On May 10 2013, UASnet organised an interesting morning programme during the annual Eurashe conference held in Split, Coratia. The theme of this morning track was Higher Education and Innovation.Keynote speech on higher education and/in the knowledge society
Ellen Hazelkorn (photo left) delivered a keynote speech
on higher education and/in the knowledge society. Hazelkorn is Vice-President for Research and Enterprise, Dean of the Graduate Research School of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) (Ireland). In her speech she provided the attendants of the Eurashe conference with an in-depth overview of the changing role of Higher Education and its implications for policy and institutions. She concluded that institutions should take the lead in socially-robust knowledge in the same way older universities dominate disciplinary research. Furthermore institutions should create competitive and distinctive advantage by building critical mass in key fields of research-informed teaching and use-inspired research – which is socially and regionally engaged and globally competitive. Geri Bonhof, President of the Executive Board of University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (HU) (Netherlands) chaired the meeting. After the keynote speech four working sessions followed.
The first working group focused on the benefits of undergraduate student involvement in RDI projects and some selected highlights as examples. Mikael Paronen, Head of Department of Energy and Materials Technology at ARCADA and Henrik Wolff, President of ARCADA University of Applied Sciences chaired the meeting (presentation).
The second working group dealt with indicators of valorisation. Frank Ziegele, Director of CHE Centre for Higher Education (Germany), gave a presentation on U-Multirank. Ziegele, together with Laust Joen Jakobsen, Rector of University College UCC (Denmark), made sure everyone contributed to the working group by adding some interactive elements. Attendants discussed the different types of indicators and argued why some should, and some should not, be included in the U-Multirank project.
The third working group depicted on the synergy system, building the value chain from innovation to enterprise development. Pat Coman, Head of Research and Development at Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT Dublin) (Ireland) and Andrew Brownlee, Director of Research, Development and Innovation at Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI) (Ireland) chaired this working group.
The fourth working group
was dedicated to merging education and innovation, from a Croatian perspective. Mile Dželalija, Professor at the University of Split, Head of the team creating the Croatian Qualifications Framework (Croatia) gave a presentation
on the different qualification frameworks and in particular on the European Qualifications Framework for Life Long Learning.
11 December 2012, the UASnet organized this workshop for more than 20 people from
seven different countries, working at Universities of Applied Sciences and being
responsibility for the research activities of their UAS. The main aim of this
meeting was sharing information and discussing the role of the UAS in the new
European programmers. The participants received update on Horizon 2020 from the EU Commission,
discuss their own research theme’s and meet up with colleagues and discover possible
partnerships. At the end of the day
everybody was convinced that the UASnet should keep on organizing such a
meetings, to help building up international networks and strengthen the role of
UAS in Europe.
During the first session, Sebastiaan den Bak (Policy advisor Nether)
gave a presentation about the Horizon2020 programme and there was a presentation about the Marie Curie Actions by Kamila Partyka (European Commission Directorate-General for
Education and Culture).
During a work session the participants
worked together in thematic groups to discuss how they prepare themselves for
participation in Horizon2020. What are the needs? What are the main questions?
What is their strategy? With whom do they co-operation? What are their
strengthens and weakness? How do they link their research with Horizon2020? In
the workgroup on Health care the
group focused on how to use the networks within the UAS. The Energy / Environment group discussed
the challenges of building international networks and how to connected research
with educations. The Engineering / Product design group saw a lot of complementarity between
the different UAS and with that, a lot of opportunities to work together. As
final conclusion the groups all stretched out the need of organized information on the different research
areas at the institutions and corresponding
In the afternoon there was a presentation by
Siep Littooij (Manager International
Project Desk, Saxion University of Applied Sciences) on how his UAS made
strategic choices in organizing their
networks. The final theme was about how Ireland stimulated the engagement of academic researchers and SMEs in research
programmes under FP7 and Horizon 2020. Presentation by Andrew Brownlee (Director
of Research, Development and Innovation, Institutes of Technology Ireland)
presentations can be found here.
From 29 September until 2
October the second annual conference of 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.
invitation: international conference
“New perspectives in higher education and regional development”
Dynamic processes of knowledge infrastructures, innovative businesses and regions
30th October 2012
Center for Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Twente, the Netherlands
As universities are increasingly strategically managed to achieve their core goals, understanding why universities might choose to work with regions is essential to understanding the contributions that they can potentially make to economic development in general and recovery from the current economic crisis. Why do universities choose to contribute to regional economic development? Central to the idea of a university is of independent, abstract learning and knowledge creation in a global knowledge commons, so why would universities tie themselves and be limited by opportunities for co-operation within the particular territory in which they are located?
Universities have many assets and facilities that can help drive regional economic development, but that is for the majority of higher education institutions that have the university name not a central part of what they do. This conference seeks to better understand this conundrum and contribute to better understanding the place of universities in the evolving knowledge society.
The day consists of a mixture of keynote plenary presentations, academic panel sessions and roundtable discussions. The day concludes with the 2012 CHEPS/ Regional Studies Association Distinguished Lecture by Professor John Goddard, Newcastle University on the theme of “Higher Education and the Grand Challenges of Smart City Development”.
The fee for the day is €95. This fee includes lunch, refreshments, an evening reception and all materials for the day.
More information is available on the conference website:
http://www.utwente.nl/mb/cheps/Conference 30 October 2012
Confirmed speakers for the day include.
- Professor Stefan Kuhlmann, University of Twente
· Professor Glen A. Jones, University of Toronto
- Romulo Pinheiro, University of Oslo
- Professor Marek Kwiek, Posnan University
- Professor David Charles, University of Strathclyde
- Paul Benneworth, University of Twente
- Professor John Goddard, Newcastle University
- Bas van Heur, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
- Einar Rasmussen, University of Nordland
- Tim Vorley, Sheffield University
- Claire Nauwelaers, independent consultant Louvain-la-Neuve.
the conference organisers
The conference is organised by the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies. The organising team consists of:
· Paul Benneworth, CHEPS, University of Twente
· Romulo Pinheiro, University of Oslo
· Glen A. Jones, University of Toronto
· Karin van der Tuin, CHEPS, University of Twente (Conference Secretariat)
Contact with the conference secretariat and queries can be addressed via this address.
About the Conference supporters
The event New perspectives on higher education and regional development has been made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors.
The Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) is an interdisciplinary research-institute located at the School of Management and Governance of the Universiteit Twente, the Netherlands. Since 1984, CHEPS has undertaken and published a considerable amount of research on higher education especially at system and institutional levels. CHEPS seeks to increase our understanding of institutional, national and international issues that bear upon Higher Education.
The Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies is one of the priority research institutes of the University of Twente and performs multi-disciplinary research and postgraduate research training in the field of the governance and management of technological and social innovation. In this, issues of co-ordination, steering and the operation of (networks of) institutions in both public and private sectors are core research foci, based on a multi-level, multi-actor perspective. IGS strives to combine scientific excellence with relevance for our stakeholders in the public and private sector.
The Regional Studies Association is a learned society concerned with analysis of regions and sub national issues. Through our International membership we provide an authoritative voice of, and network for, academics, students, practitioners, policymakers and interested lay people in the field of regional studies.
This event is organised in conjunction with the launch of the new Routledge volume Universities and Regional Development: A Critical Assessment of Tensions and Contradictions, edited by Rómulo Pinheiro, Paul Benneworth, Glen A. Jones. More information on this book is available here.
In the coming months the European Council and the
European Parliament will propose and discuss amendments to the Rules for
Participation and Dissemination in Horizon 2020. The UASnet sends out this
statement to support the Horizon2020 program, especially the simplification and
the focus on SME’s and impact. Next to that the statement emphasizes that
‘excellence’ must been seen in a broader context.
Before the UASnet Networkmeeting on 23rd of March, the partners were informed about the developments of the new European Programmes.
Krastio Preslavsky, policy officer for the European Commission DG Research & Innovation gave a presentation about Horizon 2020. Kamila Partyka, policy officer for the European Commission, DG Education and Culture informed everybody about the Marie Curie Actions.
Both presentations can be found here.
Registration is now
officially open to attend the next UASnet Conference that will be held in
Bragança - Portugal between September 29th and October 2nd 2012. You may find
the program and the registration procedure at the following website: www.ccisp.pt/uasnet
We have great pleasure in inviting you to attend the upcoming 2nd Conference of the Universities of Applied Sciences network – UASnet to be held at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal, from the 29 September to 2 October 2012.
This event is organized by the Portuguese Coordinating Council of Polytechnic Institutes, CCISP, the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, IPB and the Universities of Applied Sciences network, UASnet.
The 2nd UASnet Conference will follow the UASnet mission of promotion and strengthening the integration and contribution of the UAS sector with the research and innovation strategy within Europe, applied through 6 main tasks: (1) Connecting to regional innovation; (2) Looking for smart synergies - Linking regions of knowledge, (3) Supporting applied research and innovation; (4) Involving the whole innovation cycle; (5) Investing in the pre and post-project phases; (6) Connecting Research, Innovation & Education.
Conference topics will be “Definition/Perspectives on the role of the UAS system”, “Applied Research in UAS system” and “Internationalization in UAS system” and will include plenary conferences by invited keynote speakers and roundtables for general discussion of each main topic also directed towards the UAS Research Centers and International Relations offices that we specially invite to participate actively in this forthcoming Conference .
The 2nd UASnet Conference Organization
We are kindly inviting you to the "6th international conference "Competence of Contemporary Specialist: the Unity of Theory and Practice",
which will be held at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania) on 4th of May, 2012. Conference is organized by Kaunas University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania) and College of Dunaujvaros (Hungary). The main goal
of the conference is to promote scientific discussion about the integrity of systems of education and work focusing on competence issues in the context of globalization and higher education policy.
Sub-topics of the conference:
- development of generic and professional competences,
- pedagogical activity and streamlines for teacher professional development,
- innovative and effective study methods,
- student-oriented study programmes (learning outcomes, student‘s workload, etc.),
- career guidance issues,
- evaluation of competence in the context of international labour market,
- globalization, internationalization and challenge for the institutions of higher education.
Language of the conference: Lithuanian, English, Russian.
More information about the conference can be found in attached document.
The deadline for registration and abstract submission is extended till the 29th of February!
The first secretary general meeting took place in Zurich, Switzerland, from December 1st to December 2nd, 2011. The meeting was organized within the framework of the UAS European network, UASnet, in order to improve the networking between the Secretary Generals of the UASnet partners and thus to enhance the cooperation and the opportunities of developing joint projects between the European UAS. Participating countries: Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland. Denmark could not participate but provide all information before the meeting.
Each participant presented opportunities and challenges of its conferences and institutions regarding the following three topics:
1. Organization of the rectors’ Conferences or association: tasks and mission, structure, funding, staff, etc.
2. Position of applied research: funding sources, coordination, challenges, etc.
3. Networking and improving contacts: goals, current practice, opportunities and challenges, role of UASnet, etc.
The presentations (published in the UASnet website) gave a complete overview of the situation in each country. Moreover, the discussions allowed the secretary generals to exchange their point of view about best practices as well about straits encounter in their countries.
30 November 2011 - The European Commission has presented a package of measures to boost research, innovation and competitiveness in Europe. Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has announced Horizon 2020, an €80 billion programme for investment in research and innovation. Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou has put forward a Strategic Innovation Agenda for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), which will receive €2.8 billion of funding under Horizon 2020. In parallel, Vice-President Antonio Tajani has announced a complementary new programme to boost competitiveness and innovation in SMEs, with an additional budget of €2.5 billion. The funding programmes run from 2014 to 2020.