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Corfu Summer School

Corfu, June 2007


The Corfu yearly encounter brings together university leaders from South East Europe and, in 2007, from Kazakhstan too – the possibility of a Summer School for Central Asia being explored at the request of the universities from that region that have signed the Magna Charta. The Greek government continued its support of the Summer School, the Ionian University in Corfu acting as the key organiser of the meeting. The Magna Charta accepted to facilitate another session in 2007 – by keeping at the centre of interest the activities of he Observatory as they touch universities in the region – in their definition of academic freedom, institutional autonomy or in their struggle against academic malpractices that risk reducing academic credibility In June 2007, the group was small but remarkable in the vivacity of the discussions; the School was joined by some 16 participants from Turkey, Bulgaria, Albania, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Romania and Greece, the focus of the discussions being placed on structural changes in institutions wishing to meet international criteria of performance. The half day sessions were facilitated by members of the Observatory or close friends of the programme directly involved in the activities being discussed – the Bologna process remaining a key aspect of possible change, especially after the London meeting of the Ministers of Education that preceded the Corfu encounter by a few days.



Tuesday June 12:

Arrival Day

18 .00 - 20.00

Get together and presentation of participants and programme

20. 30 - 22.00




Wednesday June 13:

The universities' European role and identity

09.00 - 10.30


11.00 - 13.00

Josef Jarab, Magna Charta Collegium


DocumentThe June 2006 Recommendation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Academic Freedom and University Autonomy, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe , 2006



18.00 - 19.30

Case Study: The universities’ responsibility in projecting the local and European image


Facilitators: Josef Jarab, Dimitris Glaros

20.30 - 22.00




Thursday June 14:

The Bologna process: London and beyond (Euro-compatibility, autonomy and institutional convergence)

09.00 - 10.30


11.00 - 13.00

Lewis Purser, IUA and EUA coordinator for Bologna Handbook


Document: The London Communiquem



18.00 - 19.30

Case Study: Setbacks and difficulties in applying the Bologna process in some cases


Facilitator: Lewis Purser, Dimitris Tsougarakis

20.30 - 22.00




Friday June 15:

The quality imperative (Towards common criteria of assessment in Europe)

09.00 - 10.30


11.00 - 13.00

Kemal Guruz, former President, Turkish Council of Higher Education, Ankara


Document: Quality assurance in a globalised higher education environment



18.00 - 19.30

Case Study: University evaluation, research activity and assessment, Ioannis Gerothanassis, Rector of the Ioannina University


Facilitator: Kemal Guruz, Ioannis Gerothanassis

20.30 - 22.00

Formal Dinner



Saturday June 16:

Day of departure



Prof. Gulen Aktas-Greenwood Vice-Rector, Bogazici University Istanbul, Turkey

Prof. Kiril Barzev University of Rousse Rousse, Bulgaria

Prof Spiro Caushi Vice Rector, Vlora Technoogical University “Ismail Quemali” Vlora, Albania

Prof. Victoria Chelpan Mariupol Institute of Humanities Mariupol, Ukraine

Prof.. Akerkin Eraliyeva Taraz State University Taraz, Kazakhstan

Prof. Theodori Karaj Dean, University of Tirana Tirana, Albania

Prof. Kristofor Lappa Dean, Vlora Technoogical University “Ismail Quemali” Vlora, Albania

Prof. Lubomir Lilov Vice-Rector, Sofia University St Kliment Ohridksi Sofia, Bulgaria

Prof. Mircea Nicoara Chancellor, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi Iasi, Rumania

Prof. Boris Stefanov Rector, University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy Sofia, Bulgaria

Prof. Josef Jarab Former Czech Senator, former Member of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and former Collegium member Magna Charta Observatory Olomouc, Czech Republic

Prof. Kemal Guruz Former President Turkish Council of Higher Education (YOK) Ankara, Turkey

Prof. Lewis Purser Irish Universities Association and EUA coordinator for Bologna Handbook Dublin, Ireland

Prof. IoannisGerothanassis Rector, University of Ioannina Ioannina, Greece

Prof. Dimitris Glaros President, Education research Centre of Greece Athens, Greece

Prof. Dimitris Tsougarakis Rector, Ionian University Corfu, Greece