The EUA 2016 Annual Conference explored how Europe’s universities are developing comprehensive “bricks and clicks” strategies and how they are tackling the challenges involved in becoming more interactive and interconnected.
Universities in Europe are engaged in large-scale transformation in an attempt to address social, cultural and technological changes as well as the shifting expectations of students and society at large. At the same time, higher education institutions continue to be confronted with increasing competition and heavy financial constraints. Disruptive technologies are of central importance in these change processes. They play a decisive role in re-conceptualising the university eco-system by opening up new opportunities for coordinating and linking universities’ various missions, activities and processes in new and manifold ways.
Whether digitalisation is seen as a new paradigm and a game changer or simply a new modus operandi, it is having a major impact on the ways universities conduct research, provide teaching and relate to their community. Digitalisation also requires universities to consider new strategies and to review their modes of operation in order to be successful. A particularly important aspect of such strategies is how best to facilitate and support both virtual and physical interaction and collaboration between staff, students and the wider community, a capacity which may well constitute a key added value of universities in the future.
University leaders and practitioners shared their experiences of major change processes, such as the introduction of open access, open innovation and research and the incorporation of new technologies in university teaching. The conference also sought to explore how these transformations are affecting institutional development, in particular in terms of HR and campus management as well as community relations.
The conference was mainly aimed at university leadership, rectors and vice-rectors who wish to engage in a Europe-wide discussion, share good practices and learn from each other.
To see a video of the speech, please click here.
Martin Wirsing, Vice-President for Student Affairs, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
Bernard Rentier, former Rector, University of Liège, Belgium
Jaak Aaviksoo, Rector, Tallin University of Technology and former Minister of Education and Research, Estonia
Chair: Mari Sundli Tveit, Rector, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and EUA Board member
Yves Punie, Senior Scientist, Information Society Policy Research Unit, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Spain
George Ubachs, Managing Director, European Association of Distance Teaching Universities, the Netherlands
Chair: Ellen Hazelkorn, Director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit, Dublin Institute of Technology, and Policy Advisor to the Higher Education Authority, Ireland
Parallel session 1: Learning and teaching
Integrating bricks and clicks: experiences from Copenhagen Business School
Annemette Kjrgaard, Vice Dean for Academic Development and Learning Technologies, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Open learning content – how does it work in applied sciences?
Anne Lequy and Timo Staub, Rector, Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Using learning analytics to support applied research and innovation in higher education
Julià Minguillón, Director of Applied Research in e-Learning, Open University of Catalonia, Spain
Parallel session 2: Research and open science
Stepping stones towards open science at Delft University of Technology
Alenka Princic Head of Research Support, Library, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
Open Science developments in Polish universities and research organisations
Marek Niezgodka, Director, Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, University of Warsaw, Poland
Towards effective institutional policies to promote open access in educational resources
Carina S, Director of Innovation and Educational Technology, University of La Laguna, Spain
Parallel session 3: Outreach to society
E-Learning strategy of the University of Duisburg-Essen – building a successful digital campus
Isabell van Ackeren, Vice Rector for Teaching and Learning, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Digital presence at the University of Sheffield
Christopher Stokes, Director of Digital Learning, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Parallel session 4: Galway as a digital university
New impact for the Library in a digital university: opportunities and challenges
John Cox, University Librarian
All Aboard! Empowering staff and students to flourish in a digital age
Iain Mac Laren, Director, Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Using digital technologies to create flexible learning pathways for adult learners
Nuala McGuinn, Director, Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
Thomas Estermann, Director, Governance, Funding and Public Policy Development, European University Association, Belgium
Brian MacCraith, President, Dublin City University, Ireland
Mari Sundli Tveit, Rector, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and EUA Board member
To see a video of the session, please click here.