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Europaeum welcomes new German member

The Europaeum this month formally welcomes the world renowned Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in München as the newest partner of our consortium. A Memorandum of Agreement is due to be signed in Munich this week between  Professor Bernd Huber, the President Of LMU Munich and Dr Paul Flather, Secretary-General of the Europaeum, and it is hoped to launch the new partnership with collaboration over a Europaeum event at Munich this year. LMU graduates have already been invited to join the Jenkins Scholarship Scheme, before this year's deadline in late January, and also to the forthcoming European Policy-Making seminar coming up in Brussels at the beginning of March.

EU and the UK

With the future geometry of Europe still very much on the agenda, the Europaeum based in Oxford has helped create a new consortium of several European bodies based within the University to provoke serious debate, in an academic, cross-disciplinary, environment to add value to wider debates on the UK's relationship with the European Union, through a series of seminars, workshops, and lectures. The consortium was informally launched last November at a meeting to discuss the concept of a new referendum on UK membership – proposed by Prime Minister David Cameron for 2017.

Europaeum Internships

The Europaeum is looking for new interns from the new year. Internships for graduate students are now widely recognised as a key ingredient for students entering the job market, according to articles in the University World News. The Europaeum has proudly offered lively supported internships to graduate students, doctoral candidates and post-doctoral scholars from Europaeum universities for many years now. We are committed to providing engaging and fruitful work experience - with opportunities to pursue private research in Oxford libraries, attend select lectures, and travel in the UK. In this way, we seek to extend the mission of the Europaeum to build European leadership, foster diversity and provide opportunities to supplement research and background education. We offer internships for two to three months, and each intern will be asked to support general office work, work on current events and will be given a relevant research project to work on and help to develop.

Graduate Fellowship Programme : Challenging Humanity to act on Climate Change

Project Drawdown, is an innovative new climate change mitigation coalition.

This programme is designed to foster the development of a new generation of global leaders working on pragmatic solutions to our climate crisis. These students,scientists, entrepreneurs, and policymakers will learn how to describe a realistic future in which the world achieves drawdown - the point at which greenhouse gases in our atmosphere reach their modern day peak and then begin to decline. Fellows will work remotely with Project Drawdown’s research team to develop realistic, solution-specific models, reports, and policy memos projecting the financial and climate impacts of ‘state-of-the-shelf’ solutions deployed at scale over the next thirty years.
A small number of competitive, 10-week fellowships are available to exceptional postgraduates, postdoctoral scholars, and young professionals from around the world. To learn more about the fellowships and how to apply, please click here or click here for more information.

Jenkins Scholarship Scheme

Lord (Roy) JenkinsLord (Roy) JenkinsThe final deadline in mid- January is fast approaching for our highly prestigious Jenkins Scholars scheme - worth more than £13,000 each - is fast approaching. Every year scholarships are awarded to the best applicants who wish to study for degrees in Humanities or Social Sciences, subjects close to Lord Jenkins own interests, at Europaeum-linked partner universities - see the notice of the awards in our noticeboard section (below left) Please note applications need to be made direct to Oxford's Graduate Funding and Admissions office, before the official closing date in mid-January 2015.  For the current academic year six new Jenkins Scholars have begun their studies at Europaeum-linked universities - including graduates from the Complutense, Madrid, from Charles University, Prague and from Helsinki coming to Oxford, while Oxford graduates will go to Helsinki, to Paris-Sorbonne and to Charles in Prague (please see here for our  press announcement). This scheme honours the former President of the European Commission and Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord (Roy) Jenkins, who was involved in supporting the founding of the Europaeum in the early 1990s.

Classics Colloquium: Separating the men from the beasts !

A Graduate presents his paperA Graduate presents his paperOur 12th Classics Colloquium held in partnership with our colleagues at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, led by Professor Dimitri El Murr, attracted more than 22 advanced Classics graduates from Europaeum university partners - well above the recent norm of about 18, with many students disappointed that in the end they could not be included. For a full list of registered participants, see here, though some others came during the event. There was some 17 papers from younger scholars around the theme of Man and Beast, with titles such as Burdens of the beast and man in Latin literature and Roman iconography ; Man and beast in Epictetus ; and Killing beasts-normalizing nature: The role of heroes. For a full programme listing all the various papers given, please see here. There were also papers contributed from a number of senior scholars, including Professor Francisco Citti (Bologna) on A Hog of Epicurus' Sty.

Research Workshop: In search of Moral Sentiments

Prague: Dr Graham, Flather, Prof Sokol and Dr Sedlacek speaking at the workshopPrague: Dr Graham, Flather, Prof Sokol and Dr Sedlacek speaking at the workshopeven to set up a version of the famous Oxford joint PPE programme in Prague.More than 40 young scholars from politics, philosophy and economics departments at Charles University, attended a lively and innovative workshop held in Prague, in collaboration with Professor Vladimír Benáček from the Economics Faculty and Dr Janusz Salamon from the Philosophy department this week. The event took off by exploring the key work of Adam Smith in the title of the event, which was written first, but is so often overlooked by his better know work, The Wealth of Nations. There was exciting papers exploring Smith's ideas by Dr Andrew Graham, former Economics Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford and Professor David Vines who discussed regulation and ethical behaviour, drawing on a new report on the subject.

Europaeum Lecture : on Self-Determination and the future of State

HSH Prince Hans-Adam II of LiechtensteinHSH Prince Hans-Adam II of LiechtensteinThe 'conversation' over the future role of the state and the issue of self-determination continued in the evening over a dinner, attended by all the speakers, Europaeum Trustees, supporters and friends including Professors Norman Davies and David Marquand, plus several students from the Weidenfeld Scholarship scheme and the Blavatnik School of Governance, both link bodies to the Europaeum at Oxford. See full list here

Europaeum Universities hold ground in latest rankings

Europaeum partner universities have by and large managed to improve their standings in the latest version of the Shanghai rankings table – which gives a snapshot of the global standing of leading universities. Bologna appears to be the most significant riser moving up into the top 200 worldwide. Charles University improves its place inside the top 300, with the Jagiellonian remains inside the top 400.
Oxford climbs up to 9th place overall, Helsinki climbs up to 73rd place, while Leiden just slips down behind to 77th place. Only Complutense suffers a fall, dropping into the top 500 slot. As limited and flawed as university league tables may be, as we said before, one cannot avoid them and more and more students and staff now rely on them for insights on institutional performance. These 2014 Shanghai Rankings confirm that very small shifts can mean jumps from one grouping to another, and so not too much should be read into most changes. They rely on their assessment and citations of the number of articles published by university faculties mainly in scientific publications, and in the number of academic distinctions received by staff and graduates. US and China remain strong.

Oxford-Geneva Bursaries 2014-2015

The Europaeum and the Graduate Institute in Geneva have jointly agreed to increase the annual stipend available to support graduate students to undertake a period of research study in Oxford and Geneva. The Oxford-Geneva Bursary Scheme will now provide two graduates an award of €1,000 each to spend at least three weeks doing research integral to their degree studies. This restores the value of awards when the scheme was first launched in 2000-1. In recent years, the value of the award had to be cut in the light continuing financial pressures. The scheme has always proved popular, but with the enhanced grant will ensure graduates can cover travel, accommodation and other related costs during their study period.

The Meaning of 1914 Conference

The Europaeum partnership with the New York Review of Books is set to continue with two more events coming up this autumn. In September, we are supporting an event picking up on the year long theme surrounding the outbreak of the first World War in 1914, a century ago. The Meaning of 1914 event will take place at St Antony's College Oxford, another partner for the event, with keynote contributions from Professor Margaret Macmillan, a leading historian of the period, and Warden of St Antony's, who has recently produced The War that Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War, Professor Hew Strachan, currently professor of military History at Oxford, and Christopher Clark, whose book The Sleepwalkers has been making waves all around the world. Professor Fritz Stern from Columbia University, is also expected to take part.

Krakow Workshop - Jews in Europe: Is there still a Question?

Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in WarsawMonument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw Applications are invited from doctoral and research graduates for another in our regular series of international graduate workshops, taking place in partnership with the Institute for Jewish Studies, at the Jagiellonian University in mid-October. As usual all local costs of participants are covered, though graduates are responsible for their own travel costs. There will also be an opportunity for an excursion to Auschwitz. The workshop will cover a range of themes, reflecting the interdisciplinary character of European research and the multifaceted nature of integration processes in Europe. Issues to be discussed include will include a focus on Central Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries, questioning the roots of anti-Semitism in the region ? We will also explore the question of Poland as "a promised land" and Jews as victims in the so-called "Bloodlands" between Hitler and Stalin ?

Applications invited for Jenkins Scholars

Applications are now invited for candidates for the Europaeum's highly prestigious Jenkins Scholarships. There are four full awards available, worth around £13,000 each, for Europaeum university graduates to study for a one-year degree in Oxford, plus an award for Oxford graduate student to study at a Europaeum-link university. Please see notice below for more information. Applications need to be made direct to Oxford University Graduate Admissions office, before the official closing date in mid-January 2015. Oxford applicants should apply locally via Oxford's Graduate Funding and Admissions office.
In the first decade of the scheme some 63 award have made been. For a short history, please see our 10th anniversary commemoration booklet with information about our supporters and donors, those involved in managing the scheme, plus short reports on past Jenkins Scholars (see (see here ).

Classics Coloquium

This year the Europaeum resumes its pioneering series of Classics Colloquium after a one year interregnum, at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, for some 20 advanced Classics graduates. The theme this year is Man and Beast. There are many dichotomies to explore, captured so well by the inevitable Aristotle "For man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all." This will be the 11th in our series and we will work with Dr Dimitri El Murr from Paris 1, who has taken part in a number of previous workshops (see here for a list of previous workshops to Essential pages - which we used recently) and we have invited our network of colleagues from Helsinki, Krakow, Prague, Oxford, Madrid, Barcelona and Bologna. A number of strong applications are already coming, including many from doctorate and advanced research students. Fifteen to date with more promised. So, please do send in your application now, and indicate what paper you might be willing to give linked to the overall theme. (for more information and details see the attached poster ).

Academic Council Bios

Academic Council meeting in KrakowAcademic Council meeting in KrakowThe latest in our pamphlet series has just been published and hard copies are currently being distributed to our friends, supporters and donors. Next month we will be putting the lecture, Islamphobia: a Non-Concept by Faisal Devji, Reader in Modern South Asian History, at St Antony's College, Oxford University. It is based on his Europaeum lecture delivered last year at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. Members of our Europaeum Academic Council, representing all our 11 members, enjoyed a lively meeting last month in Krakow (see picture) and two days of warm hospitality care of our good friends at the Jagiellonian (see Endnote below). Many members have active supporters of the work of the association for many years, This month we pay tribute by publishing short biographies of all those who took part in our recent conference and meeting in Krakow. Please read them here.