Alumni Conference

15 Years of Euroculture - Event Poster_1

The Euroculture Programme Göttingen is delighted to welcome you to our cozy town and our alumni conference on “15 Years of Euroculture: Europe in the Wider World.” We are looking forward to a week of exciting and thought provoking events, informal gatherings and a closing ceremony that will bring together former, graduating and current students from around the world.

The Euroculture Programme was founded in 1998 with the objective of finding a new approach to study Europe. Over the years, the Programme has grown to become one of the largest and most distinct consortia in European Higher Education. This week, we do not only want to host a nostalgic reunion of alumni and faculty members. The idea is rather to gather fresh and fruitful ideas for the years ahead. The conference will provide a forum for the discussion of a wide range of topics: the Programme’s profile, current issues in teaching and research, employability, trends in international higher education and chances and challenges for Europe and its relationship to other parts of the world.

Welcoming the participants


Welcome Address by: - Walter Reese-Schäfer, Professor of Political Science, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Welcome to Fortress Europe: Challenges and Opportunities for the continent!?
Opening Lecture by:
- Csaba Tabadji, Member of European Parliament, Hungary
- Chair: Zorana Kataranovski, Office of the Ambassador and Deputy Head of mission at the Netherlands embassy in Belgrade, Serbia

Welcome Dinner for Alumni
Opening session of the Alumni Seminar with the Euroculture Team Göttingen

Welcome Addresses by:
- Martin Tamcke, Director of Studies, Euroculture Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
- Robert Wagenaar, Overall Coordinator of the Euroculture Consortium, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands
- Bernd Hackstette, Head Alumni Relations, Director Alumni Society, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Globalizing Higher Education and Research for the ‘Knowledge Economy’
Roundtable with:
- Julia González, Vice Rector of International Relations (ret.), Deusto University Bilbao, Spain
- Uwe Muuss, Director, International Office, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
- Monica Pascoli, Department of Human Sciences, University of Udine, Italy
- Martin Tamcke, Director of Studies, Euroculture Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
- Robert Wagenaar, Overall Coordinator of the Euroculture Consortium, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands
- Chair: Erika von Rautenfeld, Professor of Political Science, Technical University Nuremberg, Germany

Lunch Break

Political Construction of Europe: An architecture for the Europe of tomorrow
Panel Discussion with:
- Michael Minkenberg, Professor of Political Science, Europe University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
- Ioannis Ntountoumis, Executive Assistant, Doudoumis-Diagramma Editions, Greece
- Csaba Tabadji, Member of the European Parliament, Hungary
- Olena Turchyn, Admin Assistant, EU/IOM Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine, Ukraine
- Chair: Wouter Welling, Trainee Information Management at PBLQ HEC, Den Hague, the Netherlands

Ein Gang durch Göttingens Unterwelt – Geheimnisse alter Gewölbekeller
City Tour

Welcome Address by
- Michael Buckup, Coordinator Communication, Department Europe and Regional Development of the State, Lower Saxony State Chancellery, Hannover, Germany

Europe in the Globalizing World: Soft Power, Security and European Foreign Policy
Panel Discussion with
- Annegret Bendiek, Deputy Head of Research Division “EU External Relations”, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin, Germany
- Natalia Chaban, Head of Department of Global, Cultural and Language Studies, European and European Union Studies, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
- Louismongkol Sapkul, Diplomatic officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand
- Irina Shevtsova, Senior Fellow, Center for Comparative Historical and Political Studies, Perm State University, Russia
- Peter W. Schulze, Hon.-Professor of Political Science, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
- Chair: Justus Römeth, Council Member, European Pirate Party, Hannover, Germany


Europe in the Globalizing World: Economic Perspectives
Panel Discussion with:
- Alexander Kamkin, International Economist, Institute of Europe of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
- Teoman Karamanoglu, Performance Management and Organisational Development Specialist, Mercedes-Benz Türk A.S., Istanbul, Turkey
- Salena Lee, Senior International Project Manager, Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Indianapolis, USA
- Aditi Tandon, Assistant Media Advisor, U.S. Consulate, Mumbai, India
- Andrea Telegdi, Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Budapest, Hungary
- Chair: Marc Arwed Rutke, Coordinator and Supervisor Euroculture, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Theory and Practice of European Culture(s)
Panel discussion with:
- Gabriela Huk, Coordinator, Östergötlands Museum in Linköping, Sweden
- Alexander Luz, Assistant Professor, Department of Languages and Communication, UFRRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Lora Markova, Researcher, Institute for Leisure Studies, Deusto University, Bilbao, Spain
- Ioana Schiau, Researcher, National School of Political Science and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
- Margriet van der Waal, Senior Lecturer Euroculture, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands
- Chair: Lars Klein, Senior Lecturer Euroculture, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany


Working Post-Euroculture: Sharing Experience
Round table with:
- Johanna Bähn, Finance Officer at INTERREG IVC, Lille, France
- Lauranne Bardin, Business Development Manager, MBA, Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris, France
- Franco Burgio, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
- Au Yeung Shek Ling, Assistant Development Officer, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
- Till Manning, Research Coordinator (President's Staff) & Chief Executive Officer of the Graduate Academy, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
- Natialia Spartakova, Conference Producer at Informa Exhibitions, Cologne, Germany
- Chair: Daria Kulemetieva, International Marketing, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany


15 Years of Euroculture: Past, Present and Future
Round table with:
- Carl-Reinhold Brakenhielm, Professor at Department of Theology, Uppsala University, Sweden
- Claudio Cressati, Director of Euroculture, University of Udine, Italy
- Eunjin Jeong, Communications Officer, International Organization for Migration, Seoul, South Korea
- Ernst Kuper, Professor of Political Science (ret.), Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
- Mathias Persson, Researcher, Department of Economic History, Uppsala University, Sweden
- Chair: Ekaterina Ershova, Assistant Coordinator, Euroculture, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany and Reena James, Alumni Relations, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Campus Tour in English

Ukraine: Caught in Geopolitical Crossfire
Lecture by:
- Rainer Elk Anders, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Director of the Institute for Applied Creative Thinking, Staffordshire University, Great Britain

Vorreiter oder Verlierer? Zur Rolle der EU in der internationalen Klimaschutzpolitik
Lecture with English summary by:
- Artur Runge-Metzger, Head of Unit, DG Environment of the European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

Dinner, followed by a celebratory get-together
Graduation Ceremony and Farewell

Departure or “Auf ein Wiedersehen in Gö”!

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