Conference: Current Priorities and Future Challenges: Higher Education in the Nordic Region

On behalf of the Swedish Government, the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) is organising a Nordic conference on quality in higher education. The conference, Current Priorities and Future Challenges: Higher Education in the Nordic Region, will be held in conjunction with Sweden’s Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers on 13 June at the Brewery (Münchenbryggeriet) in Stockholm. It is aimed at decision makers and individuals active in higher education in the Nordic region.

The conference is an opportunity for learning, dialogue and conversation about relevant issues.

How can digitalisation help us meet these challenges and what demands does digitalisation place on us? How can we learn from each other in the Nordic region when working with quality assurance of higher education and research? How do we make higher education more accessible to more people? The conference will also highlight equality issues related to higher education.

To give the participants an additional opportunity to meet and network, UKÄ is hosting a dinner the evening before the conference. There is a limited number of seats to the dinner.

Register here: https://www.delegia.com/conferencejune13

Preliminary programme, programme specifics to be provided later

The conference will be moderated by Niklas Ekdal and Lisa Kirsebom.

08:30–09:00 Breakfast

09:00–10.15
Opening remarks by Professor Anders Söderholm, Director General of the Swedish Higher Education Authority, UKÄ
The Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research, Helen Hellmark Knutsson
The State Secretary to the Norwegian Minister of Research and Higher Education Iselin Nybö, Rebekka Borsch

10:15–10:45 Break

10:45–11:45
Nordic student panel “The Challenges with Implementing National Policies within Higher Education”

11:45–12:45 Lunch

12:45–14:15 Parallel theme sessions

Session 1: Linking Research and Higher Education
Participants:
PhD Åsne Kalland Aarstad, Senior adviser at the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education, NOKUT “Joint evaluations of research and education in Norwegian social sciences: evaluation model and preliminary results”
PhD Sigurður Óli Sigurðsson, Manager of the Quality Board for Higher Education in Iceland, RÀNNIS “Quality management of research: On the 2nd revision of the Islandic QEF”

Panel discussion:
PhD Stephan Hamberg, Head of Section for Evaluation and Quality Enhancement at the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education, NOKUT
Karin Järplid-Linde, Head of the Department of Quality Assurance at the Swedish Higher Education Authority, UKÄ
Professor Ulf Ellervik, Lund University
Carl Jacobsson, Senior adviser at the Swedish Research Council, VR

Session 2: Challenges and Opportunities of Digitalisation
Participants:
Professor Jan Gulliksen, Vice President for Digitalization, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm "Digitalisation and its effects on society – particularly on higher education”
PhD Riitta Rissanen, Rector at Lapland University of Applied Sciences “Current Priorities in Finnish Higher Education: Building for the Future”

Panel discussion:
Secretary General Gard Titlestad, International Council for Open and Distance Learning
Professor Per Michael Johansen, Rector Aalborg University
Professor Helen Dannetun, Vice-Chancellor Linköping University

14:15–14:45 Break

14:45–16.00
PhD Fredrik Bondestam, Research coordinator at the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research "Sexual Harassment in Academia: Conclusions and Recommendations from an International Research Review"

Closing comments and summary of the day
Participants:
Rebekka Borsch, State Secretary to the Norwegian Minister of Research and Higher Education Iselin Nybø
Professor Anders Söderholm, Director General of the Swedish Higher Education Authority, UKÄ
Charlotta Tjärdahl, President of the Swedish National Union of Students, SFS