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On March 23-25, Sapienza University hosted “The Treaty of Rome after 60 Years. Achievements and Challenges of European Higher Education” Seminar organised by UNICA, the Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe, currently presided by Sapienza.

The initiative, which was organized as part of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Treaty of Rome, is the perfect opportunity to review the transformation and development of universities in Europe thanks to European mobility policy. In fact, the debate will address the role that universities play in overcoming the crisis of values that fuels nationalism.

“Europe has bequeathed, to the new generations, Erasmus exchanges, Horizon 2020 Programmes, ERC funding for excellence in research and more. These are a series of opportunities that would have been unconceivable sixty years ago and it is our duty to preserve these tools for future academics,” explains Sapienza Rector Eugenio Gaudio. “Our commitment is to expand the common space in which ideas can flourish and develop.”

Italian President Sergio Mattarella met with the UNICA Rectors on March 23 at the Quirinale Palace in Rome. After the speeches held by Rector Gaudio, UNICA President Luciano Saso, and CURI President Gaetano Manfredi, President Mattarella welcomed the network members. Other participants included Italian Minister of Education, University and Research Valeria Fedeli and representatives from academia and research.

The three-day event featured a number of interesting addresses by Antonio Tajani President of the European Parliament; Federica Mogherini, High EU Representative for Foreign Affairs and Safety Policy; Stefano Gozi, Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Presidency of  the Council of Ministers; and Antonio Martino, former Minister of Foreign Affairs.