University-Business Forum

University-Business Cooperation - A Partnership for Modernisation and Growth

22-23 February 2018; National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria

Programme

DAY 1 - 22 February 2018, Floor 7, Hall 3
08:30 - 09:30
Registration
09:30 – 11:00 Official opening session
Moderator:
Ms Anna-Marie Vilamovska, Executive director Working Ideas, Member of the EC Digital Entrepreneurship Board
Opening Speeches
09:35
Mr Krasimir Valchev, Minister of Education and Science, Bulgaria
Mr Jens Nymand-Christensen, Acting Director-General, European Commission, DG EAC
Mr Andrey Kovatchev, Member of the European Parliament
10:20 – 11:00 Keynote Address
Mrs Margarita Popova, Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria (January 2012 – January 2017), Vice President and General Secretary of the Bulgarian Industrial Association.
Ms Gillian Moreira, Pro-Rector, University of Aveiro, Portugal
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 13:00
PANEL DISCUSSION – University-Business cooperation for modernisation: challenges and opportunities
Moderator:
Ms Anna-Marie Vilamovska, Executive director Working Ideas, Member of the EC Digital Entrepreneurship Board
Panellists:
Mr Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Education and Employment, Malta
Prof Lyuben Totev - President of the Bulgarian Rectors’ Council
Ms Jana Kolar, Executive Director CERIC-ERIC, Member of the Governing Board of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) and of the Executive Committee.
Mr. Stefan Gramatikov, Student, Technical University Sofia
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT AND GOVERNANCE, FLOOR 7, HALL 3
University-Business Cooperation – Leadership, Management and Governance

It has long been clear that while a lot of important and enterprising projects and initiatives start as bottom up approaches in higher education, good management and strong leadership are, ultimately, the greatest guarantors of success when it comes to supporting and implementing these initiatives. A successful and innovative HEI is one that is led clearly, that communicates its objectives and provides support across its institution. This session will look more closely at what can be done to consolidate and improve good management and leadership in the HEI sector.
14:30 - 16:00
WORKSHOP 1.1: HEI Governance: How can good practices from private and public sector inspire the governance of higher education?

This session will look at current examples of good practice, both in the public and the private sector in Europe and examine how aspects might be transferred to management and governance in the higher education sector.

Moderator:
Mr. David Wilson, Formerly Deputy Director, European Programmes & Engagement, BEIS, UK.

Speakers:
16:30 - 18:00
WORKSHOP 1.2: Leadership and management: Institutional change as a driving force for innovation

This workshop will showcase several institutions that have brought about significant and lasting change through a new form of leadership and a change in their approach to the governance and management of their HEIs.

Moderator:
Mr. David Wilson, Formerly Deputy Director, European Programmes & Engagement, BEIS, UK.

Speakers:
  • Emilia Zankina, Associate Professor in Political Science, American University in Bulgaria.
  • Prof Łukasz Sułkowski, PhD, Economics and Humanities, Chair of HEI Management Department, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.
  • Mr Tomcho Tomov, Head of the National Competence Assessment Center at the Bulgarian Industrial Association
  • Ms Tatiana Schofield, Head of Knowledge Exchange, Research Office, Royal College of Art, United Kingdom
DRIVING REGIONAL INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT, FLOOR 5, HALL 9
University-Business Cooperation – Driving Regional Innovation and Development

University - Business Cooperation can help regional innovation ecosystems flourish and, in some Member States, we are seeing a highly targeted approach that ensures the greatest relevance and chance of success.
14:30 - 16:00
WORKSHOP 2.1 Innovation in the regions: higher education for smart specialisation

Cooperation between universities and business can have significant impact at regional level. Universities can provide two critical factors that allow local companies to increase their competitiveness through innovation, namely knowledge and skilled human capital. Geographical proximity of universities and businesses allows innovation to flourish through formal and informal interaction between faculty and students with local firms, as well as through knowledge transfer when graduates enter the workplace.

Moderator:
Ms Anna-Marie Vilamovska, Executive director Working Ideas, Member of the EC Digital Entrepreneurship Board

Speakers:
16:30 - 18:00
WORKSHOP 2.2 From neighbours to knowledge partners. Higher Education and regional innovation: the cross-border dimension.

Moderator:
Mr Ruslan Stefanov, General manager ARC Consulting (ARC Fund Group)

Speakers:
ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION & DEVELOPMENT, FLOOR 5, HALL 8
University-Business Cooperation – Entrepreneurship education and Development

The mission of higher education institutions (HEIs) has changed, expanded and evolved. This is reflected in the changing place of the HEI in our societies as it tries to fit in with a shifting social, cultural and economic environment.

This stream takes a look at these parallel evolutions in the HE sector and the workplace. From new approaches to entrepreneurship and innovation (social entrepreneurship, sustainable entrepreneurship, cultural innovation…) in higher education to more socially engaged businesses and small-scale entrepreneurs. New approaches to support HEIs to adapt to this changing environment and to their changing role will be addressed within the broader debate on how HEIs and business can cooperate for social and cultural innovation.
14:30 - 16:00
WORKSHOP 3.1: Entrepreneurship Education – what approaches for what outcomes?

This workshop will take a closer look at so-called "entrepreneurship education". It will give examples of the different types of teaching and learning that come under this banner and some examples of the impact and outcomes of these courses and approaches and how curricula are being changed to integrate entrepreneurial skills.

Moderator:
Mr. Ebrahim Mohamed, Director of Infintra360

Speakers:
16:30 - 18:00
WORKSHOP 3.2: Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation: addressing societal challenges through innovation

We are in a time of great upheaval and many of the social provisions and structures that used to be provided by the state are being eroded. European demographics have changed dramatically in the past 30 years and many new societal challenges have arisen on the back of this, exacerbated by years of financial crisis. In response we have seen the emergence of new modes of cooperation and cultural and social engagement and solidarity. Social entrepreneurship is increasingly recognised as filling the gap left by the state. This session will present and discuss some examples how HEI and business cooperate to address societal challenges, how HEIs reach out to the community to solve problems faced by its citizens and to stimulate social innovation.

Moderator:
Mr. Ebrahim Mohamed, Director of Infintra360

Speakers:
19:30 - 22:30 Gala Dinner
DAY 2 - 23 February 2018, Floor 7, Hall 3
Moderator:
Ms Anna-Marie Vilamovska, Executive director Working Ideas, Member of the EC Digital Entrepreneurship Board
09:30 - 10:00
Presentation and discussion of conclusions of parallel sessions

Rapporteurs:
10:00 - 10:25
KEYNOTE ADDRESS "Looking Ahead"

Ms Rumyana Trencheva, Managing Director, SAP South-Eastern Europe
10:25 - 10:40
The State of the University-Business Cooperation in Europe'- main findings and recommendations from a major European study

Dr Todd Davey, Director, International Projects, Münster University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
10:40 - 11:00
Policy Outlook:
Florian Pecenka, Head of Unit Education, Science and Research ,Permanent Representation of Austria to the European Union
11:00 - 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 - 12:40
PANEL DISCUSSION: SUPPORT STRUCTURES FOR START-UPS AND SCIENCE PARKS IN OR OUTSIDE HEI'S?

Moderator:
Ms Anna-Marie Vilamovska, Executive director Working Ideas, Member of the EC Digital Entrepreneurship Board

Panellists:
Prof Nikolay Denkov, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Mr. Lyuben Belov, Founding partner, LAUNCHub Ventures
Prof Elpida Keravnou-Papailiou, Member of the Governing Board of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) and of the Executive Committee.
Mr Diogo Parreira, President, European Confederation of Junior Enterprises (JADE)
Prof. Carsten Fussan, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Found IT – Foundation Centre of the University
12:45 - 13:00
Closing

Ms Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva, Director 'Innovation, International Cooperation and Sport', European Commission, DG EAC
13:00 - 14:30
Lunch & Conference end
14:30 - 17:30
Cultural programme