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European Commission's Event on Innovation in Higher Education

Date: 18 November 2013
Location: Brussels, Belgium, 10:00 - 17:00
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18 November, 2013 - Bibliothèque Solvay, Brussels, BELGIUM

Current developments in higher education call for innovative actions. New information and communication technologies are becoming more and more integrated in the higher education provision. Additional challenges such as the increasing globalisation; a rising competition between education providers; personalised learning; the emergence of a more interdisciplinary, soft-skills and creativity oriented education are affecting the current educational landscape. Experts point to a potential disruption in the higher education sector in the current decade.

In order to nurture the debate around those topics, the event will gather leading practitioners, education managers, academics and technology professionals for sharing and discussing experiences, examples of new practices for supporting and promoting innovation across the higher education systems from Europe and beyond. During the event the results of a new study on "Innovation in Higher Education" will be presented. The event will present an opportunity for open discussion and practical exchanges on various subjects such as: leveraging technological innovation; innovation in teaching and learning; drivers of institutional innovation.



10:00 - 10:30 Registration and coffee

10:30 - 10:45 Welcome and introduction

Chairperson: Mr Xavier Prats Monne, Deputy Director General, DG Education and Culture

10:45 - 11:15 Opening Speech

Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the European Commission in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth (tbc)

11:15 - 13:00 High-Level Pannel:

  • Prof. Craig Calhoun, Director of the LondonSchool of Economics and Political Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Dean of HHL - Leipzig Graduate School of Management, former Minister of Innovation, Nordrhein-Westphalia
  • Dr. Elizabeth Philips, Vice-President, Arizona State University (tbc)
  • Prof. Karen Maex, University of Leuven, EIT GoverningBoard Member

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch

14:30 - 16:00 3 Sessions Running in Parallel:

  • Leveraging Technological Innovation in Higher Education / Technology development in the last 20 years has created unprecedented challenges and opportunities for HEI.
  • Innovation in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education / A look at the variety of novel ways for teaching and learning that are emerging.
  • Drivers of Institutional Innovation in Higher Education / Change and innovation are not automatic developments. Leadership and vision play a key role in the journey of HEI towards a more innovative environment. 

16:00 - 16:30 Debrief from the three sessions

16:30 - 17:00 Conclusions



Due to the high level of interest and a limited number of registrations please send your registration stating your affiliation via email to EAC-UNIVERSITY-BUSINESS-COOPERATION@ec.europa.eu by October 15th 2013. 

Please note that the Commission cannot reimburse your travel and accommodation.

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