On 24 November 2011, the Various Interests Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will organise a seminar on the subject of universities. The objective of the event is to explore the role of universities as key actors in the European public arena during the current economic crisis. The seminar will bring together academics, think tanks, representatives of European networks of universities, the European Commission and members of the EESC.
Two principal and inter-connected subjects will be discussed:
* The impact of the crisis on universities: their future role in contemporary society and their contribution to identifying an exit strategy from the crisis;
* The role of universities as actors in the European public arena – opportunities and challenges.