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, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME department of the European Commission, Directorate for Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value-Chains.

She has been previously serving as public official, first with the EC department for Agriculture and Rural development as responsible for the strategic communication on post- 2013 reform of the Common Agriculture Policy, and later took the lead for a policy coordination unit on Small Business issues, including microeconomic statistics, international regulatory dialogues, public procurement, standardisation and better regulation with Directorate general for Enterprises and Industry.

Her private sector experience was mainly gained in the services sectors, such as data and telecommunication, audio-visual and higher education. In the latter she has been responsible for professional orientation of Master degree students in Higher education institutions in France, but also lead on Corporate Social Responsibility issues.

She holds a specialised MBA in International Trade and Marketing, a research Master degree in social sciences, as well as Master degrees in Eastern languages and Oriental studies, History and Economics.

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), including Russia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, etc. and in that capacity representing the interests of some 6 million engineers. In recent years he established the FEANI National Members Forum, organized the European Engineers Day, inaugurated the Engineers Europe Advisory Group as a consortium of professional Organizations from academia, employers and engineers, and developed a European database on available Engineering Institutions and Programs in the EHEA. He represents the interests of the engineering profession at the EU Institutions and was also (2012-2018) Vice-President of the European Network for the Accreditation of the Engineering Education (ENAEE). He previously worked (2001-2009) as Managing Director of Europe Net NV, the European umbrella Organisation for roadside assistance to HGVs (automobile clubs) and as Liaison Officer at CEN/CENELEC for the European standardization of electronic components. He holds a Master Degree from the University of Ghent (BE) and an MBA from the City University of Seattle (USA).

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 the departements of Curriculum Development, Student Affairs, Internationalization and Research.    Since the beginning she was closely involved in the implementation of all aspects of the Bologna goals within her institution as well as in the introduction of systems of quality assurance and institutional accreditation.    As senior member of the board she participates in the institution’s strategic planning. 

She holds a Master’s degree in General Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania (Phildelphia, PA, USA)  and a Master’s degree in Germanic Philology (literature & linguistics) from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium).   She started out her career as a research assistant and lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.  Subsequently she moved to the United States where she spent 15 years in Philadelphia.   There she studied and worked at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) as a lecturer, research assistant and Director of Dutch Studies in the Department of Germanic Languages.   

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 on SW development for embedded systems. Serving Automotive OEMs and Tier 1, Aeronautics and Electronics clients the unit established it as a reference within Altran Group with reaching more the 130 SW Engineers size in less than 3 years growing >100%YoY.
Simultaneously is has been responsible for establishing the R&D strategy responsible for delivering new innovative solutions for the group. By growing company investment on R&D initiatives by 50% YoY, his team has setup a self-sustained ecosystem capable of delivering new solutions and cutting edge expertize supporting business operation.

More recently, Rodrigo is CEO of VORTEX CoLab, a new center for research and technology transfer, resulting from the joint-venture of Altran, three Portuguese research centers: NOVALincs/UNL; CISTER/ISEP and HASLab/INESCTEC and Beta-i.
Its purposes is to quickly transfer cutting-edge research into tangible products, providing competitive advantage to clients who want the most advanced solutions to the market.  

 

Senior Executive with more than 18 years of experience, Rodrigo is a strong and respected leader in technology and innovation. He has strong record of accomplishment on software systems for Automotive, Aerospace, Energy and Mobility domains where he has held executive leadership roles in Technology Strategy, Engineering Management, R&D Strategy and Management, Software Development, Business Development and Operations.
Reputed for his out-the-box thinking, and strong commitment skills he has successfully led breakthrough initiatives ranging from embedded SW for automotive and space, electric mobility, smart metering, predictive maintenance.

Rodrigo has been an active member of the European R&D community where he has served as Steering Board member in the Artemis-Industry Association, contributing to Strategic Research Agenda of EU on Cyber physical Systems and leading the Portuguese contribution to several EU funded projects.

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 production of Nylon 6. Since 2011 AquafilSLO has been home to the ECONYL® regeneration plant, which turns waste into first grade nylon for apparel and carpets. Today AquafilSLO is a centre of excellence for the Group’s policies of sustainability and innovation. Mr. Kraus, born in Trieste in 1956, holds a degree in Economics and Commerce from Trieste University.

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

    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 university, he is now the director of the Institute, an institution that enrolls some 2500 students and delivers 26 awards. He has been member of the EURASHE Board since 2012 and was elected President of EURASHE in 2015 for a mandate of 2 years. Stéphane Lauwick is also member of the Board of ADIUT, the French Association of Directors of University Institutes of Technology. He is the former director of the Continuing Education Centre and Apprentice Training Centre of the University of Le Havre. In that capacity, he actively promoted lifelong learning and developed the recognition of prior learning (RPL) process both within the University and at international level. He has worked with EUCEN on these issues and has advised on the establishment of the RPL process for the University of Mauritius and the World Customs Organisation.

    Stéphane Lauwick (France), 10th President of EURASHE (2015 – present)