to Content
Header Image

A Chance for Undiscovered Talent

Plenary / Discussion
German and English language

What can and what should higher education institutions do in order to improve access to and the completion of studies for students from disadvantaged backgrounds? How can young people be inspired to choose a study programme which corresponds both to their own affinities and which can provide relevant career prospects?


Regional Coordinator, NRW, Essen
Professor and Head, Education Sciences Group, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Vienna
Professor of European Youth Policy, Faculty of Business and Society, University of South Wales, Pontypridd
Independent Facilitator, Quest Associates, Bath

Dipl.-Sozpäd. Cara COENEN

Regional Coordinator, NRW, Essen

1997-2000 Student, University of Applied Sciences, Münster
2000 Diploma, Social Work/Social Pedagogics, University of Applied Sciences, Münster
2000-2003 Socio-Educational Support for Youths and Families, Düsseldorf
2001-2002 Regional Coordinator (voluntary), DBSH - German Federation of Social Work, Düsseldorf
2002-2011 Social Work at and Management of (Protestant) Youth Centres, Düsseldorf and Wuppertal
2003-2010 Trainings for Voluntary Youth Group Leaders, Düsseldorf and Wuppertal
since 2011 Regional Coordinator, NRW, Essen


Professor and Head, Education Sciences Group, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Vienna

2007 Associate Professor, Habilitation in General Pedagogics and Educational Science, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Vienna
2007-2008 Deputy Chair, Institute for General Education and Philosophy, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Vienna
since 2008 Head, Educational Sciences Group; ao. Univ.-Prof., WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Vienna
2013 Visiting Scholar, University of Cambridge


Professor of European Youth Policy, Faculty of Business and Society, University of South Wales, Pontypridd

1978-1979 Research Officer, University College, Cardiff
1979-1983 Research Officer, University of Oxford
1985-2003 Senior Youth Worker, St. Francis Youth and Community Centre, Birmingham
2001-2002 Guest Professor, Copenhagen University, Copenhagen
1983-2004 Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow, Cardiff University, Cardiff
since 2004 Professor of European Youth Policy, University of South Wales, Pontypridd
since 2010 Affiliate Professor of Youth and Community Studies, University of Malta
2014 Visiting Professor, Chinese Youth University for Political Sciences, Beijing


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

show timetable


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


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: - 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: - 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


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