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Join us in exploring the future university

UNIKE's international conference in June focuses on collective thinking about the future university.

What are the future directions of universities in Europe and the Asia-Pacific Rim? Are there alternative ways of organising the university in the future?

These are some of the questions you can explore during the conference, which takes place at DPU, Aarhus University, in Copenhagen, 15-17 June.

Download the official conference programme.

Visit the conference website.

The conference is open for researchers, students, policy makers, and other people interested in the future development of universities.

Registration is open through the conference website. Deadline for registration is 9 June 2016.

Keynote speakers

Ove Kaj Pedersen

Ove Kaj Pedersen is professor at the Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School. In his keynote speech entitled Why the Welfare State was transformed into a Competition State and how it changed the role of Education and Knowledge, Ove Kaj Pedersen will talk about the historical development of marketing the university in relation to global knowledge economies.

Keri Facer

Keri Facer is Professor of Educational and Social Futures at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol. Her keynote, titled In praise of the University as Public Anticipatory Machine: Stewardship, Praxis and Dissent will focus on the relationship between the university, society and possible futures.

Rosemary Deem

Professor Rosemary Deem is Vice Principal (Education) and Dean of Doctoral School at the Royal Holloway and Bedford New College University of London as well as Chair of the UK Council for Graduate Education. Her keynote speech Doctoral education – a mirror for the future of higher education? will give insights into the development and future of doctoral educations.

International researchers facilitate workshops

The essence of the conference is to promote a collective thinking about possible directions for the future university and its relationship with and function in the surrounding community.

Professor emeritus Davydd Greenwood from Cornell University, USA, and Professor Rebecca Boden from Roehampton University, UK, will facilitate a workshop in which participants will brainstorm and discuss options for designing the future university.

The conference will also feature another workshop, exploring how to change gendered and other practices that lead to inequality at the university. This workshop will be guided by the two experienced researchers in interactive gender and diversity research, associate professor Anette Risberg from Copenhagen Business School and researcher Klara Regno, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Recent activities in UNIKE

UNIKE PhD fellow Corina Balaban writes about the shifting roles of PhD students throughout the last decade in an article published in the spring issue of LATISS (Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences).

Professor Susan Wright has article published in the Journal of Critical Policy Studies. In the article, Susan Wright explores the implications of conceiving of universities as in a knowledge economy and develops an alternative way of thinking about universities as participants in an interactive ecology.

UNIKE PhD fellow Corina Balaban features in the Danish national newspaper Information, talking about the effects of the global knowledge economy on doctoral education. The Danish newspaper Information published an article on April 11 2016 in which UNIKE PhD fellow Corina Balaban is cited.

New book edited by UNIKE members to be published. The new book "Global Regionalisms and Higher Education: Projects, Processes, Politics", edited by UNIKE PhD fellow Que Anh Dang and other UNIKE members, will be published in September 2016.

Rebecca Lund publishes article in the Danish magazine Friktion. Post doc in UNIKE, Rebecca Lund, has written about the process of engaging in feminist fieldwork and the practical and personal commitment that entails. Read the full article here (in Danish).

Janja Komljenovic and Susan Robertson publish paper in Journal of Education Policy. UNIKE PhD fellow Janja Komljenovic and professor Susan Robertson have published "The dynamics of ‘market-making’ in higher education" in the Journal of Education Policy.

Corina Balaban joins the editorial board of the Early Stage Researchers Journal. As a respected young scientist with experience and achievement in science and science policy, Corina Balaban has been invited by the Early Stage Researchers Journal to contribute to the journal's efforts to support young researchers and provide them with the nurturing publication process that they deserve.

UNIKE fellows Jie Gao, Benedikte Custers, Katja Jonsas and Sina Westa will be holding a symposium named "Doing Interpretive Comparative Research in Higher Education" at the Higher Education Conference in Amsterdam on 13-15 July 2016.

Professor Susan Robertson and Janja Komljenovič have published a chapter in the 2016 World Yearbook of Education. Susan and Janja are writing about the complex dynamic of market making in the higher education sector and provide empirical data from a number of exemplary cases of new actors in the sector.

What is UNIKE?

Universities in the Knowledge Economy (UNIKE) is a four year collaborative research project investigating the dynamic relationships between universities and knowledge economies in Europe and in the Asia-Pacific Rim. The project is funded by the European Commission and the actual research is conducted by 12 doctoral fellows and three post-doctoral fellows at six different universities: Aarhus University, ENS Lyon, Ljubljana University, Roehampton University, the University of Bristol, and Porto University.

Read more about UNIKE.

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