Agenda 2016

//Agenda 2016

Provisional Agenda

Higher Education Institutions Conference 2016: “Innovation for competitiveness in Higher Education”
Split, May 12 – 13, 2016
Le Méridien Lav, Split, Croatia

DAY 1- May 12, 2016 (Thursday)
15:00 – 16:00

Hvar conference hall foyer

16:00 – 17:45

BONUS SESSION: AACSB Accreditation Workshop (PART 1)

Description of the Bonus Session:

AACSB International —The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of
Business is the longest-standing global accrediting organization serving the
world’s best and most innovative business schools. Established in 1916, AACSB
International provides its members with a variety of products and services to
assist them with the continuous improvement of their business programs and
The AACSB International EMEA headquarters is devoted to supporting the
mission of best-of-class management education to business schools in Europe,
the Middle East and Africa representing AACSB’s second largest population of
both member and accredited institutions.
Business schools today are dealing with rapid innovation, disruption and
change. A critical challenge to business schools across the globe is to respond
to massive shifts that are occurring to business and industry in real time. The
global business landscape is changing and to remain relevant, business schools
must change as well. There is renewed interest and focus on innovation,
leadership and teams. Over the past 14 months Tim Mescon, Chief Officer for
AACSB in Europe, the Middle East and Africa has chronicled and identified many
interesting and unique responses made by business schools in the EMEA region
to the changing environment.

Session Presenters:
Thomas Robinson, President and CEO of AACSB International
Timothy S. Mescon, Senior Vice President and Chief Officer for Europe, the
Middle East and Africa for AACSB International

17:45 – 18:15
Coffee/Tea Break & Networking | sponsored by AACSB International
Hvar conference hall foyer

18:15 – 19:45

BONUS SESSION:AACSB Accreditation Workshop (PART 2)

Session Presenters:
Thomas Robinson, President and CEO of AACSB International
Timothy S. Mescon, Senior Vice President and Chief Officer for Europe, the
Middle East and Africa for AACSB International
20:30 – 22:00

Restaurant Arkada

DAY 2- May 13, 2016 (Friday)
8:30 – 9:00
Hvar conference hall foyer
9:00 –9.10

Opening speech: Đuro Njavro – Dean of Zagreb School of Economics and Management

9:10 – 10:55

PLENARY I – Innovation as a road for strategy competitiveness

Session Presenters:
Thomas Robinson, President and CEO of AACSB International – The AACSB
Visioning InitiativeBrief Description:
AACSB has been curating and encouraging a global conversation on the future
of management education. This visioning initiative aims to empower and challenge
business schools to not be defined by events or circumstances but rather
be the drivers of change and positive impact across the societies they serve.
This session features Tom Robinson, AACSB President and CEO, who will lead a
dialogue about the process and the major themes that have emerged.QUESTIONS & ANSWERSSue Cox, Dean Emeritus, Lancaster University Management School
Vice President Academic, EFMD – Creativity, Innovation and Impact in the
Success of Business Schools

Brief Description:
In an increasingly crowded and competitive market, the future success of any
Business School is difficult to ensure. “Impact” is seen to be at the heart of
such success by governments, accrediting bodies and enterprises across the
globe. There are two important sets of questions to be asked when considering
“impact”. First, there are the questions of impact at what level and in what
respect. Second, there is the even trickier question of pathways to impact. This
presentation reflects on both these question sets and, with respect to the latter,
discusses the roles of creativity and creativity-driven innovation in driving

In the twenty-first century there is a pressing need for clear strategies. Today,
the only way to have an advantage is through innovation, which has to involve
a consistent strategic direction. This round table will encourage all participants
to engage in a discussion about the strategic leadership in the higher education.
The discussion aims at answering questions such as: How important are strategic
planning and strategic leadership for higher education institutions? How
to ensure a long-term sustainability of national systems of higher education?
What is the role of assurance of learning systems and international accreditations
in the context of national systems of higher education? and many more.
Lucienne Mochel, International Development Director, NEOMA Business School
Jasmina Havranek, Director, The Agency for Science and Higher Education
Metka Tekavčić, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana
Sergey Myasoedov, Vice-Rector of the Russian Presidential Academy, President
of the Russian Association of Business Education
Zoran Barac, Managing Director, Zagreb School of Economics and Management
Marin Njavro, Co-founder and Managing Director, Luxembourg School of

10:55 – 11:25
Coffee/Tea Break & Networking
Hvar conference hall foyer
11:25 – 12:25

PLENARY II – Innovative financial models

Session Presenters:
Nerija Putinaite, former Vice-minister of the Ministry of Science and Education
of the Republic of Lithuania, Professor at Vilnius University, IIRPC
Brief Description:
The higher education reform in Lithuania started in 2009. One of its objects
was students funding system. The biggest innovation in funding was the implementation
of a voucher model. It was a big change that was successfully
implemented. Today it is a good time to speak about impact of the voucher
model on the system of higher education. The presentation will give an introduction
to the expectations that were directed at the voucher model, the main
elements of the voucher, aspects of political implementation and coalitions of
support; the main topics of the critique of the voucher, and the effect of the
new funding system upon the higher education institutions. The problem of
(not accepted) further challenges caused by the change will also be discussed.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERSWilfried Vanhonacker, Visiting Professor of Marketing, Ex-dean of CEIBS and
Brief Description:
Reframing the B-School Business Model
Is the traditional b-school business model sustainable? Are we setting ourselves
up for an UBER moment? Do we really practice what we preach? It is not the
fittest who survives but the most adaptable; and the longer one waits, the
more costly change becomes.
12:30 – 14:00
Luncheon and Networking
Hotel Restaurant Spalatum
14:00 – 14:45

PLENARY III – – Innovating learning methods and technology

Changes in the environment such as globalization, and especially technological
revolution are putting pressure on the Higher Education Institutions and
are forcing them to adapt to these new circumstances. This presentation will
offer emerging “requirements” for the Academic Institutions of the future.
It will discuss topics such as “research and teaching” (two sides of the same
coin), faculty and staff outsourcing, HEI structure, student body, pedagogy of
learning, and facilities. The question remains: Are HEIs able to adapt/change/
innovate sufficiently fast?
Damir Ćosić, Education Client Manager at Sqore
James Uhomoibhi, Visiting Professor of Science, Technology and Environmental
Studies at the Open University of Tanzania
Karmela Aleksić Maslać, Associate Dean, Head of the ICT Department at Zagreb
School of Economics and Management – moderator of the plenary
14:45 – 15:00 Coffee/Tea Break & Networking
Hvar conference hall foyer
15:00 – 15:30

PLENARY IV – Innovation in labor markets

Session Presenters:
Jan Muehlfeit, Retired chairman of Microsoft Europe, Senior Strategic Adviser
for Atlantic Bridge
Brief Description:
This presentation will be split into four parts—each catering to a pillar of the
4Ps pyramid. Taken individually, every section will give you a more detailed
picture of what lies behind each of the Ps, converting the model into 3D—
something concrete that will help you develop these vital leadership practices
in yourself and your colleagues. The specific chapters are bursting with priceless
nuggets of information: Jan’s own experiences of wins and failures, research
summaries, leadership frameworks and ideas, stories and examples, and real
“can-use-now” tools to learn from and apply.
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