Forum Keynote Speakers

Under Pressure?
Higher Education Institutions Coping With Multiple Challenges

The Forum will be hosted by University of Porto

The venue where the Forum will take place is the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (FPCEUP).

Forum Keynote Speakers

Christine MUSSELIN

Title Keynote Presentation:
What are universities running for?

Christine Musselin is sociologist,  CNRS research professor and Vice President for research at Sciences Po (since June, 2013). For many years, Christine Musselin has directed a comparative research program of higher education systems at the CSO. Over time, three overarching perspectives have been developed, each one corresponding to a larger theoretical framework: university governance as part of a larger debate about organization and decision theories; public authorities’ steering of higher education systems within a broader an analysis of public policies; the academic labor market through the lens of labor economics and sociology, and also through the prism of research on judgment. Christine Musselin has explored these three areas of research with a group of doctoral students who participate in the program. She published The Long March of French universities by Routledge in 2004 (first published in French by the P.U.F in 2001), the Market for academics by Routledge in 2009 (first published in french by the Presses de Sciences Po in 2005) and “La grande course des universités” in 2017 by the Presses de Sciences Po.


Title Keynote Presentation:
Inevitably global, inevitably national, increasingly conflicted and the hope of the world: Higher education and science in the age of Brexit, Trump and Le Pen.

Simon Marginson is Professor of International Higher Education at the UCL Institute of Education at University College London in the UK. He is Director of the ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), and Joint Editor-in-Chief of Higher Education. CGHE is a research partnership of five UK and eight international universities, currently working on 16 projects in relation to global, national and local aspects of higher education. Simon has worked at the UCL Institute of Education since October 2013. Prior to that he was Professor of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne in Australia. He was the Clark Kerr Lecturer on Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014, and in the same year received the Distinguished Research Award from the Association for Studies of Higher Education in the United States. He is a member of Academia Europaea. Simon works primarily on globalisation and higher education, international and comparative higher education, and higher education and social inequality. His current work includes research on the public good contributions of higher education in six countries, higher education in East Asia, and implications of the worldwide trend to high participation systems of higher education. Last year he published The Dream is Over: The crisis of Clark Kerr’s Californian idea of higher education (University of California Press), and Higher Education and the Common Good (Melbourne University Publishing).

Barbara SPORN

Title Keynote Presentation:
The Adaptive University Revisited: From Theory to Practice and back

Barbara Sporn is professor of higher education management and heads the Institute of Higher Education Management at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. Professor Sporn served as Vice-Rector for Research, International Affairs and External Relations of WU Vienna University of Economics and Business from 2002 to 2015.

She studied Business Administration at WU and obtained her doctorate in 1991 and her habilitation in 1999. She was Acting Assistant Professor (1996/97) at the School of Education at Stanford University and Visiting Research Fellow (1997) at the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research. She has held visiting research scholar positions at the Stern School of Business at New York University, the School of Education at the University of Michigan, and at the Center for the Studies in Higher Education of the University of California at Berkley between 1992 and 1994. The academic year 2015/2016 she spent as Visiting Professor at the Department of Business Administration and CHESS (Center for Higher Education and Science Studies) at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Dr. Sporn is member of the EQUIS Committee of EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development). She serves on the International Professional and Academic Advisory Boards and is member of the Board of OeAD (Austrian Educational Exchange Agency).

She has published books and numerous journal articles on leadership and organization in higher education, university adaptation and change, international and comparative higher education, the globalization of higher education systems, and knowledge management and IT in non-profit organizations.


Title Keynote Presentation:
Governance and Management: challenges of today, adapting to the times

Sebastião Feyo de Azevedo, born in Porto, Portugal, in 1951. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wales (1982). Since 1998, he is full professor of Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP). Presently he is: Rector of the University of Porto and Representative of the Council of Portuguese Rectors in the Bologna Follow-up Group, further to several other positions associated to the function of Rector.

In the recent past he was: Dean of FEUP; Vice-president of ENAEE-European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education; External examiner of the Chemical Engineering Programme of University College Dublin; Special Advisor to the Minister of Science and Higher Education and National Coordinator of the Bologna Process; Delegate to the Bologna Follow-Up Group; Chairman of the Working Party on Education of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering; National Vice-president of the Institution of Engineers.

He is: author or co-author of more than 140 refereed publications in scientific journals, as book chapters or in conference proceedings; responsible for running 20+ years-equivalent of R&D contracts with the Industry; author of 150+ opinion and dissemination papers and general publications, in journals, workshops, conference proceedings and national newspapers, addressing both academic and professional matters, and issues of general public interest, with emphasis in the higher education reforms associated to the Bologna Process; and author of 150+ invited conferences, seminars and/or advanced courses, both in scientific, education and professional matters, with emphasis in the higher education reforms associated to the Bologna Process

He is the recipient of the Dieter Behrens Award, 2013, highest distinction of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering. He was distinguished with the ‘Professional of the Year Award’, on January 16, 2016, by the Rotary Club Porto West. He received the Gold Medal of the City of Paredes, Portugal, and was made Honorary Citizen, in a ceremony that took place in the Municipality on the 18th of July, 2016

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