The Metamorphosis of University Governance at the Beginning of the 21st Century

Type: 
Conference
Audience: 
Open to the Public
Building: 
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Room: 
Popper room
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 9:30am
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 9:30am to Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 4:00pm

The Metamorphosis of University Governance at the Beginning of the 21st Century

 September 7 - 8, 2016

 Central European University, Monument Building (Nádor u., 9) – Popper room

This conference is the fourth of a series of yearly events on higher education building on the intellectual legacy of Yehuda Elkana, CEU’s former Rector and President. The series included workshops at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (From Local Universalism to Global Contextualism, September 2013), in Hannover organized by the Volkswagen Foundation (What is Intellectual Quality in the Humanities? September 2014), and in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv hosted by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and Minerva Humanities Center at Tel Aviv University (Curricula and Humanistic Scholarship: Between Tacit Knowledge and Public Discourse, September 2015).

The theme of the conference draws from Elkana’s last book (published posthumously by CEU Press in August 2016 – and to be launched on the first day of the conference), “The University in the Twenty-first Century. Teaching the New Enlightenment in the Digital Age,” co-authored with Hannes Klöpper. Presentations and discussions will focus on contemporary changes and challenges in university governance, covering a wide range of related topics such as governing innovation in the natural and social sciences and the humanities, governance of inter-disciplinarity and diversity, or new models of curriculum.

Presenters will draw on experiences from various academic traditions around the world (Europe, US, India, the Middle East), and different disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

 

Program

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Venue: Central European University, Monument Building (Nádor u., 9) – Popper room

9.00– 9.30

Registration and welcome coffee

09.30 – 09.45

Welcome remarks from CEU President and Rector, Michael Ignatieff

Greetings:

Marvin Lazerson (Professor, Central European University and Chair, International Advisory Committee, Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education)

Liviu Matei (Provost and Pro-Rector, Central European University; Director, Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education)

09.45 – 11.00

Opening lectures

Gabriel Motzkin (Director of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute): Governance of humanistic scholarship: quo vadis?

Jo Ritzen (Chair and founder, Empower European Universities; Professor, Maastricht University and International Advisory Committee, Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education): Universities claiming their rightful place

Discussion

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00

Panel I. Myths and illusions about university governance: a long-term view

Chair: Alexander Semyonov (Professor and Chair, Department of History, The National Research University Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg)

 

Rivka Feldhay (Professor, Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University and International Advisory Committee, Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education): Knowledge in the Age of Governance: Promise or Problem?

 

Diana K. Buchwald (Professor, California Institute of Technology and International Advisory Committee, Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education): Remarks on historical developments in scientific and humanistic education during the era of expanding governance concerns

 

Mordechai Feingold (Professor, California Institute of Technology): Rethinking the Rise of the Modern Research University: The Case of England

 

Discussion

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch break

14.00 – 15.30

Panel II. Re-thinking governance and curriculum  in the age of technology

Chair: Marvin Lazerson (Professor, Central European University and Chair, International Advisory Committee, Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education)

 

Manfred Laubichler (Professor, Arizona State University, School of Life Sciences): A new model of curriculum; integrating values and new models of delivery in a scattered world

 

Guido Caniglia (Leuphana University Lüneburg) co-authors Beatrice John, Leonie Bellina: What could university look like in the 21st Century. The Global Classroom Curriculum

 

Hannes Klöpper (CEO and Co-Founder at iversity GmbH – Study Anywhere): Governing an alternative online university

 

Discussion

15.30 – 16.30

Coffee Break

16.30 – 18.00

BOOK LAUNCH

The University in the Twenty-first Century. Teaching the New Enlightenment in the Digital Age (Yehuda Elkana and Hannes Klöpper), CEU Press, 2016.

 

Chair:

Liviu Matei (Provost and Pro-Rector, Central European University; Director, Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education)

 Discussants:

  • Marvin Lazerson (Professor, Central European University and Chair, International Advisory Committee, Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education): Inside the Mind of Yehuda Elkana
  • Hannes Klöpper (co-author, CEO and Co-Founder at iversity GmbH – Study Anywhere)
  • Jo Ritzen (Chair and founder, Empower European Universities; Professor, Maastricht University and International Advisory Committee, Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education)

 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Venue: Central European University, Monument Building (Budapest, Nador u., 9) – Popper room

09.30 – 10.00

Morning coffee

10.00 – 11.00

Panel III. Governance of the advancement of education and science

Chair: Gabriel Motzkin (Director of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute)

 

Marvin Lazerson (Professor, CEU and Chairman, International Advisory Committee, Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education): The unconvincing shift to an American mode of governance in European higher education

 

Raghavendra Gadagkar (JC Bose National Fellow, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and President of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi): Fostering innovation in teaching and learning by breaking boundaries between natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities

 

Discussions

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.00

Panel Session IV. The politics of governance

Chair: Jo Ritzen (Chair and founder, Empower European Universities; Professor, Maastricht University and International Advisory Committee, Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education)

 

Alexander Semyonov (Professor and Chair, Department of History, The National Research University Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg): Shared governance in the university and the question of academic excellence

 

Gergely Kováts (Senior Lecturer at the Corvinus University of Budapest and Vice-Director of the Center for International Higher Education Studies): The Pendulum Strikes Back? The Evolution of Higher Education Governance in Central and Eastern Europe: the case of Hungary

 

Liviu Matei (Provost and Pro-Rector, Central European University; Director, Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education): Under our eyes – shifting paradigms of university governance

 

Discussions

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch Break

14.00 – 16.00

In search for conclusions or policy lessons

16.00

Farewell Coffee