Coimbra Group High-Level Workshop

“The role of universities as driving forces for change in regions and cities”

Brussels, 8 October 2019

 

Preliminary Programme

 

Registrations are closed

The Coimbra Group has the pleasure to invite you to the High-level Workshop “The role of universities as drivers of change in regions and cities”, to be held on 8 October in Brussels, at the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union.

This workshop will explore the role of universities in innovation ecosystems. It will outline successful examples of university-city partnerships with the aim to engage in a dialogue with policy makers and other relevant stakeholders on how to improve synergies to foster the social, cultural and economic wealth of regions and cities. More specifically, the debate will focus on Pillar 3 of Horizon Europe and synergies between funding schemes at different levels, the characteristics of effective innovation ecosystems, and how the interplay among the various actors, in particular universities and municipalities, can be improved.

The event celebrates and reiterates the collaboration agreement stated in the Poitiers Declaration. The Poitiers Declaration is a document defining a collaborative framework for Coimbra Group Universities and the Municipalities in which they are situated, including a set of objectives and accompanying initiatives to be pursued. It was initiated in June 2016 in collaboration between Alain Claeys, Mayor of Poitiers and the Rector of the University of Poitiers, Yves Jean. The Declaration reaffirms the central role that Universities play in the development of Cities, with Cities providing a fundamental framework, functioning as a catalyst for the development of Universities. This is especially the case for Coimbra Group Universities, which, being located in small or medium-sized cities, have a symbiotic relationship with their surrounding ecosystem, thus creating dynamics affecting socio-economic development, transfer of knowledge and innovation, urban policy and inclusion.

The workshop is geared towards rectors, senior management staff from higher education institutions, mayors and representatives from municipalities, regional and city representations, industry, civil society and EU institutions.

For further information, please contact Anna Quici (quici@coimbra-group.eu).

The Poitiers Declaration is a document defining a collaborative framework for Coimbra Group Universities and the Municipalities in which they are situated, including a set of objectives and accompanying initiatives to be pursued. The Poitiers Declaration was initiated in June 2016 in collaboration between Alain Claeys, Mayor of Poitiers and the Rector of the University of Poitiers, Yves Jean. The Declaration reaffirms the central role that Universities play in the development of Cities, with Cities providing a fundamental framework, functioning as a catalyst for the development of Universities.

Below are the full text of the Poitiers Declaration and the list of signatories as of 25 July 2019:

Poitiers Declaration

List of Signatories Poitiers Declaration

The Coimbra Group annual conference on 9 June 2016 highlighted cooperation initiatives in collaboration between CG Universities and their local socio-economic environment, including cities and municipalities in which the CG universities are present and influential.

The meeting between CG Rectors and Mayors, at Poitiers City Hall in the morning of the same day discussed the “Poitiers Declaration” and participating Rectors and Mayors signed the Declaration.

Rectors & City Mayors Meeting

  • Mustapha El Belgsir, Conseiller municipal chargé des relations internationales et coopération décentralisée – Ville de Poitiers
  • Yves Jean, Président de l’Université de Poitiers
  • Riitta Pyykkö, Vice-Rector of the Turun Yliopisto University of Turku
  • Rosa Reis Marques, City Of Coimbra
  • João Gabriel Silva, Rector of the University of Coimbra

Knowledge & Culture for all Citizens, Modernization of Higher Education

  • Yves Jean, Président de l’Université de Poitiers
  • Elisabeth Morin-Chartier, Questeur – Députée européenne – Présidente de l’European Union of Women
  • Adam Tyson, European Commission

Integration of Campuses, Heritage and Development Policy

  • Roger Belot, Président de “Fondation Poitiers Université”
  • Marco Morandotti, Director of the Interdepartmental Centre for the Conservation of the Historical Heritage of the University of Pavia

Panel Discussion

  • Isabelle Lamothe, Vice-présidente de l’Université de Poitiers chargée de la culture
  • Fabio Rugge, Rector of the University of Pavia
  • Kay Svensson, Deputy University Director – International, University of Uppsala
  • Esther von Richthofen, Coordinator for European University Partnerships University Networks COIMBRA and EUA – University of Göttingen