Conclusion of the Fourth Staff Mobility Meeting in Brussels

Conclusion of the Fourth Staff Mobility Meeting in Brussels: A Step Forward for the Integration of Universities and the Labor Market in the AI Era

Brussels, May 17, 2024 – The fourth Staff Mobility Meeting, organized by EuGen – European Generation as part of the EU4EU – European Universities for the European Union network, concluded successfully. The event, co-funded by the Erasmus+ program and dedicated to the evolution of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its impact on the educational and labor landscape, was held in Brussels from May 14 to 17, 2024, under the High Patronage of the European Parliament and hosted by the Lazio Region office in Brussels.

The opening of the event was led by Francesca Romana Zotta, President of EuGen and coordinator of the EU4EU network, who welcomed representatives from universities, businesses, and institutions from Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal. During the four days of meetings, the growing importance of digital skills and the adaptation of educational programs to the needs of the labor market, with a particular focus on AI, were discussed.

The event’s program included high-level training sessions and conferences, including:

  • Vincenzo Tiani from Studio Panetta explored the positive aspects (machine learning, generative AI, advanced robotics), negative aspects (autonomous weapons, automated decisions against fundamental rights), and problematic aspects (changes to the internet) of AI.
  • Jacopo Piemonte and Federico Aluigi, Senior Associate and Associate at De Berti Jacchia respectively, discussed the legislative tools of the AI Act and its developments in university education, presenting the structure of the European AI regulation and the new guidelines for the responsible use of generative AI in research.
  • Elinor Wahal from the European Commission discussed the European approach to AI and its implications for education.
    Zalan Meggyesi from Skawa Innovation Kft. illustrated the daily use of AI in the professional world, highlighting the importance of critical skills and problem decomposition.
  • Marco Buemi explored the role of AI in inclusion within the Erasmus program, discussing the impact of AI, unconscious and algorithmic biases, and opportunities to advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts.
  • María-Elvira Prieto and Ana Claudia Moutinho, from the Pompeu Fabra University (ES) and Fernando Pessoa University (PT) respectively, presented the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in Artificial Intelligence and the transformative potential of AI in various fields.
  • Leonardo Quattrocchi from LUISS discussed how the business world is changing in light of new AI skills and the importance of integrating technical and soft skills into education.

The event also gave voice to students, with Arianna and Mirko, interns from the University of Padua and Sapienza University, who shared their experiences in the EU4EU program.

The success of the event was demonstrated by the enthusiasm of the participants for the high level of preparation of the speakers and the splendid location in front of the European Parliament. The event concluded with a visit to the European Parliament organized by the Italian-Belgian Chamber of Commerce, emphasizing the importance of a deeper understanding of European cohesion.

The event received the patronage of the European Parliament, and during the proceedings, the importance of voting in the upcoming European elections from June 6 to 9 was repeatedly emphasized as a collective duty and responsibility.

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EuGen – European Generation Press Office