Preparing higher education leaders to become the change makers requested by knowledge societies

D-TRANSFORM conference organized in partnership with the International Association of Universities (IAU) and the Hungarian Rectors’ Conference (MRK)

When: 28-29 April 2016
Where: Budapest, Hungary

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The current European higher education system was designed to prepare an efficient and technically skilled workforce, a workforce that thrived in a 20th century industrial age of repetitive processes. To master the emergent and disruptive changes of the 21st century we need talents that thrive in processes of innovation, creativity and social impact, and to nurture this talent we need a radically different approach to education. In our knowledge society where information is open and accessible, the way universities can stay relevant is to embed skills such as critical thinking, teamwork, empathy, leadership and change making, skills that our digital students use in their everyday life but that are hidden in their curriculum. In a world changing faster and faster, students need interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial learning and solution-oriented skills to succeed.

Time is pressing. In Europe we may not have yet fully understood the world of our digital students and consequently, we must improve considerably the learning strategies and methodologies adapted to their needs and expectations. Europe is suffering a higher education crisis and is lost in that transition. What are the means deployed by the university governances to conduct this transformation process? What are the strategies needed to increase innovativeness and reactivity in a quickly evolving world?

On the basis of the information collected through a recent survey of European universities (2015) carried out in the framework of the D-TRANSFORM project, the event aims at fostering exchanges between leaders of universities in Europe and at discussing innovations that take into account the new collaborative cultures fostered by the present information technologies.

The event is open only for the Hungarian Rectors Conference members.

Day I (Thursday ): Arrival of participants

18:30: Registration

19:30: Introduction to the event by Andras Szucs, EDEN Secretary-General

20:00: Dinner

Day II (Friday ): Preparing higher education leaders to become the change makers requested by knowledge societies

9:00: Welcome by the 3 co-organizers:

Zoltan Dubéczi (MRK Secretary-General), Eva Egron-Polak (IAU Secretary-General), Françoise Thibault (vice-president of the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme)

9:30-10:30: Keynote speech – ICT and knowledge societies and their meaning for the governance of higher education institutions – (name tbc)

Response by a Rector from Hungary (tbc)

10:30-11:00: Coffee break

11:00-12:30: Workshop I: Technology in my university: Does it fit today’s and tomorrow’s students’ needs? How do I keep pace with technological changes?

Introduction and moderation: Hungarian Rectors’ Conference

12:30-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:30: Workshop II: What do new modes of education delivery imply for my university, looking at curricula, assessment, libraries, research, degrees, and recognition?

Introduction and moderation: Isabelle Turmaine, International Association of Universities (IAU)

15:30-16:00: Coffee break

16:00-16:30: Main results of the D-Transform survey, A. Boyer (Université de Lorraine)

16:30-17:00: Quick feedback from workshops and closing of the event.

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