Successful start to the Europaeum Scholars Programme

The new Europaeum Scholars Programme launched on 2nd January. 30 selected scholars will work together over the next 2 years through plenary sessions, small group discussions, lectures, and group projects. Four themes run throughout the programme: identity, inclusion, growth and development, and sustainability. The foundations were laid during our first module in Oxford, where our scholars met practitioners from the British Parliament, European DG, EEAS, and Bulgarian government, and heard from leading scholars on Brexit, Shakespeare, and the ethics of technology in warfare. They also participated in a workshop on altruistic leadership and heard from leading thinkers on new ways of thinking about sustainability and the importance of empathy. Guiding them through debates on these topics were teaching fellows from Leiden, Oxford, and St Andrews. We are looking forward to our next module in Brussels in March!

Call for Applications – Europaeum Scholars Programme Teaching Fellowships

Europaeum Scholars Programme Teaching Fellowships Call for Applications (x2: Brussels and Geneva)

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Europaeum Scholars Programme Teaching Fellowships (Brussels)

The Europaeum is seeking to appoint up to four Teaching Fellows to assist with the delivery of the second module of the new Europaeum Scholars Programme. An association of thirteen of Europe’s leading universities, we have successfully brought together talented students and faculty working in the humanities and the social sciences for twenty-five years through faculty collaboration, student exchange, joint teaching programmes, lectures and workshops, and student spring and summer schools. We believe that today, we need more not less international collaboration, more not less emphasis on universities engaging with the wider society, and more not less connection between the disciplines. And we believe that fresh cohorts of talented young people, committed to making a difference for the better, are essential to shaping the future of Europe for the better.

Our Scholars Programme offers a world-class programme designed to produce a new generation of leaders, thinkers, and researchers who have the capacity to shape the future of Europe. Starting in January 2018, the programme runs for two years alongside Scholars’ existing doctoral programmes. In its inaugural year, it will engage academic thinking with the political and societal challenges facing Europe today by focussing on four key areas of crucial importance to Europe’s future: identity, inclusion, sustainability, and growth and development (defined broadly). The programme places a strong emphasis on policy making and linking academics with practitioners. Further information about the programme is available here: https://europaeum.org/europaeum-scholars-programme/

The second module will be based in Brussels from 18 to 23 March 2018. It will focus on the workings of European and international institutions, including the European Parliament. We particularly welcome applications from individuals whose research and teaching relates to institutions such as the European Parliament and other international and/or European institutions based in Brussels such as NATO and from those with a track record of linking academic research to the world of practice and policy making.

Teaching Fellows must be resident for the duration of the module and will be provided with accommodation and board. Remuneration will be £1600 for teaching delivery and a small amount of preparatory work. Economy travel to and from Brussels from the candidate’s home university will be reimbursed. Subject to performance and to the needs of the programme there may be opportunities to be involved in the delivery of future modules on the Europaeum Scholars Programme. Teaching Fellows will be invited to join an alumni network that we are in the process of establishing.

Teaching Fellows must be employed by a Europaeum member university and be working in a Humanities of Social Science field. Their research must have a clear European dimension or European relevance and they should have a demonstrated track record of engagement with practitioners. They should be in possession of a doctorate, which they should have received not more than 7 years ago or be of equivalent academic standing and have significant experience of policy making.

Applications should be sent to euroinfo (at) europaeum.ox.ac.uk by 30 January and should consist of:

  • A CV of not more than 6 pages
  • A letter of application of not more than 2 pages setting out the candidate’s suitability to moderate group discussion, the candidate’s teaching philosophy, and the ways in which they see their research and teaching as potentially contributing to the aims of the module.
  • The names of two referees who have agreed to write in support of the applicant. Please note that we do not require references in advance.

Short listed applicants will be invited to a video or Skype interview in early February.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to the Programme Director, Dr Tracey Sowerby (tracey.sowerby(at)history.ox.ac.uk).

Europaeum Teaching Fellows Selection Criteria (Brussels module)

Candidates must be based at a Europaeum member university. They must work in the Humanities or Social Sciences and have received a doctorate within the last seven years or  be of equivalent academic standing and have significant experience of policy making.

Applications should demonstrate:

  • A strong track record of excellence in research
  • A strong track record of excellence in teaching
  • A strong interest in postgraduate development and training
  • The ability to moderate group discussion
  • A strong interest in bridging academic research and non-academic fields of interest
  • Research and/or teaching expertise with clear relevance to Europe
  • Research and/or teaching expertise related to European and/or international organisations based in Brussels or European policy making; experience of advising on policy within these institutions would be particularly desirable

Applicants who demonstrate experience helping students to develop group projects may be given preference.


Europaeum Scholars Teaching Fellowships (Geneva)

The Europaeum is seeking to appoint up to four Teaching Fellows to assist with the delivery of the third module of the new Europaeum Scholars Programme. An association of thirteen of Europe’s leading universities, we have successfully brought together talented students and faculty working in the humanities and the social sciences for twenty-five years through faculty collaboration, student exchange, joint teaching programmes, lectures and workshops, and student spring and summer schools. We believe that today, we need more not less international collaboration, more not less emphasis on universities engaging with the wider society, and more not less connection between the disciplines. And we believe that fresh cohorts of talented young people, committed to making a difference for the better, are essential to shaping the future of Europe for the better.

Our Scholars Programme offers a world-class programme designed to produce a new generation of leaders, thinkers, and researchers who have the capacity to shape the future of Europe. Starting in January 2018, the programme runs for two years alongside Scholars’ existing doctoral programmes. In its inaugural year, it will engage academic thinking with the political and societal challenges facing Europe today by focussing on four key areas of crucial importance to Europe’s future: identity, inclusion, sustainability, and growth and development (defined broadly). Further information about the programme is available here: https://europaeum.org/europaeum-scholars-programme/

The third module will be based in Geneva from 18 to 22 June 2018 and will focus on skills training, such as negotiating skills and policy report writing. We therefore particularly welcome applications from individuals whose research and teaching falls within these areas, or whose engagement with policy makers involves experience with negotiating or formulating policy documents.

Teaching Fellows must be resident for the duration of the module and will be provided with accommodation and board. Remuneration will be £1200 for teaching delivery and a small amount of preparatory work. Economy travel to and from Geneva (if relevant) from the candidate’s home university will be reimbursed. Subject to performance and to the needs of the programme there may be opportunities to be involved in the delivery of future modules on the Europaeum Scholars Programme. Teaching Fellows will be invited to join an alumni network that we are in the process of establishing.

Teaching Fellows must be employed by a Europaeum member university and be working in a Humanities of Social Science field. Their research must have a clear European dimension or European relevance and they should have a demonstrated track record of engagement with practitioners. They should be in possession of a doctorate, which they should have received not more than 7 years ago.

Applications should be sent to euroinfo (at) europaeum.ox.ac.uk by 10February and should consist of:

  • A CV of not more than 6 pages
  • A letter of application of not more than 2 pages setting out the candidate’s suitability to moderate group discussion, the candidate’s teaching philosophy, and the ways in which they see their research and teaching as potentially contributing to the aims of the module.
  • The names of two referees who have agreed to write in support of the applicant. Please note that we do not require references in advance.

Short listed applicants will be invited to a video or Skype interview in early March.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to the Programme Director, Dr Tracey Sowerby (tracey.sowerby(at)history.ox.ac.uk)

Europaeum Teaching Fellows Selection Criteria (Geneva Module)

Candidates must be based at a Europaeum member university. They must work in the Humanities or Social Sciences and have received a doctorate within the last seven years.

  • Applications should demonstrate:
  • A strong track record of excellence in research
  • A strong track record of excellence in teaching
  • A strong interest in postgraduate development and training
  • The ability to moderate group discussion
  • A strong interest in bridging academic research and non-academic fields of interest
  • Research and/or teaching expertise related to policy report writing and/or negotiation, and/or practical experience in these areas through work with stakeholders/practitioners
  • Research and/or teaching expertise with clear relevance to Europe

Applicants who demonstrate experience helping students to develop group projects may be given preference, as may applicants whose experience of bridging academia and the policy world relates to institutions based in Geneva.

Europaeum Scholars programme launched!

On 2nd January 2018, the Europaeum launched the first ever Europaeum Scholars Programme, with 30 selected scholars set to work together for the next 2 years through plenary sessions, small group discussions and lectures. This venture is fully funded by the Europaeum and is designed to produce a new generation of leaders, thinkers, and researchers who have the capacity and desire to shape the future of Europe. 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.
Read more about it in the news!
Watch a video of Dr Andrew Graham talking about the programme: Voices from Oxford

Press Release 2 October 2017 – The Europaeum: 25 Years & 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 ([email protected]

Dr Andrew Graham talks about the new 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.

Europaeum Scholars Programme

The Europaeum has launched a call for applications for a new doctoral training programme, to run alongside students’ existing degrees. The press release can be read here. For more information about the programme, click here.

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Oxford has been gearing up to face a future that could herald the UK out of the EU, with potential threats to a major research stream, which last year yielded more than £66 million, as well as the possibility of the 1 in 7 students that come from the EU to study at Oxford right now; and lastly the possibility […]

OBITUARY: IN MEMORIAM CHRIS ALLEN

We are very sad to have to report that one of our successful Europaeum alumni, Christopher Allen, died in South Sudan last Saturday (26th August, 2017), aged 26. Chris was killed in a heavy fight between rebel and government troops in the town of Kaya, while reporting on the ensuring civil war in Africa’s youngest state.

Chris was an MA graduate in the 2013-14 cohort of the Europaeum’s pioneering MA in European History and Civilisation programme, which involves graduates drawn from all over the world, studying for one term each at Leiden, Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, and Oxford universities, graduating from Leiden with a Europaeum Certificate.

Chris wrote a remarkable MA thesis on “Breaking Mau Mau: British Efforts to ‘Rehabilitate’ the Mau Mau and Create New Citizens of Kenya’ and, after graduation, began (or continued to work) as an independent front-line journalist, reporting on the Russia-Ukraine conflicts in Crimea and the Donbass. He went to intense conflict situations in search of the ‘real stories’, Mark Hugen, a fellow Europaeum student, remembers. Seeing, as he always said, more as a contemporary historian, with his reporting as ‘an extension of his studies’ of what war was like and how it influenced ordinary people.

He personally lived and travelled with many of the Ukrainian forces and has written for the Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph, and Al Jazeera, among others. In 2015, we invited Chris to speak about his work as part of our international conference on Crises in Europe. While nervous speaking ‘in front of a learned and academic audience’ he gave a rivetting first-hand, and strongly-illustrated report on “Europe’s Soldier in the Ukraine: Fighting for Freedom?” Though we had ministers, defence analysts, OSCE policy heads and many distinguished scholars, it was Chris’s paper that left a special impression on all there.

Our Secretary-General, Paul Flather, recalls: “Chris struck me as an incredibly brave and always stimulating young man, never one to do the usual or to follow the crowd. He was utterly committed to a search for a deeper truth, and saw himself as someone who would quite deliberately go where others feared to tread in his search for the real story behind the headlines and cosy reporting. That is important for understanding for all the rest of us. Few have the courage to do that. Those that do, perhaps, realise deep down, that, one day, the risks may prove overwhelming. Chris was just that person, committed to truth-seeking. This is a tragedy and we think now of his friends, family and those who taught him. Hats off to him. I salute him.”

His fellow Europaeum students add: “It was his calling to report on these conflicts, which tragically cost him his life. While the horrible nature of Chris’s passing has moved all of us greatly, we would like to remember Chris as we got to know him during the Europaeum: a passionate, determined, bright fellow student.”

 

We bid farewell to our friend, now lost.

Our thoughts are with Chris’ family and friends.

Please read some of his articles here and here.

Chris Allen (far left) with fellow Europaeum students on Oxford matriculation day (June 2014)

Europaeum internships

Internship programme to be suspended

The Europaeum has long benefitted from energetic young graduate interns to support its work over recent years. However until further notice the Europaeum will suspend its search for interns from its partner univerities as a new staffing structure is being set up. We note that such internships for graduate students are now widely recognised as a key ingredient for students entering the job market, according to articles in the University World News., and recognised under the EC new credit system under Erasmus for approved internship postings.  The Europaeum has proudly offered lively supported internships to graduate students, doctoral candidates, and post-doctoral scholars from Europaeum universities for many years now, and we are grateful for their contribution to our work, and we trust that the experiences have been fruitful for the interns as they pursue their academic and professional career work. We will advise further on the position as it develops.

Europaeum welcomes CEU as special member

With our 25th anniversary celebrations in September imminent, the Europaeum is delighted to welcome the Central European University as a “special” new member for one year. The invitation was made by Europaeum members as a sign of solidarity with the CEU in its current plight in the face of new punitive laws being pursued by the Hungarian Government. For more see also the Footnote of the Month in our April Bulletin here. CEU representatives will attend the special 25th anniversary celebrations due in Oxford next September, and the linked annual international Europaeum Conference which will focus on the highly topical theme of Academic Freedom in European Higher Education. In their recent letter of welcome this month to Professor Michael Ignatieff, the Rector of the CEU,  the Europaeum wrote : “We feel that the principals of academic freedom are universal and essential, and all leading European universities must stand together in their defence.” The Europaeum is also offering to host an event at the CEU in Budapest. The CEU was formed in the wake of the collapse of the Iron Curtain and ‘re-unification’ of Europe and in time the Enlargement of the European Union, founded by the philanthropist George Soros and his Open Society network. It was founded in Prague, with our own Secretary-General as its founding CEO/Secretary-General, but by 1994 had moved to its current home in Budapest after a dispute with the Czech government.