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 will be streamed live. Parts of the conference will also be available as videos for viewing later.

You will find the webstreaming here

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.

Registrations

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

The deadline for registrations is 1 June 2018.

Programme

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

08.30–09.00 Breakfast

09.00–10.15 Introduction

Opening remarks by Professor Anders Söderholm, Director General of the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ); Helene Hellmark Knutsson, the Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research; Rebekka Borsch, State Secretary to Iselin Nybø, the Norwegian Minister of Research and Higher Education.

10.15–10.45 Coffee break

10.45–11.45 The challenges with implementing national policies within higher education

Nordic student panel:
Elsa María Guðlaugs Drífudóttir, Chairperson of the National Union for Icelandic Students (LÍS); Petteri Heliste, Officer for International Affairs and Education Policy of the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL); Julian Lo Curlo, International Officer of the National Union of Students in Denmark (DSF); Charlotta Tjärdahl, President of the Swedish National Union of Students (SFS); and Jone Trovåg, International Officer of the The National Union of Students in Norway (NSO).

11.45–12.45 Lunch

12.45–14.15 Parallel theme sessions

Session 1: Linking research and higher education

“Joint evaluations of research and education in Norwegian social sciences: evaluation model and preliminary results”
Åsne Kalland Aarstad, PhD, Senior Adviser at the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT).

“Quality management of research: on the 2nd revision of the Islandic QEF”
Sigurður Óli Sigurðsson, PhD, Manager of the Quality Board for Higher Education in Iceland (RÀNNIS).

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

Session 2: Challenges and opportunities of digitalisation

“Digitalisation and its effects on society – particularly on higher education”
Professor Jan Gulliksen, Vice President for Digitalization, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

“Current priorities in Finnish higher education: building for the future”
Riitta Rissanen, PhD, Rector at Lapland University of Applied Sciences.

Panel discussion:
Professor Helen Dannetun, Vice-Chancellor at Linköping University; Inger Askehave, Professor, Pro-rector, Aalborg University; Secretary General Gard Titlestad, International Council for Open and Distance Learning; and Annika Pontén, Deputy Head of Authority at the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ).

14.15–14.45 Coffee break

14.45-15.30 Equal opportunity

“Equal Opportunity - not just a matter of gender equality”
Karin Röding, Director General of the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR).

“Sexual harassment in academia: conclusions and recommendations from an international research review”
Fredrik Bondestam, PhD, Research Coordinator, Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research.

15.30-16.15 Closing comments and insights

Comments and summary of the day:
Hans Adolfsson, Vice-Chancellor Umeå University; Riitta Rissanen, PhD, Rector at Lapland University of Applied Sciences; and Julian Lo Curlo, International Officer of the National Union of Students in Denmark (DSF).

Insights and priorities for continued Nordic cooperation:
Sigurður Óli Sigurðsson, PhD, Manager of the Quality Board for Higher Education in Iceland (RÀNNIS)., Science and Culture; Rebekka Borsch, State Secretary to Iselin Nybø, the Norwegian Minister of Research and Higher Education; and Charlotta Tjärdahl, President of the Swedish National Union of Students (SFS).

Bus to Arlanda Airport departs at 16.30

Everyone is welcome to take our free bus to Arlanda. The bus will stop at terminals 4 and 5.