The International Cooperation of the University and its synergy with civil society and business

15 and 16 September 2011

The complex challenges that the present society is facing, especially in the light of the Millennium Development Goals, can be addressed only through the strengthening of the synergies between universities, companies, NGOs, and organizations, both governmental and international, and by creating a “integrated system of knowledge” that is “more than the sum” of individual competences.

The ability to learn from past experiences, to welcome and integrate other positions that are different from our owns, is an asset that drives us to grow, improve and innovate. Inside the Academia, scientific research strongly stimulates the collaboration between individuals on a local and global scale. Universities prepare young people to become citizens of the world and good professionals, with specialized skills and a starring role to play in the global context, both for-profit and non-profit aims. Furthermore, young people today are more and more concerned and active on cross-cutting issues related to social areas and are a great channel to transmit positive values ​​even outside the academic context.

International Cooperation for  Development works greatly as a work bench for measuring multidisciplinary skills and constitutes the proper perspective within which North and South of the world can work together in a shared path, making agreements, enabling research and innovation projects, choosing together the concrete models for an equitable and sustainable global development. A true multidisciplinary scientific research, integrated and cross-sectorial, represents both a strategic project to be implemented and the ultimate goal for which to strive, by involving young, trained and motivated people to ensure continuity.

In agreement with all of this, this II Scientific Congress of CUCS network, hosted and organized by the University of Padova together with the Politecnico of Milan, actively promotes the cooperation among universities and among all disciplines. It supports the commitment of young people for peace and development, and aims at strengthening multi-sectorial synergies.