The 4th EUA Convention in Lisbon, which takes place March 29-31 2007, assembles a range of key international figures in Higher Education who promise to captivate the largest audience that has so far attended an EUA event.The first plenary session, focusing on «The future of Higher Education beyond 2010», brings together three speakers from different parts of the world to compare their views on future developments: European Commissioner for Education, Culture and Youth, Ján Figel' will meet David Ward, President of the American Council on Education and the Chinese Vice Minister of Education Zhang Xinsheng.
After this global introduction to the challenges for Higher Education, closer attention will be given to the European developments from an institutional perspective, with the first presentation of EUA’s Trends V report, by David Crosier and Lewis Purser.
«The importance of research for European knowledge society» will be highlighted in the third plenary session that features Fotis Kafatos, Chair of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council.
The next plenary session promises to spark a lively debate from a diverse and distinguished panel. Helga Nowotny, Vice-president of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council will pose a range of questions on future directions for Higher Education and Research to Yehuda Elkana, President and Rector of Budapest’s Central European University, John Brooks, Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University, Koen Geven, President of the National Unions of Students in Europe (ESIB) and Rodrigo Costa, Vice-president of Portugal Telecom.
EUA is also delighted that José Manuel [Durão] Barroso, President of the European Commission, has agreed to give the closing address to the Convention. Two years ago, in Glasgow, President [Durão] Barroso called for increased dialogue with Europe’s Universities, and stressed that the future of Europe’s Universities was “unquestionably one of Europe’s top priorities”. His return to the EUA Convention is proof of the strength of this commitment, and an opportunity for Europe’s Universities to continue this key dialogue with Europe’s highest political representative.
The Convention is certainly the most important event in EUA’s 2007 calendar, and in terms of participant numbers will also be the biggest event in the association’s history. To ensure that all participants have the opportunity to join in the discussions and make a real impact on EUA’s policy and future work programme, total numbers will be limited to 700. Few places are still left, and if you still hope to come to Lisbon, but have not yet registered, please register today to avoid disapppointment.
Visit the Convention website to know more about the Lisbon Convention.