EU University & Culture Summit


An online event organised under the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU
March 29 & 30, 2021, GMT Time
A robust vision of the democratic reform of Europe for the post-COVID-19 era needs to take into consideration the critical role higher education institutions are to play in the process. The Union needs creative, talented, highly qualified citizens, open to the world and eager to welcome the Other, aware of the crucial issues of our times, and trained to transgress disciplinary frontiers, question practices and imagine new possibilities. This transformation cannot be achieved through specialised training only. New and significant knowledge can only be produced with the integration of tools offered by science and the arts.
This Summit stems from the idea that providing higher education ecosystems — students, researchers, teaching and non-teaching staff, as well as communities outside the campi — free access to cultural heritage, exposure to contemporary artistic discourses, and opportunities for expression through artistic experiences will contribute to the construction of a university culture at once scientific and artistic, guided by the principles of constant innovation, attention to the Other and ecological responsibility. Although in some countries a consistent cultural policy is already in place, it is time we acknowledge the urgency of forging a generous and generalised plan for the arts for higher education institutions across the EU, capable of fostering creativity, inclusion and wellbeing, and bringing about civic engagement and public value: a cultural progress which engenders social progress.
The Summit is jointly organised by the University of Porto and the Portuguese National Plan for the Arts. It is in keeping with the New European Agenda for Culture (2018) 1 and with the action lines of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2 to create a resilient Europe. It will convene representatives from all EU countries to map practices and debate the crucial and democratic role that the Arts may play in the repositioning of EU universities in the world. Hopefully, this will be a step towards constructing a cultural corridor for EU higher education students.
This Summit will be transmitted on this platform, as well as on YouTube. No registration needed!
1. A New European Agenda for Culture. Available at https://www.cultureinexternalrelations.eu/cier-data/uploads/2018/06/commission_communication_-_a_new_european_agenda_for_culture_2018.pdf

2. Programme for the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. 1 January to 30 June 2021. Available at https://www.2021portugal.eu/media/e0rjnvdj/programme-for-the-portuguese-presidency-of-the-council-of-the-european-union-en.pdf

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