XV. ECSBS: Keynote Speakers

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Prof. Dr. Maria Slowey – Dublin City University, Ireland

Speech Title: Universities and social engagement: new visions for the ‘third mission’

The ‘third mission’ of universities and other institutions of higher education carries different connotations in different countries and regional environments- ranging from opening access to the wider community, through to technology transfer and more commercial partnerships with employers. Within this common focus on engagement with a range of external stakeholders, institutions can be faced with challenges of how best to respond to such diverse, even conflicting, demands. This paper draws on a number of international projects including UNIBILITY (Universities and Social Responsibility) and COMMIT (Committing to the Social Dimension of Higher Education) which explore various ways in which this social dimension of higher education is interpreted. It looks at these issues from both a conceptual and practical perspective as institutions seek to break down barriers and strengthen their connections to the various communities of which they are a part.

Maria Slowey is Professor and Director of the Higher Education Research Centre (HERC) Dublin City University, Ireland, where she has also served as Vice-President Learning Innovation and Academic Registrar. Previous positions include: Professor and Director of Adult and Continuing Education, Glasgow University, Scotland (1992-2004); and Head of the Centre for Continuing Education and Widening Access in Northumbria University, England (1984-1992). Maria’s research and policy activities focus on the sociology of lifelong learning, innovation and equity of access to higher education. She has published widely on these matters and appointed advisor at national and international levels to a range of bodies, including: OECD; UNESCO; EC; European Universities Association; Council of Europe; European Training Foundation; Scottish Parliament; Irish Universities Association; Economic and Social Research Council and the Higher Education Funding Councils of England and Scotland. Over 2014 and 2015 she spent several months in Indonesia as an OECD review team member, and then international team member on a project supporting the development of the Indonesian Qualifications Framework. Maria is active in relevant learned societies including terms as elected Executive member of the SRHE (Society for Research in Higher Education) and UALL (Universities Association for Lifelong Learning) and has held visiting positions in many universities including: DAAD (German Academic Exchange) Guest Professorship University of Duisburg-Esssen (2011); the Universities of Melbourne (Visiting Professor, 2009) Cambridge (Visiting Scholar, Homerton College, 2009) Stanford (Visiting Scholar, Continuing Studies 2009 and 2015) University of British Columbia (2008) and Oxford (Visiting Fellow, Kellogg College, 1999). Educated in University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, in 2009 Maria was elected an Academician of the British Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) and in 2014 elected Vice-Chair of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Social Sciences.


Prof. Dr. Igor Koval – Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University, Ukraine

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Igor N. Koval, born February 27, 1955 in Odessa, Ukraine, graduated from the historical faculty of Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University in 1978. Since 1996, he has been the director of the social sciences institute at Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University. He defended his doctoral thesis on the conceptual design of the United States Eastern European policy at the beginning of global transformation process at World Economy and International Relations Institute at Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences. In 2010, he was elected as a rector of Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University. In 2015, he was re-elected as the university president.