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Odessa Seminar

Odessa, October 2006


The Corfu yearly encounter being well appreciated by its participants, university leaders from South East Europe mainly, the Greek government decided to pursue the support of the Summer School and the Magna Charta was asked to facilitate another session in 2006 – thus testing the value and interest of its on-going work on a group of partner institutions which experience the political, financial and social difficulties that are usual in transition countries.

In June 2006, the Kontokali Bay Hotel welcomed some 19 participants from Bulgaria, Albania, Serbia, Greece, Uzbekistan, Croatia, Bosnia Hercegovina, and Macedonia, the focus of the discussions being placed on Tuesday 20 June most half day sessions being facilitated by members of the Observatory. Also a way to keep in touch with the problems met by university leaders in their daily work – when confronted to academic development and trends of international scope, for instance the implementation of the Bologna process that was now affecting universities at curriculum level – sometime with clear reluctance from students and staff, for example in Greece – a fact that led to vivid discussions about ‘Eurocompatibility’.



Prof. Georgi Nikolov Andreev
Vice-Rector, University of Plovdiv
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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

Prof. Ilir Bozgo
Dean, Gjirokaster Eqrem Cabej University
Gjirokaster, Albania

Dr. Anthony Camilleri
KSU Malta Education Commissioner – ESIB

Prof. Spiro Caushi
Vice-Rector, Vlora Technological University ‘Ismail Quemali’

Prof. Branimir Djordjevic
Former Rector, University of Nis
Nis, Serbia

Prof. Ioannis Georthanassis
Vice-Rector, University of Ioannina
Ioannina, Greece

Prof. Ilias Giarenis
Ionian University
Corfu, Greece

Prof. Bashkim Gjergji
University of Tirana
Tirana, Albania

Prof. Dimitris Glaros
President, Education Research Center of Greece
Athens, Greece

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

Prof. Mukhamadavas Iriskulovv President, Republica Language Lerning Center, Uzbek State World Languages University
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Prof. Hélène Lamicq,
Former Rector, Université Paris XII, Board member Magna Charta Observatory
Paris, France

Prof. Christos Massalas
Former Rector, University of Ioannina

Prof. Helena Jasna Mencer
Rector, University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia

Prof. Dragoljub Mirjanic
Rector, University of Banja Luka
Banja Luka, Bosnia Hercegovina

Ms. Athanasia Spyropoulou
Council of Europe, University of Peloponnese
Athens, Greece

Prof. Ljibica Suturkova
University Ss. Cyril and Methodius

Prof. Dimitris Tsougarakis
Rector, Ionian University
Corfu, Greece



Tuesday 20 June:

Day of arrival

17.00 - 18.00

Get together and presentation of participants and programme

20.30 - 22.00




Wednesday 21 June:

The university for tomorrow

09.00 – 11.00

Andris Barblan, Secretary General, Magna Charta Observatory, Bologna


Document: The Research/Teaching Nexus, Ulrike Felt, 2005

11.30 - 13.00

Prof.Christos Massalas, former Rector of the University of Ioannina, President of the Administrative Committee of the University of Western Macedonia


“University Evaluation and assessment”



18.00 – 20.00

Case: The Idea of Tomorrow’s University, the Reykjavik taskforce, May 2006


Document: The Luxembourg report. Magna Charta Observatory 2006

20.30 - 22.00




Wednesday 21 June:

Universities for Europe, a political agenda

09.00 – 11.00

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


Document: The EU Communication on University modernisation

11.30 – 13.00

Andris Barblan, Secretary General, Magna Charta Observatory, Bologna


Document: Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, June 2006 Recommendation on Academic freedom and university autonomy



18.00 – 20.00

Case: Suggestions for the London Ministerial conference


Document: The Novi Sad initiative, November 2005

20. 30 - 22.00




Friday 23 June:

Universities for accountability – an obligation of freedom

09.00 – 11.00

Hélène Lamicq, Université de Paris 12


Document: ESIB/Magna Charta Statement of concern and Essay

11.30 – 13.00

Anthony Camilleri, Malta Education Commissioner, ESIB, Brussels: the students viewpoint



18.00 – 20.00

Panel with participants: Strategies for university integrity



Saturday 24 June:

Managing University Autonomy in South East Europe: steps of convergence

09.00 – 10.00

Dimitris Tsougarakis, Rector Ionian University, Corfu “The Greek example”

10.00 – 11.00

Dimitris Glaros, President of the Education Research Center of Greece “Regional university convergence”

11.30 – 12.30

Andris Barblan: debriefing and assessment of the meeting

13.00 & afternoon

Lunch followed by excursion for those participants leaving late on Saturday or on Sunday, depending on their travel connections.



Sunday 25 June:

Day of departure