Work Groups


Thursday 10 February 2011

17:00 Parallel sessions I 
WG 1: OECD Reviews of Higher Education in Regional and City Development: are they worth it? Plenary room

Reviews of Higher Education in Regional and City Development are the OECD’s tool to mobilise HEIs for economic, social and cultural development of cities and regions. In the past five years, OECD has conducted 29 reviews across 19 countries. The reviews involve financial and human resource commitment from the participating cities and regions. Are they worth the time and effort? Representatives for regions and their HEIs will tell you.


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

Internationally many universities and their regional partners are focusing on particular clusters – agglomerations of firms in interrelated industry areas together with supporting institutions and infrastructures – as a way of maximising the impact of their industry engagement and tapping into industry networks. This session brings together experiences in Spain, Malaysia and Mexico where HEIs have played a key role in cluster development in green house farming, tourism and ICT.


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

Universities and other higher education institutions are building international networks. How can these networks be mobilised for regional and local development?  Examples highlight Andalusia’s collaboration with Latin America, Euro-Mediterranean University partnership and collaboration in the ASEAN.


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)


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

           US (Abstract) (Presentation)



Friday 11 February 2011


 9:30 The Region of Andalusia presents itself Room 2.8


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

This workgroup will present the recent technological developments in the region, including the actions of regional government, the universities and private sector companies.The University of Seville and the University of Malaga will outline their collaborative long-term project called Andalusia Tech, which will highlight the future technological development in the region.


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 CARCAJAL, 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

Andalusia’s economy has a long tradition in agriculture and fisheries. The innovation in Andalusia’s primary sector encompasses several RDI fields, such as veterinary sciences, chemistry and genetics. Supportive research development and innovation for the industry is one of the cornerstones in agrifood development in Andalusia, particularly through the Agri-food International Excellence Campus (CeiA3) which brings together the universities of Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Jaén and Huelva to enhance the new generation agricultural model and services in the regional economy. Agri-food International Excellence Campus is presented by the University of Cordoba, the project leader, and the University of Huelva.


Moderator: Francisco JIMÉNEZ LUQUE, General Director, International Programs and Co-operation, Andalusian 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)


WG3: Biotech, a key to a healthier and wealthier region Room 2.6

The Regional Government of Andalusia is focusing on new strategic areas for the economic development, particularly in the health and biotechnology field. This workgroup will outline the decisions taken to develop up the health system including the training, research and assistance dimensions. Further discussion will indicate the ways to further develop the sector so as to become a key driver in regional development.


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


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

             Excellence, University of Granada, ES (Abstract) (Presentation)

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



WG4: Sustainable growth, building the green economy Room 2.5

Andalusia is involved in the development of renewable energy technologies, particularly involving solar energy and wind energy. The regional government’s renewable energy strategies will be presented by the Director of the Andalusian Agency of Energy, while the Regional Ministry of Environment will highlight Andlalusia’s natural resources protection-based approach. The University Pablo de Olavide will present their project on Environment, Biodiversty and Global Change, while the University of Cadiz will present research and transfer in the field of solar energy. A renewable energy company will  describe how stakeholders are developing a regional green growth model. 


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)


          • 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)


 11:30 Parallel sessions II
WG 1: Vocational education and universities: building collaboration and pathways for local  and regional  development Plenary room

For the regional education system to contribute effectively to local and regional development, strong relationships and pathways between universities and vocational institutions are required. This session brings together international experiences of collaboration between vocational institutions and universities including multi-level educational campuses. It discusses the challenges of and benefits for local and regional development, and identifies main policy and practical tools to forge stronger collaboration among educational institutions to build world class education systems.


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

Internationalisation of higher education and research can play a key role in regional development. Regions and their HEIs need to collaborate to attract foreign direct investment, international talent and to help local companies tap into global networks. This session will look into different ways of internationalising cities and regions.


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


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

• Elvira Saint-Gerons HERRERA, Managing Director, Three Cultures Foundation, ES


• Aki SAKEL 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

HEIs can make a significant contribution to economic, social and cultural development in their cities and regions. To become driving forces in regional innovation HEIs need to develop new institutional strategies and modes of operations. This session highlights different approaches to transforming universities, ranging from problem-based learning (PBL), project-economy approach, enhancing demand-led education by introducing retail sector practices and leadership development in collaboration with regional stakeholders.


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


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


• Paul GILLOOLY, Consultant, SHM, UK (Abstract) (Presentation)

• Egon MOESBY, Professor, University of Aalborg, DK (Abstract) (Presentation)

• Ingo ROLLWAGEN, Senior Anaylst, Deutche Bank, DE (Abstract) (Presentation)

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



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