We print below the final version of the Prague Declaration which was issued last month from the joint meeting of Universities represented in the COIMBRA, UNICA and EVROPAEVM networks, composed of some 100 institutions, marking the 700th birth anniversary of Charles IV. The Declaration reminds us all of the special role played by universities down the ages since the time when the King of Bohemia and the Holy Roman Emperor was born 700 years ago, in research and innovation, in creating critical minds and educated ‘citizens of the world’ and perhaps above all in developing and safeguarding universal values that combine in the creation of democracy – including humanism, tolerance and openness. Please see the Declaration here.
The Europaeum has recently had a series of videos made to document the wonderful celebrations held in November 2013, on the 10th Anniversary of the Jenkins Scholarship Scheme. The videos, edited by Europaeum interns Alexandra Müllerová and Harry Eagles, include speeches given on the day by Lord (Chris) Patten, Baroness (Shirley) Williams, and Jenkins Scholars Sarah Hegenbart and Michal Bobek (whose speech was read by Enrico Prodi in his absence). The videos also give a brief history of the Jenkins Scholarship Scheme, and a portrait of Roy Jenkins himself. The video project is part of a new fundraising drive, which aims to find the means to extend this very successful and productive scheme. To view the videos, see here. You can also read more about the Jenkins Scholarships here.
The Europaeum is convinced it will have a greater role in building bridges across Europe, and to deliver the vision of founder George Weidenfeld, following the recent UK vote to leave the European Union. The association has now issued a statement (see link here) affirming its future role. We urge the new British Government, led by Prime Minister, Theresa May to protect the UK’s science research budget – worth around £66 million to Oxford from EU sources last year – and to ensure that the UK remains part of the Erasmus scheme and engaged in the Horizon 2020 programme objectives. Meanwhile the Europaeum has pledged to maintain its support for the University consortium Oxford Debates on the UK and EU, or EUK@OX, it helped found to allow for full discussions around the nature of the Brexit arrangements to continue. More information on this will be posted as it emerges.