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. The document defines a collaborative framework for CG Universities and their Municipalities, including a set of objectives and accompanying initiatives to be pursued in the coming years.

Poitiers 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