UNICA Rectors Seminar at the University of Zagreb, 23-24 May 2019

The UNICA Rectors Seminar “Digitalization and Education. Can universities keep up with Industry 4.0?” was kindly hosted by the University of Zagreb, 23-24 May 2019 in the framework of the 350th anniversary celebrations of the University of Zagreb.

The Rectors Seminar gathered nearly 60 participants from 18 institutions, who had the opportunity to discuss about the added value and novel forms of inter-university cooperation and to explore the background for the growing interest in topics of digitalization and education. The Seminar also looked at the specific benefits of cross-border and inter-institutional partnerships, including joint efforts to prepare universities and member states for Industry 4.0.

The Seminar – organised in the framework of the 350th anniversary celebrations of the University of Zagreb – also looked at how Croatia as a new EU Member State, and the University of Zagreb in particular, face these crucial challenges. 

Main topics of the Seminar were: · Is Higher Education ready for Industry 4.0? · Cooperation between universities · How do EU Member States prepare for Industry 4.0? Examples of cross-sectoral cooperation in the EU · EU law and norms for Industry 4.0 vs Digitalization.

Pictures available in this Flickr album

Presentations

SESSION 1. COOPERATION BETWEEN UNIVERSITIES

University networks – opportunities and limits of cooperation: the example of the Rhine-Main Universities (RMU) and the German U15 universities, by Georg KRAUSCH, President, University of Mainz

Change is the challenge! Lessons learned from Utrecht University. How cooperation within and between universities contribute to future education, by Jan HAARHUIS, Chair of the LERU Thematic group ‘Digital Education’ and Director Education & Innovation and programme leader ‘Educate-it’ of Utrecht University

Best practices in inter-university cooperation, with emphasis on multilateral projects, by Nikola MIŠKOVIĆ, Vice-Dean for Research, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb

SESSION 2. ARE EDUCATION AND EU MEMBER STATES READY FOR INDUSTRY 4.0?

Opportunities and challenges of Industry 4.0 in Croatia and SEE– How to capitalize on the progress and minimise the damage?: presentation by Mario ANTONIĆ, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts of the Republic of Croatia –  held byBruno Radojica, Senior Adviser,  Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts of the Republic of Croatia

Challenges of Education Related to Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation, by Zuzana KOVACICOVA, Vice-Rector for Education, Comenius University in Bratislava

University, an important factor in the process of digital transformation of industry, by Nedeljko ŠTEFANIĆ, Professor, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb

Nature Inspired Strategies for the Design of Next Generation Smart Materials, by Pol BESENIUS, Professor, Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Mainz

SESSION 3. EU REGULATIONS AND ETHICS FOR INDUSTRY 4.0 vs. DIGITALIZATION

Who’s Afraid of Smart Machines?, by Tamara ĆAPETA, Professor of European Public Law and Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb

Social Responsibility and Ethical Issues about Smart Technology Usage, by Mirjana PEJIĆ BACH, Full Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb

Heritage Safeguarding: an area for fruitful partnerships between Humanities and Industry, by Isaac PANTE, Senior Lecturer in Digital Culture and Digital Publishing, Language and Information Sciences Department, Faculty of Arts, University of Lausanne

Artificial Intelligence and ethical problems, by José Júlio ALFERES, Pro-Rector for Digital Transformation, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

Information

Laura Brossico (UNICA Secretariat): office@unica-network.eu Dates: Thursday, 23 May, 2019 to Friday, 24 May, 2019


UNICA Rectors Seminar at the University of Zagreb, 23-24 May 2019

University of Zagreb, Trg Republike Hrvatske 14, Zagreb