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Thursday 9 October 2014

09.30 – 10.00            Opening plenary session

Welcome addresses

  • Stefano Paleari, Rector of the University of Bergamo, Italy


  • Maria Helena Nazaré, President of the European University Association

10.00 – 11.00            Presentation of DEFINE project findings

  • Thomas Estermann, Director Governance, Funding and Public Policy Development, European University Association

11.30 – 12.30            Morning plenary session

University leaders’ panel

  • Per Holten Andersen, President, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Alain Beretz, President, University of Strasbourg, France
  • Ingmar Björkman, Dean of Aalto University School of Business, Finland
  • Joachim Hornegger, Vice-President for Research, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

14.00 – 16.00            Parallel thematic sessions

Session 1 Performance-based funding in higher education and research

  • Dieter Dohmen, Managing Director, Institute for Education and Socio-Economic Research (FiBS), Germany
  • Peter Rokers, Controller, HAN University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
  • Jeroen Vanden Berghe, Chief Logistics Administrator, Ghent University, Belgium

Session 2 University mergers and concentration measures

  • Janco Bonnink, Head of Policy, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Gust Janssen, Finance Director, Hasselt University, Belgium
  • Catherine Maunsell, Director of Quality Promotion and Assurance, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, A College of Dublin City University, Ireland

Session 3 The role of leadership to steer through restructuring and funding changes

Session 4 The impact of austerity policies on funding systems & university activities

  • Stefano Paleari, Rector, and Michele Meoli, Assistant Professor, University of Bergamo, Italy
  • Carmen Perez-Esparells, Former Vice-rector for Innovation, and Fernando Casani, Associate Professor, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
  • Mike Jennings (Respondent), General secretary of IFUT (The Irish Federation of University Teachers), Ireland

16.30 – 17.30            Evening session

External perspectives

  • Arthur M. Hauptman, Higher Education finance specialist, USA
  • Alex Usher, Director, Higher Education Strategy Associates, Canada

Friday 10 October 2014

09.00 – 10.30            Morning plenary session

09.00 – 10.30            Presentation of the 2014 release of EUA’s Public Funding Observatory

09.30 – 10.30            European funding schemes and their impact on universities

  • Wolfgang Burtscher, Directorate General Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Marcin Pałys, Rector, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Simon Roy, Directorate General Education and Culture, European Commission

11.00 – 12.30            Parallel thematic sessions

Session 5 The effect of cost-sharing on students and universities

  • Luisa Cerdeira, Professor, University of Lisbon, Portugal and Lourdes Machado, Researcher, Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES), Portugal
  • Johannes Wespel, Researcher, and Dominic Orr, Senior Researcher, German Centre for Research on Higher Education and Science Studies (DZHW), Germany
  • Erin Nordal (Respondent), Vice-Chairperson, European Students’ Union

Session 6 Funding for excellence: lessons learnt

  • Alain Beretz, President, University of Strasbourg, France
  • Luis Delgado, Advisor, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain
  • Stefano Fantoni, President, National Agency for the Evaluation of the University and Research Systems, Italy

Session 7 Institutional efficiency strategies

  • Pieter-Jan Aartsen, Corporate Controller, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Chris Hale, Assistant Director of Policy, Universities UK

Session 8 Challenges to higher education financial sustainability in the Eastern Neighbourhood Area

  • Karine Harutyunyan, Deputy Minister for Education and Science of Armenia and Kristina Tsaturyan, Head of International Cooperation Unit, Khachatur Abovian Armenian State Pedagogical University (Full article available here)
  • Viktor Kozyuk, Vice-Rector, Ternopil National Economic University, and Nataliia Konstantiuk, Associate professor, Ternopil Ivan Pul’uj National Technical University, Ukraine

14.00 – 15.00            Afternoon plenary session

Funders’ panel

  • Wim van Niekerk, Programme Manager, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands
  • Pietro Guindani Vice-President, Assolombarda, Italy
  • Anne-Marie Engel, Director for Research, Lundbeck Foundation, Denmark

15.00 – 16.00            Final plenary session

  • Report by Liviu Matei, Chief Operating Officer, Central European University, Hungary. Consult the final report
  • Closing by Lesley Wilson, EUA Secretary General and Stefano Paleari, Rector of the University of Bergamo

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