Representatives of music academies of CEI countries gathered in Trieste on 26-28 October to attend the CEI Music Higher Education Network symposium. Organised by the Trieste Conservatory “Giuseppe Tartini” in cooperation with the music academies of Sarajevo and Banja Luka, the event was co-funded by the CEI Cooperation Fund in the framework of the CEI Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2016.
At the three-day event, several strategies for establishing an international network among music institutions in the CEI area were examined in order to create a common academic platform and enhance the international and regional cooperation.
The agenda focused on the exchange of experiences on topics such as the strengthening of excellences, the development of quality education, the use of technology and e-learning (e.g. LOLA project, promoted by the Trieste Conservatory), accessibility to learning and mobility opportunities.
Amb. Milos Prica, representing the BiH CEI Presidency, opened the meeting highlighting the role played by the CEI in promoting cultural cooperation; Federico Cinquepalmi, responsible for internationalisation projects at the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research;  Lorenzo Capaldo and Roberto Turrin, president and director respectively of the Trieste Conservatory.
A specific session included presentations by Stefan Gies, AEC Chief Executive, Leonella Grasso Caprioli, AEC ‐ EPARM, Teresa Trevisan, Erasmus Coordinator, as well as by representatives of music higher education institutions from Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Vienna, Kiev, Poznan, Minsk, Plovdiv.
At the end of the meeting, the participating institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding, creating the Central European Music Academies Network (CEMAN) in order to implement joint initiatives and pursue common goals, such as: mobility of students, exchange of good educational and administrative practices, design of joint artistic productions, support to partner fundraising, development of distance learning and remote performing.
The CEI contribution to the initiation of this network was highly recognised and appreciated by all participants.
The next meeting of the network will be held in 2017.
  • Programme available here 
  • Speech by Amb. Milos Prica available here