1st CONGRES of CUCS – 2009 – PAVIA

The University and the youth for cooperation and peace

17 and June 18, 2009

The logic of economic interdependence, environmental and social contexts that permeate our global society mean inevitably to consider the world as one nation. For this reason we need to identify alternative development models that are able to approach and preserve the different cultures, traditions and intellectual property while facilitating the integration, social growth, human development and the maintenance of peace.
The new Millennium marked the start of a new “time” for development cooperation which is based on a different paradigm: the “North & South” must work together, forge partnerships, programs and enable synergies of research and innovation to share a process whose “ownership” is strongly felt by local, strongly involved, actors.
The university has a well-defined mission that is based on three fundamental pillars: training, research and the transfer of knowledge and / or technologies. The University has one aim: preparing young, high degree professionals who can play activelly and be protagonist of the changes in society, both in the South as in the North of the World.
In this “new” co-operation in which the youth of today can find a strong motivational lever, specific and accuarate knowledge and expertise become more and more relevant as much as the systemic approach. At least three essential elements are clear:
1. the importance of partnerships;
2. the need to enrich the training of future citizens and professionals;
3. The function of scientific research for innovation;

The Universities of the CUCS are working, in growing synergy, to enrich, in this perspective, the training career of graduates, in a kind of “Civic Education for the Third Millennium” approach, and to promote a new vision for scientific research which could become a tool for equitable development.
The University of Pavia was host and organizer with the Politecnico di Milano, of the first scientific conference of CUCS organized on these topics that complements and aligns the Ministry’s
days for University Cooperation giving wide space to the role of young people in this context.