Brussels, 02 Oct 2003
Senior scientists, university heads, industrialists, policy makers and representatives from civil society at large, will gather in Liège, Belgium, in April 2004. They will chart the best course to take European universities forward to embrace the challenges of the 21st century.
Universities and in particular their research activities have a critical role to play in the Europe of knowledge.
Exploring the issues raised by the Commission's communication published in February 2003 on "the role of universities in the Europe of Knowledge", the conference will address in a series of parallel sessions:
• the creation and certification of knowledge
• the link between research and education
• public/private partnerships
• the role of university for research in the regions
• the challenge of inter-disciplinary research, etc.
Each session marks the culmination of an extensive consultation exercise that started with the receipt of written comments from across Europe and was then followed by a series of in-depth preparatory seminars. The sessions will be led by a panel of experts who will set the scene and present their cases. Participants will not only have ample time and every opportunity to present their views during the open discussion, but can be assured that their input will be important in the shaping of the Commission's strategy.
At the end it is the intention to produce an agreed roadmap to help European universities to realize fully their ambitions for the 21st century.
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