The University Network of European Capitals of Culture (UNeECC), which was created on the initiative of theUniversity of Pécs in December 2006 and comprizes over 40 members from 18 countries, held its biannual Board Meeting at the University of Luxemburg on 8 January 2008. The network links institutions of higher education that are situated in past, present and future European Capitals of Culture (ECC) and wants to provide academic support for their cities through research in the cultural and socio-economic sphere and by actively participating in ECC-events.
During the meeting the Board decided on the theme (Whose culture(s)?) and timing of its annual conference, which will take place on 16-17 October in Liverpool Hope University. Furthermore UNeECC will take steps to create an Intensive Programme on Cultural Management, in association with the ECCs.
After lunch, the Board was received by M P. Helminger, Mayor of the City of Luxemburg, and M R. Garcia, Director of the Luxemburg 2007 ECC Programme. Both M. Helminger and M Garcia provided the Board with interesting insights in how University-ECC collaboration might develop in the future.