30 students from six local high schools, selected with the support of Comunidad de Madrid discuss our Europe in 2030 on a two-day workshop in Madrid. The highlight is a visit of the Palace of Zarzuela in the morning, where the students and organizers will meet with Her Royal Highness and have the opportunity for an exchange of views.
The other half of the day the workshop takes place in the IE University. The high school students discuss about current European topics with different high-profile speakers. The president of the University, Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño informs them about European Higher Education. Prof. Phillip Bagus, Professor for Economics at the University of Madrid, talks about Europe and the euro, and Jesús Sotero Fernández Caballero, Deputy Director for International Affairs, Immigration and Aliens Policy reports on ´Europe without borders´. Rosa Duce Tello, Chief Economist PBC Spain, Deutsche Bank SAE, gives a lecture about the Spanish economy. After a working group sessions with university students, the results of the group work will be presented in a plenary session. A guided tour through the campus will close the day.
On the second day (“Journalism Day”) the students are invited to visit the premises of the El País newspaper and to gain insight into news and essay writing. They will join a tutorial about the cooperation with other European newspapers. High-profile journalists will prepare them for the international writing contest.
Patron of the event: José Ignacio Wert Ortega, Spanish Minister of Education, Culture and Sport
Cooperation partners: Comunidad de Madrid and IE University
Media partner: El País
More information: Agenda My Europe (PDF, 1 page)
The Frankfurter Zukunftsrat (future think tank) and the Institute for Corporate Culture Affairs (ICCA) (Wikipedia) initiated the international youth project “My Europe” which aims at fostering awareness, curiosity, critical thinking, and above all, a sense of community and collective responsibility among Europe’s youth and its future. The initiative brings together students, political figures, business leaders, academics and media representatives in a unique series of workshops all over Europe – 28 European Union countries and Turkey and Switzerland. These two-day events offer the students, aged between 15 and 20, an unprecedented opportunity to listen, discuss and interact directly with the respective high-profile experts on a wide range of European issues. The final stage of a workshop is an international writing contest.