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Host: Nika Triebe

Day 1 - Thursday, February 25, 2016

08:30
Registration and warm-up coffee
Location: Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Wiedner Hauptstraße 63, Julius Raab-Saal
09:30
Together, we strive for excellence
Christoph Leitl
President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
09:40
European Commission and higher education: a shared agenda
Tibor Navracsics

Member of the European Commission in charge of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
09:50
Universities and Business - Innovative Cooperation for the benefit of regions and society
Harald Mahrer
State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy
10:00
Keynote: "Dealing with realities – How university-business partnerships help solving higher education’s challenges"
Jörg Dräger
Executive Director of the Centre for Higher Education
Board member of the Bertelsmann foundation
10:25
Keynote: "Community, Collaboration, and Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Economy”
Alexa Wesner
US Ambassador to Austria
10:40
Coffee Break
11:10
"Creative approaches for cooperation"
Sandart by Eventshows.at
11:20
Panel Discussion: "Cooperating for a common purpose: Partnerships for value"
Panel participants:
  • Michaela Huber
    OMV, Senior Vice President HSSE & Sustainability
  • Ute Goetzen
    Volkswagen AG / Head of Dual Studies Group
  • Harald Kainz
    Rector of Graz University of Technology, President of Technical Universities Austria
  • Stefano Paleari
    Board Member of European University Association, University of Bergamo
  • Elmar Pichl
    Director General for Higher Education, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy
12:30
Breakout Sessions
Four parallel breakout sessions in four subject areas
You can find details about the subject areas and the breakout sessions here.
Location: Rooms in the Octogon, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
Area 1 Mutual benefits: Learning to work and working to learn
Area 2 Higher education institutions – a good place for future entrepreneurs?
Area 3 Evolving roles for higher education institutions
Area 4 Lifelong learners ready to tackle societal challenges
13:30
1st Breakout
Option 1.1 Expanding Dual Studies across sectors and disciplines
Option 2.1 Promoting entrepreneurial thinking and activities
Option 3.1 Triggering institutional change in higher education institutions
Option 4.1 Discovering new pathways for lifelong learning
15:00
Coffee Break
15:30
2nd Breakout
Option 1.2 Thinking ahead: Responsible cooperation
Option 2.2 Turning ideas into action: Support for business creation
Option 3.2 Working for society and regional innovation
Option 4.2 Academic upskilling – a permanent need
17:20
Leisure Time or Free Sightseeing-Tour
Sightseeing-Tour with the Tram through the historical heart of Vienna to the Dinner Location.
Meeting point: you will be guided from the event location to the tram station "Mayerhofgasse".
18:00
Networking and presentation of Third-Mission-Activities of Austrian Universities
Location: Hall of Science, Wollzeile 27A, Vienna
19:00
Dinner: "Science meets Business meets Music"
Location: Hall of Science, Wollzeile 27A, Vienna
Music by eXtracello

Day 2 - Friday, February 26, 2016

08:30
Registration and warm-up coffee
Location: Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Wiedner Hauptstraße 63, Julius Raab-Saal
09:00
Key Insights of the Breakout Sessions
Presentation of the most important results from the first conference day.
  • Keith Herrmann
    Director of Employability and Careers, University of Surrey
  • Marion Maurer
    Director Human Resources and Member of the Board McDonald's Austria (inactive)
  • Todd Davey
    Lecture of strategic marketing, University of Applied Science Münster and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Thomas Mayr
    Director of ibw Austria - Research & Development in VET
09:45
Testimonials of Academic Spin-offs
  • Markus Aufleger
    "AirborneHydroMapping GmbH", new technology for the very detailed survey of rivers, lakes and reservoirs, spin-off of University Innsbruck, Austria
  • Dominik Schmitz
    "Collective Energy", University of Natural Ressources and Applied Life Sciences, Austria
  • Giuliana Ucelli
    President & CEO, Nively SAS, spin-off of two EU funded projects, Nice, France
10:30
Coffee Break
11:00
Keynote: "The new world: collaboration as solution for the future"
Werner Wutscher
Founder and CEO of New Venture Scouting
11:30
Panel Discussion: "Alliances for innovation: a policy response"
Panel participants:
  • Denis Crowley
    European Commission, DG Education and Culture, Head of Unit, Innovation in Education, EIT and MSCA
  • Paul Rübig
    Member of the European Parliament for the Austrian People's Party
  • Eva Werner
    Rector of the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems in Austria
  • Michael Landertshammer
    Head of Department of Educational Policy, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
  • Fernando Galán Palomares
    Chairperson of European Students’ Union
12:45
Closing Statement
Denis Crowley
European Commission, DG Education and Culture, Head of Unit, Innovation in Education, EIT and MSCA
13:00
Lunch
14:00
Official End of the University Business Forum

Optional for participants from higher education institutions:

14:00-16:00
Workshop “HEInnovate – Self-assessment tool and methodology”
Location: Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Wiedner Hauptstraße 63, Saal 1
This hands-on session for self-assessment addresses Higher Education Institutions which are interested in
  • measuring their performance as innovative institutions
  • nurturing synergies between teaching, research, knowledge exchange and their societal engagement
  • developing their organisational, international, entrepreneurial capabilities and
  • initiating a (internal) dialogue about future priorities.

The free online tool can be accessed at www.heinnovate.eu. HEInnovate users can also join the HEInnovate community on LinkedIn to share experiences and learn from others. All participants should bring a laptop or portable device with internet connection.