Beyond Europe: Joining European Universities Alliances as R&I International Partners

Beyond Europe: Joining European Universities Alliances as R&I International Partners

This online conference will take place on 24 April 2024 and it is hosted by the MCI | The Entrepreneurial School® as part of Compass, a satellite project and flagship for the Ulysseus Alliance R&I agenda and strategy.

 

This new edition is specifically devoted to the exploration and sharing of best practices for fostering partnerships outside the European Union (EU). Irrespective of the objectives or the nature of the partnership a European University Alliance may be, our goal is to bring together experts, scholars, and professionals in the field of R&I internationalization.

 

 

About this conference

The objective of this conference is to present the international cooperation strategy for R&I at Ulysseus. Expanding upon the success of the inaugural COMPASS Conference on Research and Innovation (R&I) internationalization strategies for European Universities Alliances (EUA’s).

’Beyond Europe’ first conference, focused on R&I Internationalisation Strategies for European University Alliances and provided a foundational understanding of the challenges faced by Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in developing their internationalization strategies beyond the borders of Europe.

By contrast, this new edition is specifically devoted to the exploration and sharing of best practices for fostering partnerships outside the European Union (EU). Irrespective of the objectives or the nature of the partnership a European University Alliance may be, our goal is to bring together experts, scholars, and professionals in the field of R&I internationalization.

’Beyond Europe: Joining European Universities Alliances as R&I International Partners’ aims to provide participants with practical insights derived from their collective experiences and successes. The invaluable lessons and best practices shared by European University Alliances will serve as a guiding light for institutions, regardless of the type of partnership they are considering.

Agenda

Part I: Science Diplomacy for International R&I Collaboration

10:00 AM – 10:05 AM: Opening Session (5 minutes)

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Overview of the Conference
  • Introduction of Speakers

10:05 AM – 10:15 AM: Session 1 Topic: Leveraging Science Diplomacy for International R&I Collaboration
Charlotte Rungius

Moderator: Saranne Comel

10:15 AM – 11:05 AM: Panel discussion (50 minutes)

  • Alicia Perez-Porro
  • Charlotte Rungius
  • Luciana Radut-Gaghi
  • Siegfried Walch

Moderator facilitates a discussion with panellists + selects and poses questions to panelist from audience

On this session

Science diplomacy emerges as a pivotal force in bolstering collaborative relationships between European University Alliances (HEI) and global partners beyond the European Union (EU) boundaries, particularly in the domain of research and innovation (R&I).

This panel discussion explores the multifaceted role of science diplomacy in fostering fruitful partnerships between European HEIs and international stakeholders, shedding light on its diverse contributions and implications.

 

Part II: Joining a European Universities Alliance (HEI) as an R&I Partner: Good practices from EUIs

11:05 AM – 11:10 AM: Opening Session (5 minutes)

  • Introduction of Speakers

11:10 AM – 11:25 AM: Session 2 Topic: Unlocking Innovation: Best Practices for International Partnerships with European Universities Alliances (HEI) (15 minutes)

Moderator: Natacha Estèves

Speakers:

  • Alessandra Fiorio Pla (UNITA)
  • Francisco do Adro (UNITA)

11:25 AM – 12:15 PM: Q&A Session (50 minutes)

  • Selma Porobic (AURORA Alliance)
  • Alessandra Fiorio Pla (UNITA)
  • Francisco do Adro (UNITA)
  • Peter Rosenbaum (EUTOPIA)

Moderator facilitates a discussion with panellists + selects and poses questions to panelist from audience

12:15 AM – 12:55 PM: Break (40 minutes)

 

On this session

Some European Universities have been working on establishing collaboration with partners outside the EU. Regardless of the objectives and the form this partnership may take, EUIs experience and best practices are invaluable for other alliances that wish to follow a similar strategy. This panel will discuss and reflect on the best practises of European Universities Alliances (HEI) when establishing partnership outside the EU.

Part III: Joining the Ulysseus Alliance: Lessons for Laval & Danang/DNIIT

12:55 PM – 13:00 PM: Introduction to Part II (5 minutes)

  • Recap of Part I
  • Introduction of Part II Speakers

13:00 PM – 14:15 PM: Global Perspectives: Learnings from Ulysseus Alliance for Laval & Danang/DNIIT Engagement (75 minutes)

Moderator: Siegfried Walch

Speakers:

  • Prof. Fabien Ferrero (Université Côte d’Azur)
  • Prof. Stéphane Ngo Mai (Ulysseus – Université Côte d’Azur)
  • Vice Rector Carmen Vargas (Ulysseus – University of Seville)
  • Prof. Bui Va Ga (University of Da Nang | DNITT)
  • Ms. Ho Long Ngoc (DNIIT) (Vietnam)
  • Ms. Nguyen Thi Anh Thu (DNIIT) (Vietnam)
  • Vice President Le Quang Son (Da Nang)
  • Vice Rector François Gélineau (Université Laval)

14:15 PM – 14:25 PM: Q&A Session (10 minutes)

  • Moderator facilitates a discussion with panellists + selects and poses questions to panelist from audience

14:25 PM – 14:30 PM: Closing Remarks (10 minutes)

  • Summary of Key Takeaways
  • Thanking Speakers, Participants, and Sponsors
  • Announcement of Future Events

On this session

The integration of Danang University/Danang International Institute of Technology (DNIIT) in Vietnam and Université Laval in Canada into the Ulysseus Alliance underscores the alliance’s commitment to advancing international collaboration in higher education.

In June 2023, both Danang/DNIIT (Vietnam) and Université Laval signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ulysseus European University Alliance, solidifying their commitment to enhancing international cooperation in education, research and innovation, as well as other collaborative activities.

As of May 2024 Danang, University/DNIIT will become a Strategic Partner in the Ulysseus Alliance, marking a historic milestone as the first non-EU branch of the Ulysseus European University. This achievement is the culmination of a process initiated in January 2022, with the current phase focused on finalizing the terms of their collaboration.

The upcoming panel discussion will delve into the progression of establishing these unprecedented collaborations, as well as shedding light on the significance of partnerships like Danang University/DNIIT and Laval in contributing to Ulysseus’ global achievements.

Speakers

Charlotte Rungius

Scientific Project Manager and Researcher – Science Advice, Science Diplomacy and International Affairs Centre for Social Innovation (Austria)

Alícia Pérez-Porro

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Scientific Coordinator at Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) (Spain) and EU Science Diplomacy Working Groups WG3 Expert

Luciana Radut-gaghi

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CY Cergy Paris Université (France) and Vice-President of International Relations and Strategic Partnerships

Selma Porobic

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Chair FOREU2 Cooperation with Non-EU partners Working Group & Aurora Lead Capacity Development Programme CEE (Czech Republic)

Alessandra Fiorio Pia

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Institutional Coordinator for International Mobility at University of Torino (Italy), UNITA Alliance.

Francisco do Adro

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Head of UNITA Office Coordinator at the University of Beira Interior (UBI) & UBI NECE researcher (Portugal).

Peter Rosenbaum

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Head of International Office at Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)

Fabien Ferrero

Professor of Electronics and Telecommunication;  Researcher at Laboratoire d’Electronique, Antennes et Télécommunications & Co-director of the CREMANT, Université Côte d’Azur (France).

Stéphane Ngo Mai

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Ulysseus General Innovation Hub Coordinator & Vice President of Strategy and Development at University of Côte d’Azur (France).

 

Carmen Vargas Macias

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Ulysseus General Coordinator & Vice-Rector of Institutional Projection and Internationalization of the University of Seville (Spain).

Bui Va Ga

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Former Deputy Minister of Education and Training and Former Director of University of Danang (Vietnam).

Ho Long NGoc

Danang International Institute of Technology (DNIIT) and Vice-Director of International Relations Department (Vietnam)

 

Nguyen Thi Anh Thu

Danang International Institute of Technology (DNIIT) and Vice Director of DNIIT (ULYSSEUS Hub at UD) (Vietnam)

Le Quang Son

Vice President of the University of Danang (UD) in charge of Research and International Cooperation

François Gélineau

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Vice-Rector of International Affairs and Sustainable Development of Université Laval (Canada).

Moderators

Saranne Comel

Director of IDEX International and European Program at University of Côte d’Azur (France)

Natacha Estèves

Ulysseus Innovation Hub Manager
at MCI | The Entrepreneurial School (Austria)

Siegfried Walch

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Head Ulysseus Coordinator & Head of Department & Studies for Non-profit, Social & Health Management at MCI | The Entrepreneurial School (Austria)

Target audience

To whom is this event addressed?

 

The conference theme bears notable importance for both European and non-European institutions keen on fostering existing or future connections for potential collaborations with European University Alliances. Hence, This holds particular relevance for institutional leaders within HEIs, higher education researchers, individuals generally involved in European Universities Initiative, and anyone who is interested in the topic on R&I international strategies of higher education institutions.

Are you interested in the exploration and sharing of best practices for fostering partnerships outside the European Union? If so, join Beyond Europe II!

Conference Organization & Contact

This event is organized by MCI|The Entrepreneurial School® based in Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria.

MCI|The Entrepreneurial School® seamlessly blends higher education, research, and practical application in management, society, technology, and life sciences.

”Beyond Europe: R&I Internationalization Strategies for European Universities” is part of the Ulysseus satellite project COMPASS. Here, MCI leads ”Beyond Ulysseus” a work package whose goal is to extend Ulysseus European University beyond Europe, sharing the impact of R&I good practices with universities and institutions outside the Ulysseus network.

For any queries regarding the organization of this event, please contact John Gardiner and Katharina Wolf, event managers.

About COMPASS

COMPASS: Leading Ulysseus to become a European University excellence model through Research and Innovation” is a Horizon 2020 project of Ulysseus and the flagship for its R&I agenda and strategy.

COMPASS has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement No 101035809. The views and opinions expressed in this communication are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.