Conference 2022

Date: 5-6 April 2022 in Vienna

Where: TU Vienna, TUtheSky, Getreidemarkt 9, 1060 Vienna, Austria

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5 April 2022 

Moderation: Emer Ní Bhrádaigh, Dublin City University

09:00 – 09:15: Welcome

  • Brigitte Ecker, WPZ Research, BeyondScale
  • Maria Keplinger, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

09:15 – 10:00: Current needs and challenges to become innovative, more entrepreneurial from HEI’s view and ministry perspective/national perspective, which dimensions matter? – moderated discussion among Erasmus+ Forward-Looking Cooperation Project coordinators
Moderation: Ruadhri Neavyn, Higher Education Authority

Rui Coutinho, University of Porto, RE-ACT (TBC)
Bárbara Gabriel, University of Aveiro, THEI2.0 (TBC)
Vaidotas Viliunas/ Jan Beseda, UASiMAP project (TBC)

10:00 – 10:30: Keynote: How to create an entrepreneurial mindset

  • Breda O’Dwyer, Munster Technological University

10:45 – 11:30: HEInnovate & Forward-Looking Cooperation Projects: Mission & Objectives

Monika Weymann, European Commission (TBC)
Raffaele Trapasso, OECD (TBC)
Zsuzsa Jávorka, Technopolis (TBC)

11:30 – 12:30: BeyondScale: Project objectives and the journey we made

Brigitte Ecker, WPZ Research
Nino Popkhadze, WPZ Research/EUA and Donnchadh Kindlon, Dublin City University: Value Proposition Workshop Format
Susanna Boldrino, FH Campus Wien: Inbound activities within BeyondScale
Helen McGuirk, Munster Technological University, Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence: Outbound activities within BeyondScale

12:30 – 13:15: Accompanying research – lessons learned, how to increase the success of change management at HEIs

Andrea Kottmann and Ben Jongbloed, University of Twente, Center for Studies of Higher Education Policy

14:30 – 15:00: Keynote: Keeping an eye and track of labour market developments and skills demand: What can HEIs learn from private sector approaches to collect and use skills data

Vanessa Tierney, CEO,, “Skills data mapping and matching for the new world of work” (TBC)

15:00 – 16:00: Policy Session: Missions, visions and objectives, how to avoid a strategic overload, what are future HEIs reaching for – moderated discussion

Andrea Hofer, OECD (Impulse))
Thomas Estermann, EUA (Impulse) (TBC)

Policy round table

Elmar Pichl/Heribert Wulz, Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (AT) (TBC)
Ruadhri Neavyn, Higher Education Authority (IRL)
Ivana Radonova, Ministry of Education and Science (BGR) 
Dusa Marjetic, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (SLO) (TBC)
Nuno Gomes Ferreira, Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education/ António Cunha (PT) (TBC)

16:00 – 16:30: Key Takeaways

Student’s view & reflection by Emer Ní Bhrádaigh

6 April 2022

Moderation: Sara Matt, University of Innsbruck (TBC)

09:15 – 10:15: Peer learning by Digi Buddy and Teacher Network – moderated discussion

Peter Joore, NHL University of Applied Sciences (Teacher Network)
Nino Popkhadze WPZ Research/EUA, Panourgias Papaioannou, WPZ Research (Digi Buddy)

Moderation: Roberto Henriques, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Daniel Pavlov, University of Ruse
Ana Teresa Ferreira Oliveira, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo
Andrea Kottmann/Ben Jongbloed, University of Twente, CHEPS

10:15 – 11:30: Getting ready for the green transition: curricula update, students’ involvement in inter-/transdisciplinary research projects, and innovating teaching and learning in higher education – inspiration & moderated discussion

Introduction: Elisabeth Doppler, BMBWF
Impulse: Elisabeth Steiner, FH Campus Wien, Verein Nachhaltige Hochschulen (TBC)

Moderation: Martina Merz, AAU (TBC)

Kurt Matyas, TU Wien, – on developing interdisciplinary study programmes with transdisciplinary elements of teaching and learning (TBC)
Claudia Kutnar, University of Primorska – on students’ involvement in inter-/transdisciplinary research projects (TBC)
Walter Jansen, Maastricht University Institute for Education Innovation, EDLAB – on innovating teaching and learning in HE (TBC)

11:30 – 11:45: Key takeaways

Student’s view & reflection by Sara Matt

 11:45 – 12:00: Closing