Higher Education and Research

The Council of Europe, the US Steering Committee of the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy; the University of Oslo and the European Wergeland Centre, in cooperation with the International Association of Universities, hereby announce a conference on “Reimagining Democratic Societies: a New Era of Personal and Social Responsibility?”. The conference will be held in Oslo on 27 – 29 June 2011 and will be a part of the 200th university celebration of the University of Oslo. The conference will gather some 150 higher education leaders and representatives of public authorities from the United States and Europe with some participants also from other parts of the world as well as from NGOs. Additional participation from the University of Oslo and other Norwegian institutions is also envisaged.

This conference is part of the cooperation between different partners committed to promoting democracy, human rights and the rule of law as well as social cohesion and intercultural dialogue, and their belief in the key role of education in furthering these goals. The main aims will be:

To strengthen the role of higher education in furthering democratic citizenship
To identify concretely the role that higher education can play in reimagining democratic societies
To stress the importance of the involvement of the different stakeholders: academic, administrations, students, local communities….
To develop further strategies to strengthen this role

Participants may register on-line before 14 February. The conference web site also provides practical information, including on hotels, where a number of rooms have been pre-booked.