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Marie Curie Conference Pisa 2005

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Report paralel session

  1. 1. Parallel session 3 industry – academia report Christina Meskers Maria Bostenaru Dan Roman Wencel
  2. 2. Main points from the invited speaker • „the US do not have all answers“ • Competition – Universities do not compete with each other – Business do • Time dimension – Age of Unis (US, Europe) • Role of Unis: elite / mass • Funding of Unis: governamental / private Why should we change now?
  3. 3. Main points from the invited speaker • Strategy needed in order to change: – Qualities necessity 1.Willigness to take risk 2.High quality skills 3.Speak Australian / Canadian (English) • Unit of measure for success: – employment in governement / private sector • Sense of difference after mobility, which bears exciting challenges • Europe (and the US) shall not get `asleep`
  4. 4. Questions (and answers) 1. Funding • L. Cox: Yes, yes, yes privatisation; tuition • Tuition is not really the answer, autonomy is, and to chose the students 2. Social sciences • L. Cox: Will be governamental (traditional values of family, church, neighbourhood; support in disasters) 3. Employment problems • What are we going to do with the highly trained MCFs in Europe (not the US)
  5. 5. Strategy (topics for reflection) • What is the objective? • How to define different roles – Partners: academia - industry (PPP?) – EU / national / local • Equip for better employability • Shall we invest more in risk, in languages • Main problem between academia – industry is the salary; other methods of financing with autonomous universities
  6. 6. Parallel session 3 interdisciplinarity of research report Maria Bostenaru Dan Roman Wencel
  7. 7. Main points from the speakers • Difference of mentality industry-academia • Location is not important • Society and conferences • Pisa: grouping in schools • Higher interdisciplinarity at PhD level – At masters level there is – At post-doc level there is a lack of schemes of structured training (which exist at national, EU etc level) – need to follow up in the same scheme – Throughout the whole career (until retirement) … lifelong training • Longer post docs in interdisciplinary positions (2+1) better employability for both sectors • Specialist and systemist (interdisciplinary) ?
  8. 8. Questions (and answers) 1. Industry has expensive equipment which can be used for research without having universities to buy it (short term intersectorial move); joint supervision 2. Shall all fields be present at the same geographical location 3. Duration of education 4. Specialist and interdisciplinary working are equally needed
  9. 9. Strategy (topics for reflection) • How can the commission support mentality change at universities – the framework programme is a huge instrument to have an impact (people don‘t change with new programmes • Sandra Aresta – an in and out industry-academia intersectorial mobility similar to geographical mobility Is location important ? • These are the needs, but what is the answer of the big funding body? • More possibilities to ask for an own team – what kind of mechanisms • Promote interdisciplinarity also in employment – that might succeed better in a team

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