Summer cocktail and workshop “Professional Higher Education institutions and businesses: stronger interaction for greater impact in Europe”

Professional Higher Education institutions and businesses: stronger interaction for greater impact in Europe

EURASHE invites all the members of the Higher Education community to take part in the Summer cocktail and workshop “Professional Higher Education institutions and businesses: stronger interaction for greater impact in Europe”, which will take place on 13 June 2019 from 15:30 to 19:00 at the Erasmushogeschool, Rue des Six Jetons 70, 1000 Brussels.

The workshop will focus on how to optimise the interaction between PHEIs and businesses (industry and SMEs), in terms of research and innovation activities and learning provisions, including work-based learning and up-skilling, in a way that both parties are mutually reinforced and better prepared to take full advantage of the existing and forthcoming  EU funding opportunities, such as the European Structural and Investment Funds and Horizon Europe. 

Registration closes on 11 June

Register here

Please, download the full rationale for the workshop here.

We are living in a fast-changing world shaped by impressive scientific breakthroughs that lead to the creation of new products, services and business models at a speed and scale unparalleled in human history. They are transforming radically the way in which individuals, governments and companies relate to each other and the world at large. In the coming years, the European workers will need new skills to take full advantage of the modern technologies and mitigate job losses due to automation.

We need, therefore, to rethink the way talent is developed and deployed in the world. This requires breaking down old silos between education systems and labour markets, smarter approaches to the regulatory framework, new forms of public-private partnerships, and new methods of teaching and learning.

The close cooperation between Professional Higher Education institutions (PHEI) and companies is not only evident in their applied RTI-profile, but also in the profile of their researchers. Besides, their scientific competences they also have the ability to adopt the entrepreneurial perspective and to convey this perspective to their students. Thus, the PHEIs appear better placed than traditional universities to provide European workers with the right skills and knowledge they need to fully benefit from the on-going Fourth Industrial revolution (Industry 4.0).

Against this background, the workshop will focus on how to optimise the interaction between PHEIs and the private sector – industry and SMEs – in a way that both parties are mutually reinforced and better prepared to take full advantage of the forthcoming opportunities that will result from the sectoral initiatives under the next multi-annual financial framework, such as the Cohesion policy post-2020 (smart specialisation and regional investment in innovation) and Horizon Europe, the next European research and innovation programme.

Thursday 13 June | 15:00-19:30 | Erasmushogeschool, Rue des Six Jetons 70, 1000 Brussels
15:00 – 15:30 Registration
15:30 – 15:35 Welcome word by Mrs Ann Langenakens, Director of academic affairs, Erasmushogeschool
15:35 – 15:45 Welcome speech by Mr Stéphane Lauwick, President, EURASHE
15:45 – 16:05 “Higher Education and businesses: examples of European Commission’s action in encouraging strategic cooperation and support through EU funding”, Mrs Victoria Petrova, European Commission, DG GROW
16:05 – 16:25 “Shaping Together the Talent of Tomorrow”, Mr Rodrigo Maia, Chief Technology Officer, ALTRAN Portugal
16:25 – 16:45 “University/Business Cooperation: What do Engineers do for it ?”, Mr Dirk G. Bochar, Secretary General, FEANI
16:45 – 17:05 “A case of Aquafil: not wasting opportunities”, Mr Edi Kraus, General Manager, AquafilSLO
17:05 – 17:10 Wrap up
Moderator: Mr Iskren Kirilov, Policy Advisor, EURASHE
The event will be followed by the Networking Drinks Reception

Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Dirk G. Bochar- Dirk G. Bochar is Secretary General of the European Engineers Federation (FEANI) since 2010, a European umbrella Organization covering 33 National Engineering Associations from the European Higher Education Area (EHEA),... Read more
  • Edi Kraus- For more than 20 years Mr. Kraus has been involved in the management of AquafilSLO, the Slovene part of Aquafil Group – one of the leading global players in the... Read more
  • Anne Langenakens- Ann Langenakens is currently Director of Academic Affairs at Erasmus University College in Brussels, Belgium.   She has held this position since 2004 in the Office of the President and  oversees... 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
  • Rodrigo Maia- Rodrigo Maia is Chief Technology Officer of Altran Portugal since 2016. Over the last 3 years at Altran, he has built from scratch a Business Unit on Intelligent Systems focused... Read more
  • Victoria Petrova- Victoria Petrova has over 25 years of professional experience gained both in private and public sector. Currently, she is Advisor for SME dimension in industrial sectors, with the Internal Market,... Read more
  • Following is the moderator of the event:

  • Iskren Kirilov, Policy Advisor of EURASHE- Iskren Kirilov is a Policy Advisor on Research and Regional Agenda engagement at EURASHE.  Before joining the Organisation he worked at the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Commission... Read more
  • The event is free of charge.

    How to get there:

    Erasmushogeschool Brussels
    Rue des Six Jetons 70
    1000, Brussels