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Commercial Academia? Higher Education Institutions between Responsibility and Transparency

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Austrian universities and colleges increasingly have to bring in third-party funding from business actively in order to lighten the state’s load when it comes to higher education funding. Does this new form of additional funding cause dependency? Are the internal structures of higher education institutions adequately prepared for this new possibility of external influence? What role does university governance play in this context and how much transparency is necessary and/or bearable? The Association of Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences will attempt to get to the bottom of these questions in their Partner Session.

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Welcome
President, The Association of Universities of Applied Sciences in Austria, Vienna Welcome
Chair, Board of Directors, Transparency International - Austrian Chapter, Vienna
Editorial Journalist, taz Verlags u. Vertriebs GmbH, Berlin
Head, Centre for Corporate Governance & Business Ethics, FHWien - University of Applied Sciences Vienna
Member, Parliamentary Investigation Committee, Causa Hypo Alpe Adria; Founder and Manager, Institute of Applied Corruption, Vienna
Editor-in-Chief, Die Presse, Vienna Chair

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz FISCHLER

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1978 Doctorate, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1979-1984 Executive Assistant, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1985-1989 Director, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1989-1994 Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna
1995-2004 European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Brussels
2005-2011 Chairman, Ecosocial Forum Europe, Vienna
2005-2015 Chairman, RISE-Foundation, Brussels
2014-2015 Chairman of the Steering Committee of the EU scientific programme for Expo Milano 2015
since 2012 President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
since 2016 President, Board of Trustees to the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna


President, The Association of Universities of Applied Sciences in Austria, Vienna

1986-1997 Abteilungsleiter im bfi Wien, Gründung der Übungsfirmen
seit 1998 Geschäftsführer der FH des bfi Wien
seit 2010 Präsident der Österreichischen Fachhochschulkonferenz


Chair, Board of Directors, Transparency International - Austrian Chapter, Vienna

 Studium, Governmental, Industrial and International Relations, university of London
 Studium, Publizistik, Pädagogik und Philosophie, Universität Wien
1978-1980 Leiterin, Stabstelle Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und Marketing, General Electric Information Service, Köln
1980-1985 Vorstandsmitglied, General Motors Austria und General Motors Austria Werke, Wien
1986-1988 Geschäftsführerin, Adler Bekleidungswerke GmbH Österreich, Wien
1988-1990 Direktorin, Bereich Konzernkommunikation, ÖIAG - Österreichische Industrie Holding AG, Wien
1990-2002 Direktorin im erweiterten Vorstand, Degussa AG, Frankfurt am Main
seit 2002 selbstständige Unternehmensberaterin zu M&A, Deutschland und Österreich


Editorial Journalist, taz Verlags u. Vertriebs GmbH, Berlin

2003-2004 Volontariat, taz.die tagszeitung
seit 2006 Redakteurin, taz.die tageszeitung
2013 Hospitation, Svenska Dagbladet und Västerbottens Kuriren; gefördert vom Internationalen Journalistenprogramm

Dr. Markus SCHOLZ

Head, Centre for Corporate Governance & Business Ethics, FHWien - University of Applied Sciences Vienna

2010-2012 Assistant Professor; Head of Research Group, PEER-Group - Philosophy and Ethics of Economic Research Group, University of Hannover
since 2011 Research Associate, CPNSS - Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences, London School of Economics and Political Science, London
since 2012 Professor, Center for Corporate Governance & Business Ethics, FHWien der WKW - University of Applied Sciences Vienna of the Viennese Chamber of Commerce, Vienna
since 2012 Visiting Professor, The Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences, University of Hannover
since 2013 Affiliated Faculty, Microeconomics of Competitiveness Network, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School, Boston
since 2013 Fellowship, The Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
since 2014 Faculty, FASPE - Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics, New York


Member, Parliamentary Investigation Committee, Causa Hypo Alpe Adria; Founder and Manager, Institute of Applied Corruption, Vienna

2004-2008 Philosophy Studies, University of Vienna
2005-2012 Freelance Scientific Researcher, Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna
2007-2008 Freelance Journalist, Die Furche, Vienna
2008 Assistant Project Manager, KulturKontakt, Vienna
2009-2011 Advisor to the Economic Affairs and the Science, Innovation and Technology Affairs, The Greens in the Austrian Parliament, Vienna
since 2011 Founder, Institute of Applied Corruption, Vienna

Rainer NOWAK

Editor-in-Chief, Die Presse, Vienna

1994 Freelancer "Vorarlberger Nachrichten"
1996 Entry to "Die Presse"
2002 Editor, Domestic Policy Department, "Die Presse", Vienna
2004 Appointment to Department head "Chronik/Wien", "Die Presse", Vienna
2009 Appointment to Editorial Director for the new "Presse am Sonntag", Vienna
2010 Appointment to Head of Domestic Policy, "Die Presse", Vienna
since 2012 Editor-in-Chief, "Die Presse", Vienna
since 2014 Publisher, "Die Presse", Vienna
2017 Appointment as Managing Director, "Die Presse", Vienna

Higher Education Symposium

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14:30 - 16:30International Exchange Meeting: Universities in SocietyPartner
17:00 - 20:00ReceptionSocial


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


07:00 - 08:30The Third Mission: Civic Role and Social Responsibility of Higher EducationPartner
09:00 - 10:30Commercial Academia? Higher Education Institutions between Responsibility and TransparencyPartner