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Special Lecture: What Is the Role of a Modern University in the Fight Against Inequality?

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Plenary / Lecture
english language

What should universities contribute to the fight against inequality? Do universities have a (moral) obligation to remove stumbling blocks for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds when entering universities? If yes, how far should their commitment go?

Speakers

Professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist, New York
Vice President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna; Head and Professor, Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies, Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg Comment

Dr. Jeffrey D. SACHS

Professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist, New York

1973 Staff Assistant to the Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopolies, Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate
1974 Staff Assistant to United States Senator Phillip A. Hart
1977 Student Intern at Federal Research Board, Washington, DC
1978 Visiting Scholar, Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm
1978-1980 Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, Cambridge, MA
1979-1980 Research Associate, Falk Institute of Economic Research, Jerusalem, Israel, Collaboration with Michael Bruno
1981 Visiting Research Associate, London School of Economics
1982 Consultant, International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC
1983 Consultant, OECD - Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and Visiting Professor, Ecole des Haute Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
1984-2002 Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade, Harvard University (Assistant Professor, 1980-1982, Associate Professor, 1982-1983, Full Professor 1984-2002)
1984-1986 Visiting Professor, Institute of World Economics, Kiel
1986-1987 Visiting Scholar, Bank of Japan and Japan Ministry of Finance, Tokyo
1990-1992 Visiting Professor of Macroeconomic Policy, WIDER - World Institute of Development Economics,Research, United Nations University, Helsinki
1994-1996 Founder and Chair, Executive Committee, Institute of Economic Analysis, Moscow
1995-1999 Director, Harvard Institute for International Development, Cambridge, MA
1998-2002 Director, Center for International Development, Harvard University
1999-2000 Member, International Financial Institutions Advisory Commission appointed by U.S. Congress
2000-2001 Chair, Commission on Macroeconomics and Health for the World Health Organization
2002-2006 Special Advisor to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan on Millennium Development Goals; Director, United Nations Millennium Project
2002-2016 Director, The Earth Institute and Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Colombia University, New York
2007-2016 Special Advisor to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Millenium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals
 
 Current functions:
 Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University, New York
 Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres
 University Professor, Columbia University, New York
 Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
 Distinguished Fellow, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
 Co-Founder and Director, Millennium Promise
 Founder and Chair, SDG USA
 Economic Advisor to governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia
 Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA
 Member, Brookings Panel of Economists, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC
 Co-Chair, Asian Economic Panel of Economists
2010-2015 Member, UN Secretary General's MDG Advocacy Group

Dr. Sonja PUNTSCHER RIEKMANN

Vice President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna; Head and Professor, Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies, Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg

1973-1980 Studium der Germanistik, Romanistik und Philosophie, Universität Wien
1981 Promotion zum Dr.phil. (Dissertation: "Mozart. Ein bürgerlicher Künstler")
1980-1982 Freiberufliche Arbeit als Übersetzerin aus dem Italienischen
1982-1984 Scholarin am Institut für Höhere Studien, Abteilung Politikwissenschaft, Wien
1984 Post-Graduate-Diplom der Politikwissenschaft
1985-1986 Projektarbeit als freiberufliche Politikwissenschaftlerin, Publizistin und Übersetzerin
1986-1987 Generalsekretärin der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft
1987-1989 Wissenschaftliche Referentin in der Grünen Parlamentsfraktion für die Bereiche Wissenschafts-, Gesundheits- und Sozialpolitik
1989-1990 Programmkoordinatorin der Grünen und Koautorin der Grünen Leitlinien zu Ökologie-, Sozial- und Demokratiepolitik
1989-1992 Mitglied des Bundesvorstandes der Grünen
1990 Projektarbeit am Institut für Konfliktforschung, Wien
1990-2002 Universitätsdozentin, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universitäten Wien und Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck
1991 Visitor im Rahmen des International Visitor Program (USIA) der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika
1991-1993 Austrian Research Fellow am European Centre for Coordination and Documentation in Social Sciences (Vienna Centre) mit dem Schwerpunkt "Umweltpolitik in West- und Osteuropa"
1993-1994 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Europäischen Zentrum für Wohlfahrtspolitik und Sozialforschung
1993-1995 Redakteurin des Journals für Sozialforschung
1994 Abgeordnete zum Nationalrat der Grünen Fraktion
1991-1996 Arbeit an der Habilitationsschrift (Thema "Die Neuordnung Europas. Das Dispositiv der Integration")
1996 Forschungsaufenthalt am Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung in Köln
1997 Habilitierung an der Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Innsbruck zur Dozentin für Politikwissenschaft
1997/1998 Mitglied der Jury zur Evaluierung der Projekte des TSER-Programmes der Europäischen Kommission (IV. Rahmenprogramm, Second Call)
1995-1998 Mitglied der Hörer- und Sehervertretung des Österreichischen Rundfunks
1997-1999 Vorsitzende der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft
1998-2002 Lektorin an der Österreichischen Verwaltungsakademie
1998-2002 Stv. Vorsitzende des Universitätsbeirates der Universität Innsbruck
1998-2004 Leiterin der IWE, Forschungsstelle für institutionellen Wandel und europäische Integration der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
1998-2008 Direktorin des EIF, Institut für europäische Integrationsforschung der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (zuvor Forschungsstelle für institutionellen Wandel und europäische Integration)
1999-2000 Präsidentin des sozialwissenschaftlichen Panels zur Verleihung des René Descartes Preises der Europäischen Kommission
1999-2000 Mitglied des ORF-Kuratoriums
2000-2001 Gastprofessorin am Institut für Sozialwissenschaften der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Lehrstuhl für die vergleichende Analyse politischer Systeme
seit 2002 Universitätsprofessorin für Politische Theorie unter Berücksichtigung der Europäischen Politik an der Universität Salzburg
2003-2011 Vizerektorin der Universität Salzburg
seit 2011 Leiterin und Professorin, Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies, Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg

Higher Education Symposium

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25.08.2015

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

26.08.2015

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: Arbeiterkind.de - 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: mladiinfo.eu - 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

27.08.2015

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