16-19 MAY 2001
Barcelona / Spain

21st eucen Conference | Building a network world: World networking in continuing education
The 21st eucen Conference took place in May 2001 in Barcelona (ES).

In the age of new fast-paced technological developments it has become of the utmost importance to communicate with others on an informal level. The exchange of ideas and experiences in order to create personal commitments should no longer be seen as contrary to but as complementary to the e-transfer of data. Communication is at the very heart of networking: human interaction becomes an essential resource to those wanting to keep up with that pace. Universities, contrary to their traditional “ivory tower” image, play an important role in the dissemination of social innovation and have contributed to the spread of new ways of thinking, managing, communicating and putting knowledge into practice. Their leading role is also essential when Building a Network World.

In May 2001 eucen celebrated its 10th anniversary with a conference in Barcelona organized by the Continuing Education Institute (IDEC) of Pompeu Fabra University.

The Conference had five plenary sessions focusing on the new challenges of networking and eleven workshops presenting innovative experiences related to the cooperation between institutions, companies or networks with an international dimension, as well as other networks presentations.

The Plenary Sessions were given by Joan Majó, President of W.G. Information Society Forum, Geoff Peters, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Strategy and Planning, The Open University, Andreu Mas-Colell, Minister for Universities, Research and Information Society, Government of Catalonia and Antoni Zabalza, Chairman and C.E.O. of Ercros, Spain.

Welcome address by Manuel Assunçao, President of eucen.

Key speakers: 

Presentation of the Conference by the Coach, Vladimir de Semir, Director of the Scientific and Medical Communication Observatory at Pompeu Fabra University and Councillor of "City of Knowledge" at the Ajuntament de Barcelona (City Council).
-PLENARY SESSION I: "Society in the Net", Vicente Parajon-Collada, Deputy Director-General of DG Information Society, European Commission.
-PLENARY SESSION II: "The tools of networking", Joan Majo, Presidnet of W. G. Information Society Forum.
-PLENARY SESSION III: "Modern Learning for a Knowledge Driven Economy", Geoff Peters, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Strategy and Planning), The Open University, UK.
-PLENARY SESSION IV: "Networks and Cooperation in the Information Society", Andreu Mas-Collel, Minister for Universities, Research and Information Society, Generalitat de Catalunya.
-PLEANARY SESSION V: "New Economy and Continuing Education", Antoni Zabalza, Chairman and C.E.O. of Ercros, Spain.


A. Charles Bonser, Dean Emeritus, Ameritech Professor Emeritus, School of Public & Environment Affairs, Indiana University, U.S.A.
“Strengthening the European-American relationship: the case of the Transatlantic Consortium for Public Policy Analysis and Education”.
B. Carles Murillo, Vice-Rector of Continuing Education and International Relations, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain and Raúl Diaz, Director, Postgraduate School, Management Faculty, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile. “Training in International Business with Latin America: experience of an inter-universitarian consortium”.
C. Valéria Pavluska, Vice-Director, Institute of Adult Education & Human Resources Management, University of Pécs, Hungary. “Success and almost failure. Networking in continuing adult education at a state controlled university. Experience of an innovative and co-operative experiment of University of Pécs”.
D. Alfredo Soeiro, Pro-Rector, Universidade do Porto, Portugal. “Collaboration in Continuing Education Networks: option or destiny?”.
E. Roberto Suares, Manager of Internal Education, South Region Learning Services, IBM Global Services, Italy. “Corporate University: IBM Worldwide Experience”.
F. John Storan, Director, Center for Continuing Education and Development, South Bank University, U.K. “What makes a successful Continuing Education Network?”.
G. Helka Urponen, Director, Continuing Education Center University of Lapland, Finland. “Learning villages in Portugal, Italy and Lapland”. Please follow this link for further information.
H. Hocine Cherhabile, Director, École National d´Administration (E.N.A.), Algeria. “Economy and Continuing Education: the adequacy education-employment within the Algerian public function”.
I. Xavier Mendoza, Dean, ESADE Business School and Carlo Gallucci, Director of ESADE’s Executive Development Center, Spain. “Beyond student exchange: The community of European Management Schools (CEMS) experience”.
J. Guilherme Ary Plonski, Coordinator, Universitarian Cooperation and Special Activities, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil. “Networking experiences in intermediate economy countries”.
K. Gilda Farrell, Head of Division, Social Cohesion Development Division, Council of Europe. “Experience exchange-common concepts and new concepts: East-West”.