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Ethical Forum 2022 - Programme

Is politics part of the universities’ job?


       Part 1 (2 - 3.45 pm)

Welcome and Introduction

Jacques WILLEMS  (Chair of the University Foundation)
Jean-Michel CHAUMONT, Université Catholique de Louvain (Coordinator of the Ethical Forum 2022)


Background addresses

chaired by Jean-Michel CHAUMONT, UC Louvain 
  • Jeroen HUISMAN, Universiteit Gent : "The university cannot have a political voice"
  • Daniela CRACIUN, Universiteit Twente (Nl) : "Everything that matters is political, yet politics is not a university's job"
  • Etienne PEYRAT, Université de Lille (Fr) : "French Higher Education and the Politics of Debate and Academic Freedom"

Short interventions from the floor

        Part 2 (4.15 - 6 pm)

Round Table and Debate

chaired by Dominique WILLEMS, Universiteit Gent 

Introduction to the debate

  • Patrick STOUTHUYSEN (VUB) presents the position of the late Caroline Pauwels on the participation of universities in political life.
  • Contributions to the debate by
    • Pierre de MARET, ULB
    • Mark WAER, KU Leuven
    • Bernard RENTIERU Liège

Caroline PAUWELS (honorary rector VUB) had accepted to be part of the panel. Sadly, she passed away this summer. With great gratitude and immense regret we want to pay tribute to her warm and rich personality.

      General Discussion: speakers and public

Final Remarks 

by Philippe VAN PARIJS, UCLouvain & KU Leuven   



A number of background documents and the available presentations are included in the downloads section (see link above) as they become available.