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The Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research (CDESR)


The Council of Europe's higher education and research programme is overseen by the Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research (CDESR).

Whereas most Council of Europe committees are intergovernmental only, the CDESR is a meeting place for representatives both from Ministries responsible for higher education and the academic community. It is in fact the only pan-European forum for both Ministry and academic representatives.
Apart from representatives of governments and academic communities of members states, the CDESR also has observers – both from countries who are observers in the Council of Europe, but also networks of organizations dealing with higher education on the international level.

The Committee meets once a year in plenary session. The Committee also elects the Chair, the Vice Chair and the Bureau of the Committee. For the period of 2010-2011, the Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research is chaired by Mr Virgílio Meira Soares (academic member, Portugal), the Vice-Chair is Mr Germain Dondelinger (government member, Luxembourg). The Bureau of CDESR has 6 more members (composition of Bureau). The Bureau of CDESR meets two times a year, and steers the work of the Division for Higher Educaction and Research in between the plenary session of CDESR.

The Committee can also appoint different working parties who work on different projects. Within the Council of Europe the CDESR cooperates closely with the Steering Committee for Education (CDED) overseeing the Council’s work on other educational issues.