23rd Annual Conference – Split 2013

split_1EURASHE organised its 23rd Annual Conference titled ‘Higher Education – Making the Knowledge Triangle Work‘ in Split (Croatia) on 9-10 May 2013. It is organised by EURASHE, the Croatian Council of Universities and University Colleges of Applied Sciences (VVIVŠ), the Universities of Applied Sciences Network (UASnet), the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports (MZOS) (Croatia), the University of Split, the Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE) and the HAPHE project, it is held under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic of Croatia, prof.dr.sc. Ivo Josipović. Underneath are further information on:

(Photograph: CC by-nd by Robert Pittman)

Following are EURASHE news items related to the event:

  • HIGHER EDUCATION – MAKING THE KNOWLEDGE TRIANGLE WORK – conference report published! 29/5/2013 - EURASHE is pleased to present the Report of its 23rd Annual Conference on ‘HIGHER EDUCATION – MAKING THE KNOWLEDGE TRIANGLE WORK’, held on 9-10 May 2013 in Split (Croatia). The... Read more
  • EURASHE’s 23rd Annual Conference – Report soon published 13/5/2013 - EURASHE’s 23rd Annual Conference on ‘HIGHER EDUCATION – MAKING THE KNOWLEDGE TRIANGLE WORK‘ was successfully held on 9-10 May 2013 in Split (Croatia). Contributions, speeches, presentations, photographs of the Conference... Read more
  • EURASHE 23rd Annual Conference ‘Higher Education – Making the Knowledge Triangle Work’ PROGRAMME 7/3/2013 - EURASHE’s 23rd Annual Conference is organised on 9-10 May 2013 in Split (Croatia). EURASHE as the voice of professional higher education in the Bologna Process endeavours to link EDUCATION, INNOVATION... Read more
  • EURASHE 23rd Annual Conference – “HIGHER EDUCATION – MAKING THE KNOWLEDGE TRIANGLE WORK” – 9-10 May 2013 – Split (Croatia) – REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN! 15/1/2013 - The 23rd Annual Conference of EURASHE will be held on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 May 2013 in Split (Croatia) at the occasion of the country joining the European Union.... Read more
  • Following is the programme of the event:

    Day 1 – Thursday 9 May 2013

    10.00 – Opening session


    Opening address by Andreas G. Orphanides, President of EURASHE, Rector of European University Cyprus (EUC) (Cyprus)

    Welcome address by Slavica Ćosović Bajić, President of the Croatian Council of Universities and University Colleges of Applied Science (VVIVŠ) (Croatia)

    Welcome address by Tim Creedon, Chair of Universities of Applied Sciences Network (UASnet), President Emeritus of Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT Dublin) (Ireland)

    Welcome address by Ružica Beljo Lučić, Deputy Minister of Science, Education and Sports (Croatia)

    Welcome address by Jasmina Havranek, Director of the Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE) (Croatia)

    Keynote speeches

    Public engagement as integral part of the innovation ecosystem, Vladimír Šucha, Deputy Director General of European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC)

    Croatian perspective of the Knowledge Triangle, Sanja Crnković-Pozaić, Advisor to the Minister of Labour and Pension system (Croatia)

    MEPs video message on the importance of the Knowledge Triangle and linked European Union initiatives and policies in current times

    Doris Pack, Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education (Germany, EPP)

    Mary Honeyball, Committee on Culture and Education (United Kingdom, S&D)

    Philippe De Backer, Committee on Transport and Tourism (Belgium, ALDE)

    Maria Da Graca Carvalho, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (Portugal, EPP)

    13.30 – Track I: Education – Mission and Profile of Professional Higher Education

    Keynote speeches

    Profiles and differentiation of the higher education landscape and the role of U-Multirank, Frank Ziegele, Director of CHE Centre for Higher Education (Germany)

    Professional Higher Education in Europe, Towards an emerging model !?!, Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Vice-President quality and academic affairs of Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) (Germany)

    Working sessions I

    Mapping and characterising PHE in Europe, Marek Frankowicz, Professor at State Higher Vocational School in Tarnow (PWSZ TAR), Vice-Head Centre for Research on Higher Education of Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland), Anthony F. Camilleri, Policy Consultant and Project Manager at KIC-Malta (Malta), report by chair of the session, Armando Pires, President of the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (Portugal), written input by Stefan Delplace, Secretary General of EURASHE (Belgium)

    Perceptions of Professional Higher Education in Europe, Raimund Hudak, Professor at Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Mosbach (DHBW), CEO of Synesis GmbH (Germany), Nicole Graf, Head of the Heilbronn Campus and Vice-President of the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) Mosbach (Germany), report by chair of the session, Iva Voldánová, Project Manager & Coordinator at EURASHE (Belgium)

    Implications of employers improves the attractiveness of the trainings and the career success of the students, Sandrine Javelaud, Head of mission on higher education and employability at Mouvement des entreprises de France (MEDEF) (France)

    Interdisciplinary doctoral study/Professional doctorates, Mladen Mauher, Professor at Polytechnic of Zagreb (TVZ) (Croatia), Nicolae Dură, former Vice-Rector of the ‘Ovidius’ University of Constanta (Romania)

    Download the conference portfolio here.


    Day 2 – Friday 10 May 2013

    09.30 – Track II: Innovation – Higher Education and Innovation

    Keynote speech

    Making an Impact: Higher Education and/in the Knowledge Society, Ellen Hazelkorn, Vice-President for Research and Enterprise, Dean of the Graduate Research School of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) (Ireland)

    Working sessions II

    Benefits (?) of undergraduate student involvement in RDI projects and some selected highlights as examples, Mikael Paronen, Head of Department of Energy and Materials Technology at ARCADA University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

    Indicators of valorization, Frank Ziegele, Director of CHE Centre for Higher Education (Germany)

    The Synergy System – Building the Value Chain from Innovation to Enterprise Development, Pat Coman, Head of Research and Development at Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT Dublin) (Ireland)

    Merging education and innovation – Croatian perspective, Mile Dželalija, Professor at the University of Split, Head of the team creating the Croatian Qualifications Framework (Croatia)

    14.00 – Track III: Employability –  Higher Education and Employability

    Keynote speeches

    Employability of Higher Education Graduates in Europe: Projects, Studies and Institutional Practice, Samo Pavlin, Assistant Professor at University of Ljubljana (Slovenia); and the Keynote Paper prepared by Samo Pavlin

    Professionally-oriented Programmes in Canada – The Knowledge Triangle, Why and How it Works, Hervé Pilon, President of Cégep International, General Director of the Cégep André-Laurendeau (Canada)

    Working sessions III

    How can employability be ensured through continuous education and LLL activities – Quebec Case study, Hervé Pilon, President of Cégep International, General Director of the Cégep André-Laurendeau (Canada)

    Co-operation between industry and higher education – an engine for improved employability and competitiveness, presentation by Mervi Karikorpi, Director at the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries in charge of science and education policy (Finland), presentation by Mislav Balković, President of SSC for ICT and electrical engineering (Croatia)

    Integrating Key Competences into Post-Graduate Courses – achieving reform, Nigel Lloyd, Principal of Cambridge Professional Development Ltd (United Kingdom)

    International students’ perspectives on employability in Europe, Norbert Šabić, Erasmus Mundus and OCEANS Alumni Association (Serbia)

    17.15 – Final session

    Final perspective from the Croatian viewpoint, Neven Budak, University of Zagreb (Croatia)

    Closing observations by Richard Thorn, Senior Higher Education Policy Expert (Ireland)

    Closing address by Andreas G. Orphanides, President of EURASHE, Rector of European University Cyprus (EUC) (Cyprus)

    Download the conference portfolio here.

    Higher Education – Making the Knowledge Triangle Work

    split_1The 23rd Annual Conference of EURASHE in 2013 comes at a moment when we are in a process of re-formulating our priorities, on the basis of our overarching policy paper ‘Towards a Diversified, Responsive and Competitive European Higher Education’, which was communicated to the Ministers of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) on the occasion of the Ministerial Conference in April 2012 in Bucharest (Romania). This comprehensive document outlines our position on priority areas which we are now in a position to help implement on the level of the individual institutions, members of EURASHE and other higher education institutions (HEIs) with professionally-oriented programmes.

    In this Conference we focus on what we have identified as key features of the Knowledge Triangle, and what this entails for HEIs engaged in applied research and experimental developments. The 2012 Bucharest Ministerial Communiqué, which sets out the priorities in the countries of the EHEA for 2012-2015, under the impulse of EURASHE put forward as an action line on the institutional level to “encourage knowledge-based alliances in the EHEA, focusing on research and technology”.

    EURASHE_knowledge_triangle_transpEURASHE as the voice of professional higher education in the Bologna Process endeavours to carry out this action line, by linking EDUCATION, INNOVATION and EMPLOYABILITY in a KNOWLEDGE TRIANGLE in which professionally-oriented programmes play an important role. The Conference opens with a look at the above links of the KNOWLEDGE TRIANGLE on a systemic level, through the eyes of the hosting country Croatia, while taking into account the European Commission’s view on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), and we will be inspired by major political voices on the national and European levels. We will then go in details into each of the key features of the Knowledge Triangle. The three subsequent Conference tracks (with interactive workshops, roundtable sessions and panel discussions) will develop the three major themes, namely identifying professional higher education in the EHEA, creating knowledge in the institutions in close cooperation with stakeholders, and finally how to make this Knowledge Triangle work, for the benefit of institutions, students and graduates.

    During the first track on day one in the plenary meetings we look at how different countries shape their EDUCATION policies and we are presented with issues like the comparison of European HE systems (with a specific input from the on-going HAPHE initiative on the mission and profile of professionally-oriented HEIs); the strategic frameworks for the development of professional higher education; and the professional and academic education in the binary system of higher education. On the second Conference day, the track on research and INNOVATION takes this forward on the institutional level, and examines with examples of good practice the implications for Universities of Applied Sciences of novel themes like entrepreneurship as a generic skill, experimental developments as a result of research, open access to research results and research data , knowledge transfer and student involvement in research and innovation, valorisation of multi-rank outputs, etc. Finally, the track on EMPLOYABILITY will explore the routes proposed in the European Commission’s communication ‘Rethinking Education’ on issues like employability in a lifelong learning context, recognition of prior learning, dual and work-based learning opportunities, employability of bachelors, development and roles of Career Centres.

    The conference will, with the above themes, contribute to the discussions in the countries and stakeholder organisations on the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 policies. Horizon 2020 focuses on turning scientific breakthroughs into innovative products that provide opportunities for business and also for the wider society. The rationale behind this is that “Europe’s future economic growth and the employment of its citizens will depend on innovation in products, services and business models”. In Europe SMEs are still the major creators of jobs and therefore the existing gap between academia and the market must be bridged, thus stimulating the transfer of technology to SMEs. The rules of participation in Horizon 2020 rightly focus on three indicators: excellence, impact and implementation. If we want to realise the major goals of Horizon 2020, namely to foster innovation by transferring knowledge to the market and the wider community in the most efficient and useful way, impact and dissemination of results become equally important criteria as excellence.

    It is however true that innovation needs a wider interpretation than to be seen as the logical step to commercial application. The whole spectrum of sciences (from engineering and technical sciences, medical and life sciences to the social sciences and arts and humanities) contribute to an innovative society. Only in this way can the ‘societal grand challenges’ be tackled. It is especially from the interdisciplinary perspective that the social sciences and humanities play an invaluable role in the innovation strategy. In the on-going reform processes of higher education society is best served through the involvement of broad groups of stakeholders, as EURASHE clearly stated in its message to the Bologna Ministers’ Conference in Bucharest (April 2012): “progress in each domain [the Bologna priorities] very much depended on the willingness of governments and stakeholders to reform higher education”.

    Download the rationale here.

    Conclusions and report

    The Report of the Conference authored by Richard Thorn, Emeritus President of the Institute of Technology Sligo (Ireland) has now been published. It includes the summary of the various work sessions in the three different tracks and links education – innovation – employability into a knowledge triangle. You can also view the closing observations of Richard Thorn delivered at the end of the conference here.

    View the Report here.

    Four MEPs addressed a video message on the importance of the Knowledge Triangle and linked European Union initiatives and policies in current times.

    Click here if the video is not appearing.

    Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Anthony F. Camilleri - Anthony F. Camilleri is a tertiary education policy consultant. He holds qualifications in law from the University of Malta, and was also active in the Malta national students’ union and... Read more
  • Nicole Graf - Since autumn 2014 Prof. Dr Nicole Graf has been the president of the new independent Heilbronn Campus, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University. From 2005 to 2009 Prof. Dr Nicole Graf led... 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
  • Frank Ziegele - Prof. Dr Frank Ziegele is director of the CHE Centre for Higher Education, Gütersloh (Germany), and professor for higher education and research management at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück... Read more
  • Ružica Beljo Lučić - Prof. Ružica Beljo Lučić holds a position of the Assistant Minister for Higher Education at the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, and Full Professor at the Faculty of... Read more
  • Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Vice-President of EURASHE - Prof. Dr. phil.habil. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers is the Vice-President of the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Stuttgart (Germany) and responsible for Quality and Academic Affairs in the Board of the... Read more
  • Mislav Balković - Mislav Balković is President of SSC for ICT and electrical engineering (Croatia).
  • Marek Frankowicz - Specialist in Theoretical Chemistry and expert on Higher Education reforms. Coordinator for Quality and Internationalization at State Higher Vocational School in Tarnow and Associate Professor at the Jagiellonian University in... 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
  • Norbert Šabić - Norbert Šabić is a member of the Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association (EMA) and participates in the start-up project of the association: International Network of Innovators in Education (INIE).... Read more
  • Mladen Mauher - Mladen Mauher, 1950., B.Sc in Economics from 1972, M.Sc. in Information Sciences from 1981, Ph.D. in Information Sciences from 1990. He started his professional career in information system design and... Read more
  • Nigel Lloyd - Nigel Lloyd is Principal of Cambridge Professional Development Ltd (CamProf, together with CamProf Polska and CamProf Inc in Canada), a consultancy specialising in systems for development of professional and technical... Read more
  • Samo Pavlin - Dr. Samo Pavlin is researcher in the area of Education and Employment at the University of Ljubljana. He is also Principal of National Research programme “Sociological aspects of sustainable socio-spatial... Read more
  • Pat Coman - Pat Coman is an Electronic Engineer who worked for a number of years in the Electronic Engineering industry. He held roles with a number of US multinational organisations in both... Read more
  • Slavica Ćosović Bajić - Slavica Ćosović Bajić was born and educated in Zagreb. She obtained her Master’s degree in 1974 and PhD in 1986, both at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, the... Read more
  • Hervé Pilon - Mr Hervé Pilon has held the position of General Director at Cégep André-Laurendeau in Montreal for eight years. Prior to this, he was academic dean for two years at the... Read more
  • Jasmina Havranek - Jasmina Havranek, Ph.D. became Director of Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE). By this time Dr Havranek had accumulated 33 years as an instructor in academia. She started... Read more
  • Neven Budak - Neven Budak has been Professor of Croatian medieval history at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, since 2002. He studied history at the University of Zagreb... Read more
  • Mile Dželalija - Prof. Dr Mile Dželalija is a professor of physics at the University of Split (Croatia). Besides teaching and research in physics, from an initial focus on higher education he has... Read more
  • Raimund Hudak - As senior lecturer and researcher with over 10 years of experience at leading academic institutions Raimund Hudak has been involved in various research programmes in Germany and abroad. He is... Read more
  • Sanja Crnković-Pozaić - Sanja Crnković-Pozaić is Advisor to the Croatian Minister of Labour and Pension system. Involved as Director of CEPOR – SMEs and Entrepreneurship Policy Centre, she has also been consultant for... Read more
  • Sandrine Javelaud - Sandrine Javelaud was trained as a jurist. After teaching Law in the French National Education system, she headed an industry sector’s training centre for apprentices during 7 years. She joined... Read more
  • Nicolae Dură - Nicolae Dură is the former Vice-Rector of the ‘Ovidius’ University of Constanta (Romania). He holds a PhD in Theology and Utriusque Juris Doctor (Civil and Canon Law). He is visiting... Read more
  • Mikael Paronen - Dr Mikael Paronen is teacher and researcher at Arcada University of Applied Sciences (Finland). He is Head of Department and Head of Research for Energy and Material Technology. Since 2010,... Read more
  • Ellen Hazelkorn - Professor Ellen Hazelkorn is a partner and international education policy consultant with BH Associates (https://www.bhassociates.eu). She is Professor emeritus and Director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), Dublin Institute of... Read more
  • Tim Creedon - Dr Tim Creedon is currently President of the Universities of Applied Sciences (UASnet). He is President Emeritus Institute of Technology, Tallaght (Ireland) and special advisor to the Institutes of Technology... Read more
  • Vladimír Šucha - Vladimír Šucha, Prof. MD., Director General of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has been appointed to his position in July 2012. Prior to that, he spent... Read more
  • Mervi Karikorpi - Mervi Karikorpi is Director at the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries in charge of science and education policy issues, industry-university and industry-school co-operation as well as youth communication. She has... Read more
  • Following are the practicalities of the event:

    Travel information

    For more information on travel from and to Split airport and within Split, see our travel information sheet here. It also includes information on the location of the various meetings points for the social programme, and the relative location of the proposed hotels in Split.


    Conference map

    View EURASHE 23rd Annual Conference in Split (Croatia) in Google Maps here.


    Conference location

    The Venue of the Conference is the University of Split, Faculty of Medicine, Šoltanska 2. It is shown (in yellow) on the map above.


    Suggested hotels

    A selection of hotels in Split, for which participants, when booking their accommodation by mentioning EURASHE, will enjoy a reduced rate is shown (in red) on the map above. In blue are bus stops.



  • Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE) - The Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE) was modelled after the best European practices in quality assurance in science and higher education. Becoming a full member of ENQA (European... Read more
  • Croatian Council of Universities and University Colleges of Applied Sciences (VVIVŠ) - Vijeće veleučilišta I visokih škola (VVIVŠ) The Croatian Council of Universities and University Colleges of Applied Sciences (VVIVŠ) is an organization in the Croatian Higher Education System consisting of a... 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
  • HAPHE - This group of 11 dedicated actors in the field of Professional Higher Education in Europe believe that while the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) has contributed significantly to harmonisation of HE... Read more
  • Ministry of Science and Education (Croatia) - The Ministry of Science and Education performs administrative and other tasks related to preschool education, elementary and secondary education in the country and abroad; develops the National Curriculum; approves textbooks... Read more
  • Universities of Applied Sciences Network (UASnet) - As of 20 January 2011 the Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) from 8 European countries are part of the European network UASnet. In the network they are represented by their... Read more
  • University of Split - The University of Split was officially established on 15 June 1974 when the units having already had an effect in their professional, scientific and teaching areas entered its structure. As a... Read more
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    Following are the photographs of the event:

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