30th Annual Conference – Online, 20-21 May 2021

Professional Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Creating a Change that Endures 

EURASHE will organise its 30th Annual Conference as a fully only event on 20-21 May 2021 together with its members the Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council (CCISP), the Polytechnic Institute of Porto and with the support of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

We invite universities of applied sciences’ leaders, the entire community of professional higher education, European businesses and public institutions and European students’ representatives to attend the Annual Conference to share their experience and learn about trends, models and inspiring practices.

Please, download the full rationale for the conference here.

The concept of sustainable development, which is fundamental for the European Union, is based on a large holistic approach to a whole range of interlinked global challenges. The Union, represented by the European Commission has been instrumental for the preparation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, adopted by United Nations in 2015. In 2017 Member States reached the new European Consensus on Development “Our world, our future, our dignity” which set up the framework for the EU response to Agenda 2030. The suitable development will be also in the heart of the political agenda for the next European Commission (2019-2024). The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) plot out a route on how to overcome the challenges we face, and to improve our habitat, our economy and our lives. They will shape all EU internal and external policies and steer the implementation of the next seven-year EU budget.

It is amply acknowledged that the achievement of the SDGs will not be possible without education, and not the latest Professional Higher education (hereafter –PHE), significant involvement in the cause. Thus, five years after the setting out of Agenda 2030, it is important to analyse the experience accumulated and to draw the way forward.

The conference will be structured along the five pillars of Agenda 2030: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnerships.

  1. PEOPLE: Global demographic growth and demographic shifts, combined with economic, social and environmental changes, offer opportunities for and pose serious challenges to sustainable development. This includes responding adequately to the educational needs of young people, supporting inclusive lifelong learning and equitable quality education to all, tackling discriminations and inequalities, with special attention to those who are in disadvantaged or vulnerable situations.
  2. PLANET: Protecting the environment, managing natural resources and tackling climate change. This includes a transition from a linear to a circular bio-economy; sustainability from farm to fork, making innovative, healthy and environment-friendly food production one of our key European trademarks; future-proof energy, buildings and mobility.
  3. PROSPERITY: Creating decent jobs for inclusive and sustainable growth. This includes equipping students with the right set of competences (knowledge, skills and attitudes) for the fast-changing labour markets, encouraging entrepreneurship, strengthening interaction with the world of work, turning results of research into new marketable products and services.
  4. PEACE: Peaceful and inclusive societies, democracy, effective and accountable institutions, rule of law and human rights for all. This includes the development of civic and democratic competencies, the role of culture as an enabler for social inclusion, civil empowerment and conflict prevention, the promotion of intercultural dialogue, cooperation and cultural diversity.
  5. PARTNERSHIP(S): Joining forces for making greater and faster progress: This includes the whole range of relations and interactions of PHE institutions with external stakeholders, public and private, in particular policymakers and businesses (industry and SMEs), at regional, national and international level.

The purpose of the conference is to build up a set of Specific Recommendations and discuss a potential Action Plan for their implementation by professional higher education and its stakeholders over the next years.

Please find below the draft programme of the Conference, which is being updated on a daily basis.

All times are indicated in CEST.

Thursday 20 May 2021 | Professional Higher Education (PHE) and sustainability
10.00-10.10 Welcome and introduction of the day by the moderator
10.10-10.25 Welcome words by Prof. Manuel Heitor, Portuguese Minister for Research and Higher Education
10.25-11.10

Welcoming panel discussion. Future perspectives of Professional Higher Education

  • Stéphane Lauwick, President of EURASHE
  • Pedro Dominguinhos, President of the Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council
  • João Rocha, President of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto
  • Tiago Diniz, President of Federação Nacional de Associações de Estudantes do Ensino Superior Politécnico
11.10-11.20 Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth (video message)
11.20-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.15 Keynote speech by Anita Lehikoinen, Permanent Secretary of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
12.15-13.15 Networking lunch
Projects’ poster presentations
13.15-14.00

Panel discussion on European Universities initiative

  • Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, Head of the Unit in charge of Higher Education policies and programme, European Commission
  • Jakub Grodecki, Vice-President, European Students’ Union (ESU)
  • Karl Dittrich, President, European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR)
  • Nuno Rodrigues, Vice-President for Research, Polytechnic of Leiria and Coordinator of the Regional University Network – European University (RUN-EU)
14.00-15.00
Parallel interactive sessions







People Planet Prosperity
Peace Partnerships

Good practice

Katalin Szondy
St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences

Recognition of Prior Learning along SDG 10 @St. Pölten UAS

Good practice

Luís Coelho
Polytechnic Institute of Setubal

The TESSe2b project: producing results to help deliver the European Green Deal

Good practice

Luís Miguel Pinho
 Polytechnic Institute of Porto

Paradigm shift in Collaborative Research and Innovation: the case of PORTIC at P.PORTO

Breakout session

TBC

 

Breakout session

Denise Amyot
Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan)

Canada’s SDG story – the potential of higher education at home and abroad

 

 

Good practice

Birgitte Woge
VIA University College
How to implement the 17 SDG in 40 educations

Good practice

Lies Verstraete and Tine Ternest
VIVES University of Applied Sciences
Global Engagement in Higher Education – an inspirational framework

Proposition for a Policy Synthesis

Dimitri Corpakis and Richard Tuffs
Friends of Smart Specialisation 
EU Transformation Frameworks for Recovery and Resilience


15.00-15.45 Cultural programme offered by the Polytechnic Institute of Porto
15:45-17:00

Panel discussion. Maximising PHE potential in European Research and Education area: ambitions for the sustainability driven future

  • Anna Panagopoulou, Acting Director, Research and innovation outreach, DG RTD, European Commission
  • Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universi-ties (IAU)
  • Ana Tecilazić, Secretary General, Algebra University College, Croatia
  • TBC

The discussion will be moderated by Richard Thorn, Chair, An Bord, National College of Art and Design, President Emeritus, Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland

17.00-17.30
Wrap up of the day and presentation of the Conference’s second day

 

Friday 21 May 2021 | Driving the smart and sustainable economic recovery of regions
10.00-10.10 Welcome and introduction of the day by the moderator
10.10-10.45 Keynote speech by Elisa Ferreira, European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms 
10.45-11.45 Keynote speech by Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President, Club of Rome
11.45-12.00 Coffee break
12.00-13.00







Parallel interactive sessions
People Planet Prosperity
Peace Partnerships

Good practice

Vahram Soghomonyan and Gohar Avetisyan
European University Armenia

European University Armenia (EUA) Good Practice of Establishing Knowledge Triangle and Innovation

Breakout session

André Francisco Pilon
University of São Paulo

Creating a Change that Endures: An Ecosystemic Approach to the problems of our time

 

Breakout session

Ulf-Daniel Ehlers and Laura Eigbrecht
Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University
Karlsruhe

Reaching the sustainable development goals – a matter of future skills

 


Breakout session

Pedro Dominguinhos, Vera Ferro Lebres, Susana Rodrigues and Ville Kairamo
Co-creation innovation Portugal – Preparing the future together for a better society

 

Good practice

Ulla Preeden and Ülle Ernits
Tartu Health Care College

Professional higher education 2035 (in Estonia)

Good practice

Marek Frankowicz and Stefan Ignar
Jagiellonian University
Sustainable Networking of Sustainability Related Initiatives: SUSIMPACT Case Study

Good practice

Gabriele Permoser and Hannes Raffaseder
St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences

Collaborative Innovation – Higher Education Institutions as driver for smart regions

13.00-14.00 Networking lunch Projects’ poster presentations
14:00-15:30

Panel discussion. Professional higher education for smart and sustainable recovery

  • Maria da Graça Carvalho, Member of the European Parliament
  • Jon Altuna, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, Mondragon University, Spain
  • Jiří Nantl, Deputy Governor, South Moravia Region, Czech Republic
  • New EURASHE President (to be elected on 19 May 2021)

The discussion will be moderated by Joseph Ryan, CEO, Technological Higher Educa-tion Association (THEA), Ireland

15.30-16.00
Cultural programme offered by the Polytechnic Institute of Porto
16.00-16.30 Take away from the Conference
16.30-17.00 Closing the Conference and announcing the Annual Conference 2022

 

Following are the keynote speakers of the event:

  • Anita Lehikoinen - Ms Anita Lehikoinen was appointed Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education and Culture on 1 May 2013. She directs the activities of the Ministry together with the Ministers. The duties... Read more
  • Sandrine Dixson-Declève - Sandrine Dixson-Declève is currently the Co-President of the Club of Rome and divides her time between lecturing, facilitating change in business and policy models and advisory work. She holds several... Read more
  • Elisa Ferreira - Elisa Ferreira is the European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms. She previously served as vice-governor of the Bank of Portugal from 2016 until 2019. From 2004 to 2016, she was... Read more
  • Mariya Gabriel - Mariya Gabriel is the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. From 2009 to 2017, she was a Member of the European Parliament, where she served as Vice-President... Read more
  • Following are the speakers of the panel discussions:

  • Ana Tecilazić - Ana Tecilazić is the Secretary General of the Algebra University College, a professional higher education institution in Croatia, where she is responsible for institutional developments in line with European and... Read more
  • Hilligje van’t Land - Dr. Hilligje van’t Land serves the global higher education community as Secretary General of the International Association of Universities (IAU) – global NGO with UNESCO Associate Status. For the past two... Read more
  • Jiří Nantl - Jiří Nantl is Deputy Governor of the South Moravia Region in the Czech Republic. He previously served also as Deputy Minister of Education of the Czech Republic. Jiří is a... Read more
  • Jon Altuna - Academic Vice-Rector at Mondragon University since 2011, received his Ph.D degree in signal processing and electronics engineering from the University of Edinburgh (UK) in 1997. He worked as a lecturer... Read more
  • Following are the speakers of the interactive sessions:

  • Denise Amyot - Denise Amyot is the President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada (formerly ACCC). The association is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics.... Read more
  • Gohar Avetisyan - Gohar is PhD course graduate, PMP, researcher in Economics, Master of Business Administration, Head of International Cooperation at European University Foundation. She is the author and co-author of 2 manuals,... Read more
  • Dimitri Corpakis - Dimitri Corpakis, is an independent expert, writing and talking on innovation, growth and technological change. An engineer and planner by training, he has more than 30 years’ experience on the... 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
  • Laura Eigbrecht - Laura Eigbrecht has been a researcher at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University at the Chair of Education Management and Lifelong Learning since 2019. She is currently doing her PhD in... Read more
  • Ülle Ernits - Ülle is the Rector of Tallinn Health Care College in Estonia since 2006. Extensive work experience in health care has provided her with the best possible overview of the principles... Read more
  • 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
  • Stefan Ignar - Professor of hydrology and water resources at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Head of the Department of Hydraulic Engineering. He has significant experience in development and management of... Read more
  • Luis Coelho - Luis Coelho is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon. He received his MSc degree in 1993 and PhD degree in 2005 in Mechanical Engineering at... Read more
  • Luis Miguel Pinho - Luis Miguel Pinho is Pro-President of the Polytechnic of Porto (P.PORTO) for the areas of Research and Innovation. He is Director of the Porto Research, Technology & Innovation Center (PORTIC),... Read more
  • Birgitte Woge Nielsen - Birgitte is the project manager for courses on the 17 SDG for lecturers at VIA University College in Denmark. VIA Campus North is an education institution with five different health... Read more
  • Gabriele Permoser - Gabriele Permoser has a master degree in political sciences from the University of Vienna. During her studies, she focused on higher education and research policy. From 2010 to 2013, she... Read more
  • André Francisco Pilon - Editor, Journal Academus; Associate Professor (University of São Paulo); Psychologist (State Court of Justice); Director (Health Education Dept., Ministry of Health). He is the author of a theoretical and practical... Read more
  • Ulla Preeden - Since 2016, Ulla is the Rector of Tartu Health Care College in Estonia. She is passionate about improving the quality of higher education and convinced that higher education institution has... Read more
  • Hannes Raffaseder - Hannes Raffaseder studied communication engineering and computer music in Vienna. For almost 20 years he has been working as a lecturer and researcher in the fields of audio and sound... Read more
  • Vahram Soghomonyan - Vahram holds a PhD in Technical Science and is Associate professor at the chair of Information Technologies and Applied Mathematics. He is the author of 18 scientific articles and 6... Read more
  • Katalin Szondy - Dr. Katalin Szondy has been working as Head of Service Unit Higher Education Development and Section Head Programme Development at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences since 2013, where she... Read more
  • Tine Ternest - Tine Ternest is head of internationalisation at VIVES University of Applied Sciences since 2016. She studied pedagogical sciences at KULeuven and worked for a couple of years in the field... Read more
  • Richard Tuffs - Richard Tuffs was director of the ERRIN network (www.errin.eu) from October 2010 to August 2017. He then acted as senior advisor until December 2018.  Prior to this role he worked... Read more
  • Lies Verstraete - Lies Verstraete graduated as a geographer from the University of Ghent, after which she started an additional study in Conflict and Development. After a career start as a Geography teacher... Read more
  • Following are the moderators of the event:

  • Joseph Ryan - Dr Joseph Ryan is Chief Executive Officer for the Technological Higher Education Association, the representative and advocacy organization for the 14 Institutes of Technology in Ireland.  The technological higher education sector... 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
  • Registration is now open until Friday 14 May 2021! REGISTER HERE.

    During these first two weeks, both members and non-members of EURASHE can register for the Annual Conference for free.
    Virtual seats for early bird registration are limited and EURASHE reserves the right of closing the early bird registration earlier if all the available spots are taken.

    From 5 April or after the available seats have run out, a EUR 50 fee will be applied for non-members of EURASHE.

    Please consult the calendar of registration below:

    Type of registration When EURASHE Members Non-members of EURASHE

    Early bird registration

    (limited virtual seats)

    22 March – 4 April Free Free
    Normal registration  5 April – 14 May Free EUR 50

    Confirmation

    The receipt of the registration will be confirmed by email (please check your spam folder if the automatic email is not received). However, please note that your registration will only be finalised by a separate email, where further instruction on how to access the virtual event platform will be given.

    EURASHE will reserve the rights to decline registrations in order to respect an equal representation of institutions and countries.

    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat at annual-conference@eurashe.eu.

    The Annual Conference online platform will be online on Thursday 6 May 2021

    Even in its virtual setting, EURASHE 30th Annual Conference is designed to be a place of sharing, exchange and discussions. This will be made possible by a virtual event platform that offers different networking opportunities for the Conference participants, among them:

    • Possibility of creating an “attendee profile”;
    • Contact, chat and fix one-on-one private meetings with other attendees within the Conference platform;
    • Actively engage during the different sessions through the chat and Q&A tools.

    Practical instructions on how to take advantage of all the networking opportunities offered by the virtual event platform will be sent to participants prior to the Conference.

    Call for contributions is now closed

    Rationale

    The concept of sustainable development, which is fundamental for the European Union, is based on a large holistic approach to a whole range of interlinked global challenges. The Union, represented by the European Commission has been instrumental for the preparation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations in 2015. In 2017 Member States reached the new European Consensus on Development “Our world, our future, our dignity” which set up the framework for the EU response to Agenda 2030. The suitable development will be also in the heart of the political agenda for the next European Commission (2019-2024). The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) plot out a route on how to overcome the challenges we face, and to improve our habitat, our economy and our lives. They will shape all EU internal and external policies and steer the implementation of the next seven-year EU budget.

    It is amply acknowledged that the achievement of the SDGs will not be possible without education, and not the latest Professional Higher education (hereafter –PHE), significant involvement in the cause. Thus, five years after the setting out of Agenda 2030, it is important to analyse the experience accumulated and to draw the way forward.

    The conference will be structured along the five pillars of Agenda 2030: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnerships.

    The purpose of the conference is to build up a set of Specific Recommendations and discuss a potential Action Plan for their implementation by professional higher education and its stakeholders over the next years. The conference will also be the occasion to celebrate EURASHE’s 30th anniversary.

    Structure and concept for contribution

    We expect contributions from practitioners from higher education institutions and relevant stakeholders from the field, including companies, students, national authorities, civil society organisations, NGOs, quality assurance agencies and other organisations which would correspond to one of the 5 pillars of the Agenda 2030 (People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, Partnerships) 

    For each one of these pillars, we will look at:

    • PHE Institutional policies and culture;
    • Teaching, training and learning methods and practices;
    • Research and Innovation activities;
    • Students’ engagement;
    • Serving the community needs.

    Even in its virtual setting, EURASHE’s annual conference is an excellent opportunity to present current practice or research and test new ideas, elicit feedback from colleagues and stakeholders, and engage with all participants. 

    EURASHE welcomes three types of contributions:

    1. Breakout sessions

    2. Good practice examples:

    Participants will be free to select which session they decide to attend based on the title and abstract of the submissions. Contributors are encouraged to pay specific attention to the title and abstract of their submission which must be concise, informative and accurate. Titles and abstracts (and biographies) may be edited by the organisers as required.

    The following experts nominated by EURASHE will evaluate the submissions:

    1. Thomas Berger, EU-Liaison and international relations officer, Hochschule Fulda University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
    2. Mariana Ivanova,Vice-Rector for Educational activities and International cooperation, University of Agribusiness and Rural Development (Bulgaria)
    3. Themis Kaniklidou, Assistant Director of the PhD program, Hellenic American College (Greece)
    4. Hannes Raffaseder, ‎Chief Research and Innovation Officer, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences (Austria)
    5. Roosa Veijola, European Policy Advisor, SAMOK University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

    All submissions will be reviewed separately by two reviewers. When allocating submissions for review, attention is paid to avoid a potential conflict of interest.

    Benefits

    Presenting at EURASHE’s annual conference allows to reach a wide audience and will give you visibility prior to and during the Conference. In addition, a fee waiver will be provided per contribution.

    Evaluation criteria

    Each submission will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

    • The submission corresponds to the theme of the conference;
    • The submission is clearly focused and will be of interest to participants;
    • The submission strives to involve participants and its organisation is credible/feasible;
    • The submission is critical and reflective and allows participants to reflect on successes and challenges (if applicable).
  • Dr. Themis Kaniklidou - Dr. Themis Kaniklidou is Associate Professor of Translation Studies at Hellenic American University. She is Associate Director of the PhD program in Applied Linguistics and Coordinator of the MA in... Read more
  • Mariana Ivanova - Prof. Mariana Ivanova, Ph.D. Vice-Rector Educational activities and International cooperation at University of agribusiness and rural development – Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Experience in a number of projects on sustainable development with a... Read more
  • Hannes Raffaseder - Hannes Raffaseder studied communication engineering and computer music in Vienna. For almost 20 years he has been working as a lecturer and researcher in the fields of audio and sound... Read more
  • Thomas Berger - Thomas Berger has been head of the EU liaison office of the University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Fulda since 2016. Before he joined the university he had been managing director... Read more
  • Roosa Veijola - Roosa Veijola is a European Policy Advisor at University of Applied Sciences Students in Finland (SAMOK). SAMOK represents over 140 000 UAS students in Finland and is the only UAS specific... Read more