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
Hans 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
Henrik Wolff – Aracada UAS Finland and vice-president UASnet
· 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
Carlos Ramos - 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 areas.
Engineering 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.