The Summit of Leaders 'Science and Education' took place in Oxford, UK, 16-19 December 2013. It provided a close, high-level gathering where academics, university presidents and rectors, scientists and researchers, investors all over the world could network, learn and share ideas to better modern science and education.
The Summit was opened by Prof. John Netting, EBA Director General and Dr. Wil Goodheer, President of the Club of the Rectors of Europe (CRE).
More than 180 participants attended the Summit of Leaders conference. The participating countries were: Armenia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kyrgyz Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nigeria, North Cyprus, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Benin, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Namibia, Republic of South Africa, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Republic of Uzbekistan, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Spain, Sudan, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe.
Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE, Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford University, a neuroscientist, writer, broadcaster, member of the House of Lords, UK delivered a speech ‘The Generation, Diffusion & Application of Ideas. The Role of the 21st Century University’ during the plenary session which provoked interest and shaped the further discussion.
John Netting, Director General of the Europe Business Assembly; Prof. Dr. WilGoodheer the President of the Club of the Rectors of Europe, Prof Vincent Ado Tenebe, Vice Chancellor of National Open University of Nigeria; Madam Layla Al Blooshi, Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research; Prof. Dr. Ramzan Korkmaz, Chancellor of Ardahan University; President of Caucasus University Association (CUA); Prof. Sinerik N. Ayrapetyan, President of the International Postgraduate Educational Centre (LSIPEC) of UNESCO were moderating the main panels of the Summit, December 17-18.
The main topics at the forum were: new trends in higher education, the popularisation of modern educational programmes and methods, the presentation of scientific advances and emerging innovative solutions, and the extending of international cooperation in scientific and educational spheres. The Summit hosted the conference, express exhibition, contest of innovative projects, leading scientists and educational establishments. Also, the almanac dedicated to science and higher education was presented. The Summit programme included visits to such famous places as Christ Church College, the Bodleian Library and The Oxford Union.
On December, 17 the best world representatives of science and education were recognized with prestigious international awards at the Socrates Award Ceremony in the Main Hall of Oxford Town Hall. The function honoured outstanding university rectors, scientists and managers of innovative enterprises.
Christmas decorated Oxford Union hosted the New Year's University Chancellors Ball. The ball brought together rectors, innovation centres leaders, outstanding scientists and representatives of the scientific and cultural communities worldwide. The ball gave a unique opportunity for international scientific, intellectual and educational elite to join informal communication and successful experience exchange. On the EBA conference closure on December 18 in the Oxford Union the diplomas were presented to the winners of the international competition ‘Science and Education’
The solemn procession of rectors wearing academic robes opened the ball. During the honourable ceremony of new members’ admission the following Rectors joined the CRE.
Beautiful music, a classical dance programme presented by the best European dancing waltz masters, gourmet cuisine, contests and raffles, gifts to the guests of the ball and concert performances created the atmosphere of the event.
The impressive international business event - EBA Official New Year`s Reception was held on December, 19. The meeting provided an exclusive interactive platform for business, presentations and exchange of ideas and technologies. Within the framework of the reception, EBA honoured the most highly esteemed and recognized international businessmen with prestigious awards and diplomas.
The Summit participants were able to combine their successful scientific and business networking with a truly pleasant sightseeing of English historical and cultural offering.
Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE
Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford University, a neuroscientist, writer, broadcaster, member of the House of Lords, UK
...The event was truly international and covering a wide range of interest and sectors. It is important to challenge conventional wisdom on education at all levels in the 21st century and most importantly to envisage new solutions. The Summit of leaders gives the opportunity to do just that.
Councillor Elise Benjamin, former Lord Mayor of Oxford
I am very impressed with the work the Summit of Leaders do to bring a diverse range of participants from across the Globe together to exchange knowledge, experience and ideas. The number and mix of participants from academia, government and business, and the open and welcoming atmosphere at Summit events is a model of good practice.
Dr. Suat Irfan Gunsel
The Founding Rector of Near East University (North Cyprus)
Mr. Tumer Garip
Deputy Founding Rector of Near East University (North Cyprus)
...When an event such as the Summit of Leaders is a success, the credit starts with the planning committe. Your fine work, excellent planning a realistic scheduling resulted in an informative and smooth running event for the four days. Thanks to you and your committee for making the experience so worthwhile.
PhD, Dean, Polytechnic of Međimurje in Čakovec, (Croatia)
...Participating at this great event was a very important experience for our institution and me personally, a confirmation that our way of development is going in the right direction.I would like to thank everyone present for unforgettable moments spent there together, exchanging our professional and personal experiences and achievements.