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Higher Education Institutions Conference 2017: Strategies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Zadar, 10 – 11 May, 2017
Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera, Zadar, Croatia

DAY 1- May 10, 2017 (Wednesday)


15:00 – 16:00


BONUS SESSION: AACSB Accreditation Workshop

16:00 – 18:00

Description of the Bonus Session:

AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, founded in 1916, is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs. When a school earns AACSB Accreditation, a clear message is sent to all its stakeholders
(students, parents, guidance counselors, employers, faculty/staff, and other schools) that the entire organization has made a long-term commitment to providing the best in management education. Rooted in innovation, engagement, and impact, accreditation is a substantial competitive advantage that influences and impacts a school’s position in the market. This bonus session will provide:

  • An opportunity to discover how to get involved with AACSB and make the most of your membership;
  • An in-depth overview of the member services offered by AACSB;
  • The philosophy, intent and expectation of the accreditation standards;
  • A high-level overview of the eligibility criteria for entering into the AACSB Accreditation process and of the accreditation process itself.

The event will be closed by a panel discussion and the possibility for questions and answers.

Session Presenters:
Marine Condette, Accreditation and Member Services EMEA, AACSB


20:00 – 22:00



DAY 2- May 11, 2017 (Thursday)
8:30 – 9:00
9:00 –9.10

Opening speech: Maja Martinović – Associate Dean of Zagreb School of Economics and Management

9:10 – 10:20

PLENARY I – Disruptive innovations in education


Brief Description:
Traditional education is facing a big challenge. New educational trends such as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), Virtual universities and the internalization are shaking the traditional education industry. The number is increasing exponentially across the globe, making learning more accessible to people. In 2015, the number of MOOCs participants has doubled from 16-18 million students to 35 million students. Online learning has become immensely popular in the 21st century, resulting in the creation of universities that exist solely online. A virtual university is an online learning institution that uses the Internet to deliver classes and seminars. These new trends rise new questions. Can online education overlook the importance of direct and face-to-face interaction between the students and teachers as an influential part of a quality education? What is the role of accreditation and trust in the associated credential when it comes to MOOCs? Are internalization and accessible learning worldwide emphasizing the importance of high quality? – since students have the opportunity to choose among universities all over the globe.

Session Presenters:
Rose Luckin –  Chair of Learning with Digital Technologies, UCL
Casilda Guell Ampuero – General Academic Director, OBS
Goa Borek – Regional Manager, Turn It In

Afif Rustom – Senior Business development Executive for E;EA at VitalSource Technologies

10:20 – 10:50
Coffee/Tea Break & Networking
10:50 – 12:00

PLENARY II – Higher Education policymaker’s role in 4th Industrial Revolution




Brief Description:
Aligning government with 21st century technological, economic and social realities will require innovations at least as disruptive and profound as those embraced by the private sector. Considering the great potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, – e.g., Internet of Things, smart cities – Higher education institutions require considerable support and actions from policy makers.  Support from policy makers is also very important in job creation, – one of the toughest challenges for nations worldwide, especially for HE institutions who are preparing students for the jobs, of which some or still non – existent.   Higher educational attainments are necessary for many of the kinds of jobs that will be available over the next few decades, thus requiring a national commitment to education.  Creating an environment that fosters a talented workforce, well-paying jobs and a decent standard of living is one of the primary responsibilities of government. Regulators should adapt to a new, fast-changing environment, reinventing them so they can truly understand what it is they are regulating.  To do so, governments and regulatory agencies will need to collaborate closely with business and civil society.

Session Presenters:
Metka Tekavčić – Dean, University of Ljubljana
Jasmina Havranek – Director, Agency for Science and Higher Education
Kjell R. Knudsen – Dean Emeritus, Labovitz School of Business and Economics University of Minnesota Duluth, USA
Tomislav Sokol – Assistant ministerm Ministry of Science and Education, Republic of Croatia

12:00 – 13:00
Lunch & Networking
13:00 – 14:00

PLENARY III – Educating students for the future job market


Brief Description:
The Fourth Industrial Revolution will affect many factors such as socio-economic and demographic factors making many changes in the existing business model and creating new ones. New business models will make changes in all industries; hence result in major disruptions to labor markets. New categories of jobs will emerge, partly or wholly displacing others. The skill sets required in both old and new job positions will change in most industries and transform how and where people work. According to The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report, 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist. In such a rapidly evolving employment landscape, the ability to anticipate and prepare for future skills requirements, job content and the aggregate effect on employment is increasingly critical for higher education institutions. What is the impact of key disruptions on employment levels, skill sets and recruitment patterns in different industries and countries?  What skills will change the most? What is the strategy and how to best prepare students for yet non- existing jobs?
Session Presenters:
Martine Rahier – Former president of Swissuniversities and Vice-President of the European University Association
Bojan Poljičak – Country Manager, Adecco Croaria
Alen Host – Dean of Faculty of Economics, University of Rijeka
Marlgorzata Jaroszewska Grabos – Sales Manager CEE, Pearson
14:00 – 14:30
Coffee/Tea Break & Networking
14:30 – 15:30

PLENARY IV – Higher Education Institution as an architect of the 4th Industrial Revolution


Brief Description:
One of the main questions rising regarding the role of Higher Education institutions in the Fourth industrial revolution is – Should global higher education community react to how the business world is shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution or if it will be among the key players of shaping the Fourth Industrial revolution?

Session Presenters:
David Asch – Associate Director, EFMD Quality Services
Ivana Marinković – Associate Director, EFMD Central & Eastern Europe
Mislav Malenica – CEO, VINGD
Marine Condette – Accreditation and Member Services EMEA, AACSB

15:30– 16:30

Sponsor Sessions
Afif Rustom – Senior Business Development Executive for EMEA at VitalSource Technologies

Malgorzata Jaroszewska Grabos – Sales Manager CEE, Pearson


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