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A Chance for Undiscovered Talent

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
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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, Arbeiterkind.de 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, Arbeiterkind.de NRW, Essen

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, ArbeiterKind.de NRW, Essen

Dr. Erna NAIRZ-WIRTH

Professor and Head, Education Sciences Group, 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

B.Sc. Ph.D Howard WILLIAMSON

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

 Dr Howard Williamson is Professor of European Youth Policy at the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom. Previously he worked at the Universities of Oxford, Cardiff and Copenhagen and has held visiting positions at universities and research institutes in Hong Kong, Malta, Croatia, China, France, Australia and Iran. He is a qualified youth worker and ran a youth centre for 25 years in parallel with his academic research. He has advised many levels of governance on youth policy issues, from the Welsh and UK governments, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the United Nations. He co-ordinated the Council of Europe’s international reviews of national youth policy and wrote three volumes on ‘Supporting Young People in Europe’ drawing lessons from the 21 country reviews. He is a trustee of Grassroots - the Cardiff City Centre Youth Project, the European Forum Alpbach Foundation, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People. Since 2002, he has been Organisational Secretary of the International Sociological Association Research Committee 34. In 2002, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and, in 2016, a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO).

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

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

26.08.2015

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: Arbeiterkind.de – 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: mladiinfo.eu – 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

27.08.2015

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