L Spring 2010 Alternative Summit About The Lisbon Strategy In Education And Research

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We don't want any market of knowledge ! Universities are not to sell ! …

We don't want any market of knowledge ! Universities are not to sell !
That's why we call to an alternative summit in Brussels on 25 March 2010, when the Spring Council of Eupean Head of States deecides the futiure of the Lisbon Strategy.
It will be held in the European Parliament

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  • 1. Spring 2010
  • 2. Call for a mobilization against the Lisbon Strategy in Higher Education and Research Spring 2010
  • 3. What is the Lisbon strategy? Spring 2010
  • 4. It is a European program
    • Launched in 2000 in Lisbon
    • Supposed to make Europe the most competitive economy in the world
    • Supposed to bring more jobs and economic growth
    • Not directed by European law
    • But enacted through a European intergovernmental process
    Spring 2010
  • 5. Why does the Lisbon strategy concern Higher Education and Research? Spring 2010
  • 6. Because
    • The Lisbon Strategy promotes a « knowledge-based economy » defined as:
        • Research devoted principally to technological innovation immediately useful to business
        • Higher Education mainly devoted to fit the labor market
        • Competition between all institutions
    Spring 2010
  • 7. It is based on the so-called knowledge triangle Spring 2010
  • 8. Triangle of knowledge in action Spring 2010
  • 9. What is the relationship with the Bologna process? Spring 2010
  • 10. In the beginning they were different
    • Bologna was about harmonizing the student curriculum according to the system Bachelor-Master-Doctorate and promoting european mobility
    • Lisbon was about a competitive economy
    Spring 2010
  • 11. In the beginning they were different
    • Bologna concerns 46 countries inside and outside the European Union
    • Lisbon concerns only the 27 Member States of the European Union
    But… Spring 2010
  • 12. … Bologna was entangled in the Lisbon strategy
    • « The Bologna process is in line with the objectives of the Lisbon strategy. »
      • http: //europa .eu/legislation_summaries/education_training_youth/general_framework/c11088_en. htm
    • « Universities have the potential to play a vital role in the Lisbon objective to equip Europe with the skills and competences necessary to succeed in a globalised, knowledge-based economy »
      • document downloaded at http: //ec . europa .eu/education/higher-education/doc1324_en. htm
    • (quotations from the European Commission)
    Spring 2010
  • 13. Billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles !! I am telling you that these certified diplodocus merged Lisbon and Bologna !!! Lisbologna?! Where is that? Spring 2010
  • 14. Excerpts from the communication by the European Commission to the Eur. Council and Parliament «  Delivering on the modernisation agenda for universities: education, research and innovation » issued on 10.5 . 2006 document downloaded at : http: //ec . europa .eu/education/higher-education/doc1324_en. htm Spring 2010
  • 15. Research and higher education funding « For the future, it seems likely that the bulk of resources needed to close the funding gap will have to come from non-public sources. »
    • Tuition fees increase
    • Service selling to enterprises
    • Restriction of basic research on the benefit of bankable applications
    Spring 2010
  • 16. Governance (1) « This requires new internal governance systems based on strategic priorities and on professional management of human resources, investment and administrative procedures … »
    • Strong restriction on academic freedom
    • End of democratic governance
    Spring 2010
  • 17. Governance (2) « … Member States should build up and reward management and leadership capacity within universities. This could be done by setting up national bodies dedicated to university management and leadership training »
    • Subjection to authorities
    • Development of a bureaucratic management
    Spring 2010
  • 18. « Employability » « … university programmes should be structured to enhance directly the employability of graduates and to offer broad support to the workforce more generally. Universities should offer innovative curricula, teaching methods and training/retraining programmes which include broader employment-related skills along with the more discipline- specific skills. Credit-bearing internships in industry should be integrated into curricula. »
    • Student curricula deprived of scientific autonomy
    • Mind-shaping
    Spring 2010
  • 19. Business (1) « To secure these benefits, most universities will need external support to make the necessary organisational changes and build up entrepreneurial attitudes and management skills. […]. This also implies that development of entrepreneurial, management and innovation skills should become an integral part of graduate education, research training and lifelong learning strategies for university staff . » Spring 2010
  • 20. Business (2) « This implies recognising that their relationship with the business community is of strategic importance and forms part of their commitment to serving the public interest. … » Spring 2010
  • 21. Research themes « This requires focusing less on scientific disciplines and more on research domains (e.g. green energy, nanotechnology), associating them more closely with related or complementary fields (including humanities, social sciences, entrepreneurial and management skills)… »
    • Research themes heavily defined from top to bottom
    • Interdisciplinary resarch restricted to oriented research on the expense of true scientific innovation
    Spring 2010
  • 22. Different types of universities « Research should remain a key task of the systems as a whole, but not necessarily for all institutions.  »
    • Division between « World renowned research institutions » and second rank teaching universities devoted to shaping the «  work force »
    • Some teaching without research
    Spring 2010
  • 23. Competition «  Increased competition , combined with more mobility and further concentration of resources, should enable universities and their partners in industry to offer a more open and challenging working environment to the most talented students and researchers. »
    • Cooperation between individuals and institutions is banned
    • Concentration of resources creates knowledge deserts.
    Spring 2010
  • 24. I don’t fit the Lisbon strategy
  • 25. Did you recognize what is going on in your country? Spring 2010
  • 26.
    • Austria The new « University Collective Pact »
    • Denmark The 2003 the University reform
    • Italy The « Gelmini Law »
    • Finland 2009 the New University Act
    • France The « Pact for research » and the Law « LRU »
    • U-Kingdom Rise in tuition fees and the new Resarch Excellence Framework
    • Germany The « Excellenz Intiativ » and rise in tuition fees
    • Italy The Gelmini Law
    • Spain The reform « L.O.U » and the Excellence Campus
    • And so many others…
    Spring 2010
  • 27. Of course…
    • The member States remain free to implement the Lisbon strategy or not since higher education and research is not directed by European Law:
      • The European Parliament does not vote
      • The Commission only “recommands”
    • There is a pressure due to a permanent European comparison
    • The national governments take opportunity and advantage of this European strategy in order to impose the transformations they want.
    Be they not welcomed… Spring 2010
  • 28. Austria
  • 29. Finland
  • 30. Germany
  • 31. France
  • 32. Italy
  • 33. Spain
  • 34. That is why Spring 2010 has launched its Call already signed by several European organizations and is organizing… Spring 2010
  • 35. … during The Spring European Council on the Lisbon Strategy (2000-2010) and the « EU-2020 » program which will take place in Brussels on 25-26 March 2010… Spring 2010
  • 36. … an Alternative Summit on 25 March 2010 in the European Parliament in Brussels room PHS 7C050 Spring 2010
  • 37. Spring 2010
  • 38. Both events are part of a four steps mobilization Spring 2010
  • 39. 11 February Paris 11-14 March Vienna 25 March Brussels 13-14 April Madrid 2010 Europe of knowledge is burning !!
  • 40. Come and visit our web site
    • See the organizations part of Spring 2010
    • Download the Call in 11 European languages
    • See the European signatories
    • And… sign in the Call (for organizations only)?
    • http://www.printemps2010.eu/
    Spring 2010
  • 41. See you later