OECD Conference
Higher Education in Cities and Regions
  For Stronger, Cleaner and Fairer Regions
10-11 February 2011


Venue: University of Seville - School of Education,

Campus Ramón y Cajal, Calle Pirotecnia, Seville 41013


Wednesday 9 February 2011


19:00 Welcome cocktail - Seville Centre Hotel


Thursday 10 February 2011

  8:30 Registration


10:00 Welcome Plenary room

Opening Address
Aart DE GEUS,  Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD (Presentation)

11:00 Coffee break


11:30 Plenary session I: Higher education and human capital development: driving regional growth Plenary room

The regional dimension of education is crucial to promote economic growth and competitiveness. All regions can improve their capacity to adapt knowledge for innovation by focusing on regional assets. What is the role of HEIs in boosting regional innovation and how can government support this?

  •  Keynote speaker: Jamil SALMI, Tertiary Education Co-ordinator, World Bank
    Equity and human capital development: the role of higher education (abstract) (Presentation)

Panel discussion chaired by Barbara ISCHINGER, Director, Directorate for Education, OECD


13:00 Lunch


15:00 Plenary Session II: Higher education supporting innovation in cities and regions Plenary room

The regional dimension of innovation is crucial to promote economic growth and competitiveness. Not every region can be a Silicon Valley, but all regions can improve their capacity to adapt knowledge for their regional innovation needs. What is the role of HEIs in boosting regional innovation and how can government support this?

Panel discussion chaired by Richard YELLAND, Head of the Programme on Institutional  Management in Higher Education, OECD

16:30 Coffee break


17:00 Parallel sessions I


WG 1: OECD Reviews of Higher Education in Regional and City Development: are they worth it? Plenary room


Moderator: Jaana PUUKKA, Analyst, Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education, OECD (Presentation)


       • Eugenio GUZMAN, Dean of the Faculty of Government, Universidad del

          Desarrollo, CL (Abstract) (Presentation) (OECD Bío Bío Report)      

       • Xavier TESTAR, Director, Barcelona Research & Innovation Programme,       

          Barcelona City Council, ES (Abstract) (Presentation)

          (OECD Catalonia Report)

       • Lisa COLQUITT-MUÑOZ, Regional Co-ordinator, Paso Del Norte Business

          Group, US (Abstract) (Presentation) (OECD Paso del Notre Report)

       • Rik BLEEKER, Director, Stichting KennisKring Amsterdam, NL

       • Jan SIERSMA, Executive Board member, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL

          (Abstract) (Presentation) (OECD Amsterdam Report)


WG 2: Building stronger regions through cluster-based development Room 2.8


Moderator: Juhani NIEMINEN, Vice President, Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Fl (Presentation)


       • Luis FERNÁNDEZ-REVUELTA, Chair of Finance and Accounting,

          University of Almeria, ES (Abstract) (Presentation)

       • MUSHIRIFAH Idris, Professor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, MY (Abstract)



WG 3: Building international networks in higher education Room 2.7


Moderator: John H. HOWARD, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Development), University of Canberra, AUS


        • Julio TERRADOS, Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Quality,

           International University of Andalusia (UNIA), ES (Abstract) (Presentation)

        • Kaur GILL, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia,

           MY (Abstract) (Presentation)

        • Joseph MIFSUD, President, Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI)

           (Abstract) (Presentation)

        • Tracey WILEN-DAUGENTI, President, University of Phoenix Research

           Institute, US (Abstract) (Presentation)

18:45 Guided visit to Alcázar, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
An exclusive night visit has been organised for the Conference participants, followed by a cocktail reception. The Alcázar of Seville is a royal palace, originally a Moorish fort. Subsequent monarchs have added their own additions to the Alcázar. Alcázar is still used by the royal family as their official Seville residence.
20:30 Cocktail reception at Alcázar hosted by the University of Seville


Friday 11 February 2011


  9:30 The Region of Andalusia presents itself


WG 1: Towards a knowledge-based society through technological development Room 2.8


Moderator: Juan María GONZÁLEZ MEJÍAS, Secretary General for Telecommunications and Information Society, Regional Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Science of Andalusia, ES


         • José Ángel NARVÁEZ BUENO, Vice-Chancellor of Research, University of

            Malaga, ES (Abstract)

         • Ramón GONZÁLEZ CARVAJAL, Vice-Chancellor of Technology Transfer,

            University of Seville, ES (Abstract)

         • Adolfo BORRERO, General Director,  Division of Public Administrations of

            Telvent, President,  Association of Information Technologies and

            Communications Companies of Andalusia (ETICOM), ES (Abstract)


WG 2: Enhancing agri-food industry through innovation Room 2.7


Moderator: Francisco A. JIMÉNEZ LUQUE, General Director, International Programs and Co-operation, Andalusia Agency for Innovation and Development (IDEA), ES (Abstract) (Presentation)

          • Reyes GONZÁLEZ RONCERO, Co-ordinator of RDI, Agri-Food Campus of

             International Excellence, ES (Abstract) (Presentation)

          • Jesús D. DE LA ROSA, Vice Chancellor of Research, University of Huelva, ES

             (Abstract) (Presentation)

          • Javier TRUEBA, General Director, Andalusian Nutritional

             Research Centre (CICAP), ES (Abstract) (Presentation)


WG 3: Biotech, a key to a healthier and wealthier region Room 2.6


Moderator: Francisco PÉREZ CUTIÑO, General Manager, Sociedad para el Impulso del Talento (TALENTIA), ES

          • Manuel ARROYO MAESTRE, Manager of the Clusters and Strategic Sectors

             Division, Andalusian Agency for Innovation and Development, ES


          • Jerónimo PACHÓN, Director of the Strategic Plan on Research,

             Development, and Innovation in Health, Regional Ministry of Health

             of Andalusia, ES (Abstract)

          • Teodoro LUQUE-MARTÍNEZ, Project Director, BioTic Campus of

             International Excellence, University of Granada, ES (Abstract)


          • Javier VELASCO ÁLVAREZ, CEO, Neuron Biopharma, ES (Abstract)



WG 4: Sustainable growth, building the green economy Room 2.5


Moderator: Isabel de HARO ARAMBERRI, Secretary General for Industrial and Energy Development, Regional Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Science of Andalusia, ES (Abstract) (Presentation)


          • Esperanza PEREA ACOSTA, Director General of Sustainable Development

             and Environmental Information, Regional Ministry of Environment of

             Andalusia, ES (Presentation)

          • Pilar PANEQUE, Director, International Campus of Excellence in

             Environment, Biodiversity and Global Change, University Pablo de Olavide,

             ES (Abstract) (Presentation)

          • Rafael JIMÉNEZ CASTAÑEDA, Professor of Electrical Engineering, University

             of Cadiz, ES (Abstract) (Presentation)

          • Ana RAQUEL DÍAZ VÁZQUEZ, Deputy Secretary General, Abengoa Solar,

             ES (Abstract) (Presentation)


11:00 Coffee break


11:30 Parallel sessions II


WG 1Vocational education and universities: building collaboration and pathways for local and regional development Plenary room


Moderator: Oscar VALIENTE, Consultant, Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education, OECD

          • Ellen HAZELKORN, Vice President of Research and Enterprise, Dublin

             Institute of Technology, IE (Abstract) (Presentation)

          • Renato PEDROSA, Director of Admissions, University of Campinas, BR

             (Abstract) (Presentation)

          • Xavier COLOM FAJULA, Vice President, Universitat Politència de Catalunya,

             ES (Abstract) (Presentation)

          • Fernando ALDEA GODOY, Managing Director, Instituto Tecnologico de la

             Universidad de Playa Ancha, CL (Abstract) (Presentation)



WG 2Building internationally competitive regions: universities’ role? Room 2.8


Moderator: Jocelyne GACEL-AVILÀ, Professor, University of Guadalajara, MX


          • Ignacio J. MOLINA, Vice Rector, University of Granada, ES


          • Elvira SAINT-GERONS HERRERA, Managing Director, Three Cultures

             Foundation, ES (Abstract)

          • Zaki AKEL SOBRINHO, Rector, Federal University of Paraná, BR (Abstract)


          • Tzoanna TSAKONA, Secretary General, JADE (European Confederation of

             Junior Enterprises) (Abstract) (Presentation)


WG 3: Moving the unmovable: transforming higher education institutions Room 2.7


Moderator: Maciej LITWIN, Head of University Relations, Wrocław City Hall, PL


          • Julio REVILLA, President, University of Huelva's Social Council, ES

             (Abstract) (Presentation)
          • Paul GILLOOLY, Consultant, SHM, UK (Abstract) (Presentation)
          • Egon MOESBY, Professor, University of Aalborg, DK (Abstract)

          • Ingo ROLLWAGEN, Senior Analyst, Deutche Bank, DE (Abstract)

          • Nadine BURQUEL, Secretary General, ESMU, BE (Abstract) (Presentation)


13:00 Lunch


15:00 Plenary Session III: Transforming universities to meet the global and local challenges Plenary room


Locally engaged and globally competitive universities make a strong contribution to economic, social and cultural development in their cities and regions and at the same time address global challenges such as climate change and the needs of the “bottom billion”. How can universities be transformed to become champions of sustainable development, civic engagement and business collaboration? How can governments and business support this transformation?

  • Keynote speaker: John HEARN, Chief Executive, Worldwide Universities Network, Vice President (International), University of Sydney, AUS (Abstract) (Presentation

Panel discussion chaired by: Jaana PUUKKA, Analyst, Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education, OECD


17:00 Coffee break


17:30 Conference closes Plenary room


Richard YELLAND, Head of the Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education, OECD

Francisco Andrés TRIGUERO RUIZ, Secretary General of Universities, Research and Technology, Regional Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Science of Andalusia, ES

Julia de la FUENTE FERIA, Vice-Chancellor of Teaching Affairs, University of Seville, ES


18:45 Flamenco show at the Old Tobacco Factory hosted by the University of Seville

Built in the 18th century, Seville's tobacco factory was the largest industrial building in the world at that time and it remained a tobacco factory until the 1950s. This beautiful building was the setting for the famous opera Carmen by Georges Bizet. This building houses two of the university's faculties: the School of Literature and Philology and the School of Geography and History along with the Rector Offices.

20:30 Farewell dinner, at Hotel Alfonso XIII
After the show, there will be a farewell dinner at Hotel Alfonso XIII. 


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