10th International Conference of Global University Network: Important step towards world’s integrations in the fields of higher education


On Thursday, September 12th, 2013 there was a press conference in which participated the rectors and the presidents of the universities all around the world, as well as the representatives of International Academic Conference of Global University Network (N.E.W.S.) – opened at Megatrend University the previous day. The eminent participants were: Sung-Jo Park, Conference Coordinator of N.E.W.S. and Prof.em.Dr.habil.Dr.h.c. of Free University Berlin, Germany; Jean-Jacques Chanaron, Associate Dean Scientific Director of Grenoble Ecole De Management, France; Radovan Vukadinović, President of Center for International Studies in Croatia; Dragan Marušič, the Rector of University Primorska from Koper, Slovenia; Douglas Ross, MBA Program Chair of Franklin University, USA; Antonello Garzoni, Vice-rector for International Relations and Erasmus Coordinator of LUM Jean Monnet University Bari, Italy; Jiao Shijian, Vice-president of Three Gorges University in China; David Perry, Director of Development and International Affairs of HEI (Hautes Etudes D'Ingenieur), France; Changhoon Lee, President of Seoul Asem Institute for International Relations, Korea; Yutaka Takakubo, Vice-president of Nihon University, Japan; and Eleftheros Thalassinos, Jean Monnet Professor of University Piraeus, Greece.

The key topics which were discussed by the previously mentioned experts were: “Regional integrations in Southeastern Asia, Europe and Latin America – political, legal and economic aspects” and “The power of education in modern era”.

Emeritus professor Oskar Kovač, PhD, who was the moderator of the first discussion, highlighted, as one of the most important conclusions of the discussion, that after the thorough analysis of the process of integrations in different regions in the world, the differences and the specificities of the process of integrations in Asia and EU has been defined – in political and economic meaning. While European integrations work as unique market, without the taxes for the members of EU, in Asia those taxes still exist, and integrations imply their gradual repeal. The conclusion is that the process of integrations brings many benefits to the members, although some members of EU especially those that are confronted with the biggest economic problems are not always keen on supranational decisions.

Emeritus professor Mijat Damjanović, PhD, who was the moderator of the second topic, highlighted the general attitude of the participants of the Conference – nowadays the economic development is not possible without the cooperation between education and science. All participants came to an agreement that the universities which participated at this conference had differences in number of students, in methodologies, in applied forms of teaching, and in financial statuses as well, but by the crossing of their experiences, wealth of knowledge could be reached. The main conclusion of the Conference is – the crossing of the experiences can be useful as a common platform for creating the better educational system in the future.