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Higher Education – a Self-Replicating System?

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Plenary / Keynote & Discussion
english language

Why is it important to talk about inequality in higher education? What are the visible and hidden hurdles that make higher education more difficult for young people who do not come from an educated background? How do higher education institutions compare internationally? What responsibility do they have in the struggle against social inequality?

Speakers

Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Western Ontario; Former President, RC34 - Sociology of Youth, International Sociological Association, London, ON Abstract
Higher-educational systems can potentially provide a  tide to raise all boats economically and intellectually, but barriers exist on a number of levels, foremost of which are  clashes of cultures. Institutional cultures can be based on élite interests in the acquisition of cultural capital that are inconsistent with the cultures that first-generation students bring with them. The problem is made worse by an underfunding of the mass-educational programs in which most students find themselves. Standards need to be sufficiently high to prepare all students to reach their potentials, but policies must be careful not to invalidate the background cultures of students.
Analyst, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, Paris
President, EAN - European Access Network, London; Executive Director, ECHO, Center for Diversity Policy, Den Haag
Independent Facilitator, Quest Associates, Bath Chair

Dr. James COTE

Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Western Ontario; Former President, RC34 - Sociology of Youth, International Sociological Association, London, ON

1984-1990 Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
1990-2000 Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
since 2000 Full Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

Corinne HECKMANN

Analyst, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, Paris

 Master Degree, Economics and Statistics
1995-1999 Statistician, Fédération Française des Sociétés d'Assurance, Paris
2000-2004 Statistician, International Energy Agency, OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris
since 2005 Analyst, Directorate for Education and Skills directorate, OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris

Mary TUPAN-WENNO

President, EAN - European Access Network, London; Executive Director, ECHO, Center for Diversity Policy, Den Haag

 Mary Tupan-Wenno is the executive director of ECHO, Center for Diversity Policy in The Hague, the Netherlands. Her professional involvement on diversity and inclusion developments in (higher) education started when she was working for the government. She worked for the Dutch Ministry of Education Culture and Science as a policy advisor at the Department of Higher Education. Mary has more than 20 years of experience with policy and program development on the area of improving access and success of underrepresented groups in higher education, in particular ethnic minority students. Mary is a founding member of the European Access Network (1991) and is currently the President of the Executive Board of EAN. EAN provided a network to broaden her focus on the area of diversity and inclusion in higher education and to expand international collaboration.

BA Peter WOODWARD

Independent Facilitator, Quest Associates, Bath

 Peter Woodward is an experienced independent facilitator. He specialises in the design and delivery of effective participative processes through his own business, Quest Associates Ltd. Assignments range from helping small teams to develop a strategy through to major multi-stakeholder international conferences. Peter supports clients from all sectors including local citizen groups, business, through to the European Commission. He is particularly active with clients who are working towards social, environmental and economic sustainability goals. Recent clients include the European Sustainable Development Network, EC EcoAP Green Innovation programme, the UK Charity Bank, The European Business Network and the Church of England. He has established a special reputation for bringing energy, enjoyment and added value into the conference setting.

Higher Education Symposium

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25.08.2015

16:30 - 18:30International Exchange Meeting: Universities in SocietyPartner
19:00 - 22:00ReceptionSocial

26.08.2015

09:00 - 09:30OpeningPlenary
09:30 - 10:20Higher Education - a Self-Replicating System?Plenary
10:50 - 12:00A Chance for Undiscovered TalentPlenary
12:15 - 13:45Lunch ReceptionSocial
14:00 - 14:15Removing Stumbling Blocks - Higher Education Innovators Introduce ThemselvesPlenary
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 01: Supporting Women through a Mentoring Programme for Future TalentsBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 02: Easing of Starting University with AKMATH - Mathematics Refresher CourseBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 03: IDEAS Project - Higher Education Equity Interventions that WorkBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 04: Arbeiterkind.de - The Initiative for (All Who Want to Be) the First in Their Families to Go to UniversityBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 05: Rock Your Life! - School Mentoring for Fair Educational OpportunitiesBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 06: Women and Technical Studies - a Minority Programme?!Breakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 07: Online Self-Assessments (OSAs) for a Suitable University CourseBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 08: Fair Starting Conditions for Young Talents - the Role of FoundationsBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 09: Science Pool - Academia for Children and Young PeopleBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 10: MuT - Mentoring and Training for Aspiring Women ProfessorsBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 11: Children' s Universities - Universities within ReachBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 12: mladiinfo.eu - Free Access to Information on Education Opportunities for AllBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 13: Studying without a High School Diploma - Blended Learning Support for the Qualification Exam at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum WienBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 14: LEAP - A Resource Centre for Employability in RomaniaBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 15: University Pioneers - Assistance for First Generation StudentsBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 16: Proactive University Engagement for "New" StudentsBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 17: PhDs for Highly Qualified People with DisabilitiesBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 18: Value Studies - An Egalitarian Form of Liberal EducationBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 19: Heterogeneity of Students - Effects on University TeachingBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 20: Recognising Prior Knowledge of Graduates of Vocational SchoolsBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 21: A Europe-Wide Voice for Access, Equity and Inclusion at Higher Education InstitutionsBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 22: EUROSTUDENT - Online Database on the Social Dimension of Studying in EuropeBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 23: University and Family - Not a Contradiction?Breakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 24: 100 Mentors for BerlinBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 25: Paving the Way for Disadvantaged Youth to Higher Education - Principles, Policies, PractisesBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 26: KUganda - Education Cooperation with UgandaBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 27: Higher Education on the GroundBreakout
14:15 - 15:45Breakout Session 28: tun.starthilfe: Help Starting Out for RefugeesBreakout
16:15 - 18:00Ideas for Tackling InEquality in Higher EducationPlenary
18:15 - 20:00ReceptionSocial
20:30 - 21:30Special Lecture: What Is the Role of a Modern University in the Fight Against Inequality?Plenary
20:45 - 21:00Closing remarksPlenary

27.08.2015

09:00 - 10:30The Third Mission: Civic Role and Social Responsibility of Higher EducationPartner
11:00 - 12:30Commercial Academia? Higher Education Institutions between Responsibility and TransparencyPartner