Theme: External and Internal Challenges to European Integration
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Theme: External and Internal Challenges to European Integration
more details to come
If you are a graduate in Oxford or Helsinki University, you can apply for a study bursary to go to the other place for a month: https://europaeum.org/about-us/scholarships/#tab-id-1
Press Release, 2 Oct 2017
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary & Creating New Initiatives
Press Release: embargoed until 12 noon on 2nd October 2017
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 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.
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 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Europaeum has been publishing newsletters, reports, reviews, and online material for well over a decade now. We have now uploaded our old Newsletters in their original format, going back to 1995 – the first purpose designed publication for the association, launched and edited by one Paul Flather who had just been appointed Director of International Relations for the University of Oxford !
This first issue features a Europaeum welcome for the (then) Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement (HEI) in Geneva, now The Graduate Institute, after being approved as a full member by the Europaeum Council, which met in Oxford that year. There was a also a meeting that year of the wider Europaeum Founders Council of friends, donors and supporters, which included the Rectors of Leiden and Bonn, who remain good friends of the association; Lord Jenkins of Hillhead, the Chancellor of Oxford University, in whose name we have helped found a scholarship scheme linked directly to the association; HSH The Prince Hans Adam of Liechtenstein, the founding chairman, whom we hope will return to support our association directly again; and Lord Weidenfeld and Sir Ronald Grierson, founding fathers, who are now on our new Board of Trustees; Professor Sir Richard Southwood, the inspiring Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, who helped launch the association, and Professor Paolo Pombeni of Bologna University, who ran several of our pioneering summer schools, and many others.
We are particularly keen to re-cyle many of our early photographs through these PDF versions.
Also in this issue was a description of one of the first Europaeum Summer Schools, held in Bologna on The Problem of Political Leadership between History and Science coordinated by Professor Paolo Pombeni; and a Europaeum Law Symposium in Leiden on The Place of European Community Law in the National Legal Order. Some issues never really change. We have revisited these themes in subsequent Europaeum activities, most notably in two events this year, on Sovereignty in Europe in Prague in May 2009, and our conference in Oxford in March on Constitutional Pluralism in the European Union and Beyond.
The Europaeum hosts many lectures from eminent academics in the course of its work. These receive a wider audience as pamphlets. All published pamphlets are available to download as pdf files below, but we also have a few remaining copies of older Lecture Pamphlets available in hard copy. These are available for free within Oxford, and can be posted elsewhere if the recipient reimburses us for the postage. If you would like to receive any of these, please email the office.
Professor Andrew Clapham, on The Changing Character of Human Rights, delivered at the University of Oxford on November 12th, 2015.
Professor Jussi M. Hanhimaeki, on Re-evaluating the Legacy of Henry Kissinger: Statesman or Stuntman?, delivered at the University of Oxford on February 19th, 2014.
Dr Faisal Devji, on Islamophobia: A Non-Concept, delivered at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, on May 27th, 2013.
Professor Vernon Bogdanor, on Overcoming the Legacy of the 20th Century: Protecting Minorities in Modern Democracies, delivered at Universiteit Leiden on June 3rd, 2010.
Professor Wim Blockmans, on The Medieval Origins of Constitutional Representation, delivered at the University of Oxford on February 13th, 2007.
Professor Hew Strachan, on The Changing Character of War, delivered at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, on November 9th, 2006.
Sir Alan Budd, on A Tale of Two Economies, delivered at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, on March 25th, 2005.
Professor Victor-Yves Ghebali, on The OSCE and European Security: Essential or Superfluous?, delivered at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, on February 18th, 2005, supported under the Europaeum-Geneva Link Programme.
Godfrey Hodgson, on The Other American Presidential Election: Choosing a President and Psychoanalyzing a Nation, delivered at Universiteit Leiden on November 2nd, 2004.
Professor Christian Hacke, on Challenges for German Foreign Policy at the beginning of the 21st Century, delivered at the University of Oxford on November 18th, 2003, organised in association with the Centre for Policy Studies, Campus Den Haag, Universiteit Leiden.
Professor Sir Adam Roberts, on International Law and the Use of Military Force: The United Nations, the United States and Iraq, delivered at the Universiteit Leiden on June 6th, 2003.
Sir Marrack Goulding, on The United Nations and Peace since the Cold War: success, failure or neither?, delivered at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, on April 8th, 2003.
Professor Charles Wyplosz, on Fiscal Discipline in the Monetary Union: Rules or Institutions?, delivered at the University of Oxford on November 22nd, 2002.
Professor Philippe Burrin, on Strands of Nazi Anti-semitism, delivered at Oxford University, on May 16th, 2001.
Professor Ian Brownlie, on International Law and the Use of Force by States – revisited, delivered at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, on February 1st, 2001.
Dr John Temple Lang, on The Commission and the European Parliament after Nice, delivered at Mansfield College, Oxford University, on November 17th, 2000.
Professor David Robertson, on Democratic Transitions and a Common Constitutional Law for Europe, delivered at Charles University, Prague, on October 6th, 2000.
World-famous Russian conductor and pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy believes deeply in the European Project and his own experiences escaping from Russia has left him committed to peace and democracy. As he explained in a recent interview in the Observer Newspaper, musicians to strive to keep up British links with Europe in the face of Brexit, and spoke passionately about his continued faith in European culture (see full article here). It is these values that have led the Maestro to commit supporting our Europaeum Music and Peace commemoration project – which may now be launched at the University of Helsinki early next year, following current discussions between the University and our project co-ordinator, Ken Asch. The overall aim is still to offer concerts with the Maestro conductor hosted at each partner university willing to collaborate, where appropriate funding can be secured, over 2018-19 – marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. A Helsinki launch also to mark 100 years of Finnish independence has moved nearer – and also a ‘rehearsal’ showcase event in Oxford. The aims remain to involve Europaeum graduates, a local orchestra, and leading local figures. Overall, our project reinforces a belief in the European Project, as outlined in the interview, currently under threat from so many quarters, most recently from BrExit – despite bringing six decades of peace.