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Higher Education Symposium


Academic institutions form the intellectual backbone of a society. Their open minds, critical curiosity and factual production of knowledge have always been a thorn in the side of authoritarian forces.

What role do academic institutions have today in strengthening liberal democracy and its values? Is it enough to create knowledge and pass it on to young people, or does the present demand a stronger social commitment? When should one cooperate, and when should one negotiate conflicts openly?

In the Higher Education Symposium, the minds of national and international academies will partner together with a number of experts to discuss future progress for universities and academies in order to resume their societal sovereignty.

General Partner European Forum Alpbach 2017