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)

Budapest, Hungary – 28-29 April 2016
Budapest University of Technology and Economics,
Central building, I. floor Room nr. 95.
1111 Budapest, Műegyetem rkp. 3.


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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 28 April): Arrival of participants

19:30: Introduction to the event by Dr. András Szűcs, EDEN Secretary-General

20:00: Dinner


Day II (Friday 29 April): Preparing higher education leaders to become the change makers requested by knowledge societies

8:30 – 9:00: Registration

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

Prof. Dr. József Bódis, President of the HRC; Françoise Thibault, Vice-President, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, Isabelle Turmaine, director of information projects and services, IAU

9:30-10:30: Jean-François Ballaudé, keynote speaker

Response: Prof. Dr. János Józsa, rector of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics

10:30-11:00: Coffee break

11:00-12:30: Discussion I: Open Educational Resources and MOOCs: A powerful lever for the digital transformation of universities

Prof. Anne Boyer, University of Lorraine and Dr. Rita Ősz, head of International Relations Office, Óbuda University
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Andrea Kárpáti

12:30-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:30: Discussion II: University governance and the digital student’s needs and expectations: brainstorming and possible ways forward

Isabelle Turmaine, IAU; Dr. Zoltán Dubéczi, secretary general of HRC, and a university student
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Andrea Kárpáti

15:30-16:00: Coffee break

16:00-16:30: Public Policies for Higher Education, Françoise Thibault

16:30-17:00: Closing of the event

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