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.
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 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.