From 29 September until 2
October the second conference of the University of Applied Science Network (UASnet) took place in Bragança, Portugal. During these days, more than 200 participants
from more than 15 different countries shared information and discussed the role
of the Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) in the European area, characterizations
of the UAS system and the challenges of Applied Research within the European
Union and its regions.
The conference started with a
speech from the Portuguese Member of
European Parliament, Maria Da Graça Carvalho, also rapporteur for (a major
component of) Horizon2020. In her speech she stressed the need for more highly
educated people in Europe, specifically in the areas of the UAS. In addition, she
spoke about the importance of synergy between higher education and industry.
UAS are, according to Carvalho, fundamental for
the welfare and development of the European community.
Presentations plenary sessions:
· Characterization of the UAS system: the reality of the
universities of Applied Sciences in Europe Profile of UAS compared to other
systems of higher education
Vossensteyn Research Co-ordinator at Center for Higher Education Policy Studies
- CHEPS/ Advisor to the European Commission on Societal Policy matters.
· EDUPROF project: balance and perspectives
– Aracada UAS Finland and vice-president
· Challenges for UAS in business cooperation within the
European Union and its regions
Todd Davey -
Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre/UAS of Münster - Germany.
· The Applied Research Centers in the UAS system
- UAS of Porto/ Portuguese Coordinating Council of Polytechnic Institutes,
CCISP - Portugal.
Roundtable about perspectives
and challenges of the UAS Research Centers.
Nijole Zinkeviciene - UAS Kaunas - Lithuania
Anne Kraav – UAS Tallinn – Estonia
Vincent Moser – UAS Western Switzerland – Switzerland
Marc VandeWalle – Council of Flemish Institutions of
Higher Education, VLHORA - Belgium
Jussi Halttunnen - Jamk UAS - Finland
Terri Scott – Institute of Technology Sligo - Ireland
During the simultaneous
sessions different Portuguese Research Centres spoke about their priority research
and Technology Sciences, Health and Natural Sciences and Social Sciences
The second day of the
conference focused on opportunities and challenges of international cooperation
of research institutions. At the end of the conference the Portuguese Minister
of Education and Research spook about the importance of attracting more students
to technical higher education.