How will the world look like after the Pandemic?
DIGITALIZATION AND INNOVATION OF UNIVERSITY EDUCATION IN THE POST-COVID ERA
Prof. Luciano Saso
President of the UNICA network of the Universities from the Capitals of Europe
Covid had a dramatic impact on the world but, as for all crises, it can bring also something useful to our societies. Education, and in particular tertiary education, can benefit from the amazing digital push we recently observed. High quality online learning can be very useful not only for formal education but also for non formal learning and life-long learning and for potential learners around the world who cannot afford to attend physically university courses. We understood that home office can be very effective for several categories of workers and for most of the employees of higher education institutions. However, we need to be careful to face properly the challenges and the risks of such a strong digital transformation, like social isolation and reduced human interactions especially for young people and psychologically vulnerable individuals.
Global Leadership for the 21st Century
INTEGRATED APPROACHES FOR THE RESEARCH, ELABORATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF PUBLIC POLICY
The discussions moderated by President Emil Constantinescu were geared towards crafting new models of sustainable development apt for implementation at the national, international, regional and global levels. The talks came in the broader context of the United Nations' 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals recognise the immediate realities and imminent dangers facing mankind - humanitarian, societal and climatic - and aim to, among others, safeguard access to food, water and medicine in all corners of the world.
December 16th, 2020
On Friday, December 4th 2020. President Emil Constantinescu took part in the Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS). In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the reunion was organized electronically in an online format. The topics of discussion included procedural and organizational considerations related to the upcoming events organized by the World Academy of Art and Science, such as the Nobel Peace Laureates Youth Conference (December 11th–12th 2020), the Global Leadership in the 21st Century International conference (December 15th–16th 2020, organized in collaboration with the United Nations Office in Geneva and in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization) and the World Conference on Basic Sciences and Sustainable Development, scheduled for September 2022.
Through its ‘Hațeg Country’ International UNESCO Geopark project, the University of Bucharest has won the Sustainable Development Award for Equitability at the 2020 Sustainable Development Gala organised by the Government of Romania through its Department for Sustainable Development. The Scientific Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Emeritus Professor Dan Grigorescu, was the initiator and co-founder of the project that underpinned the creation of the ‘Hațeg Country’ Dinosaur Geopark alongside his colleagues at the University of Bucharest, Professor Dan Manoleli and Associate Professor Alexandru Andrășanu.
One notable recent appearance on the literary scene is the volume Sangue del vostro sangue, ossa delle vostre ossa. Il pontificato di Giovanni Paolo II (1978-2005) e le Chiese in Europa centro-orientale. Nel centenario della nascita di Karol Wojtyla [Blood of your blood, bones of your bones. The Pontificate of John Paul II and the Churches of Central and Eastern Europe. In the centennial year from the birth of Karol Wojtyla], curated by Professor Jan Mikrut (Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome), with a foreword by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. The volume is part of the ongoing collection The History of the Church in Central and Eastern Europe by Gabrielli Press.
The geopark is the corollary to the geodiversity paradigm, bringing together its constitutive components in an interconnected nexus aimed at conserving and capitalizing upon natural and cultural heritage sites through tourism and education, and therefore supporting the socio-economic development of a region, with beneficial effects on local communities.
THE LEVANT, CRADLE OF ABRAHAMIC RELIGIONS. FROM EGYPTIAN PREHISTORY TO THE COPTIC CULTURE AND THE MANUSCRIPT HERITAGE OF THE MODERN PERIOD
Japanese researcher So Miyagawa presented an in-depth description of Coptic linguistics – part of the broader cultural heritage of the Levant – from Egyptian prehistory through the beginnings of Coptic script in six dialects (of which the Sahidic and Bohairic are the most broadly used), to the Coptic literary heritage constituted between the 4th and the 14th centuries AD.
Wednesday, September 30 at 3 p.m., So Miyagawa, researcher at the Department of Linguistics Kyoto University, respectively at the Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies, Kansai University, Suite, Osaka, Japan will held the lecture Introduction to Coptic language and literature in a Digital Age.
The lecture is part of the project of ISACCL“The Levant, the cradle of Abrahamic religions.”
The Japanese researcher is a specialist in Coptic linguistics, Coptology, Egyptology, classical philology, computational linguistics, and the study of Abrahamic religions.
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The Black Sea Universities Network, together with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, organized the international conference “Social Cohesion in the Black Sea Region”. Held online, in the days of 15th-16th September 2020, the conference brought into discussion the topic of social cohesion in the region, in the context generated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic, social and geopolitical tensions existing in some of the Black Sea states. The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization was represented by Professor Emeritus Emil Constantinescu, President of the Scientific Council, and Dr. Oana Brânda.
September 15th, 2020 - September 16th, 2020
The theme of this Third Edition of the Annual School of Byzantine Studies proposes an interdisciplinary incursion into the Byzantine and post-Byzantine literature, history, palaeography, archaeology, art and law present in the Balkan region, understood as a synthesis between Byzantine and local cultures. Moldavia and Wallachia are but two of the particular cases where post-Byzantine culture had a particularly pronounced influence.
September 10th-17th, 2020
The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization organized a conference on “The principles of dialogue according to Medieval Christian Arab Texts on Islam”, given by Associate Professor Bishara Ebeid of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
Religion has and continues to play an important role in the constitution of human identity and, therefore, can significantly influence both the shaping of intercultural relations and their forward development. Dialogue between people of different faiths who nevertheless share the same fundamental ethical values constitutes the point of departure in the search for a lasting peace and sustainable development. In his address, Professor Bishara presented the underlying principles on which such dialogue must be based upon. His considerations are predicated on the ways in which Arab Christians interacted with their Muslim counterparts in the Middle Ages, and – then, as now – necessitate freedom of expression, a working knowledge about the Other’s faith and the selection of appropriate dialogue partners.
July 16th 2020
UNIVERSITY STUDENTS UNDERGO SUMMER PREPARATION AT THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN LEVANT CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION
Students from the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest were given the opportunity to undertake summer specialization training with the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization. A total of 17 students from among first and second-year undergraduate cohorts, enrolled in both full-time and distance learning programmes specializing in History and the History of Art, engaged in extracurricular activities coordinated by a representative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Associate Professor Florica Mihuț, together with a representative from the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest, Lecturer Alexandra Țârlea.
July 13th-24th 2020
► Garry Jacobs, World Academy of Art and Science: Cultural Diplomacy: Strategies for Psychological Evolution of the Levant
► Razvan Theodorescu, Vice-President of Romanian Academy: The Levant as a European space
► Amir Harrak, University of Toronto: Syriac Inscriptions in the Monastery of Mōr-Jacob the Recluse in Ṭūr-‘Abdīn
► Sebastian Brock, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford: Translation: an art prolifically practiced - into and out of Syriac
► Martin Tamcke, Georg-August-University of Göttingen: The Baghdad Railway and Mardin
► Cristian Criste, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich: An Ancient Example of Cultural Diplomacy? The Informal Principles of Graeco-Roman Diplomacy
► Ronny Reich, University of Haifa: On the Role of Argumentum ex silentio in the Interpretation of Missing Archaeological Finds, with Case Studies from Jerusalem
► Jackie Feldman, Ben Gurion University of the Negev: Encountering Religious Others: Jewish-Christian Relations in Contemporary Guided Pilgrimages to the Holy Land
► Catalin-Stefan Popa, The Institute from Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Bucharest: The Dynamics of the Philosophical and Theological Cultures in Levant and Mesopotamia of Late Antiquity (6th-9th c.). A glampse into Aristotle’s transfer from Greek to Syriac and Arabic culture
► Emil Condurachi, Pars Orientis. Studii de istorie a culturii europene, By Ion Andrei Țârlescu, “George Oprescu” Institute for Art History, Romanian Academy
► Andrei Timotin, ed, Un siècle d’études sud-est européennes en Roumanie. Bilan historiographique, By Ana-Maria Răducanu, The Institute from Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Bucharest
30 YEARS SINCE THE COLLAPSE OF COMMUNISM IN EASTERN EUROPE. THE ROLE OF CULTURAL DIPLOMACY IN APPROACHING PROTRACTED CONFLICTS