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This Communication seeks to start a debate on the role of Universities within the knowledge society and economy in Europe and on the conditions under which they will be able to play that role effectively. The knowledge society depends for its growth on the production of new knowledge, its transmission through education and training, its dissemination through information and communication technologies, and on its use through new industrial processes or services. Universities are unique, in that they take part in all these processes, at their core.

The Communication, which has been prepared in the context of the 2003 Spring European Council, invites responses to a number of questions from all those concerned with higher education, research and innovation. The Commission will review the state of the debate in the summer of 2003 and identify suitable initiatives, possibly in a further Communication for examination by the Education Ministers in the Education Council and the Research Ministers in the Competitiveness Council, as well as by the European Summit of Higher Education Ministers scheduled for 18-19 September 2003 in Berlin.

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Record Number: 4816 / Last updated on: 2003-02-07