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Workshop on Academic Career Models

15. detsember 2017
kell 09.00

Dorpat Conference Centre

Turu 2, Tartu

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.

09:00 - 09:15


Prof. Tiit Land, President of Universities Estonia, Rector of Tallinn University

Dr. Nina Arnhold, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank

09:15 - 10:00

Setting the scene: academic career models in perspective

Prof. Timo Aarrevaara, University of Lapland

10:00 - 11:15

Trends in academic careers I

1. Early stages of the academic career – doctorate and post-doc
Dr. Andrée Sursock, Senior Advisor, European University Association/World Bank Consultant


2. Academic selection, promotion and career development
Prof. Elias Pekkola, University of Tampere/World Bank Consultant

11:15 - 11:30

Small break

11:30 - 12:00

Trends in academic careers II

3. Remuneration policies
Dr. Nina Arnhold, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank

12:00 - 13:00

Country examples

1. Academic careers in The Netherlands

Jurgen Rienks, Director for International Relations, VSNU Association of Universities in the Netherlands


2. Briefing on the current developments in Estonia

Hanna Kanep, Secretary-General, Universities Estonia

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:20

Panel discussion

15:20 - 15:30

Closing remarks