Regional Roundtable on Academic Careers

March 14-15, 2019
Venue: University of Tartu main building, Ülikooli 18

Several core issues raised during the initiation of new legislation concerning higher education and research in Estonia are related to the need for more coherent and clear regulation of academic positions, including improved vision for career development, selection and promotion possibilities, systematic approach to fixed term as well as permanent positions and enabling mobility between academic, private and public sectors. The aim of the workshop is to provide the stakeholders with relevant information about the latest international trends in academic career models as well as to create a platform for mutual learning and discussion on the subject. Experts from the World Bank, VSNU - the association of universities in the Netherlands and universities in Sweden and Finland share their experiences and insight on the issues of academic career related policies, including early stages of the academic career, institutional and sectoral policies on selection, promotion, career development and remuneration. The World Bank will co-host this event as part of its ongoing dialogue on higher education in the Baltic States and neighboring countries.

9.00 – 9.15       Registration
9.15 – 9.30       Welcome
Toomas Asser, Rector, University of Tartu
Indrek Reimand, Deputy Secretary General of Higher Education and Research, Ministry of Education and Research
Carlos Pinerua, Country Manager for Poland and the Baltic States, The World Bank

9.30 – 10.30     Introduction – where do we stand on academic careers
Nina Arnhold, Global Lead for Tertiary Education, The World Bank
Tour de table

10.30 – 11.00    Reform of academic careers in Europe – a moving target
Andree Sursock, Higher Education Expert and Advisor to EUA

11.00-12.00    Academic careers – challenge and opportunities I
Hanna Kanep, Secretary General, Universities Estonia
Kristjan Vassil, Vice-Rector for Research, University of Tartu
Renno Veinthal, Vice-Rector for Research, Tallinn University of Technology
12.00 – 12.30 Lunch
12.30 – 14.30    Academic careers – challenge and opportunities II
Dace Jansone, Deputy Director, Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Ministry of Education and Science, Latvia and Arturs Zeps, Vice Rector, Riga Technical University
Melita Kovacevic, Professor, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Bartłomiej Banaszak, Deputy Director of Department of Science, Ministry of Higher Education and Science, Poland and Łukasz Wojdyga, Directory, NAWA, Poland
Elias Pekkola, Professor, University of Tampere, Finland and World Bank Consultant
Andrius Zalitis, Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Lithuania
14.30-14.40 Key learnings, next steps and closure
Hanna Kanep, Secretary General, Universities Estonia
Nina Arnhold, Global Lead for Tertiary Education, The World Bank
14.40-15.00 Coffee break
15.00-17.00 Site visit to University of Tartu/Technical meetings at the Ministry of Education and Research (upon invitation)

15 March
Transfer to Tallinn
Site visit to Tallinn University of Technology