EDUIMHE › International conference: ‘Does size matter? - Universities competing in a global market’, Reykjavic, Iceland 4-7 June 2008
This international conference was jointly organised with the Nordic Universities Association (NUS) and the Nordic Association of University Administrators (NUAS) and hosted by the University of Iceland. It brought together 150 leaders and managers of universities from the five Nordic countries and beyond.
The conference presentations focused on the pros and cons of the institutional mergers and university rankings and sought strategies to face the growing global competition in higher education.
Conference programme and participants list:
Keynote speech: “Opportunity, Strategy and Effrontery: Understanding the Manchester 2015 Agenda”.
Alan Gilbert, President of the University of Manchester, UK
From international to global competition
From academic values to stakeholder value? – A critical response to the commercialisation of higher education.
Kari Raivio, Chancellor emeritus, University of Helsinki, Finland
The European response to global competition
Marijk van der Wende, Amsterdam University College, The Netherlands (IMHE Governing Board Chair)
The excellence initiative and its impact in Germany: the case of Karlsruhe
Eberhard Umbach, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Mergers – a Danish response to the global challenges
Lauritz B. Holm Nielsen, University of Aarhus, Denmark
‘Excellence from students’ perspective
Dagný Ósk Aradóttir, a student at the University of Iceland
Stronger by networking
Göran Bexell, University of Lund, Sweden
Globally competitive, locally engaged: higher education institutions as a regional driving force
Jarle Aarbakke, University of Tromsø, Norway
Does size matter?
Institutional size and rankings
Alex Usher, Educational Policy Institute, Canada.
Size, rankings and bibliometrics
Anthony F. J. van Raan, University of Leiden, Netherlands
University ranking – a critical perspective
Geir Ellingsrud, University of Oslo, Norway
Strategic options for small nations and their institutions in response to world university rankings
Tony Sheil, Griffith University, Australia.
Higher education in a small country
Ingjaldur Hannibalsson, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
Creating the Innovation University in Finland
Rector Yrjö Sotamaa, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland
Do You Know Your Unique Selling Points – and Does Anyone Else?
Dr Neil Kemp, International Education Consultant and Visiting Fellow, University of London
Original conference website