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Times They are a-Changin’ – How Societal Trends Impact European Universities

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What does the environment in which today’s higher education sector is evolving look like? What are the implications of ever-increasing globalisation, demographic changes, evolution in communication technology and financial constraints? What are the expectations of society towards universities and their graduates?

Speakers

Former Head of Education, UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation; Vice-Chancellor, UK Open University, Vancouver Abstract Key Note
Three challenges that universities are facing today: First, can universities contribute to a healing process now that Europe stands accused as a  sick continent economically and politically? Second, can European universities implement genuine reforms for this purpose? The Bologna process is not an encouraging precedent! Third, are MOOCs the long-awaited technological revolution in higher education?
Co-Founder, Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd.; Member, ERA Council Forum Austria, London Key Note
Founding Director, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU), Vienna; Director, World Population Program, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg Abstract Key Note
I will present a global overview of recent expansions in tertiary education and the resulting improvements in the educational attainment distributions by age and gender around the world and present alternative scenarios for the coming decades. This clearly shows that Austria has already been bypassed by several former developing countries with much more rapid expansions. I will focus on the demographic process that translates expansions in tertiary enrollment into improving attainment of the working age population several decades later. I will conclude with a survey of the many benefits of tertiary education that go beyond its economic value, including health, longevity and life satisfaction.
Independent Facilitator, Quest Associates, Bath Chair

John DANIEL

Former Head of Education, UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation; Vice-Chancellor, UK Open University, Vancouver

1969-1973 Assistant/Associate Professor, Ecole Polytechnique, University of Montreal
1973-1977 Director of Studies, Tele-universite, University of Quebec
1978-1980 Vice President, Learning Services, Athabasca University, Alberta
1980-1984 Vice-Rector, Academic, Concordia University, Montreal
1984-1990 President, Laurentian University, Ontario
1990-2001 Vice-Chancellor, The Open University, Milton Keynes
2001-2004 Assistant Director General for Education, UNESCO, Paris
2004-2012 President, Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver

Dr. Hermann HAUSER

Co-Founder, Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd.; Member, ERA Council Forum Austria, London

1973 MA in Physics, University of Vienna
1977 Ph.D. in Physics, King's College, Cambridge University
1978-1984 Co-founder (later Chairman); Lead, Research and Development team (BBC micro); Head, team ARM micro processor; Acorn Computers, Cambridge
1986 Vice President Research, Olivetti, Ivrea, Italy
1986 Founder Director, Harlequin, Cambridge
1987 Helped with formation, a joint venture between Acorn and Apple Computers, ARM Ltd, Cambridge
1988 Founder, Active Book Company, Cambridge
1991 Co-Chairman and Chief Technology Officer - acquired Active Book Company, EO Incorporated, Mountain View, California
1992 Founder Director, Vocalis, Cambridge
1993 Founder and Chairman, Advanced Telecommunications Modules Ltd, Cambridge (changed name to Virata Corporation and merged with Globespan in 2003 and Conexant in 2004)
1993 Founder Director, joint venture with E*Trade US. Sold to E*Trade US in 2000, Electronic Share Information Ltd, Cambridge
1993 Founder Director - Acquired by CDT, Advanced Displays Ltd, Cambridge
1993 Founder Director, SynGenix, Cambridge
1996 Founder, NetChannel, San Francisco, California (sold to AOL in 1998)
since 1997 Co-founder and Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners Limited
1998 Co-founder, Cambridge Network Ltd, Cambridge

Mag. Dr. Wolfgang LUTZ

Founding Director, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU), Vienna; Director, World Population Program, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg

1980 Magister (M.A.), Social and Economic Statistics, University of Vienna
1981-1982 Research Assistant, Population Studies Center/Graduate Group in Demography, University of Pennsylvania
1982 M.A., Demography, University of Pennsylvania
1983 Ph.D. (with distinction), Demography, University of Pennsylvania
1983-1985 Research Associate, Demographic Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences; Lecturer in Social and Economic Statistics, University of Vienna
1984 Visiting Scholar, World Fertility Survey, London
since 1984 Employed at IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg
1988 Habilitation, Demography and Social Statistics, University of Vienna
since 1988 Leader, World Population Program, IIASA, Laxenburg
1995-1998 Research Director, Austrian Institute for Family Studies, Vienna
1998-2001 Secretary General, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)
1999-2004 Scientific Coordinator, EU Observatory for the Social Situation, Demography and the Family
2001-2002 Initiator and Coordinator, Global Science Panel on Population and Environment
since 2002 Director, Vienna Institute of Demography (VID), Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
2007 Senior Visiting Fellow, Oxford Institute of Ageing, Oxford University
2002-2009 Deputy Chair, Board of Directors and Chair of the Scientific Program Committee, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Nairobi, Kairo
2003-2008 Member, Board of Directors (Kuratorium), Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock
since 2008 Full Professor of Social and Economic Statistics (part time), Vienna University of Economics and Business
2011 Founding Director, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU)

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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19.08.2014

19:00 - 22:00Alpbach IdeaJam: SEM meets EDUPlenary
21:00 - 22:30Vienna Lectures: "Brainier, Better, More Beautiful... - Can Humans be Optimised?"Culture

20.08.2014

09:00 - 09:10OpeningPlenary
09:10 - 09:20Framing the ChallengePlenary
09:20 - 10:30Times They are a-Changin' - How Societal Trends Impact European UniversitiesPlenary
11:00 - 12:00Transformation Messages for UniversitiesPlenary
12:00 - 12:15Introduction to the World CaféPlenary
13:50 - 14:00Universities of the Future - Showcasing Transformation in ActionBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 01: Scientists in Society: Towards Interdisciplinary Capacity BuildingBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 02: How Can Internal Quality Management Assure Competence-Based Education?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 03: Arts-Based Research on the Doctoral LevelBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 04: Artistic Practice Equipping Us for a Changing WorldBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 05: Blogging for Interactive Critical ThinkingBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 06: Multiple Choice Tests: More than a Time Saver for TeachersBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 07: Technology and Art as a Symbiosis for Media ProfessionsBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 08: Education by Two: Tertiary Education Jointly Designed by Universities and CorporationsBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 09: Supporting Women Is Important, But What About Supporting Men?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 10: Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching to Foster Mutual Understanding of Different DisciplinesBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 11: Addressing Student-Centred Learning in External Quality AssuranceBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Mastering Challenges of Lifelong Learning at UniversitiesBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: Online Teaching for All!Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Doctoral Education in a Global Context: Challenges and OpportunitiesBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: The Role of Universities in a Knowledge-Based SocietyBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Education in Sustainable Development: Implementation and EvaluationBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: Gaming Simulation for Training in Systems-ManagementBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: Active Learning in Spite of a Large Amount of Material - An Illusion?!Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 19: How Can Public Health Education Be Constructed Flexibly?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 20: How Can a University Assert Itself in the International Environment?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 21: Learning by Researching. A Best Practice Example where "Money Matters"Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 22: In Austria, Dropouts Aren't Dropouts and Students Aren't StudentsBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 23: Transfinlandia: Gender Invention in Artistic EducationBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 24: Service Learning - Applied Knowledge in Higher EducationBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 25: How to Combine Different Disciplines to Face Bioeconomic Challenges?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 26: Living Knowledge - Social Impact in Higher EducationBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 27:  University Meets Industry  A Lifelong Learning ProjectBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 28: Lab Inter Arts - A Platform for Cross-Cultural Performance ProjectsBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 29: Community-Based Learning through Community Health AssessmentBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 30: The University of the Future - A Haven for Self-Realisation?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 31: Teaching Research? Interdisciplinary Grant-Writing Skills for PhD StudentsBreakout
16:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 10: What are the Implications of Internationalisation for Students?Breakout
16:30 - 18:00Shaping the Future - Concrete Next Steps for ActionBreakout
20:00 - 20:45Changing the Role of and Practices in Higher EducationPlenary
20:45 - 21:30CityScienceTalk: Universities - Trendsetters for a Changing World?Plenary
21:30 - 23:00ReceptionSocial
23:15 - 23:30Closing RemarksPlenary

21.08.2014

09:00 - 10:30Doctoral Training at Universities - Potential and ChallengesPartner
11:00 - 12:30The Significance of Gender at Higher Education Institutions - Gender Diversity and Feminism, Blessing or Curse?Partner