DATE
October
19 - 20, 2017
LOCATION
Vis (town) Island of Vis, Croatia
THEME
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OBRAD EVENT

FORUM

University Business Forum (UB Forum), established in 2008, is a part of European Commission’s initiative aimed at supporting modernisation of higher education and strengthening cooperation between academia and business on a European level. It is a platform bringing closer the key drivers of the knowledge economy and those vital to regeneration and competitiveness of Europe. UB Forum offers a unique opportunity for higher education institutions, companies, business associations, public institutions and students to present and discuss common issues, share examples of good practice and explore the benefits and value of ongoing cooperation and its strengthening. By creating the environment for bringing the content and methods of formal, non-formal and informal education closer to the needs of the labour market and ultimately increasing the employability of students and graduates, UB Forum plays a key role in a wider effort to support the implementation of Europe 2020.

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Learning by earning – first steps to (self)employment

Thematic UB Forum Croatia will take place on the island of Vis, home to VERN' Island School which provides the academic and business community with the unique opportunity for professional, educational and scientific exchange beyond the traditional academic and business surroundings. The aim is to help the island gradually free its development from dependence on the tourist season and direct it towards the revival of the island with academic and entrepreneurial programs consequently supporting island’s sustainable development.

Join in on the Thematic UB Forum Croatia and seize the opportunity to discuss, network, learn and participate in generating new ideas, projects and policy tools through a mixture of keynotes, panel discussions and workshops in the authentic atmosphere of Mediterranean beauty and culture.

Venue: VERN' Island School

Importance of learning by earning knowledge, skills and experience – where do theory and practice intertwine?

WORK-BASED LEARNING
  • Student practice/internship/placement – good practices and new initiatives
  • Organizing practice abroad
  • Corporate interests in student internship programs
DUAL STUDIES
  • Models of different national and institutional concepts in EU
  • Organic implementation of dual studies in Croatia
  • Corporate and industry interests in dual studies
ENTREPRENEURIAL LEARNING
  • Path to first steps of (self)employment
  • Sustainability of the entrepreneurial projects on HEIs – industry and government roles
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation (including a special focus on development of remote areas and islands)

European national and institutional systems and tracking – in place to meet the changing demands of labour market?

EMPLOYABILITY EVALUATION
  • National and institutional graduate tracking
  • New initiatives
BINARY SYSTEMS IN TUNE WITH LABOUR MARKET NEEDS
  • How are different successful binary system in EU adapting to labour market needs?
  • Role of vocational and professional education (universities of applied sciences)

PROGRAM

October 18th, Wednesday HALL
20:30 - 22:30 welcome cocktail VERN'
October 19th, Thursday
Moderator: Mr Domagoj Novokmet, N1 news channel; presenter
09:30 - 10:15 Mr Harald Hartung, DG EAC, European Commission; Head of Unit
Ms Nataša Novaković, Croatian Employers' Association; Director of Labour Relations and Human Resources
Prof Marko Rosić, University of Split, Croatia; Vice-Rector
Prof Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, University of Rijeka, Croatia; Rector
Mr Branko Štefanović, VERN' University, Croatia; Chairman of the Board of Governors
Mr Ivo Radica, Croatia; Mayor of Vis
OPENING CH
10:15 - 11:00
ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN EDUCATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF RESPONSIBILITY IN CORPORATIONS AND SOCIETIES
Prof Ivana Modena, Sustainability Business School, Switzerland; President
KEY NOTE CH
YOUTH INCLUSION: A CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY
Ms Vedrana Jelušić Kašić , EBRD Croatia; Director
KEY NOTE CH
11:00 - 11:30 coffee break
11:30 - 12:30
HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEMS IN TUNE WITH LABOUR MARKET NEEDS
How different HE systems and HEIs are adapting to labour market needs
Prof Vlatko Cvrtila, Croatian Council of Universities and University Colleges of Applied Sciences; President and VERN' University, Croatia; Dean
Dr Hannes Diem, Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Department for Universities of Applied Sciences, Quality Assurance and Accreditation, Austria; Deputy Head of Unit
Mr Jon File, CHEPS, University of Twente, The Netherlands; Director Development and Consultancy
Prof Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, University of Rijeka, Croatia; Rector
PANEL CH
12:30 - 13:15
DUAL STUDIES
Prof Roland Larek, Wismar University of Applied Sciences, Germany; Professor
Ms Nataša Novaković Croatian Employers' Association; Director of Labour Relations and Human Resources
Ms Sophie Thillaye, IFRIA Occitanie, France; Development Officer
PANEL CH
13:15-14:30 lunch break VERN'
BLOCK 1 – WORK-BASED LEARNING
Moderator: Prof Danijela Sokolić, Faculty of Economics, University of Rijeka, Croatia; Vice-Dean for Business and Administration
14:30 - 16:00
STUDENT PRACTICE/INTERNSHIPS/PLACEMENTS – GOOD PRACTICES AND NEW INITIATIVES
Mr Ante Čorić, Plovput; Production Manager and University of Split, Croatia; Student
Ms Sandra Feliciano, EURASHE; Apprenticeship Quality Expert for SAPS
Mr Ivo Ivančić, VERN' University, Croatia; Deputy CEO and Alumni
Mr Cameron J. McCoy, Lehigh University, USA; Associate Vice President for Economic Engagement
Dr Igor Cvečić, Faculty of Economics, University of Rijeka, Croatia; Head of EFRI International Cooperation Committee
WORKSHOP 1.1 VERN'
 
16:00 - 16:30 coffee break
16:30 - 18:00
ORGANIZING WORK-BASED LEARNING ABROAD
Ms Patricia Burssens, Ghent University, International Relations Office, Belgium; Policy Adviser
Ms Ivana Didak, Agency for Mobility and EU Programs Croatia; Head of Department for Higher Education
Ms Petra Krajňáková, WorkSpace Europe, Slovakia; Project Coordinator
WORKSHOP 1.2 VERN'
 
BLOCK 2 – MEASURING EMPLOYABILITY AND UBC
Moderator: Ms Daria Arlavi, Permanent Representation of the Republic of Croatia to the EU, Belgium; Second Secretary, Education, Youth, Sports attaché
14:30 - 16:00
NATIONAL AND INSTITUTIONAL GRADUATE TRACKING
Dr Davide Cristofori, Alma Laurea, Italy; Researcher
Mr Igor Drvodelić, Agency for Science and Higher Education Croatia; Assistant Director
Dr Ruaidhri Neavyn, Higher Education Authority, Ireland; Adviser on Higher Education Policy
Mr Martin Unger, Institute for Advances Studies (IHS), Higher Education Research, Austria; Head of Research Group
WORKSHOP 2.1 VERN'
 
16:00 - 16:30 coffee break
16:30 - 18:00
THE CURRENT STATE OF UNIVERSITY-BUSINESS COOPERATION IN EUROPE
Dr Todd Davey, Münster University of Applied Sciences, Germany; Director International Projects
Mr Arno Meerman, Münster University of Applied Sciences, Germany; Business Development Manager
WORKSHOP 2.2 VERN'
 
BLOCK 3 – ENTREPRENEURIAL LEARNING – QUADRUPLE HELIX ENDEAVOURS IN PRACTICE
MODERATOR: Prof Gordana Ćorić, VERN’ University; Professor of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
14:30 - 16:00
SUSTAINABILITY OF ENTREPRENEURIAL PROJECTS ON HEIs
Ms Iva Lopac Butorac, Croatian Telecom; Director HR Business Partners and HR Functional Centres
Dr Anamarija Delić, Legal Economic Clinic, Faculty of Economics, University J.J. Strossmayer Osijek, Croatia; Assistant Professor
Ms Maja Dragojević, Faculty of Economy, University of Split, Croatia; Student
Ms Marianna Galani, Athens Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEin), Greece; Educational Programs and Events Manager
WORKSHOP 3.1 VERN'
 
16:00 - 16:30 coffee break
16:30 - 18:00
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION
Mr Gary I Campbell, University of Highlands and Islands, Scotland; Key Account Director
Prof Gordana Ćorić, VERN’ University, Croatia; Professor of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Ms Graziella Luisi, Fundazione di l'Università di Corsica, France; Director
Ms Gabrijela Medunić-Orlić, SUNCE Association for Nature, Environment and Sustainable Development, Croatia; Executive Director
WORKSHOP 3.2 VERN'
 
19:30 - 23:00 networking dinner RESTAURANT
KALIOPA
October 20th, Friday HALL
Moderator: Mr Domagoj Novokmet, N1 news channel; presenter
09:00-09:45
PRESENTATION OF CONCLUSIONS OF PARALLEL SESSIONS
Workshop 1 – WORK-BASED LEARNING
Mr Karlo Kolesar, Croatian Student Council of Universities and University Colleges of Applied Sciences; President
Workshop 2 – MEASURING EMPLOYABILITY AND UBC
Ms Heike Fischbach, Harz University of Applied Sciences, Germany; Academic Adviser
Workshop 3 – ENTREPRENEURIAL LEARNING
Dr Marina Ranga, European Commission, Joint Research Centre; Research Officer
PRESENTATION CH
9:45-10:15
«THE STATE OF UNIVERSITY-BUSINESS COOPERATION IN EUROPE» - main findings and recommendations from a major European study
Dr Todd Davey, Münster University of Applied Sciences, Germany; Director International Projects
Mr Arno Meerman, Münster University of Applied Sciences, Germany; Business Development Manager
PRESENTATION CH
10:15-10:45 coffee break
10:45-11:15
THROUGH WORK-BASED LEARNING TO BETTER JOBS
Mr Marko Pavić, Ministry of Labour and Pension System, Croatia; Minister
KEY NOTES CH
RESPONSIBLE EDUCATION POLICIES THAT ENSURE EMPLOYABILITY OF THE YOUNG
Dr Doris Pack, EPP Women; President, European Parliament Member (1989 – 2014) and EU Committee on Culture and Education; former Chair
KEY NOTES CH
11:15-12:15
LEARNING BY DOING
Why entrepreneurial education and work-based learning are essential for employability?
Mr Keith Herrmann, University of Surrey, UK; Director of Employability
Ms Vedrana Jelušić Kašić, EBRD Croatia; Director
Mr Diogo Parreira, JADE – European Confederation of Junior Enterprises; President
Ms Ana Tecilazić Goršić, Ministry of Science and Education, Croatia; Head of Sector for Quality of Higher Education, International and European Affaires
PANEL CH
12:15 Mr Peter Baur European Commission, DG EAC; Policy Officer
Ms Iva Biondić, VERN' University, Croatia; Vice-Dean for Strategic Development
CLOSING CH
13:00 lunch in Vis or excursion & lunch in Komiža

*UBF Croatia takes place on two locations - Croatian Hall (CH) and VERN' Island School (VERN')

SATELLITE WORKSHOP | 18 OCTOBER 2017 | UNIVERSITY OF SPLIT

We are pleased to announce that a satellite workshop on Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliances will be held on 18 October 2017 at University of Split as a satellite event of the Thematic University Business Forum - Croatia. Knowledge Alliances are a direct result of university-business cooperation, providing EU funding for transnational projects between academia and enterprises. This workshop is envisioned as a practical training on how to prepare a project application delivered by Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) staff in cooperation with Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes and University of Split. The participation will be opened to Thematic UB Forum-Croatia participants as well as other interested individuals. However, priority will be given to serious applicants and participants with prior academia-business cooperation background. For more information, agenda and registration click here.

FORUM REGISTRATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

ORGANIZATION

CONTACT

PARTNERS AND ASSOCIATES

TEAM

ORGANIZATIONAL TEAM
Sara Štefanović

Team Coordinator

Hajdi Klarić

Team Member

Sven Petrak

Team Member

Nikolina Štefančić

Team Member

PROGRAM BOARD
Peter Baur

European Commission
DG Education & Culture
Policy Officer

Iva Biondić

VERN’ Group / VERN’ University of Applied Sciences
Director Strategic Development / Vice-Dean for Strategic Development

Maja Fredotović, PhD

University of Split
Faculty of Economics
Dean

Nataša Novaković

Croatian Employers' Association
Director for Labour Relations and Human Resources
National Council for the Development of Human Potential
Member

Marko Pavić

Ministry of Labour and Pension System
Minister

Ana Tecilazić Goršić

Ministry of Science and Education
Quality of Higher Education, International and European Affaires
Head of Sector

Danijela Sokolić, PhD

Faculty of Economics Rijeka
Vice-dean for Business and Administration

Ninoslav Šćukanec

Institute for the Development of Education
Executive Director
National Council for the Development of Human Potential
Member

Danijela Žagar

Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts
Head of Department for Vocational Education, Clusters and Cooperatives

ADVISORY BOARD
Šimun Anđelinović, PhD

University of Split
Rector

Mario Antonić

Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts
State Secretary

Vlatko Cvrtila, PhD

VERN' University of Applied Sciences
Dean

Pero Lučin, PhD

University of Rijeka

Davor Majetić

Croatian Employers’ Association
General Director

Branka Ramljak, PhD

Ministry of Science and Education
State Secretary

TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION

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TRAVEL

The island of Vis is the furthest inhabited island off the Croatian mainland. This sanctuary of peace has long been left undisrupted by the roar of tourism. In recent years, Vis has slowly begun opening to the outside world, offering its unique traditions, history, cultural heritage and natural beauty. Vis can be reached by sea (ferry, catamaran or private transfer) from Croatia’s largest costal city - Split. Here are a few suggestions on how to get there:

Zagreb - Split - Vis

If you’re landing in Zagreb, you can either take a connecting flight or an intercity bus to Split. Flying to Split is the fastest and the most hassle-free travel option - the one we definitely recommend. However, if you opt for the latter, there is a shuttle bus which will take you from the airport to Zagreb’s main bus station from where you can catch a bus to Split.

Zadar – Split - Vis

Should you be traveling through Zadar, you can reach Split by an intercity bus.
A shuttle bus will take you from Zadar airport to the main bus station from where you can catch a bus to Split

Dubrovnik – Split - Vis

If you are traveling from Dubrovnik, you can transfer to Split by an intercity bus.
A shuttle bus will take you from the airport to Dubrovnik’s main bus station from where you can catch a bus to Split.

Upon arriving to Split, you can take a ferry or a catamaran to the town of Vis. Please find the current ferry timetable here, however make sure to check the company website for any changes to the schedule closer to the departure date:

ACCOMMODATION

Town of Vis offers a variety of accommodation possibilities, whether you like the closeness of the sea or prefer a more solitary spot away from the soft buzz of a little Mediterranean town.

You can book your room in one of Vis' two hotels but for the best experience we recommend you choose accommodation in one of many authentic private summer houses and villas. Please note that, due to limited capacity, applicants with arranged accommodation will be given precendence for participating in the forum. Here are a few helpful links for booking your accommodation:

Hotel San Giorgio

http://www.hotelsangiorgiovis.com
booked

Booking.com

www.booking.com

Paiz Travel

http://paiz-travel.com/?lang=en
For all arrangements of
private accommodation in Vis