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Corfu Summer School 2005

June 2005


After the success of a first Summer School organised by the Bologna Observatory in June 2004 in Corfu, with the support of the Greek authorities, the Ministry decided to renew the experience in 2005 and asked the Magna Charta to help sponsor the event next June at Kontokali Bay Hotel. The general theme chosen for this year is: Universities Europe: a potential for institutional convergence. The Greek National Centre for Educational Research (KEE), the Ionian University and the University of Ioannina acted as local organisers.

Staged for 16 academic leaders and university administrators from South East European and Central Asian countries with which Greece has been developing long term university co-operation, the Summer School aimed at strengthening academic linkages in the region by discussing the common objectives of different systems of higher education and research as well as the shared strategies and operational procedures that are required by the European Higher Education Area. Work was based on the various activities and publications of the Magna Charta Observatory on autonomy and academic freedom.


The programme

The programme was arranged around morning meetings (from 9 a.m. to 12.30) and evening sessions (from 18.00 to 20.00) - which left afternoons free for informal discussions and personal study. The morning was dedicated to debates on the present and future development of higher education structures in the wider Europe while, in the late afternoon, participants were invited to discuss the political consequences of various academic choices in the form of case studies. Each session was the responsibility of a 'facilitator' - an expert in European university affairs. Participants were encouraged to take an active part in the discussions - that could be informal considering the restricted number of participants.

Tuesday 21 June: Day of arrival

18 .00 - 20.00
Get together and presentation of participants and programme
20. 30 - 22.00

Wednesday 22 June: The university for tomorrow

09.00 - 11.00
Andris Barblan, Secretary General, the Magna Charta Observatory, Bologna
11.30 - 13.00
Dimitris Glaros, President, the National Centre for Educational Research, Athens
18.00 - 20.00
Case: The Idea of Tomorrow's University, the Reykjavik taskforce, May 2005
20.30 - 22.00

Thursday 23 June: Convergence issues for universities in Europe

09.00 - 11.00
Bernd Waechter, Director ACA, Brussels
11.30 - 13.00
Dyonisos Kladis, University of the Peloponnese, Corinth
18.00 - 20.00
Case: Trends IV and Bergen follow-up
20.30 - 22.00

Friday 24 June: The risks of academic malpractice for university autonomy

09.00 - 11.00
Hélène Lamicq, Université de Paris 12
11.30 - 13.00
Vanja Ivosevic, President ESIB, Brussels
18.00 - 20.00
Panel with participants: Strategies for university integrity

Saturday 25 June: Steps for improved university convergence in South East Europe

09.00 - 11.00
Dimitris Glaros & Dyonissos Kladis
11.30 - 12.30
Andris Barblan : debriefing and assessment of the meeting
13.00 & afternoon
Lunch followed by excursion



Prof. Dimitris Glaros
Education Research Centre of Greece
Athens , Greece

Dr. Andris Barblan
Secretary General Magna Charta Observatory
Bologna, Italy

Prof. Hélène Lamicq
Former Rector Université Paris XII and Member of the Magna Charta Observatory Board
Paris, France

Dr. Angele Attard
Brussels, Belgium

Prof. Bernd Waechter
ACA - Academic Cooperation Association
Brussels, Belgium

Prof. Andreas Karamanos
Secretary General of the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs
Athens , Greece

Prof. Athanasios Kyriazis
Secretary for Higher Education
Athens , Greece

Prof. Theodhor Karaja
University of Tirana
Tirana, Albania

Prof. Nedim Vrabac
University Governance and Management Project - Council of Europe Sarajevo
Sarajevo, BiH

Prof. Pero Lucin
University of Rijeka - Vice-Rector for organisation
Rijeka, Croatia

Prof. Aleksandar Ancevski
Former Rector Ss. Cyril and Methodius University
Skopje, Fyrom

Prof. Ljubica Suturkova
Vice-Rector Ss. Cyril and Methodius University
Skopje, Fyrom

Prof. Rusudan Lorkipanidze
Rector I. Javakhishvili State University of Tbilisi
Tbilisi, Georgia

Prof. Ioannis Gerothanasis
Vice-rector, University of Ioannina
Ioannina, Greece

Prof. Kostantinos Lavdas
Vice-Rector University of Crete
Rethymne, Greece

Prof. Dimitris Tsougarakis
Rector Ionain University
Kerkyra, Greece

Prof. Stefan Szamoskozi
Babes Bolyai University in Cluj
Cluj Napoca, Romania

Prof. Djordje Vuksanovic
University of Belgrade - Dean of Civil Engineering
Belgrade, Serbia

Prof. Valentin Smyntyna
Rector Odessa National I.I Mechnikov University
Odessa, Ukraine

Prof. Durbek Akhmedov
Vice-rector Tashkent State Economic University
Tashkent, Uzbekistan