Europaeum Higher Education Series
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 Aademic Freedom - Universities in East Central Europe since the Fall of the Wall is planned for late 2012, to be held at Oxford University.
We plan to invite leading experts from across the Europaeum network, including the Rectors of the Jagiellonian University and Charles University Prague, Professor Jan Sokol (former Minister of Education for the Czech Republic), and other experts who have indicated a willing to take part. Participants from outside the network are also welcome, with Professor WH Newton Smith (President of the Open Society Institute), Dr Voldemar Tomusk (Director of Education at the OSE), Mr Bahram Bekharadnia (Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute), and Sir Peter Scott (Professor of Higher Education Studies at the Institute of Education, London University) due to take part. The idea is to take stock of how much 'progress' has been made among top ECE region universities, what has been helpful, what has not and what happens next. The workshop will build on important work done within the Europaeum's Future of European Universities Project (2001-2006).
This programme represents an inquiry into how European universities must adapt in order to lead the knowledge revolution. The Europaeum undertook a three-year Future of European Universities Project, supported by a major grant DaimlerChrysler Services AG, to study the opportunities, conditions and methods the will enable European universities to play a leading role in the ongoing Knowledge Revolution.
Through discussing how knowledge is now being produced, disseminated and acquired, questions were posed on the kinds of partnerships universities need to make, and with whom, the kind of `new' university needed to meet the challenges of an age of globalisation and lifelong learning, and how this `new' model compares with the existing global leaders.