ACA Annual Conference 2011: The excellence imperative. World-class aspirations and real-world needs.

Vienna, 22-24 May 2011

Programme

Pre-conference day: 22 May 2011

14.00 - 16.00   

Registrations

16.30 - 18.30

Guided walks - Choice between:
> Vienna at First Glance
> Vienna Advanced

18.30 - 20.30

Welcome reception

1st conference day: 23 May 2011

08.30              

Registrations

09.15

Welcome addresses
Hubert Dürrstein, CEO, OeAD
Rolf Tarrach, ACA President / Rector, University of Luxembourg

09.45

Opening keynote
Georg Winckler, Rector, University of Vienna

10.30

Coffee break

11.00

Session 1: The 'concept' of the world-class university
Chair:
Bernd Wächter, Director, ACA
What is a world-class university?
Jamil Salmi, Tertiary Education Coordinator, World Bank
European higher education: where do we stand on excellence?
Adam Tyson, Head of Unit Higher Education, European Commission, DG Education and Culture
How to build a world-class university?
Patrick Aebischer, President, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne
World-class Universities and Rankings: a fatal relationship?
Ellen Hazelkorn, Vice President, Research and Enterprise, and Dean of the Graduate Research School, Head, Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), Dublin Institute of Technology

13.00

Lunch

14.30

Session 2: Excellence beyond research
Chair:
Hanneke Teekens, Director of Communication, Nuffic
All Real Teaching is Meeting: Excellence and the Dialogical principle
Walter Grünzweig, Professor of American Studies, TU Dortmund University
The responsible university
Sjur Bergan, Head of the Department of Higher Education and History Teaching, Council of Europe
The liberal arts concept
Marijk van der Wende, Founding Dean, Amsterdam University College
Dare to be different! Rankings and the dangers of conformity
Sijbolt Noorda, President, Association of Dutch Research Universities

16.30

Coffee break

17.00

Dialogue
Higher education for the 21st century
Helga Nowotny, President, European Research Council (ERC)
Rolf Tarrach, ACA President / Rector, University of Luxembourg

18.00

End of 1st conference day

20.00

Conference dinner

2nd conference day: 24 May 2011

09.00              

Session 3: Excellence and internationalisation
Chair:
Erich Thöni, University Representative International Relations, University of Innsbruck
Nine misconceptions of internationalisation
Hans de Wit, Professor of Internationalisation, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Must excellence be in English?
Wolfgang Mackiewicz, President, European Language Council
The other face of global mobility: higher education serving students from migrant communities
Dirk van Damme, Head, Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), OECD

10.30

Coffee break

11.00

Parallel Workshops
Workshop 1: Quality in mobility: a fata morgana?

Chair: Irina Lungu, Policy Officer, ACA
SpeakersAnnette Julius, Head of the Northern Hemisphere Department, DAAD; Arthur Mettinger, Vice-President, University of Vienna

Workshop 2: Internationalisation at home
Chair: Bernd Wächter, Director, ACA
SpeakersHanneke Teekens, Director of Communication, Nuffic; Wesley Teter, Regional Director, EducationUSA, U.S. Department of State
Workshop 3: Does language matter?
Chair: Queenie Lam, Project Officer, ACA
Speakers: Wolfgang Mackiewicz, President, European Language Council; Esko Koponen, International Education Advisor, University of Helsinki
Workshop 4: The responsible university
Chair: Laura Rumbley, Deputy Director, ACA
Speakers: Neil Kemp, Visiting Fellow, Institute of Education, London; Ulrich Grothus, Deputy Secretary-General and Director for Strategy and Projects, DAAD

13.00

Lunch

14.30

Feedback from the workshops

15.15

Too few and too many: the impact of demographics on higher education in the 21st century
Wolfgang Lutz, Director, Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences / Founding Director, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID, WU) / Leader, World Population Program (IIASA) / Professor of Applied Statistics and Director of Research Institute on Human Capital and Development (WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business) 

16.00

Final panel discussion
The lessons learned
Chair:
Bernd Wächter, Director, ACA
Ulrich Grothus, Deputy Secretary-General and Director for Strategy and Projects, DAAD
Eva Egron-Polak, Secretary-General and Executive Director, International Association of Universities
Marijk van der Wende, Founding Dean, Amsterdam University College
Neil Kemp, Visiting Fellow, Institute of Education, London

17.00

Goodbye
Bernd Wächter, Director, ACA