19th Annual Conference – Prague 2009

prague_4EURASHE organised its 19th Annual Conference titled ‘Higher education, Enterprises and Regions: Partnerships for Innovation and Development throughout Europe‘ in Prague (Czech Republic) on 21-22 May 2009. It is organised by EURASHE, the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE), the College of Polytechnics Jihlava (VŠPJ), the University of Economics in Prague (VŠE), the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MŠMT) (Czech Republic) and the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Underneath are further information on:

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Following is the programme of the event:

Day 1 – Thursday 21 May 2009

09.00 – Registration for Conference attendants

09.30 – Welcome and Opening the Conference

Miroslava Kopicová, Czech Minister of Education, Youth & Sports, Czech Republic

Lars Lynge Nielsen, President of EURASHE, Denmark

Richard Hindls, Rector of University of Economics in Praha, Czech Republic

10.10 – Peter Baur, DG Education & Culture, EU Commission

10.40 – Coffee/tea break

11.00 – Plenary on the role of HE in regional development

Keynote speakers’ presentations followed by a round table session:

W. John Morgan, UNESCO Chair of the Political Economy of Education and Director of the Centre for Comparative Education Research, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Jaana Puukka, OECD, IMHE Project Leader for the OECD work on Higher Education in Regional & City Development

Zbyněk Pitra, Chairman of the Board of Experts, Czech Management Association, Czech Republic

Moderator: Lars Lynge Nielsen, EURASHE President, Denmark

Plenary debate

12.20 – Award Ceremony of the College of Polytechnics Jihlava Medal

Recognition of a contribution of Ladislav Čerych to the professional higher education sector development

Ladislav Jirků, Rector of College of Polytechnics Jihlava & President of CASPHE, Czech Republic

Jana Hendrichová, deputy Minister for European Affairs, Czech Republic

Ladislav Čerych, the expert on educational policy, a founder and a former director of the European Institute of Education & Social Policy in Paris

13.00 – Lunch at Pizzeria VŠEM. First floor

14.00 – Forum on the interaction of HEI with business & industry

Keynote speakers’ presentations followed by a round table session:

Harald Schomburg, Reflex project, ICHER University Kassel, Germany

James Knight, President, Association of Canadian Community Colleges, Canada

Gino Schilders, HR manager, AHOLD Czech Republic

Moderator: Ivan Wilhelm, emeritus Rector of the Charles University, Czech Government’s Plenipotentiary on European Research, Czech Republic

Plenary debate

15.20 – Coffee/tea break

15.40 – Four workshop sessions on Regional Development and Cooperation Business-Education

Employability of professional higher education graduates, Ronald Guillen, IUT Director, ADIUT, France; Marija Filipovič-Ozegovič, National TEMPUS Office Serbia, Serbia

Innovation, applied research & development – common platform of higher education & business, Laszlo Dynia, Vice-rector, Károly Róbert College Gyöngyös, Hungary; Erwin Samson, General Manager, University College Plantijn, Belgium

In-company training & education provided by higher education institutions, Michael Cholewa-Madsen, Director of Education, Danish Insurance Academy, Denmark

Third mission of higher education institutions – role and position within the regional development, Michel Gravel, General Director, CéGEP de Jonquiére (CéGEP International), Québec, Canada; Martin Černý, Director of Regional Development Section, Vysočina Regional Authority, Czech Republic

17.00 – Panel discussion of the workshop leaders (Education-Business forum) and exchange of views

19.00 – Conference reception at the Club Lávka


Day 2 – Friday 22 May 2009

09.30 – Conference track 2: Priorities in the EHEA 2010-2020, Presentations and discussion with stakeholders (part 1)

Věra Šťastná, Czech representative in the BFUG, Charles University of Prague, Czech Republic

10.30 – Coffee/tea break

11.00 – Four workshop sessions on priorities in the EHAE

Missions & profiles of Institutes of PHE in the post-Bologna era, Christiane Gaehtgens, Impact Consulting, Germany

Human resources policy and management at professional higher education, Milan Sojka, Czech Accreditation Commission, ENQA, Czech Republic; Dan Ole Faaborg, UCN Director of International Affairs, EAIE, Denmark

Life-long learning at higher education institutions, Liesbeth Hens, senior advisor, Flemish Department of Education & Employment, Belgium

Opening up to ‘New learners’: Recognition of prior learning including formal, non-formal and informal learning, Hans Daale, General Manager, DASHE, Netherlands

12.30 – Lunch at Academic Club. Third floor

13.30 – Reports of the morning workshop leaders and exchange of views

14.00 – Conference track 2: Priorities in the EHEA 2010-2020, Presentations and discussion with stakeholders (part 2)

Jan Mühlfeit, Chairman Europe Microsoft Corporation, Czech Republic

Followed by stakeholders panel discussion on major issues in the post-Bologna era

Moderator: Lars Lynge Nielsen, EURASHE President, Denmark

15.00 – Coffee/tea break

15.20 – Conference Conclusions of the General Rapporteur, Volker Gehmlich, Fachhochschule Osnabrück, Germany

15.50 – Closing session

Invitation to the 2010 EURASHE Convention (Budapest, Hungary)

Invitation to the 2010 EURASHE Conference (Talinn, Estonia)

Closing of the Conference

19.30 – Farewell Gala Dinner for conference attendants at Žofín Garden

Higher education, Enterprises and Regions: Partnerships for Innovation and Development throughout Europe

prague_4The overall theme of the 2009 Conference, which is included in the list of events organised under the Czech Presidency of the European Union, will be “Higher education, Enterprises and Regions: Partnerships for Innovation and Development throughout Europe”. The theme very well reflects the concerns of European professional higher education, which in a globalised world, does not want to lose one of its particularities, which is its orientation to regional development, by creating or joining regional knowledge centres, and training specialists for profit and non‐profit sectors of employment. It also wants to lay a focus on creativity, and how to stimulate it in higher education, an attitude that is needed to meet the Lisbon challenges, in correlation with the European Union’s theme for 2009, which is about Creativity and Innovation.

From a more general perspective the Conference theme also reflects new trends in higher education, as they have emerged from the recent discussions in the Bologna Follow Up Group about the way European higher education has to move forward in the post Bologna era (as from 2010). There is a common realisation among all stakeholders that with the convergence of European higher education, we need to diversify our trainings, in direct response to the needs of both graduates and employers. Europe wants to present a transparent picture of the richness and variety of European HE, as appears from the current discussions on classifications and rankings in the latest Bologna seminars. It is our intention to brief our members and other stakeholders in HE, on these issues, revealing threats and opportunities.

At the same time, and in line with the broadening of the Bologna process through the creation of fora of discussions with other regions in the world, we want to share and exchange experience with these regions on our newly gained insights in a range of topics that have been put on the agenda of the post Bologna era. They are particularly in the field of lifelong learning, a topic that has been brought to the attention of a broader public since the publication of the European Universities’ Charter on Lifelong Learning, and to which professional higher education wants to respond, via EURASHE’s newest publication ‘Lifelong learning: impediments and examples of good practice’, which builds upon the results of our recent seminar on Lifelong Learning and on surveying some of our member associations.

Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Liesbeth Hens - Liesbeth Hens is a deputy director at the Higher Education Policy Unit of the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training. At present the most important topics she’s working on are:... Read more
  • 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 and... Read more
  • Jaana Puukka - Jaana Puukka is an international expert in higher education, innovation and knowledge-based development. She has over 15 years’ experience in strategic and management roles at the international, national and institutional... Read more
  • Miroslava Kopicová - Miroslava Kopicová is a former Minister of Education, Youth & Sports of the Czech Republic.
  • Martin Černý - Martin Černý is Director of the Section for Regional Development at The Vysocina Regional Authority. Martin Cerny graduated at the University of Technology with MA degree in 1998 and after... Read more
  • Marija Filipovič-Ozegovič - Graduated in 2007 in Belgrade and obtained University degree in Economics for Executive Management. Volunteered from 2000 to the beginning of 2004 for faculty and university student organizations and was... Read more
  • Milan Sojka - Milan Sojka was elected as the Vice Chairman of the Accreditation Commission of  Czech Republic in 2009, in 2008 he was also elected as board member of ENQA.
  • Jana Hendrichová - Ms Hendrichova is since February 2007 State Secretary of Government Office of Czech Republic. Before, she was Director of Department –EU and International Relations in Ministry of Finance. From 1999... Read more
  • Gino Schilders - Gino Schilders is human resources manager at AHOLD in the Czech Republic.
  • Dan Ole Faaborg - Ole Faaborg (Denmark) is Director of International Relations at UCN Northern Denmark, with a base in Aalborg. He has a dual background in applied linguistics and strategic management. Ole has... Read more
  • Christiane Gaehtgens - Dr. Christiane Gaehtgens is an expert in the field of higher education policy with a strong international background. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Bonn.... Read more
  • Ivan Wilhelm - Professor Ivan Wilhelm, Rector Emeritus of the Charles University in Prague and former member of the Government Council for Research and Development, has been member of the JINR Scientific Council... Read more
  • Richard Hindls - Richard Hindls is the Rector of University of Economics in Praha, Czech Republic.
  • Ladislav Jirků - Ladislav Jirků has been Rector of the College of Polytechnics Jihlava and President of the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) (Czech Republic).
  • Jan Mühlfeit - Jan Muehlfeit is Chairman Europe of the Microsoft Corporation. He is responsible for representing Microsoft Corporation and engaging with governments, large corporations, key partners and academic elites both within EU... Read more
  • Volker Gehmlich - Prof. Volker Gehmlich is Professor of Business Management at the Fachhochschule Osnabrück – University of Applied Sciences, Germany since 1972. His national and international activities include the involvement in education... Read more
  • Věra Šťastná - Věra Šťastná heads the analytical unit at the Rectorate of Charles University. She was the head of the Higher Education Development Unit at the Ministry of Education until 2006. She... 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
  • W. John Morgan - Professor William John Morgan holds the UNESCO Chair of the Political Economy of Education and is Director of the Centre for Comparative Education Research, School of Education, University of Nottingham.... Read more
  • Peter Baur - Peter Baur has joined the European Commission in 1994; he worked for almost 7 years in the European research programmes in the area of Information Technologies. In 2001 he started to... Read more
  • 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)
  • Prof. László Dinya - Prof. László Dinya is a professor at the University of Szeged and Eszterhazy Károly University – Eger in Hungary. Former he was Director, Vice-Director at several University Colleges, President of... Read more
  • Ladislav Čerych - Ladislav Čerych was an expert on educational policy, a founder and a former director of the European Institute of Education & Social Policy in Paris, France. †
  • Hans Daale - Hans Daale is general manager of LEIDO, an independent network in the Netherlands, involved in lifelong learning. One of the most important tasks of LEIDO is to organise national and... Read more
  • Erwin Samson - Erwin Samson is a General Manager of Plantijn University College of Antwerp since 2004. He is also a chairman of the board of directors and member of the governing body.... Read more
  • James Knight - Mr Knight is President of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. As the national and international voice of Canada’s 150 community colleges and technical institutes, the Association’s mandate is to... Read more
  • Zbyněk Pitra - After finishing his M.Eng in power engineering at Czech Technical University in 1965 he gained his first PhD (CSc) in Technical Cybernetics at 1972 and second PhD (DrSc) in Economics... Read more
  • Harald Schomburg - Harald Schomburg, trained as a social scientist, is the key researcher of the International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER-Kassel) at the University Kassel (Germany) in areas of higher education... Read more
  • Michel Gravel - Michel Gravel, Ph.D. in education, holds a Master of Public Administration ans he  is CEO of Prodgestion.com which is a private company working in the areas of organisational development, professional... Read more
  • Following are the practicalities of the event:


  • College of Polytechnics Jihlava (VŠPJ) - The College of Polytechnics Jihlava (VSPJ) was established in 2004 as the first public college of a non-university type in the Czech Republic and is the only public college in the... Read more
  • Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) - Sdružení profesního terciárního vzdělávání (SSVS) The Czech Association of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) is an independent organisation of colleges and institutes of professional higher education in the Czech Republic. It... Read more
  • Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union - The motto of the Czech Presidency, “Europe without Barriers”, reflects the four basic freedoms: the free movement of goods, capital, workers, and services. The logo of the Czech Presidency, adds... Read more
  • 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 sciences... Read more
  • Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MŠMT) (Czech Republic) - The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS, MŠMT in Czech) is responsible for public administration in education, for developing educational, youth and sport policies and international cooperation in these... Read more
  • University of Economics in Prague (VŠE) - The University of Economics, Prague (VŠE) is the biggest public university of economics in the Czech Republic. The university was celebrating its 60thanniversary in 2013. VŠE has six faculties offering... Read more
  • Following are the photographs of the event:

    EURASHE 19th Annual Conference