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Study International, 12 Jan 2018
covering the new Europaeum Scholars Programme


Spurred by Brexit, scholarship programme aims to tackle Europe’s challenges
Study International Staff | January 12, 2018
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SOCIAL BUZZ
2018 has ushered in the launch of a new, European scholarship, which hopes to set the continent’s brightest minds to its challenges.

The Europaeum Scholars programme aims to “produce a new generation of leaders, thinkers, and researchers who have the capacity and desire to shape the future of Europe.”

The scholarship programme was spearheaded by Europaeum, a consortium of leading European universities whose members include Leiden University in the Netherlands, Germany’s Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

Prestigious UK-based institutions the University of Oxford and University of St Andrews are also members.

“It is multi-disciplinary, multi-university and multi-locational, and designed to engage academic thinking with the cultural, political, and societal challenges facing Europe today,” according to the Europaeum Scholars website.

It kicked off at Oxford on January 2, where scholars met members of British Parliament, the Bulgarian government, the European DG and heard from leading experts on Brexit and Shakespeare.

“Brexit was absolutely part of it but universities in Helsinki and Madrid and Prague and elsewhere face issues that are just as intractable. There’s the rise of the far right in Germany, the disputes in Catalonia, the tension around migration, and high rates of youth unemployment in places like Greece and Portugal,” one of the scholarship’s founders Andrew Graham told The Guardian.

“These are European problems, not just EU or eurozone problems alone. But it was Brexit that made me think it was time for something fresh.”

The 30 selected scholars will work together over the coming two years through lectures, plenary and small group sessions as well as working on collective projects.

The next module will begin in Brussels in March.

New Scholars Programme, The Guardian

The Guardian, 1 Jan 2018
writing about the new Europaeum Scholars Programme, and the Europaeum ideology in general:
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jan/01/universities-to-work-on-policy-solutions-to-europes-social-malaise?


Universities to work on policy solutions to Europe’s social malaise

Brexit sparks idea for new leadership programme to tackle problems that have revived nationalism and separatism

The University of Oxford will this week become a founding member of a new pan-European network of future leaders aiming to tackle the continent’s problems and “step over” the immediate disruption of Brexit, according to the scheme’s British originator.

Oxford and St Andrews are among 13 elite institutions to have signed up to a scholars programme run by the Europaeum, an association of leading European universities that asks postgraduate researchers to come up with practical solutions to social and political issues such as human trafficking, youth unemployment and regional separatism.

Andrew Graham, a former master of Balliol College, Oxford, said he had the idea for a type of Rhodes scholarship for Europe in the wake of the EU referendum result.

Graham said he found himself “pushing at an open door” when he first proposed the scheme to universities in 2017 and again in his entrepreneurial fundraising efforts to meet the roughly €10,000 cost for each scholar.

“Brexit was absolutely part of it but universities in Helsinki and Madrid and Prague and elsewhere face issues that are just as intractable. There’s the rise of the far right in Germany, the disputes in Catalonia, the tension around migration, and high rates of youth unemployment in places like Greece and Portugal,” Graham said.

“These are European problems, not just EU or eurozone problems alone. But it was Brexit that made me think it was time for something fresh.”

Graham, who worked in Downing Street as an adviser to Harold Wilson, wants the programme to show that universities can act to overcome the issues that provoked Brexit.

“The Brexit result clearly had a lot to do with a fundamental absence of leadership. But it was also about opposition to evidence, and an information barrier among large parts of the public,” he said.

“As academics we have to think: what happened to the values of the Enlightenment and the insights from the scientific revolution? What the hell did we do wrong?”

The 30 hand-picked scholars will take part in the first classes in Oxford in the first week of January, and there will be a further seven modules in 2018 and 2019 in venues such as Leiden, Geneva and Prague. The group includes four graduates from Oxford and three from St Andrews.

The scholars will be expected to divide into working groups and take specific problems to solve over two years. For the pilot programme to be a success, Graham says, its outcomes will have to be meaningful policy initiatives.

“The results of their efforts have got to have value. I don’t necessarily mean monetary value, but value for society. They can be idealistic, but they also have to be pinned into reality – ideally something that could be implemented in one form or another,” Graham said.

“What we want are outcomes that will excite people and be useful, whether to an MP or the European parliament or an NGO or business. It could be all sorts of things, but it has to interest someone and give them a solution that they can bring about.”

The scholars were selected as people who “think for themselves but not just of themselves,” according to the Europaeum’s description. Member universities submitted a shortlist of names of graduates, generally in the first or second year of a doctorate, studying humanities or social sciences.

“Could someone who voted for Brexit join the programme? Absolutely. But not someone who was xenophobic or only a Little Englander,” Graham said.

The Europaeum scheme is the first of a series of efforts by British universities to continue collaboration with their European partners after Brexit.

The University of Warwick is in talks with peers in EU member states to offer joint undergraduate degrees, while the Russell Group of leading research institutions is looking at a creating new student exchanges with Europe if the UK is unable to remain in the Erasmus programme after 2020.

Oxford is also embarking on an innovative partnership with four universities in Berlin, including Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, allowing Oxford researchers to collaborate with German colleagues.


Voices from Oxford interview Dr Andrew Graham about the Scholars Programme

The Executive Chair of the Europaeum, Dr Andrew Graham, has been interviewed about the new Scholars Programme by Professor William James on behalf of Voices from Oxford. To hear what he had to say about the programme – including the inspiration behind it and what it aims to do – please click here.

Press Release, 25 Years & New Initiatives

Press Release, 2 Oct 2017
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary & Creating New Initiatives


Press Release: embargoed until 12 noon on 2nd October 2017
The Europaeum
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary
Creating New Initiatives
The Europaeum, an association of the leading universities in Europe is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Recognising what we have achieved, we have been assessing where we are and looking ahead.

At the time of the Europaeum’s foundation, European idealism was at its height. Today, Europe and European idealism are fragmenting and we observe everywhere the rise of a new populist nationalism and the rejection of empirical, liberal, rational, tolerant thought. In short, the ideas of the Enlightenment that emerged primarily from within Europe and which the Europaeum has sought to foster are in retreat. All members of the Europaeum are strongly of the view that, within this new context, we need the Europaeum more than ever. We need more not less international collaboration, more not less drawing together of the disciplines, more not less awareness of ethical and moral standards, and more not less emphasis on universities engaging with the wider society.

To achieve this, all the members of the Europaeum, assisted by generous donations from, amongst others, the Templeton World Charity Foundation, have agreed:

• To create a new two-year Europaeum Scholars Programme, which will be taken alongside an existing doctoral degree, with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary team work, and a focus on policy. It will be open to any doctoral student at a member university whose work engages with European Studies, broadly understood. The programme will commence at Oxford University in January 2018 and continue at Leiden, Geneva and Prague.
• To build an alumni network of Europaeum Scholars committed to interacting with the wider community and across nations and shaping the future of Europe.
• To buttress the Scholars Programme with a substantially enhanced further programme of faculty and student exchanges, aimed especially at engaging the universities with broader society.
• To widen the membership of the Europaeum and so enable the participation of a broader spread of European faculty and students. We have recently added St Andrews University and we are delighted to announce that the University of Luxembourg will be joining us in 2018.

The overall goal is to create a morally aware cadre of young people who have developed the qualities of leadership, learned how to work collaboratively and who are committed to shaping the future of Europe for the better. Investing in the young is what Europe now needs more than ever.

Speaking at Balliol College, Oxford, on 29th September, Lord Patten, Chancellor of Oxford, Chair-elect of the Trustees of the Europaeum, said:
“Does anyone doubt that Europe faces huge difficulties? Does anyone doubt that the future of Europe must lie with the young? Does anyone doubt that the UK will be a better and more stimulating place if it continues to be fully contributing to, and engaging with, the intellectual mainstream of Europe rather than retreating into English Nationalism? My predecessor as Chancellor, Roy Jenkins, was proud to have initiated the Europaeum and I am equally proud to be part of these new initiatives.”

Dr Andrew Graham, former Master of Balliol, Executive Chair of the Europaeum, and Chair of the Academic Council, commented:
“The structure of the new Europaeum Scholarship Programme is a major innovation designed to meet contemporary challenges. Each of the key features of the new programme – its use of teams, its pulling together of the disciplines, its cross-university, cross-country, and cross-cultural mix, its engagement with the governed as well as the governing, and its concern with moral and ethical considerations – make it ready to contribute from the start to the problems currently facing Europe.”

The Europaeum is also delighted to announce the appointment of the former European commissioner for trade and director-general of the WTO, Pascal Lamy, as a Trustee of the Europaeum. Speaking of the new work of the Europaeum, he said:
“My views on the EU and the damage of Brexit are well known. What appeals to me about the Europaeum is that it transcends Brexit by working right across Europe. In particular, the teaching venues of the new programme will offer students radically different perspectives: from the UK leaving the EU, to the Netherlands as a full founder member, to the Czech Republic, a relatively new EU entrant, but not in the Eurozone, to Switzerland which occupies a position all of its own.”
Oxford, October 2017

Notes to Editors
The Europaeum was created in 1992 on the initiative of Lord (George) Weidenfeld, Sir Ronald Grierson and Lord (Roy) Jenkins, who was then Chancellor of the University of Oxford and formerly the first President of the European Commission. It promotes extensive academic collaboration across its member universities and brings together, within an educational context, exceptionally talented young people who will help shape the future of Europe. As from 1 October 2017, it will have a new Chair of the Trustees, Lord Patten; a new Trustee, Pascal Lamy; and a new Director, Dr Hartmut Mayer.

Members
Members of the Europaeum: The universities of Oxford, Leiden, Helsinki, Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), Prague (Charles), Krakow (Jagiellonian), Geneva (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies), Barcelona (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Madrid (Complutense), Munich (Ludwig-Maximilian) and St Andrews (Scotland). The Institute of Political Studies, Lisbon is an associate member. The Central European University in Budapest has been made a ‘Special Member’ for one year in recognition of the threats to academic freedom that it is currently experiencing. In 2018, the University of Luxembourg will be a full member.

The University of Luxembourg (UL)
UL is a public research university with a student body of some 6,200. Founded as recently as 2003, UL is already ranked 14th of the best 100 young universities founded during the last 50 years (Times Higher Education, THE). THE also found it to be the most international of all European universities.

Trustees
Dr Pierre Keller (retiring Chair); Lord (Christopher) Patten (incoming Chair), José Manuel Barroso (former President of the European Commission), Philippe Burrin (Director of the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva), Dr Erhard Busek (former Vice Chancellor of Austria), Pascal Lamy (former Director of the WTO), Professor Carel Stolker (Rector of the University of Leiden), H.E. Karel Schwarzenberg (former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic), Professor Ngaire Woods (Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford) and Professor Tomáš Zima (Rector of Charles University, Prague).

Lord Patten of Barnes, CH PC
Chris Patten is Chancellor of the University of Oxford. He was formerly Minister for Overseas Development, Secretary of State for the Environment, Chairman of the Conservative Party, the last Governor of Hong Kong, European Commissioner for External Relations and Governor of the BBC. He is a Commander of the Legion of Honour.

Dr Andrew Graham
Andrew Graham is a political economist, and a former Master and Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, a Trustee of Reprieve and Senior Fellow of the Oxford Internet Institute, which he founded. He was also formerly a Rhodes Trustee and a Director of the Scott Trust (owner of the Guardian and the Observer). He has been the Chair of the Academic Council of the Europaeum for some years and
earlier this year he was appointed Executive Chair of the Europaeum overseeing and leading the new initiatives.

Pascal Lamy
Pascal Lamy is Président Emeritus of the Paris-based, Jacques Delors Institute. He was the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) until 1 September 2013 serving for two full four year terms. From 1999 to 2004 he was European Commissioner for Trade. He is a Trustee with Thomson Reuters and is also a member of the Advisory Boards for the Centre for European Reform and a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate of HEC School of Management, “Science-Po” (The Institute of Political Studies, Paris) and Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris.

New Director of the Europaeum – Dr Hartmut Mayer
Dr Hartmut Mayer takes up his new post on 1 October, 2017. He is an Official Fellow and Tutor in Politics and International Relations at St. Peter`s College, Oxford, and Adjunct Professor in European and Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna. He studied History, Politics and Drama at the Free University of Berlin before undertaking graduate studies in International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University), at Harvard University and the University of Cambridge (Gonville and Caius College). He received his doctorate in International Relations from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

Further enquiries should be addressed to Andrew Graham (andrew.graham@balliol.ox.ac.uk)

Press Release, New Appointments

Press Release, 15 June 2017
New Appointments
https://europaeum.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Press-Release-Thursday-15-June-2017.pdf


Press Release: embargoed until 12 noon on 15th June 2017

The Europaeum

Now in its 25th Anniversary Year, the Europaeum is delighted to announce the following new appointments:

• The Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Patten of Barnes, is to take over as Chair of the Board of Trustees from the retiring chair, Dr Pierre Keller.
• Dr Andrew Graham, former Master of Balliol College, will become Executive Chair, chairing both the Academic Council and the Executive Committee.
• Dr Hartmut Mayer, Fellow of St. Peter’s College, becomes Europaeum Acting Director taking over from Dr Paul Flather, the current Secretary-General. Dr Mayer will combine his position at the Europaeum with that of Director of the European Studies Centre at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

Lord Patten and Dr Mayer will assume their new roles at the end of September 2017. Dr Graham takes up his position with immediate effect.

Lord Patten comments: “It is difficult to exaggerate the contributions made by both Dr Keller and Dr Flather to the Europaeum. Today, we need the Europaeum more than ever before and I am delighted to take on this new challenge together with Andrew Graham and Hartmut Mayer”.

Notes to Editors
The Europaeum is an association of some of the leading universities in Europe. It was created in 1992 on the initiative of Lord (George) Weidenfeld, Sir Ronald Grierson and Lord (Roy) Jenkins, who was then Chancellor of the University of Oxford and formerly the first President of the European Commission. It promotes extensive academic collaboration across its member universities and brings together, within an educational context, exceptionally talented young people who will help shape the future of Europe.

Members
Members of the Europaeum: The universities of Oxford, Leiden, Helsinki, Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), Prague (Charles), Krakow (Jagiellonian), Geneva (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies), Barcelona (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Madrid (Complutense), Munich (Ludwig-Maximilian) and St Andrews (Scotland). The Institute of Political Studies, Lisbon is an associate member. The Central European University in Budapest has been invited to become a ‘Special Member’ for one year in recognition of the threats to academic freedom that it is currently experiencing.

Trustees
Dr Pierre Keller (retiring Chair); Lord (Christopher) Patten (incoming Chair), José Manuel Barroso (former President of the European Commission), Philippe Burrin (Director of the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva), Dr Erhard Busek (former Vice Chancellor of Austria), Professor Carel Stolker (Rector of the University of Leiden), Professor Yves Mény (former President of the European University Institute in Florence), H.E. Karel Schwarzenberg (former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic), and Professor Ngaire Woods (Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University).
Lord Patten of Barnes, CH PC
Chris Patten is Chancellor of the University of Oxford. He was formerly Minister for Overseas Development, Secretary of State for the Environment, Chairman of the Conservative Party, the last Governor of Hong Kong, European Commissioner for External Relations and Governor of the BBC. He is a Commander of the Legion of Honour.

Dr Graham
Andrew Graham is a political economist, and a former Master and Honorary Fellow of Balliol College. He is a Trustee of Reprieve and Senior Fellow of the Oxford Internet Institute, which he founded. Until recently, he was also a Rhodes Trustee and a Director of the Scott Trust (owner of the Guardian and the Observer).

Dr Mayer
Hartmut Mayer is an Official Fellow and Tutor in Politics and International Relations at St. Peter`s College, Oxford, and Adjunct Professor in European and Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna. He studied History, Politics and Drama at the Free University of Berlin before undertaking graduate studies in International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University), at Harvard University and the University of Cambridge (Gonville and Caius College). He received his doctorate in International Relations from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

Further enquiries should be addressed to Andrew Graham (andrew.graham@balliol.ox.ac.uk)