Stronger Together | EURASHE 33rd Annual Conference

Fostering Transnational Cooperation in Applied Universities

22-23

May 2024

St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences | St. Pölten, Austria

Face-to-face

We are delighted to announce the EURASHE 33rd Annual Conference, which will take place on 22-23 May 2024 at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences in St. Pölten, Austria. 

Every year, EURASHE gathers the Higher Education community to discuss and draft a shared path on relevant topics for the present and the future of education. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of this event, save the date and join us!

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WELCOME TO ST. PÖLTEN!

St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences is hosting the upcoming EURASHE Annual Conference. The university is locally anchored, globally connected and stands for future-oriented academic education in the subject areas of: media, digital technologies, communications, management, informatics, security, rail technology, health, and social sciences. It stands out from other institutions for:

    • Its constantly growing and highly relevant range of courses
    • Its strong interdisciplinary and international cooperation
    • The strength of its teaching and research

With almost 4,000 students, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences is a key player in the Austrian higher education sector and one of the most important employers in the region. As a European University, they are leaders of the European University Alliance E³UDRES² (Engaged and Entrepreneurial European University as Driver for European Smart and Sustainable Regions) and closely collaborate with universities from Portugal, Romania, Hungary, Belgium, Latvia, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands to create sustainable teaching formats and further develop smart and sustainable regions.

Programme

Please find below the draft programme of our Annual Conference. A more detailed document with additional information on the speakers, plenary sessions, side events, and more can be found here.

Pre-conference | 21 May

14:00 – 15:30  EURASHE Board meeting
15:30 – 17:00  EURASHE General Assembly (members only)
17:00 – 18:30   Visit of the St. Pölten University campus and labs  
18:45 – 21:00   Pre-conference reception  
Day 1 | 22 May
Project stands, EURASHE Associate Members showcase (9:00 – 18:00)
 Welcome coffee & registration (9:00 – 9:30)
9:30 – 9:45  Conference opening
9:45 – 10:15  Opening keynote speech 
10:15 – 11:15  Plenary session
Coffee break (11:15 – 11:45)
11:45 – 12:30  Breakout sessions 
12:30 – 13:15  Focus on projects
Lunch (13:15 – 14:30)
14:30 – 15:00  Keynote speech
15:00 – 15:45  Plenary session
15:45 – 16:30  Breakout sessions 
Coffee break (16:30 – 17:00)
17:00 – 17:45   Plenary session
17:45 – 18:00  Wrap up of the day  
 Conference Gala Dinner (18:30 – 22:00)
Day 2 | 23 May
Project stands, EURASHE Associate Members showcase (9:00 – 15:00)
 Welcome coffee & registration (9:00 – 9:30)
9:30 – 9:45   Warm up 
9:45 – 10:30   Plenary session
10:30 – 11:00   PHE Stars Awards ceremony 
Coffee break (11:00 – 11:30)
11:30 – 12:15   Hot topics by EURASHE Communities of Practice 
12:15 – 12:45   Closing keynote speech
12:45 – 13:15   Conclusions and announcement of 34th AC host
Lunch (13:15 – 14:30)
14:30 – 16:30 Leadership Forum
Registration and fees
For your information
Ticket type Early Bird fee Standard fee
Students* €200
Selected contributors €290
EURASHE members €350 €400
General admission non-members €420 €490

*The fee is only valid for students with a valid ID. Submission of a copy of the ID is required upon registration.

This event is eligible for Erasmus+ mobility grants. Do not hesitate to contact us if your institution is operating under an Erasmus+ grant.

Timeline

Early bird registrations are open! Use the code EARLY-BIRD-33 and benefit from a 15% discount on the General Admission fee. The offer expires on 29 February at 23:30 CET.

Payment

If you select ‘invoice’ as a payment method, the invoice must be paid in full within 30 days of receipt of the invoice in order to access the event. Payments by invoice will only be possible until Friday, 5 April COB. After this date, credit/debit cards will be the only payment option available.

Contributors

Plenary Session: Promoting Transnational Cooperation among European Universities

Michal Karpisek

Moderator: Michal Karpíšek

Michal Karpíšek is Secretary General of the E³UDRES² European university alliance which has been profiled by its strong emphasis on regional ecosystems, addressing their skills and innovation needs. From 2016 – 2021 Michal served as a Secretary General of EURASHE, a political representation of professional higher education in Europe, following an 8 year mandate as its Vice-president. He has been representing EURASHE within various European policy and stakeholders’ fora, EC working structures on higher education policies.

Until 2016 Michal acted as an Executive officer of the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE). He served twice as an advisor to Czech ministers of education (2001-03, 2010-11) or their deputies for higher education.

Nedas Jurgaidis

Nedas Jurgaitis

Dr. Nedas Jurgaitis is Deputy Director of Šiauliai State University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania), Associate Professor at the Department of Management and Communication, Deputy Chairman of the Siauliai City Education Council. He is a Doctor of Philology and Editor-in-chief of the journal Professional Studies: Theory and Practice, as well as Executive Committee Member of the European Universities Alliance NEOLAiA. 

Andrean Lazarov

Andrean Lazarov

Andrean Lazarov is an inclusive educator with over 20 years of experience including as author of more than 90 EU projects in the period 2003-2023 in the field of inclusive higher education, career support, supported employment, entrepreneurship and youth. He is currently a PhD candidate in Educational management, researching the topic “Leadership styles to ensure educational innovations”, and holds the position of Quality Assurance Officer in the European University Alliance “INVEST” on behalf of the UARD team. He is equally the Creative Director of Private Business School “The Talents”.

Sofie Mols

Sofie Mols

As the Director of Innovation and International Policy at Thomas More University of Applied Sciences, Sofie Mols spearheads strategies for research, global learning, and internationalisation. With a background in civil engineering and education, she is a results-driven, empathetic leader, known for her pragmatic approach and belief in the power of people to make a difference. As a critical friend, Sofie values synergy and impact in achieving international education objectives, bringing a lens of entrepreneurship, lifelong learning, and digital transformation to strengthen higher education practices.

Michael Roither

Michael Roither

Prof. (FH) Dr. Michael Roither, MBA is Vice-Rector for International Affairs at the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland and heads the Master’s degree programme Digital Media and Communication. He has also been co-founder, partner and managing director of the eLearning Academy for Communication GmbH since 2016. Prior to this, he was head of the Centre for Journalism and Communication Management at Danube University Krems and an educational journalist at the Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper – a position he still holds today as a freelance author. Michael Roither has more than 20 years teaching experience in Austria and abroad with guest professorships in Riga and Krakow.

Breakout sessions

Navigating Healthcare Challenges: The Role of Internationalization, Interprofessional Education, and Organizational Culture

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Ulvi Kõrgemaa

Ulvi Kõrgemaa

Vice-Rector for Studies at Tallinn Health Care College, Ulvi holds nursing and Master’s degrees from Tallinn Medical College and Tallinn University, plus a Law Master’s from the University of Tartu. A proponent of NANDA and higher education enhancement in Estonia, her research and publications address nursing’s multifaceted development in Estonian society, emphasizing academic integrity.

Jaana Sepp

Jaana Sepp

Jaana Sepp is a researcher specializing in social sciences, education, healthcare, and safety management. She completed her Ph.D. in Business Administration from Tallinn Technical University. In 2013, she obtained her second master’s degree in Social Sciences and Education from the University of Tartu, with a focus on Educational Management. In 2008, she earned her first master’s degree from Tallinn University, Institute of Psychology, with a focus on organizational behavior. 

How does joint research and innovation strategy serve the aims of the European Research Agenda and foster local and regional impact?

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Liisa Timonen

Liisa Timonen

Dr. Timonen is responsible for the internationalisation of the whole HEI community, nurturing partnerships and global education services at Karelia UAS. She contributes extensively into the international research, development and innovation (RDI) processes. Her portfolio includes more than 40 international and national RDI projects where she has acted as key designer, writer and contributor, and several other projects as a team member. Her programme portfolio includes extensive number of different funding tools: Horizon, Erasmus+ Strategic partnerships, Knowledge Alliances, Alliances for Education and Industry, and European Universities, Team Finland Knowledge, Nordplus, Asia programme, Developing Country programme of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ESF, EAFRD, ERDF, CBC, and EU-CAN projects. She is the local coordinator of the INVEST European University Alliance at Karelia UAS and leads the current global education projects in China, Chile and Uzbekistan.  

Jaana Tolkki

Jaana Tolkki

Head of HR at Karelia University of Applied Sciences, Jaana is responsible for the Strategic Human Resource Management, Competence Management, Personel Planning, Management of Well-being at work, Diversity Management, Equality and Equity Management. Jaana has worked as a Project specialist in several national and international projects during the past 20 years, latest project work as a specialist in INVEST European University Alliance. 

Skills for the Future: Universities of Applied Sciences as accelerators for lifelong learning

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Stephan Corporaal

Stephan Corporaal

Dr. Stephan Corporaal is professor of applied sciences in Human Capital. His research focuses on work design, human-technology collaboration and lifelong learning. His work has been published in both academic and practitioner journals, reports for companies/government and he developed MOOCs, podcasts, and tools to disseminate the outcomes. 

Maria Hendriks

Maria Hendriks

Dr. Maria Hendriks is academic at TechYourFuture, centre of expertise for lifelong learning.

Research Cooperation between European Universities of Applied Sciences on Climate-Neutral Cities

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Mark van Wees

Mark van Wees

Mark works as a project manager and coordinator of European cooperation at the Centre of Expertise City Net Zero. He leads the European H2020 research and innovation project ATELIER, with the goal of creating energy-positive neighborhoods in Amsterdam and Bilbao. In this project – in which various research programmes of the AUAS work together – Mark is responsible for international cooperation. In addition, he supports the het Centre of Expertise City Net Zero researchers in the acquisition of European research funds from his role as quartermaster of European cooperation. 

Collaborating for a Shared North West, a connected, high-performing region

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JoAnne Kilmartin

JoAnne Kilmartin

JoAnne Kilmartin represents the Atlantic Technological University as the Project Development Officer for the North West Tertiary Education cluster. A position focussed on the development of pathways for students and strong industry engagement to ensure economic prosperity for the North West City Region.

Prior to this appointment she worked with Donegal County Council and her portfolio included managing the Donegal Diaspora project. Her role was to act as a resource for the economic, social and cultural development of Donegal and this was achieved through the delivery of a number of key strategic initiatives focussed on recognising and connecting with the Diaspora. The objective of the project was to engage and build relationships with the Donegal Diaspora around the world. 

Paul Hannigan

Paul Hannigan

Paul Hannigan was President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) from January 1998. Having graduated from UCD with a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Business Studies, Paul worked in Dundalk IT from 1987. In 1992 Paul became Head of Department of Business Studies at Dundalk, until his appointment to Letterkenny in 1998. He subsequently completed an MSc in Management Practice at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and in January 2008 was appointed as President of LYIT for a further ten years. Paul commenced a new five-year contract as LYIT President in January 2018 and now after the designation of the Atlantic Technological University (ATU) on 1 April 2022, holds the role of Head of College at ATU Donegal.  

Wendy Gibbons

Wendy Gibbons

As the North West Regional College Project Development officer on the North West Tertiary Education Cluster, Wendy is an accomplished professional with extensive experience in the Computing, Business, Education and Community sectors. Wendy has excelled in strategic roles, notably as a lecturer and course director in Computer Science at Ulster University. serving as an Urban Regeneration Strategy Manager in a Locality Planning Partnership, focusing on community planning, and as a Project Manager on a Queens University Belfast City Deal project in the School of Medicine, specializing in Change Management.

Wendy has delivered numerous strategic capital and infrastructure projects locally in conjunction with various public and private sector agencies while maintaining governance standards. Wendy has a track record of driving process improvement and introducing effective change management programmes in the areas of social, economic, physical and cultural development both nationally and internationally.

Maria Doherty

Maria Doherty

Maria has worked for over 30 years in NGO’s and the Public, Community and Voluntary Sector in Ireland and has extensive experience in both the design and planning of education programmes and policy issues as they relate to young people and women as well as having worked on a number of EU Funded programmes including Peace 4 Building Positive Relations Partnership. Maria has previously worked with the National Youth Council of Ireland, Interculture Ireland, Women’s Aid, Foróige and RTE.  

Maria has worked successfully with national and international organisations including state Enterprise and Education bodies and is a trained entrepreneurship trainer. Maria currently works for Donegal ETB as a Project Development officer working on Cross Border Education, Course Planning and Development and the implementation of the Public Sector Duty in relation to Equality and Human Rights. 

Revolution in Workflow: Success factors and the “community of practice” approach to improving quality in university process management

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Jeanna Nikolov-Ramirez

Jeanna Nikolov-Ramirez

Jeanna Nikolov-Ramirez holds an M.A. in Graphic Design and Advertising from the University of Applied Arts, Vienna and Elisava School of Design and Engineering, Barcelona. She was director of postgraduate courses at Danube University Krems in the Department for Cultural Studies, Center for Image Science creating and heading Master programs such as Digital Collections Management and Media Art Histories. She worked as project manager at the Austrian National Library and the UN for several large scale international research projects on the intersection of culture and technology, including EuropeanaConnect, an EU-funded research project building the European digital library Europeana, aggregating digital cultural heritage across museums, libraries, archives and audiovisual institutions, and the Google Books Cooperation of the Austrian National Library (Austrian Books Online). 

Georg Hochfellner

Georg Hochfellner

Georg Hochfellner BSc MSc has been working in quality management and organizational development in the education sector for many years. He is currently Head of Academic University Development at FH Campus Wien. He also teaches a number of subject-specific courses and has been an EFQM assessor in Austria since 2014. His main areas of work and interest are quality management, programme development, process management and performance measurement and analysis.

Gernot Hausar

Gernot Hausar

Gernot Hausar is Process Manager at the University of Applied Sciences FH Campus Wien. He further focuses on automation, information-, knowledge- and document management. He is passionate about Open Acces and Digital Humanities. 

Elke Krenn-Ahorner

Elke Krenn-Ahorner

Elke Krenn-Ahorner is Head of Process and Project management and R&D at UAS Technikum Vienna. Her main areas of work and interest are process management and organizational development. 

Fostering 21st century skills development through cross-institutional international online collaboration initiatives

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Agnes Pal

Ágnes Pál

Ágnes Pál (PhD) is an associate professor and the director of international affairs of the Faculty of Commerce, Hospitality and Tourism of Budapest Business University where she teaches at the Department of Foreign Languages for Business Communication since 2009. She has created and coordinated, in cooperation with her colleagues, several European strategic partnership projects in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme.  Her research interests include intercultural communication, skills development, language teaching methodology, learner autonomy and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Rita Koris

Rita Kóris

Rita Kóris (PhD) is an associate professor at the Department of Leadership and HR Development at Budapest Business University (Hungary) where she teaches courses in business and management in the EMI program of the university. Her research interests lie primarily in innovative teaching practices of business education, internationalization of HE, transversal skills development and teachers’ academic development.

Collaborative Online, International Learning: An invitation for cooperation between Europe, Canada and Africa

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Frank Melis

Frank Melis

Throughout his career, Frank dedicated himself to fostering innovations that enhance communication and collaboration. With a zeal for transforming innovative concepts into reality, he assumed senior roles at leading tech firms like Digital Equipment, AT&T, Bell Labs, and IBM. Frank excels in knowledge acquisition, dissemination, and collective growth. For the last 20 years, he has founded enterprises centred around innovation and talent management via the SMRT.bio platform, shaping its strategic vision, objectives, and culture geared towards success. His expertise spans technology, product development, talent management, coaching, assessments, implementations, and global business expansion.

Patrick Brun

SMRT.bio

 

Practical information and accommodation
GETTING TO ST. PÖLTEN UAS

St. Pölten is just a short train ride from the Vienna city centre. Follow this link for detailed information about the St. Pölten UAS campus and different transportation methods to reach the city.

ACCOMMODATION 

In the table below, we list a few recommended hotels located in St. Pölten and Vienna. Please be aware that the price of rooms might change, especially as the date of the event approaches. We recommend booking your accommodation well in advance in order to secure your spot.

Hotels in St. Pölten Single room/per night + breakfast Double room/per night + breakfast
Stadthotel Hauser Eck €55 €96
Bildungshaus St. Hippolyt €68 €122
Hotel Graf €98 €112
Hotel Metropol €112 €164
City Hotel D&C €118 €174

 

Hotels in Vienna Single room/per night + breakfast Double room/per night + breakfast
Motel One (Vienna Central Station) €100 €122
Motel One (Vienna Westbahnhof) €100 €122

 

VENUE
Conference Venue

The conference is taking place at the main campus building of the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences. Click here for a virtual tour of the campus and its rooms.

St. Pölten UAS main campus

Campus-Platz 1, 3100 St. Pölten, Austria

https://www.fhstp.ac.at/

St. Polten UAS
Gala Dinner Venue

Participants will enjoy the conference gala dinner at Rendl Keller, a classy restaurant serving fine seasonal dishes and delicious classics of Austrian cuisine paired with excellent wines from its well-stocked cellar.

Rendl Keller Restaurant

Rendl-Keller-Gasse 6, 3100 St. Pölten, Austria

https://www.rendlkeller.at/

  Rendl Keller
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

We invite leaders, teachers and researchers from applied universities and colleges, students, enterprises and public institutions to submit contributions for the 33rd EURASHE Annual Conference, titled “Stronger Together: Fostering Transnational Cooperation in Applied Universities”. The main theme builds on the experience of the European Universities Initiative and other examples of deep transnational cooperation among applied higher education institutions. The other core EURASHE subjects will also be addressed in breakout sessions. 

Presenting at the EURASHE Annual Conference allows you to reach a broad audience and receive visibility before, during, and afterwards. In addition, selected contributors benefit from a reduced fee to attend the Conference. 

This call has two separate components: 

1. Special plenary session on transnational cooperation 

Contributions to the topic of European University Alliances and Transnational Cooperation will be included in a special plenary session. The objective of these sessions is to learn from good practice and to profile alliances and other forms of cooperation between HEIs.  We expect to select between four and eight contributions. 

2. Breakout sessions  

Sets of breakout sessions will be organised on the following themes: 

  • Applied Research and Innovation: Capacity building, institutional strategies, assessment, and missions; cooperation with industry. These contributions will feed into EURASHE’s participation in the ERA Forum.  
  • Quality Assurance and the Bologna Process: Specific nature of QA for professional and applied higher education. This knowledge may feed into the Ministerial Conference of the European Higher Education Area which EURASHE will attend the week after the Annual Conference.
  • Upskilling, reskilling, and future skills: The role of applied universities and colleges in meeting the needs of the labour market and society; This builds on the commitment of EURASHE to the European Year of Skills. 
  • Local and Regional Impact: Approaches and examples of how Applied Universities and Colleges engage with local companies and communities to create wealth and address societal challenges. 

There will be four sets of breakout sessions addressing these themes. Each session will last for 45 minutes, with around 30 participants. These should be organised as interactively as possible. For example, they may include an overview followed by group discussions. We expect to select twelve contributions for breakout sessions.  

Contributors can submit one contribution to either a plenary session or a breakout session. When submitting your contribution, please indicate the session you are applying for by ticking the appropriate option. 

PHE Star Awards

The Programme Committee will select contributions with the greatest potential to be awarded the title of PHE Star. There are five categories: Transnational Cooperation, Applied Research and Innovation, Quality and Innovative Education, Skills for the Present and Future, and Local and Regional Impact. 

The call for contributions is now closed.

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