Seminar on Regional Development – Bratislava 2016

bratislava_1EURASHE organised a seminar on regional development titled ‘Higher Education as a Driver of Regional Development – Applied Sciences & Research within Diversified Higher Education Systems and Their Role in Knowledge Exchange and Regional Development‘ in Bratislava (Slovakia) on 6-7 December 2016.

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  • Seminar on regional development, Bratislava, 6-7 December – REGISTRATIONS OPEN 31/10/2016- The registrations for EURASHE’s seminar on regional development in Bratislava (Slovakia) on 6-7 December 2016 have now been opened. The aim of the event, titled ‘Higher Education as a Driver of Regional... Read more
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    Following is the programme of the event:

    Day 1 – Tuesday 6 December 2016

    12.30 – Registration and coffee

    13.00 – Opening of the seminar and welcome words

    Slovak Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Youth (Slovakia)

    Stéphane Lauwick, President, EURASHE (France)

    doc. Ing. Ján Piteľ, PhD, Vice-Dean for Science and Research Activities, Technical University Kosice (TUK) (Slovakia)

    13.30 – Plenary session: keynote speakers

    Role and Mission of European Universities of Applied Sciences as actors in regional knowledge exchange, Michal Karpíšek, Secretary-General, EURASHE (Belgium)

    Potential role and missions of Slovak HE within regional development agenda, lessons learnt from the project “Higher Education as a Driver of the Knowledge Society Development” (Slovakia), Peter Obdržálek, Head of Centre for Educational Management at the Faculty of Management, Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia)

    Promoting HEIs regional knowledge exchange – An overview of development of Irish Institutes of Technology, their regional engagement and growing focus on applied research and entrepreneurship, Richard Thorn, Emeritus President, Institute of Technology, Sligo (Ireland)

    Presentation of following working sessions

    14.50 – Coffee break

    15.10 – Parallel workshop presentations of best practices and moderated discussions

    Regional foundations of Austrian UAS and their contribution to regional development (Austria), Prof. Dr. Michael Roither, Vice Rector for International Relations, University of Applied Sciences Burgenland (UASB) (Austria)

    Professional Higher Education: Regional Integration – Regional Innovation, The German Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University, Prof. Dr. phil.habil. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Vice-President of the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Stuttgart (Germany)

    SMEs perspective on collaboration with HE institutions, Mika Tuuliainen, Head of Educational Affairs, Federation of Finnish Enterprises (FFE) (Finland)

    16.30 – Plenary session, panel discussion on workshop results

    Presentation of the results from the working sessions’ discussions and further discussion

    moderated by Stéphane Lauwick, President, EURASHE (France)

    17.30 – End of day 1

    19.30 – Seminar reception at Hotel Saffron 4*, Radlinského 27, 811 07 Bratislava, Slovakia

    Day 2 – Wednesday 7 December 2016

    9.00 – Registration

    9.30 – Plenary session: keynote speakers

    Moderated by Armando Pires, Vice-President, EURASHE (Portugal)

    Higher education contribution to regional development as a key issue for the modernisation and development agenda, Dr Norman Apsley, Chief Executive, Catalyst Inc (Ireland)

    Slovak industry expectations for increasing the regional knowledge triangle cooperation (Slovakia), Jaroslav Holeček, Executive Vice President of the Automotive Industry Association of the Slovak Republic

    Presentation of following working sessions

    10.15 – Parallel workshop presentations of best practices and moderated discussions

    The Role of Professional Higher Education in Regional Development – Good Practice in Northern Hungary, Prof. Dr. László Dinya, EKU-KRC Gyöngyös (Hungary)

    Challenges for higher education diversification to enhance their engagement with the regions and businesses, Karel Šima, Senior researcher and consultant, Centre for Higher Education Studies Prague, (Czech Republic)

    11.30 – Plenary session, panel discussion on workshop results

    Presentation of the results from the working sessions’ discussions and further discussion

    Moderated by Armando Pires, Vice-President, EURASHE (Portugal)

    12.00 – Role of Universities of Applied Sciences in European modernisation policy, Adam Tyson, Head of Unit for Higher Education and Erasmus, European Commission

    12.40 – Presentation of conclusions

    doc. Ing. Ján Piteľ, PhD, Vice-Dean for Science and Research Activities, Technical University Kosice (TUK) (Slovakia)

    Peter Obdržálek, Head of Centre for Educational Management at the Faculty of Management, Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia)

    12.50 – Closing of the seminar

    Stéphane Lauwick, President, EURASHE (France)

    13.00 – Light networking lunch

     

    13:45 – Central European networking session for the identification of potential themes and forms of joint cooperation after the seminar, focused primarily on Visegrad countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) and Austria

    14.00 – 16.00 – EURASHE Committee for Strategic Advice (CSA) – restricted meeting for CSA members only

     

    Higher Education as a Driver of Regional Development – Applied Sciences & Research within Diversified Higher Education Systems and Their Role in Knowledge Exchange and Regional Development

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    Background

    The tasks and roles of higher education within the modern society have enhanced substantially and got stratified resulting into a diversified landscape of higher education programmes and institutions. Besides the traditional universities with a strong focus on knowledge creation and research a growing number of higher education institutions focus on other agendas – teaching and learning role, internationalisation, providing expert capacity for public discussion, transfer of existing knowledge to society and the world of work, promotion and development of the region and community in which they operate. On the contrary to the traditional academic activities and values the latter tasks are quite often confronted with misperceptions and misinterpretation of necessary support and challenges.

    The regional dimension of higher education, community and enterprise development, mutual communication between higher education institutions, region and the world of work including small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) is strongly embedded within the mission of the Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS), their values and characteristics and contribute to strengthening their links to regional community and labour market.

    Diversification of universities’ mission and roles has been an issue for the Slovak government for the last decade, with numerous attempts and systemic arrangements to strengthen links of Slovak universities to labour market, in order to release a part of their capacity for contribution to the regional development. However, these issues represent a challenge for a number of other countries, as well, and are also at the centre of attention of EURASHE. The seminar will provide a suitable opportunity to set a platform for exchange of views, experience and lessons learnt and for discussing various solutions from the international perspective, yet paying a reasonable attention to the Slovak agenda, as well.

     

    Objectives

    The aim of the event is to:

    • Generate discussion and ideas on how to further develop the knowledge exchange including applied research and learning needs reflection in cooperation between European higher education institutions and various regional actors
    • Showcase good practices from different European countries regarding regional cooperation including students’ engagement
    • Share and discuss experiences and expectations from different sides; higher education, businesses and students. Exchange ideas on priorities for regional-focused activities between the European and Slovak actors in order to promote a networking platform and further cooperation of the seminar participants
    • Based on the workshop discussions, draft conclusions regarding challenges and possible approaches to addressing regional knowledge exchange and a role of higher education at European, as well as Slovak level

    The event presents the key topics of regional cooperation from the European perspective, but simultaneously also presenting the specific Slovak aspects within the regional development.

    Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Michal Karpíšek, Secretary-General of EURASHE- Michal Karpíšek is the Secretary-General of EURASHE, starting 1 June 2016. He has been Executive Officer of the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) since 1994. He... Read more
  • Jaroslav Holeček- Ing. Jaroslav Holeček, PhD. holds the position of Executive Vice President of the Automotive Industry Association of the Slovak Republic. After graduating from the Electro- technical faculty of the Slovak... Read more
  • Karel Šima- Dr. Karel Šima works in the Centre for Higher Education Studies, Prague as a senior researcher and consultant. He studied history and anthropology at Charles University, Prague where he also... Read more
  • Richard Thorn- Richard is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (Bachelor degree in Natural Sciences in 1978 and a PhD in 1983) and the Institute of Public Administration (MA in Public Management,... Read more
  • Adam Tyson- Adam Tyson is Head of Higher Education at the Directorate General for Education and Culture at the European Commission. He is responsible for developing EU higher education policies, overseeing the... Read more
  • Peter Obdržálek- Peter Obdržálek is serving as Head of Centre for Educational Management at the Faculty of Management, Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia) and is founder of Armstrong Competence Consulting company. In... Read more
  • 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
  • Michael Roither- Prof. Dr. Michael Roither is Vice Rector for International Relations and Program Director for “Information Media Communication” at the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland (UASB). He is responsible for international... 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
  • Mika Tuuliainen- Mika Tuuliainen is the Head of Educational Affairs at the Federation of Finnish Enterprises (FFE) and responsible for educational policies and innovation policies and activities in the field of Higher... Read more
  • Stéphane Lauwick, President of EURASHE- Stéphane Lauwick joined the University of Le Havre (France) in 1993 as a professeur agrégé. After heading the Electrical Engineering Department of the University Institute of Technology (IUT) of that... Read more
  • Armando Pires, Vice-President of EURASHE- Armando Pires is a graduate of Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon. He received his MSc degree in 1988 and PhD degree in 1994 in Electrical Engineering at... Read more
  • Ján Piteľ- doc. Ing. Ján Piteľ PhD has been the Vice-Dean for Science and Research Activities at Faculty of Manufacturing Technologies in Prešov, Technical University Košice (TUKE), Slovakia, since 2005. Previously he... Read more
  • Norman Apsley- Dr Norman Apsley OBE, FREng FIAE FInstP CPhys, CEng. Chief Executive,  Catalyst Inc, formerly NI Science Park Foundation Ltd. Dr Norman Apsley has had a forty five year career in... Read more
  • Following are the practicalities of the event:

    Travel to Bratislava

    Using Bratislava Airport (BTS): There is a bus connection from Bratislava airport to the city centre. When taking the bus, please note that bus drivers do not sell bus tickets. Additional information here. You can also take a taxi from the airport for about 20€.

    Using Vienna International Airport (Schwechat): Vienna International Airport, located in Schwechat can also be used to travel to Bratislava. There is a direct bus connection from the airport to the centre of Bratislava. Buses leave from the airport approx. every 30 minutes and the journey takes about 50 minutes. The cost of a ticket varies according to the time and bus company from 4 to 9 €. Buses go either to Bratislava Bus Station (Autobusová Stanica, Mlynské Nivy) or Most SNP (depending on the bus company you choose). There are three bus companies offering transport from Schwechat Airport to Bratislava: Slovaklines, Regiojet, Blagus

     

    Seminar location

    The seminar will take place at Comenius University Science Park Bratislava, located at Ilkovičova 8, 841 04 Karlova Ves, Slovakia. It is shown in yellow on the map underneath.

    The seminar reception will take place at Hotel Saffron 4*, Radlinského 27, 811 07 Bratislava, Slovakia. It is shown in pink on the map underneath.

     

    Accommodation

    Following is a selection of hotels near the seminar venue. They are shown in red on the map underneath.

    1. Hotel Saffron 4*, Radlinského 27, 811 07 Bratislava, Slovakia – website – 4,1 km from the seminar location – 31 single and 31 double rooms are pre-booked until 20 November, participants can book by email with the code ‘EURASHE’ for a single room at EUR 65/night and a double room at EUR 75/night
    2. Hotel ibis Bratislava Centrum 3*, Zamocka 38, 811 01 Bratislava, Slovakia – website – 3,1 km from the seminar location – starting at EUR 55/night
    3. HOTEL MAX INN 3*, Pri Suchom mlyne 7507/7, 811 04 Bratislava, Slovakia – website – 2,3 km from the seminar location – starting at EUR 70/night
    4. Falkensteiner Hotel Bratislava 4*, Pilárikova 7372/5, 811 03 Bratislava, Slovakia – website – 2,9 km from the seminar location – starting at EUR 109/night

     

    Map

    View Seminar on Regional Development – Bratislava 2016 in Google Maps here.

     

    Organisers

  • Technical University of Košice (TUKE)- The Technical University of Košice was founded in 1952. The number of students currently attending nine TUKE faculties is 10 643. Out of this number there are 8 728 full-time... 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
  • Comenius University in Bratislava- Comenius University in Bratislava is the oldest and biggest university in the Slovak republic. Established in 1919, the university draws on the tradition of Academia Istropolitana that was founded in... Read more
  • Registrations are now closed.

     

    Registration fee

    The registration fee includes attendance at the seminar, all materials (documentation and welcome package), coffee breaks, the seminar reception on Tuesday 6 February and the lunch on 7 December for participants. The fee does not cover travel and accommodation expenses.

    The registration fees are set as follows:

    • Regular participants (non-members of EURASHE): EUR 99
    • Members of EURASHE: EUR 75
    • Participants from Slovakia: EUR 60
    • Seminar reception for a companion (spouse/partner only) on 6 December: EUR 25

    Additionally, participants can order additional copies of the Manual for IQA handed over at registrations, whose fees are set as follows:

    • Regular participants (non-members of EURASHE): EUR 39
    • Members of EURASHE: EUR 19

    There is a possibility to pay your fee in cash on the spot. Should you wish to do so, an administrative fee of EUR 20 may be charged in addition to your registration fee.

     

    Cancellation

    Cancellations must be sent in writing to eurashe@eurashe.eu.

    Cancellations received prior to 23 November 2016 will be reimbursed fully, minus a EUR 20 handling fee. Cancellations received between 23 and 30 November 2016 will be reimbursed in the amount of 50% of the participation fee, minus a EUR 20 handling fee. Participants who cancel after 30 November 2016 or do not attend the seminar will be liable to pay the entire registration fee.

    Substitutes may be accepted at any time, provided that the secretariat is informed of the change.

     

    Confirmation

    The registration will be confirmed by an email. However, please note that your registration will be completed and considered final only when your payment has been received.

    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the secretariat at eurashe@eurashe.eu.

    Following are the photographs of the event: