17th Annual Conference – Copenhagen 2007

copenhagen_3EURASHE organised its 17th Annual Conference titled ‘Research and Innovation and The Social Dimension of HE – Towards a broader interpretation‘ in Copenhagen (Denmark) on 26-27 April 2007. Underneath are further information on:

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Following is the programme of the event:

Day 1 – Thursday 26 April 2007

14.00 – Welcome address by the host, Michael Cholewa-Madsen, President of DAN-EURASHE (Denmark)

Opening of the Conference by Lars Lynge Nielsen, President of EURASHE

Honorary speech by Bertel Haarder, Danish Minister of Education (Denmark)

14.45 – Conference Theme 1: Innovation and Research : Research in varying degrees or different sorts of research?

Keynote speaker: Robert Krengel, European Commission Directorate General of Research, Head of Unit “Universities and Researchers” (Belgium)

Keynote speaker: Hans Siggaard Jensen, Professor, Head of the Laboratory – Learning Lab Denmark, The Danish University of Education (Denmark)

15.45 – Coffee break

16.15 – Parallel workshops

Fundamental and Applied Research, John Smith, Research & Innovation, EUA (Belgium)

Expectations on the EIT; research in specific subjects, Ronald Guillen, ADIUT (France)

New European Union & Accession Countries, Laszlo Erdey, Debrecen University (Hungary)

18.00 – Welcome reception at the host institution, “Suhr’s”, Copenhagen


Day 2 – Friday 27 April 2007

09.30 – Conference Theme 2: Social Dimension of Higher Education

Life Long Learning or Higher Education ‘made to measure’?

Keynote speaker: Sjur Bergan, Head of Higher Education and Research, Council of Europe

Keynote speaker: Margrethe Vestager, former Minister of Education, Member of the Education Committee of Folketinget (Danish Parliament)

10.40 – Coffee break

11.00 – Parallel workshops

Lifelong Learning – European Qualifications Framework, Dianne Willcocks, Vice-Chancellor of York St John University (United Kingdom)

Widening participation, Roger Ellul-Micallef, President of EAN (Malta)

Regional Cooperation between Regional Centres of Knowledge, local authorities and enterprises, Richard Thorn, Chairperson of the Irish Council of Directors, Director of Sligo College (Ireland)

12.30 – Lunch for all conference attendants

13.45 – Panel discussion with stakeholders in the Bologna Process

Andreas G. Orphanides, EURASHE

John Smith, EUA

Sjur Bergan, Council of Europe

Jens Vraa-Jensen, Chair European Committee on Higher Education and Research, Education International

Stinna Gammelgaard, ESIB

15.00 – Coffee break

15.30 – Closing event

Focuses from EURASHE for the London Ministerial Conference, Stefan Delplace, Secretary General EURASHE

Invitation to the 2008 EURASHE conference in Malta by a representative of the Ministry of Education of Malta

Closing of the Conference by Lars Lynge Nielsen, President of EURASHE

19.30 – Conference Dinner

Research and Innovation and The Social Dimension of HE – Towards a broader interpretation

copenhagen_3I am pleased to welcome you at the 17h Annual Conference of EURASHE, which is taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 26 & 27 April 2007. EURASHE is the voice of the professional higher education in important fora like the Bologna Follow-Up Group, towards official bodies such as the European Commission, Council of Europe, Unesco, etc. and also towards a broad range of professional bodies and organisations. But above all we represent a growing and diversified membership of university colleges, higher education institutions, professional schools, next to professional tracks in comprehensive universities.

It is in the first place for these affiliations that we organise our national conference, on themes that reflect their concerns and expectations from the ongoing reform of higher education. However, with less than one month before the next Ministerial Meeting of the Bologna Process in London on 17 & 18 May next, we have an additional and more urgent task to fulfill: the implementation of the Bologna process requires us to take stock of achievements of the process in our member institutions, so that we can formulate their questions and aspirations in preparation of and during the meetings and discussions in London.

We have therefore carefully chosen the two themes of this year’s conference, after thorough consultation among our national member associations. They are “Research and Innovation – towards a broader concept? & The Social Dimension of HE”, precisely two issues that are among the main priorities of professional higher education. We feel confident that the discussion and elaboration of these themes, with keynote speakers and in interactive workshops involving experts and stakeholders will provide our delegates with the information they are looking for on the higher education reform. At the same time the open dialogue with our members should result in constructive recommendations that can be put forward at the coming ministerial conference in London.

Lars Lynge Nielsen, President of EURASHE

Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Michael Cholewa-Madsen - Michael Cholewa-Madsen has been Director of Education at the Danish Insurance Academy, Denmark, and he was President of DAN-EURASHE (Denmark)
  • Ronald Guillen - Ronald Guillen is professor at Nantes University and was a member of the 2010-2012 board of EURASHE. He was at the head of IUT (University Institute of Technology) of Saint-Nazaire... Read more
  • Richard Thorn - Richard is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (he holds Bachelor and Doctorate degrees in science) and the Institute of Public Administration (MA in Public Management). He has published over... Read more
  • Jens Vraa-Jensen - Jens Vraa-Jensen holds a MSc in Geography from the University of Copenhagen, and has been employed by DM – the largest Danish Trade Union in Higher education and research –... Read more
  • Andreas G. Orphanides - Professor Andreas G. Orphanides has been President of EURASHE and of EQAR as well as a consultative member of both BFUG Board and BFUG, and a member of the E4-Group.... Read more
  • Bertel Haarder - Bertel Geismar Haarder (born 7 September 1944) is a Danish politician. He represents Venstre, the Danish liberal party. From November 2001 to February 2005 he was Minister for Refugees, Immigrants... Read more
  • Stinna Gammelgaard - Ms Stinna Gammelgaard from the National Union of Students in Denmark was member of the Executive Committee of the European Students’ Union (ESU) in 2007.
  • Stefan Delplace - Stefan Delplace became the Secretary General of EURASHE in 2004, a position he occupied until 2014. He represented in the Bologna Follow-Up Group and several of its working and coordination... Read more
  • John Smith - Dr John Smith has worked at the EUA since September 2004 with responsibility for its activities in the fields of research and innovation. After completing his Ph.D. in political science... Read more
  • László Erdey - Laszlo Erdey is an associate professor at University of Debrecen. Mr Erdey started his career in 1994 by teaching lectures and seminars at undergraduate and graduate level in International Business,... Read more
  • Roger Ellul-Micallef - Professor Ellul-Micallef is president of EAN. He received his education at the Lyceum and the Royal University of Malta, from where he graduated MD in 1967. He then proceeded to... Read more
  • Margrethe Vestager - Margrethe Vestager, former Minister of Education, Member of the Education Committee of Folketinget (Danish Parliament). Margrethe Vestager, born April 13th 1968 in Glostrup, daughter of Hans Vestager and Bodil Tybjerg.... Read more
  • Dianne Willcocks - Professor Dianne Willcocks is Vice Chancellor at York St John University. An advocate and practitioner for socially inclusive higher education, Professor Willcocks’ major commitment is to promote educational endeavour and... Read more
  • Sjur Bergan - Sjur Bergan is Head of the Education Department of the Council of Europe. He was one of the main authors of the Lisbon Recognition Convention and is a former Co-Secretary... Read more
  • Hans Siggaard Jensen - Hans Siggaard Jensen (b. 1947), professor of philosophy of science and vice-dean for education at the Danish School of Education at the University of Aarhus. Degrees in philosophy, mathematics and... Read more
  • Robert Krengel - Starting in 1993 in the European Commission as administrator in the Research DG, Mr Krengel has held functions as Head of different Units: the Central budgetary and financial unit, the... Read more
  • Lars Lynge Nielsen - Born 1948, Copenhagen, Denmark. Holds an MA in Psychology from the University of Copenhagen. Lars Lynge Nielsen joined EURASHE in 1998. Previously he held a number of senior positions in... Read more
  • Following are the practicalities of the event:


  • European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) - EURASHE is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offer professionally orientated programmes and are engaged in applied research within the Bologna cycles. EURASHE represents universities of applied... Read more