DEAN Annual Conference - Barcelona 16-18 November 2008 (DEAN 2008)

Venue: Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

Location: Barcelona 08034, Spain

Event Date/Time: Nov 16, 2008 End Date/Time: Nov 18, 2008
Registration Date: Oct 30, 2008
Early Registration Date: Sep 15, 2008
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Higher Education operates in a globally competitive environment in which HEIs are competing for students, academic staff, researchers and finance. National and worldwide rankings of HEIs are outcomes of this more competitive environment and of greater public and government calls for quality assurance, transparency and accountability.

To meet these challenges, the Lisbon Agreement declared support for the European Higher Education Area and the European Research Area. Europe’s competitiveness and long-term economic growth depends on its capacity to innovate.

Across Europe, national governments are reviewing the structure of their higher education systems and questioning whether the variety and number of their HEIs is appropriate to respond to the challenges of the global knowledge society.

What is the best mechanism for ensuring diversity of institutional mission and widening access for students, while also striving for excellence? Should some HEIs concentrate on research and others on teaching, be mainly responsive to regional demands or engage at global level ?

Bologna is creating an open space for students to move around for studies. Practical tools such as ECTS, the diploma supplement, the European qualification framework and the standards for quality assurance support these aims. These changes will make Europe an attractive destination for the wider world, but also increase competition between European HEIs.

Is European higher education prepared to respond to this new environment and new demands?

This two-day DEAN Conference will be an excellent opportunity to take stock of developments in Higher Education in the last few years and to find out how to position yourself beyond 2010.

Confirmed speakers so far include :
• Prof. Serban Agachi, Vice-Rector, University of Cluj-Napoca
• Mr. Gero Federkeil, CHE ranking
• Prof. John Goddard, University of Newcastle and leader of the OECD-IMHE project on the contribution of HEIs to regional development
• Prof. Ellen Hazelkorn, director and dean, Faculty of Applied Arts, Dublin Institute of Technology
• Mr. Martin Ince, THES-QS ranking
• Prof. Liu Nian Cai, Shangai Jiao Tong Ranking
• Prof. Jörg Steinbach, President SEFI (European Society for Engineering); Vice-President, Technical University Berlin
• Prof. Dirk Van Damme, Head of Cabinet, Flemish Minister of Education and host of Leuven 2009 Conference of European ministers of Education
• Prof. Karel Van Liempt, Vice-President, MEDINE network of medical faculties; director Medical faculty, University of Antwerp


Campus Nord UPC , Plaça Eusebi Güell, 6

Additional Information

Registration fee for DEAN member : 550 Eur, early registration (before 15/9); 450 Eur Registration fee for non DEAN member: 650 Eur, eraly registration : 550 Eur