How should education approach the European project in a rapidly changing world? – 30 years of Jean Monnet Activities

European Commission’s Directorate General, Department of Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (EAC) and EUI – Refettorio, Badia Fiesolana

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Amelia Hadfield, Jean Monnet Professor

Keynote Speech:
Themis Christophidou, Director General for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, European Commission

Martina Lubyová, Minister for Education, Slovakia
Lorenzo Fioramonti, Vice Minister, Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research
Renaud Dehousse, President, EUI
Paola Sartorio, Director, Fulbright Schuman Program
Andrej Zwitter, Dean of University of Groningen
Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor
Joao Pinto, President, European Students Network

Global and European political and societal realities change at a dramatic pace. Social science and in particular European studies (different levels of education and research) should reflect these developments. The session will discuss how Education can play a role in tackling democratic deficit, enhancing the citizens’ understanding of Europe’s founding values, its history, its institutions, its policies and the benefits it brings about. In the framework of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Jean Monnet programme, Director General Christophidou will deliver a keynote introduction on the achievements of the programme that has funded over 5000 projects since 1989 and supports over 1000 universities. Additionally, it benefits half a million students in the field of European studies per year in almost ninety countries. The panel composed of policy makers and academics – including Jean Monnet professors – will then carry forward the debate on how current political and societal trends should be best approached through education as a whole and in particular in the field of European studies. The 2018 Council’s recommendation on “Promoting common values, inclusive education and the European dimension of teaching” should be the starting point of the debate for a topic that is sometimes controversial in Member States. The discussion will touch upon the issue how EU legislation and policies relevant for specific key areas such as engineering, robotics, climate technology that are in constant development and change are and should be even better encompassed in the future in European studies and research. Some structural conditions existing in Europe may hinder the realization of a European area for higher education and research that would be inclusive of a variety of social and national realities. Panellists will discuss how policies and individual institutions, such as the European University Institute as providers of public good for Europe, should address this issue.


Contact: DG EAC European Commission