On Thursday 11 October Professor Elmer Sterken, Rector Magnificus of the University of Groningen,
gave a special lecture to an audience of 100 Osaka students and staff entitled “Europe after the eurocrisis”. This special event was set up by the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) and served as the kick-off for
Gateway to Europe - Contemporary Dutch Studies,
an annual new series of lectures organized by Osaka University and the University of Groningen. The first series will take place between October 2012 and January 2013.
Prof. Sterken is a renowned expert in the field of monetary systems and banking. According to Sterken, Europe is in a crisis because of financial and productivity problems. This has led to the most serious problems of the euro-financial sector since the beginning of the last decade of the previous century. The ‘Big Divide’’ between the Northern and Southern parts of the Eurozone puts the European monetary union under pressure, as is shown by recent developments. In order to resolve the European problems financial regulation is needed, especially of the banking sector. Sterken is convinced that economic policy should focus on innovation.
For this, the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission is an indispensable tool. Sterken underlined that Horizon 2020 fosters cooperation between European and Japanese universities and industries. He expressed the hope that many new projects will evolve as a result of the wide range of cooperation linkages that already exist between Osaka University and the University of Groningen.
More information on Horizon 2020
Osaka University, Groningen Centre for Education and Research
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