UNICA, the Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe, in cooperation with the King’s College London, is organising the webinar “University-based Schools of Education serving capital cities in Europe” on the 9th of May 2023, from 11h00 am to 12h30 pm CEST.
The event brings together representatives of university-based Schools & Departments of Education along with top city administration leaders from three capital cities of Europe – namely Athens, Bucharest Sector 6, and the City of London – for an exchange of know-how and good practices on how synergies between universities and their cities cover meaningfully the needs of their capital cities.
The event wishes to attract and engage representatives of academic leadership responsible for Education & Teaching, university staff working in outreach services, local government representatives, and other professionals working in the universities’ third mission, providing them with the opportunity to understand the mutually beneficial relationship that can leverage universities’ and cities’ strengths and resources to create more vibrant and prosperous communities.
The event will be moderated by Prof. Romiță Iucu, President of the Board of Trustees, University of Bucharest, Romania, and the spekers of the webinar are Ciprian Ciucu, Mayor Sector 6 of Bucharest, Romania; Prof. Liviu Matei, Head of the School of Education Communication and Society, King’s College London, UK; Joanne McCartney, Statutory Deputy Mayor of London,UK; Prof. Maria Sfyroera, Professor of the School of Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece; Nikolaos Vafeiadis, Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Athens, Greece.
- Do university-based Schools of Education address effectively the needs of their capital cities?
- What are these needs? How are they identified and by whom?
- Who has the responsibility to formulate appropriate answers, such as in the design and deliver of teacher education activities?
- What type of cooperation exists or should be put in place between universities, the cities and central government authorities to ensure that the needs of the capital cities in this area are properly assessed and addressed?
- What are the main obstacles in university-based Schools of Education serving the capital cities in Europe and what are good experiences in overcoming such barriers?
The event will have the format of a panel discussion followed by a Q&A session with the participants.
For more information and for registrations please check the event’s website.
This is of special significance for Universities based in capital cities in Europe. The cultural diversity and “living lab” aspects of Capital cities, the proximity to governing bodies, their technological, cultural and innovative capacity, and the opportunities they provide as powerful economic and commercial centres, create a special environment for universities to maximize their potential in supporting societies to address global challenges and shaping a better future.
UNICA is an institutional network of 53 universities from 37 capital cities of Europe, combining over 175,000 staff and 1,950,000 students. Founded in 1990, UNICA seeks to facilitate international collaborations and promote academic leadership through understanding and sharing between its Members.