Annual conference on The Future of Europe - 2030
The future of Europe is much on the minds of all European citizens - following the fallout from the economic crisis. This year's annual conference in Spain is on this theme, Futures for Europe, looking forward at various scenarios on offer up to the year 2030. Key questions for the assembled experts and scholars will be Has EU expansion now ended ? Will the Euro survive and at what price ? Can free mobility be sustained ? What about education policies ? What is Europe's contribution now to international environmental policy after Cancun ? How will the Europe Project fare in the face of the growing power from Brazil, India, and China ? Policy-makers, academic scholars, business, political and community leaders, and Europaeum graduates as representatives of the next generation - will attend - with Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former President of Latvia, key member of the 2009-10 EU Reflections Group on the future of Europe, as our keynote speaker. This event starts on July 18th in Santander, co-ordinated with our new associate partner the Fundación Ortega Marañón (FOM). Click here to view the Programme
Summer School on The Future of Europe 2030
The Europaeum is organising this year's summer school on The Future of Europe 2030 alongside our annual conference with many top speakers, due to be held in the beautiful surroundings in Santander and will run from July 17-23rd.There will be the usual mix of discussions, debates, role-playing, and graduate presentations, alongside the major lectures occurring as part of our major annual international event and of course access to top speakers at the linked conference. For a list of participants and biographies of speakers, please see our website. Click here to download the final Programme
Please click here to view the Europaeum Diary
Europaeum Graduate Workshops - Europe and its Leadership
The Europaeum will co-sponsoring a new three-day graduate workshop with Leiden University focussing on the role of leaders in European politics - yesterday, today and tomorrow. The event is due to take place in Leiden on November 11,12 and 13th. It will ask questions about the Future of Europe - does Europe still yearn for those political 'Giants' involved in the setting up of the ECSC and EEC ? Does the European Project need new visionary leaders ? Or has the role of leaders changed in a globalised world ? Why do politicians in some countries prefer to be in Brussels while others prefer their national politics ? Have leadership failures contributed to the Eurozone crisis ? to some backsliding in democratization in the former ECE region ? How fares the new trioika of EU leadership and how are they placing Europe on the world stage ?
As usual the event will allow 20 leading Europaeum scholars to present their research both to an international forum for discussion and in smaller working groups. Please send indications of interest to the office. Selections will begin at the end of September. All costs are covered apart from travel.
Applications in the form of a CV, a letter of recommendation and a letter of motivation should go to the Europaeum Office, as well as to your local Europaeum Coordinator no later than 1 October, 2011.
2011 Europaeum Classics Colloquium - Helsinki
The theme for the 2011 Classics Colloquium – the tenth in our series – will be Strangers and Friends hosted by the University of Helsinki this October. Classics graduate scholars at member universities of the Europaeum are invited to take part in this Colloquium, which aims to bring young European classics scholars together with leading academic experts, with the chance to present papers for discussion and critique by a fellow scholar. See the Poster for more information. As usual, the Europaeum will provide accommodation and meals for up to 20 graduates plus one or two scholars. Individuals are responsible for covering their own travel costs (either from their department or from other sources). Applicants are asked to submit a 100-word abstract, CV, and recommendation from at least one of their academic advisors to the Office as soon as possible. All papers must be in English. Senior scholars from Europaeum universities will be contacted directly. The first main deadline for applications is the end of July. There will be a further deadline in mid-September. Please distribute the event Poster to interested students and scholars.
Scholarships and Opportunities:
The new Jenkins' Scholars
Five new Jenkins Scholars will start their academic studies at Europaeum-linked universities in September. The scholarship scheme, which honours the former President of the European Commission and Chancellor of the University of Oxford, is linked to the Europaeum, which Roy Jenkins also helped to found in the 1990s to help academics, intellectuals and young scholars ‘bridge Europe’. The deadline for the next round of awards for applicants to Oxford is around January 15th 2012. For application details please see click here.
The new Jenkins Scholars for this 2011-12 academic year are:
- Dominik Christ of the University of Bonn, will study for an MPhil in Economics at St John's College, Oxford University;
- Rachel Hicks of the University of Leiden, will study for an MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Oxford;
- Igor Barilik of Charles University, Prague, will study for an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Exeter College, Oxford University;
- Tomas Wallenius of the University of Helsinki, will study for an MPhil in International Relations at St Cross College, Oxford University.
- Steven Kaye of Magdalen College, Oxford, will be continuing his studies as a Jenkins Scholar towards a DPhil Comparative Philology and General Linguistics at Leiden University.
The value of internships for graduate students has recently been endorsed as a key component for students entering the job market, according to University World News. The Europaeum has proudly offered lively internships to graduate students, doctoral candidates and post-doctoral scholars from Europaeum universities for a number of years. We are committed to providing engaging and fruitful work experience - with opportunity to pursue research studies in Oxford libraries, join lectures etc. In this way, we seek to extend the mission of the Europaeum to build European leadership, foster diversity and provide opportunities to supplement research and background education.
We offer interns for one-three months, and each intern will be asked to support general office work, work on current events and will be given a research project to work on and help develop. We will help in finding housing and cover the costs, as part of a support package also for food and travel.
If you know anyone who might be interested, please send a CV and covering letter, including details of two referees (preferably one academic and one professional) to the the Europaeum office.
Publications & Media
Are we better off being good or evil?
A Europaeum scholar, once an economic advisor to former President Vaclav Havel, and dubbed ‘a Hot Mind in Economics’, Tomáš Sedláček - who participated in the 2009 Europaeum Summer School on Ethics and European Policy-Making - was in Oxford last month for the launch of his new book Economics of Good and Evil, published in English by Oxford University Press. His paper - given in a Paris park to 30 Europaeum scholars - was a summary of his thinking which was outlined in the book. It is already a bestseller in Czech lands - and the Europaeum now plans to send a copy to the library of each partner institution. The launch event was chaired by the Europaeum's own Dr. Paul Flather, and speakers included Czech and Slovak experts and Economist Peter Oppennheimer, who has been a supporter of Europaeum activities down the years. It also celebrated the establishment of the new Oxford Czech and Slovak Society (OCSS) - with Dr Flather as patron. For information on the event, please click here. Also, please see a recent review by the eminent FT columnist Sam Brittan.
Report of the Month
Liabilities in European Union Law
A report of a lively workshop on the liability regimes facing European nations who break or opposed European regulations
and directives, held at Charles University last March by the Centre for Comparative European Law, is attached. The event was supported by the Humboldt Stiftung and the Europaeum and drew in speakers from Germany, Austria, Britain, and Czech Republic.
The papers are published in a special issue of the Czech journal Jurisprudence (Vol. 20, No. 5, 2011). Click here to download the Report
Institute supports cultural diplomacy
Founded in 1999, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is a global network of independent partners in both the public and private sectors, whose collective mission is to enhance the process of international and interregional human interaction by improving the very fabric of social relations.
The ICD´s research and programs in the area of cultural communication and rapprochement offer viable alternatives to enhance traditional diplomatic policy. This can benefit individuals, communities, and organizations at the local, national, regional, and global level.
The Institute organised three upcoming events in Berlin: The EU as a Global Actor From the Inside Out: The Internal Development of the European Union and its Future Role in an Interdependent World taking place from the 7th - 10th of July, 2011, the Forum for Young Leaders' Cultural Diplomacy in Europe from the 4th – 10th of July, 2011; and the Forum for Young Leaders' Europe Meets Russia from the 4th– 10th July 2011. Click here to learn more about these and other events organised by the ICD.
Around the Members:
HELSINKI: University History translated
The official History of the University of Helsinki by Professor Emeritus Matti Klinge, a leading historian in Finland, has just been extended translated into English to mark the university’s 350th Anniversary of the foundation. It was originally published in Finnish and Swedish in 1990. The book traces the story of the University from its origins as the oldest in Finland, 1640 to the year 2010 - 370 years of learning - producing several Presidents including Tarja Halonen and Urbo Kekkohen. Today, Helsinki has grown to such a dominant role that it accounts for some 25 per cent of the total higher education output of the country, and attracts more than 20 per cent of the total national research budget. II produced Nobel winners in Medicine, Ragnar Granit, and in Chemistry, Aetturi Virtanent. It ranks sixth in the world for online publishing (according to the Webometrics ranking system) and one of the top 10 research universities in Europe, and a member of the League of European Research Universities, as well as the Europaeum. See for more information: http://www.helsinki.fi/news/archive/6-2011/8-13-43-11.html. For the introductory piece on the University written by Paul Flather when Helsinki joined the Europaeum click here.
LEIDEN: Ashrawi delivers 2011 Freedom Lecture
Political activist and champion of the peaceful liberation of Palestinian territories, Hanan Ashrawi delivered the second annual Freedom Lecture held at Pieterskerk, Leiden last month. Initiated in 2010 with an inaugural lecture by Salmon Rushdie, the Freedom Lecture was conceived of by Leiden University, the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and the Municipality of Leiden, to celebrate Leiden's historic association with the concept of freedom. This year Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestinian Christian legislator, activist, and scholar, spoke about the need for support from the international community to increase pressure on Israel to reach a peaceful resolution with Palestine. Click here to listen to the lecture online.
OXFORD: topping the UK charts !
For the tenth year in a row, Oxford has come top of The Times Good University Guide league table. The Times looked at criteria such as staff-student ratios, graduate employment and bursaries in ranking higher education institutions. Oxford’s superior staffing levels, larger proportion of top degrees, higher spending on student facilities and high degree of student satisfaction ensured that it sealed a full decade at the top of the table. Oxford also improved its showing in the individual subject league tables, coming top in 14 subject tables: Medicine, Law, English, Politics, Maths, Philosophy, Theology, French, Russian, Linguistics, Business Studies, Middle Eastern and African Studies, Music, and Art and Design.
New research posts created by the EU
After all the gloomy news about higher education cuts, and increases in tuition fees in many countries, comes brighter news that the European Union has pledged to create one million new research posts over the coming decade. The announcement has come from European Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn in Horizon 2020, which outlines plans to create one million jobs in research and innovation over the next seven-year research programme. Even so the news comes as a new report revealed that Europe’s investment in research and innovation has, in fact, been outstripped by its competitors since the mid-1990s. Read a full report prepared for the ever lively World University Service by Jan Petter Myklebust.