StudiumCoimbra

2,3,4 e 5 de Abril 2009

5 – Coimbra Group

Founded in 1985 and formally constituted by Charter in 1987, the Coimbra

Group is an association of long-established European multidisciplinary

Universities of high international standard committed to creating special

Academic and cultural ties in order to promote, for the benefit of its members,

internationalization, academic collaboration, excellence in learning and

research, and service to society. It is also the purpose of the Group to

influence European educational policy and to develop best practice through

the mutual exchange of experience.

In pursuit of its Mission the Coimbra Group aims to:

1. Facilitate knowledge transfer between its constituent universities by

means of staff and student interchange so that they can benefit

from the added value given by membership of the Group, whilst

respecting the cultural and national identities of individual

universities and their individual freedom in learning and research.

2. Work with European Union (EU) institutions with a view to

participating in or organizing EU higher education and research

projects to the benefit of its members.

3. Contribute to the debate within Europe on quality in higher

education and promote the adoption of quality assurance

mechanisms within its member institutions.

4. Become a driving force in the creation and further development of

the European Higher Education Area and promote the academic

expertise of its members within this area and the European

Research Area.

5. Be recognized as an expert body, able to advise its members and

EU institutions on various matters relating to higher education, such

as Information Technology (IT) as applied to new teaching methods

and life long learning.

6. Encourage cooperation in cultural, social and sporting activities

between its members.

7. Promote the Group worldwide as a source of academic excellence

in Europe, with a view to attracting students to the universities in the

Group and encouraging academic collaboration and interchange

with its members.

These aims will be achieved in the following ways:

1. The creation of an administrative structure for the Group which

allows decisions to be taken swiftly and efficiently, without stifling

discussion, and which allows the Group’s views and policies to be

clearly and widely known.

2. The creation of such Task Forces and Committees as are needed

to carry forward the work of the Group. Each should have its own

rules and objectives, approved by the annual General Assembly for

a specified term. Task Forces and Committees may establish their

own working groups for specific purposes.

3. Ensuring that information about the discussions in and decisions

taken by the Group as a whole and by the Task Forces and

Committees is widely disseminated amongst the member

institutions and brought to the attention of the relevant authorities in

those institutions. The role of each University’s representative on

the Task Forces and Committees is crucial in this context.

4. Seeking funding that will enable the Group to undertake higher

education projects which will benefit its members.

5. Ensuring sufficient support (including staffing) for the administrative

office of the Group based in Brussels to enable it to be proactive as

well as reactive on the Group’s business.

6. The active involvement of the member institutions, through their

Rectors or Vice-Chancellors and their representatives, in the work

of the Group.

To carry the work of the Coimbra Group through:

1. The General Assembly will set the overall priorities, policy, aims

and objectives for the following year, including guidance for the

work of the Task Forces and Committees.

2. The Honorary President will chair the business of the annual

General Assembly. The Honorary President and the Chairman of

the Executive Board will determine the agenda for the annual

General Assembly.

3. The Executive Board will devise an administrative structure that is

able to carry out the Mission, Aims and Objectives of the Group.

The Honorary President will take part in meetings of the Executive

Board.

4. The Chairperson of the Executive Board will function as

spokesperson for the Group.

5. The Executive Board will be responsible for monitoring progress in

achieving the aims and objectives for the year and will report to the General Assembly each year on whether those aims and objectives

have been met.

6. The Executive Board will devise effective ways of involving member

institutions, their Rectors/Vice-Chancellors and academic and

administrative staff in the work of the Group.

7. The Chairperson of each Task Force or Committee will ensure that

the business of their meetings is focused and follows the overall

priorities set for them by the General Assembly and Executive

Board for the year.

8. The Coimbra Group administrative office will be responsible for

ensuring that decisions taken are followed through and that

discussions and decisions are disseminated to all member

institutions.

1. The Coimbra Group administrative office will ensure that the

Honorary President and the Executive Board are aware of new

projects, policies and directives, from whatever European source,

that might affect Coimbra Group universities. The office should,

through the Chairperson of each Task Force, assess their potential

value to the Group, or any of its members, and propose ways of

taking these forward, as appropriate, to the benefit of the Group and

its members.

Source: http://www.coimbra-group.eu/

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