Rectors Seminar 2017


The UNICA Rectors Seminar: The Treaty of Rome after 60 years: Achievements and challenges of European Higher Education was hosted by Sapienza University of Rome in cooperation with the Universities of Rome "Tor Vergata", "Roma Tre" and "Foro Italico", 23-25 March 2017. 


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List of Participants

Practical information


Speeches delivered at the Quirinale Palace

Speech at the Quirinale Palace by Eugenio Gaudio, Rector, Sapienza University of Rome

Speech at the Quirinale Palace by Luciano Saso, UNICA President


Welcome addresses

Welcome address by Eugenio Gaudio, Rector, Sapienza University of Rome

Welcome address by Gaetano Manfredi, President of the Italian Rectors’ Conference, Rector of the University of Naples Federico II


Presentations of the Seminar

The achievements of European Universities in the last 60 years - Lesley Wilson, Secretary General, European University Association

Why Universities should make social innovation - Giuseppe Novelli, Rector of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”

New landscape of higher education: massification and structure of higher education systems - Ivan Prostakov, Vice-Rector, Higher School of Economics Moscow

Challenges for higher education in Flanders / Belgium - Paul De Knop, former Rector, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

UNICA Activities - Luciano Saso, UNICA President

UNICA Rectors΄ Seminar at the University of Cyprus, Costas Constantinou, Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Finance and Administration, University of Cyprus


Seminar's theme:

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. A true milestone for the modern-day European Union, The Treaty led to the founding of the European Economic Community (EEC). It was signed on 25 March 1957 by Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, France, Italy, and West Germany and came into force on 1 January 1958.

As the European Union commemorates the signing of one of its most important Treaties, it also faces enormous challenges which threaten its unity and continuity: the sharp turn of the American foreign policy, ongoing refugee crisis still far from being solved, strong rise of anti-EU, nationalist, and xenophobic sentiment within the EU itself and a loss of faith in the EU values, such as diversity, solidarity, and integration.

The Seminar, organised as part of the 60th anniversary commemorations of the signing of the Treaty, looked at how the European community as a whole, and more specifically, the European higher education had evolved since the signing of the Treaty and discussed the role of Universities in overcoming the threats currently faced by the EU.


Thursday, 23 March, 2017 to Saturday, 25 March, 2017
Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata
Università degli Studi di Roma Tre
Sapienza University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, Rome