‘Expanding Europe’ Jubilee Rectors Conference, hosted by the University of Pécs in Hungary, will take place from 11-13 October 2010.
The conference will focus on the following themes in the plenary sessions: university and society, international education, and science and social responsibility. Speakers will include Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission and EUA Deputy Secretary General, John Smith.
There will also be parallel sessions on the impact and experiences of the Bologna Process at EU universities; the new cultural environment in the European Higher Education Area - Degree equivalence as a driving force for the international labour market, and sustainability and profitability of the university.
The conference bears the title Expanding Europe whose validity is deemed to be justified by the idea that it is timely to think about the expansion of European ideas in the minds  without necessarily thinking about physical expansion associated with political states and geographical borders. The conference will be held between 11-15 October, 2010.
Expanding Europe is an initiative to channel efforts on governmental, regional, city and university levels effecting social inclusion, accession in higher education, equal chances to educational and cultural opportunities and to labor markets.
Expanding Europe is a grand opportunity for European rectors to discuss state-of-the-art issues in the European Higher Educational Area, while celebrating the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the European Capitals of Culture Programme. Therefore, the Rectors' Conference will be followed by the annual scientific conference of the University Network of the European Capitals of Culture (UNeECC)  and the Compostela Group of Universities, organized jointly by the two international university organizations.