Regular strategy discussions, the exchange of students and faculty, collaborative research programs, a joint position on European higher education policy, and even common study programs – the scope for these talks has been broad. “A strategy meeting of this kind is quite unprecedented and, by its nature, open-ended. Above all, our group wanted to have sufficient time for a comprehensive and open exchange about future forms of collaboration between top universities in Europe,” said Prof. Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden. “And we also want to send a clear signal of our commitment to a strong unified Europe.”
On Monday, in response to the University’s invitation, university presidents from the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Sweden, the Netherlands, Hungary, and Israel arrived at the Mannheim Palace. The meeting started with presentations of their institutions and their ideas on European co-operation. It followed an initial discussion of the scope for research collaboration. On Tuesday, the focus was on teaching and European higher education policy, as well as on structural aspects of various forms of cooperation.
The University of Mannheim already has close partnerships with many of the participating universities, for instance the London School of Economics (LSE) and Sciences Po (Paris).