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CIUTI-Forum 2014

Pooling Academic Excellence with Entrepreneurship for New Partnerships

Edited By Martin Forstner, Hannelore Lee-Jahnke and Mingjiong Chai

The proceedings of the CIUTI FORUM 2014 outline in five chapters the different perspectives of academic excellence, pooled with entrepreneurship for new partnerships, focusing thus on an additional sense of innovation, fresh ideas and clever solutions in T&I training at universities. Therefore new projects of cooperation between universities and the market and international institutions are being presented, having always as a conditio sine qua non excellence and quality in training, paired with responsibility towards the students. This CIUTI FORUM did try to advise the major stakeholders once more, to use their own expertise to help to identify new needs, demands and challenges in their environment, and clearly showed how important it is in our academic training to look out of the box into the research of other disciplines in order to improve our didactical methods.
This volume contains contributions in English, French, German and Italian.
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Sharing Know-how with the Next Generation

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Juan Carlos JIMÉNEZ MARÍN

Let me start my presentation by quoting the famous Roman philosopher and politician Marcus Tullius Cicero: “What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation?”

All of us attending CIUTI, whether we represent our respective professions, national or international organisations, let alone those who represent universities and academia in general, share the awareness of our common responsibility to pass on the knowledge we have accumulated to the next generation so that it can build on that knowledge in order to make further progress and achieve more ambitious goals. For universities and academia in general, that is their core task and therefore it is obvious for them to do so. For representatives of national or international organisations, such as I am, training of future generations of professionals may not be considered to be our core task. Our core task is to provide a service, be it written translations of documents or, in my case, interpreter teams for the different meetings ← 377 | 378 → organised by the European Parliament and other EU institutions and bodies.

The so-called “principle of subsidiarity” in the European Union, i.e. the principle according to which each matter ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest or least centralised authority capable of addressing that matter effectively, clearly states that education and professional training is a competence that lies with the Member States and...

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