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LEAD Workshops

dinsdag, 22 maart, 2016 - 09:00 to woensdag, 23 maart, 2016 - 17:00
University Foundation
Rue D'Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

LEAD Project

On Tuesday and Wednesday 22-23 March, VUB welcomes leaders from European and Chinese universities to the first series of workshops that mark the start of the international LEAD project. The LEAD project is an ambitious programme financed by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme.

The Lead Project consists of developing and implementing training for academic leaders to help them make better decisions in areas such as policy making, strategic planning and change management. The aim is to foster a better understanding of academic leadership approaches in the EU and China and strengthening the cooperation in these regions.

The LEAD Project has been initiated in October of last year and will last till October 2018. VUB has been appointed as coordinator of this partnerschip, which includes 5 European partners and 5 Chinese partners, together with 10 associated partners from Europe and China.

Programme Workshops

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Moderator: Jan Den Haese, HR Development Manager, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

9:00 – 9:30 Introduction: Structure of the Workshops
3 major themes:

  1. University Governance
  2. Academic Leadership skills
  3. EU-China cooperation

Learning goals and expected learning outcomes:

Better understanding of university governance in the context of innovation and internationalisation and capacity building for academic leadership. Increased understanding and cooperation of academic leadership in the EU and China.

9:30 – 10:40 University Strategy development, Prof. dr. Paul De Knop, Rector VUB

Questions for the workshop:

  • Why did you do the strategic planning for the university? What are the major drives?
  • How did it work? What are the benefits and pitfalls, and effect on the university?
  • Why does the university reform the governance structure?
  • What are the achievements, pitfalls, and effect?

10:40 – 11:00 coffee break

11:00 – 12:30 University Governance structure

  • Thomas Estermann, Director - Governance, Funding & Public Policy Development European University Association (EUA) (40’)
  • University Governance, Prof. dr. António Rendas, Rector of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (30’)
  • Analysis results from the LEAD project: needs analysis of European and Chinese stakeholders (20’)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 17:00 Workshop on University Governance
(15.30-15.50 Coffee)

  • Facilitated by Prof. Dr. Abigail Levrau, Research Director, Guberna
  • Co-facilitated by Dr. Liu Qiang, Beijing Normal University

Expert contributions

  • Prof. dr. João Sàágua, Vice Rector, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
  • Anthony Antoine, Executive Director of the Institute for European Studies (IES)

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Moderator: Prof. dr. Roland Pepermans, Dean, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, VUB

9:30 – 12:30 Academic Leadership Skills
(10.40-11.00 coffee break)

Themes and key questions: What major competences an academic leader should have? How to develop academic leadership skills?

Expert contributions

  • Academic Leadership and change management: Prof. dr. Melita Kovacevic
  • Prof. dr. João Sàágua, Vice Rector, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
  • Mr. Anthony Antoine, Executive Director of the Institute for European Studies
  • Prof. Guo Jianru, Professor in Management of Higher Education, Institute of Economics of Education, Peking University (tbc)

12:30 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 16:15 EU-China Cooperation on Academic Leadership Capacity Building

Moderator: Kris Dejonckheere, Secretary General, UNICA
(15:10 – 15:30 coffee break)

Key questions

  • Are there specific cultural issues related to academic leadership? Is intercultural awareness or competence needed for academic leaders?

Expert contributions

  • Prof. dr. João Amaro de Matos, Associate Dean for Institutional Relations and International Development, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
  • Prof. dr. Yuzhuo Cai, University of Tampere
  • Prof. Shengrong Yang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Mr. YU Xiang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

16:15 – 17:00 Wrap up and conclusions session

  • Representatives of VUB, UNICA and Chinese partners
  • Kris Dejonckheere, Secretary General, UNICA
  • Prof. dr. Jan Cornelis, Vice Rector International Policy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Mr. Fan Pingjun, International Cooperation, NAEA