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Higher Education Symposium

At the Crossroads: Universities Equipping Us for a Changing World


In an increasingly complex reality of life, society s expectations towards graduates are also changing. We question the implications this has for the system of higher education. As research and educational institutions, universities participate in the development of innovations, while simultaneously imparting the newest findings to their students. But how can universities prepare their graduates for a changing world? How should universities adapt to new technologies and learning methods? How should they act in a globally connected context? And lastly  which role can the tertiary education sector play, and which should it play, in a constantly changing world.

The reconceived Alpbach Higher Education Symposium brings the topic of university education to the fore. National and international experts and stakeholders from the university sector enter a shared dialogue about the future of tertiary education. Over thirty best practice case studies provide an insight into new teaching and learning methods and shed light upon what has already been achieved. The Higher Education Symposium will be facilitated by Peter Woodward from the United Kingdom.

Time: August 19, 15:30 h to August 21, 12:30 h
Venue: Alpbach Congress Centre (Plenary Sessions and Partner Programme), Hautpschule (Breakout Sessions)
Language: English (simultaneous translation of the Plenary Sessions)

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Higher Education Symposium

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


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


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