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Development Cooperation

Working Group

Chair: Filippo Sartor

Head of the Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Western Balkans Unit of the University of Bologna. He graduated in Economics at the University of Trento and was awarded a Master degree in Education Planning at the Bocconi University. He has been working at the International Relations Department of the University of Bologna for 12 years. His main expertise is the management of HE international projects focusing on student mobility, joint degree development, internationalisation planning and university management with specific focus on cooperation with developing countries.

Vice-Chair: Sanja Boskovic

Associate Professor in language and civilization at the University of Poitiers, specialist in Serbo-Croatian, member of the MIMMOC EA3812 Research Group (Mémoire, Identité, Marginalité dans le Monde Contemporain) and coordinator of the European Center for Slavic Studies (CEES). She is the author of numerous papers and books on identity and cultural memory of the Southern Slavs.


Focus of Working Group

The global social responsibility of universities requires their active engagement with development issues and challenges. The Coimbra Group universities have a strong tradition in Development Studies and in Development Cooperation. The Coimbra Group aims to increase such engagements through the pooling of expertise and through the coordination of actions targeted towards a most effective response to major cooperation challenges and a fruitful relation with main the development agencies such as the EU and other international and national organizations. In addition, it aims to increase exchange and cooperation between its Development Studies Programmes, its Development Studies experts, identifying also common actions to support the cooperation with universities or other entities in different parts of the world.


Recent highlights

  • Organization of an internal workshop in Brussels in November 2018 with the participation of officers of the European Commission and members of the Development Cooperation Committee of the European Parliament. The scope was to raise understanding on the recent developments on EU development cooperation policies and actions, with a special focus on higher education. In addition, it was an opportunity to present the state of the work of CG Development Cooperation working group.


  • Coimbra Group Summer School on European Multilingualism with the support of the programme Erasmus+ KA107. In July 2018 teachers from Coimbra Group universities have organised at University of Novi Sad an intensive short programme on European Multilingualism and Cultural Mediation Studies with the aim of sharing innovative approaches to teaching and learning languages.


  • Joint intensive training event in Myanmar in March 2018. The aim was to support universities of Myanmar in strengthening Curriculum Development and Internationalisation practices. The training has been possible thanks to the financial support of Erasmus plus KA107 funding for staff mobility. Staff of the universities of Granada, Bologna and Vilnius worked together to carry out the training.


Current/forthcoming activities

  • Joint organization with the University of Sarajevo (Bosnia Herzegovina) of the Second International Summer School on European Multilingualism that will take place at Sarajevo in the first half of July 2019. The initiative involves staff of at least 6 CG universities.


  • Organization of a workshop on models of university cooperation with Africa from the 2nd to the 4th of June 2019. The workshop will be held in Würzburg during the 2019 African festival.


  • Development of Joint Master collaboration in the field of peace and conflict studies, including strengthening mobility opportunities for students and staff within Master programs of CG partner universities.


  • Discussion and draft of a common declaration for the role of universities in development cooperation.


Contact person at the CG Office: Anna Quici (quici@coimbra-group.eu)