INTREPID Knowledge – reflecting on our final conference and the future of universities

By Olivia Bina

INTREPID – the network of scholars and practitioners from 32 countries, funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), has been celebrating its four-year journey at a final conference: ‘INTREPID Knowledge’, in Lisbon, where it all began in May 2015. The main aim of the COST Action is to better understand how to achieve more efficient and effective inter and transdisciplinary research in Europe so as to strengthen our ability to address contemporary global challenges characterised by increasing complexity and uncertainty. The added value of INTREPID’s network has been to explore the potential of inter and transdisciplinary knowledge, inspiring change and build leadership, at the level of policy for research funding, within universities/Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), and crucially among the youngest researchers who choose to promote interdisciplinary inquiries despite the many challenges (and oftentimes risks) that this entails. The Action achieved its main aim targeting three challenges, which were explored over the three days: Continuar a ler

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The Alternative University of Romania: a life-changing experience?

By Lavínia Pereira

Imagine a University that prioritises self-development, awareness and civic engagement!

Within the scope of this research on the ‘Future of University’, and its contribution to more just and sustainable futures, last February I went to Bucharest for a ‘short-term scientific mission’ (STSM) funded by INTREPID Cost Action, aiming to explore the educational and organizational model of Alternative University (AU) of Romania. My expectations were high. I had met Traian Bruma – one of the founders of AU – a couple of months earlier, and his enthusiastic presentation at a gathering at ISCSP in Lisbon caught my attention. Founded in 2008 by a group of students from Politehnica University of Bucharest, integrated in the student associative movements of Romania, AU is a non-conventional project for higher education. Proposing itself as an alternative to the Romanian higher education conventional system, considered by the founders to be out-dated, disconnected from the world and indifferent to the real needs of the students, the Alternative University strived to be a freedom-centred organization with an educational model mainly focused in human development in its various dimensions, with a strong emphasis in self-directed learning.

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‘Schools around the World’ Hackathon @ the Alternative University, 4th February 2018. Photo by Lavínia Pereira.

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O futuro da Universidade: precisamos de uma mudança?

Por Lavínia Pereira e Olivia Bina

“Não se pode conceber a educação sem o pensamento de um futuro.” É Clément Rosset quem o diz numa entrevista concedida a Anita Kechichian publicada em 1985 no Le Monde de l’Éducation. Historicamente, a Universidade e a função educativa têm na Modernidade o seu momento alto: o projecto iluminista entende o conhecimento como fonte de emancipação do ser humano, finalidade associada a uma ideia redentora de futuro.

Como podemos conceber o projecto educativo no momento posterior àquele em que o ideal da Modernidade foi conduzido ao seu limite por auto-refutação? Um momento em que o risco e a incerteza alteraram a experiência humana do tempo: o futuro vem agora ao nosso encontro, interrogando-nos, interrompendo permanentemente o fluir do tempo presente? [1]

Três notícias recentemente vindas a público são ilustrativas do alcance da acção do ser humano sobre o equilíbrio do planeta: a destruição do mar de Aral; a separação de mais um enorme icebergue na Antártida Ocidental; e a sexta extinção de espécies em massa descrita pelos cientistas como ‘aniquilação biológica’. Tornámo-nos uma ‘força da natureza’ que introduziu uma alteração irreversível no equilíbrio planetário.

Por outro lado, a diferença entre os mais ricos e os mais pobres é maior que nunca. De acordo com o relatório Oxfam de Janeiro de 2017, o nível de desigualdade social ultrapassa as nossas piores expectativas. Continuar a ler