions of Migrations (2010-2011) with similar goals. Please see the full report, documenting the results of this year-long study.

European Political Concepts


The European Political Concepts Europaeum Research Project Group (ERPG), originally launched via our consortium, has been making further good progress this month. Following an eighth academic meeting in August in Helsinki, the editorial board has just met in Bielefeld and now the two editors of the publication series, set to emanate from this group, Michael Freeden from Oxford and Willibald Steinmetz, are set to sign the first of their books deals this December.

DEADLINE APPROACHING: Jenkins' Scholarship

Please note applications for Oxford must be received by 20th January 2012. Applications are invited for up to six Jenkins Scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year, including four to study at Oxford. The Jenkins Scholarship Scheme honours the lifelong achievements of the former President of the European Commission (1976-1981) and Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1987-2003). The Jenkins Scheme is linked to the Europaeum association of leading European universities.The Roy Jenkins Memorial Fund was set up in 2003-4, to create scholarships to bring students from the countries of the European Union to study at the University of Oxford, and to support Oxford students going onto further study in Europe. 13 Jenkins Scholars have been elected in recent years.

Conference: The English Universities Under Attack

The Europaeum co-supported an important conference on the current state of Higher Education in the UK. The event on The English Universities Under Attack was held at King College, London University, on November 26th, and included prominent scholars, policy -makers, and educators from Europe and beyond. Themes  included tuition fees, government controls, technology, centralised administration, marketisation.

Senior EU speakers attend Europaeum workshop

The Europaeum co-sponsored a new three-day graduate workshop with Leiden University focussing on the role of leaders in European politics - yesterday, today and tomorrow.  The event took place in Leiden on November 11 - 13th, 2011. It posed questions about Europe and Leadership: Does Europe still yearn for new ‘Giants’ to lead it through its crisis ? What is the role for President, Commissioners, Council and Parliament ? What leadership role for Europe in the world ? How has leadership failure contributed to current crises ? Why do some prefer Brussels and others their national politics ? We also explored - as an underlying research question - how Europe can best secure stability and growth based on rational leadership and decision-making strategies.

Speakers included Richard Corbett (Member of Cabinet of Herman Van Rompuy); Alain Servantie (advisor to EC President); Abram de Swaan (University of Amsterdam);  Richard Griffiths (Leiden University); Alexander Rinnooy Kan (Chair of Social-Economic Council of the Netherlands); Laurens Jan Brinkhorst (former Minister of Economic Affairs, Netherlands) and Chris Bickerton (Amsterdam / Oxford Universities).

Summer School report released

The Europaeum 2011 Conference and Summer School on The Futures of Europe: Which Way Towards 2030 was held in beautiful Santander, north Spain, exploring complexities of relationships between European nations and the European Union and future scenarios, and bringing together distinguished experts, policy-makers, media and politicians, alongside 215 graduates from the Europaeum network. A full report on the event, which started by reviewing the implications of the 2009-10 report of the Reflections Group chaired by Felipe Gonsalez, is now available. Click here to read the final report.

Oxford-Geneva Bursary Scheme Open

The Europaeum is planning to continue its study bursaries - one to support an Oxford graduate to pursue a short study programme at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and one to support a Graduate Institute student to study at Oxford, during the coming academic year.

Appropriate programmes of study can include periods of specialist library or archive work; supervisions with desired tutors; taught programmes including specialist summer schools, or field work, including work with organisations based in and around Geneva or Oxford.

The deadline for submission of applications will be early December. Students from Geneva who wish to apply should contact Dr Laurent Neury; and those from Oxford should contact the University International Office.

Please distribute the Bursary Notice to interested students and colleagues.