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The Role of the University in the Building of Peace

The Role of the University in the Building of Peace

Together with the University College of Southeastern Norway and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee is arranging the conference: The Role of the University in the Building of Peace. The conference takes place in Drammen on 22. January.

Venue: The University College of Southeastern Norway, Papirbredden, Grønland 58, Drammen.

Time: 22 January 2016 (Friday), 09:30-15:00

Registration of participation with karl.aasheim@hbv.no by 19 January!

Universities and university colleges play an important role by providing education in human rights, multicultural understanding, reconciliation, and peace and conflict studies. The core values of these institutions include openness and dialogue in inclusive and democratic settings. Nevertheless, it is a historical fact that universities, in many conflicts, act as forerunners for conflict entrepreneurs and helps to legitimize political projects that weaken democracy, the rule of law and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

In this conference, we will discuss how we can ensure that universities remain true to its core values, and how they can contribute, in partnership with civil society, to build peace in conflict-ridden societies. The conference will focus on the universities’ role in various conflict zones, and the challenges that Norwegian universities face when they collaborate with universities in areas of conflict.

The conference is organized by the University College of Southeastern Norway, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

 

Program

9:30 - 10:00 Registration, coffee/tea

10:00 - 10:15 Opening statements by the organizers

Lars Petter Soltvedt, Associate Professor, University College of Southeastern Norway

Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General, Norwegian Helsinki Committee

10:15 - 10:30 Introduction: Enver Djuliman, Senior Adviser, Norwegian Helsinki Committee

10:30 - 11:15 Experiences and Challenges

The universities' role in the conflicts in the Western Balkans Speaker: Amela Lukac, Associate professor, International University of Novi Pazar

Bridging the space between the classroom and the real world

Speaker: Lars Petter Soltvedt, Associate professor, the University College

of Southeastern Norway


11:15 - 11:30 Coffee/tea

 

11:30 - 12:15 Education in democratic values in an “illiberal” democracy

Speaker: László Majtényi, Founder and President of the Eötvös Károly Institute, Hungary

SIU – Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (Speaker to be confirmed)

12:15 - 12:45 Norwegian experiences

Speaker: Ole Petter Ottersen, Rector, University of Oslo

12:45 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 14:45 Panel discussion: How to ensure that universities in conflict situations remain true to their core values? How can universities cooperate with civil society to promote peace?

Speakers: Inger Skjelsbæk (PRIO), Roland Kostić (University of Uppsala), Gunnar M. Ekeløve-Slydal (Norwegian Helsinki Committee)


14:45 - 15:00 Summaries and Recommendations