EUA webinar series: Universities and democracy: how to strengthen a crucial relationship

According to EUA’s “Universities without walls – A vision for 2030”, “affirming the civic role of universities will be an increasingly important part of societal engagement. Universities will remain supporters of pluralistic and democratic societies founded on open and evidence-based public debate. They will continue to uphold these values throughout all their missions and activities.”

What is the role of universities in fostering active citizenship? How can universities better engage with society and the communities around them? What new ways and formats are being used, and how can they be further spread? These and many more questions explored in the first webinar of the series.

Speakers and presentations:

  • Jana Bacevic, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Durham, United Kingdom
  • Ninoslav Scukanec Schmidt, Founder and Executive Director, Institute for the Development of Education, Croatia
  • Pastora Martnez Samper, Vice President for Globalisation and Cooperation, Open University of Catalunya, Spain

Moderation: Anna-Lena Claeys-Kulik, Deputy Director for Policy Coordination and Foresight, EUA

Watch the recording below:

EUA webinar series: Universities and democracy: how to strengthen a crucial relationship

Universities work best in democracies, and democracies need open and engaged universities working in the service of society.

Following on from the reflections in the democracy chapter of EUA’s “Pathways to the future” publication, this webinar series will further explore the relationship between universities and democracy along three themes: civic engagement; scientific literacy and the future of science communication; and evidence-based policy making and science advice in times of uncertainty.  

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