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Berlin, December 5 – 7, 2018

Pre-Conference Workshop A7

Summit: Strategy under Uncertainty: Futureproofing Higher Education

Date Wednesday, Dec 6  Time   –      Price: free of charge   Status: fully booked

Workshop leaders

OEB speaker Paul Bacsich

Paul Bacsich

Matic Media Ltd, UK

OEB speaker Oliver Janoschka

Oliver Janoschka

Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Germany

OEB speaker Gilly Salmon

Gilly Salmon

University of Liverpool Management School, UK


OEB speaker Kay Lipson

Kay Lipson

Online Education Services (OES), Australia

OEB speaker Ben Nelson

Ben Nelson

Minerva, USA

OEB speaker Ari Jónsson

Ari Jónsson

Reykjavik University, Iceland

OEB speaker David Lenihan

David Lenihan

Ponce Medical School, USA

OEB speaker Lauren Herckis

Lauren Herckis

Simon Initiative, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Implementing Evidence-Based Instructional Practices

OEB speaker Larry Cooperman

Larry Cooperman

University of California, Irvine, USA


Please note that pre-registrations need to be approved. The intended audience for this meeting are those in senior level management in Higher Education (public, private non-profit and private for-profit).

Join the new disruptors, the reinvented “reactors” and those paving the road to change: register via this link.



In a time of dynamic cooperation, let us come together to share best practices in engagement with private stakeholders and co-providers of education. Let us identify multiple strategies that will enable us to keep the students we have - and be able to afford the costs of keeping them. Let us discuss how we can attract new students: are we meeting the needs of learners from all communities and from economies in growth? Are we prepared to choose between education and training – do we need to? Or is there a “dual system”? Are we prepared to monetise a knowledge society? Let us talk about the crucial role of staff and possible reluctance from colleagues and learners. And let us shed light on the horizon of technological trends for education such as the use of learning analytics for marketing and personalisation.

The aim of this meeting is to provide OEB’s participants with a role in shaping learning in the heart of Higher Education to come together to share aspirations, to be inspired by practical lessons, develop global connections and get a sense of the future of the sector. Different topics will be addressed in conversation rounds by an exciting group of speakers in a format that aims to encourage interaction.



14:00 – 14:05 Opening Moderator: Paul Bacsich
14:05 – 14:50 Round 1: New Disruptors, vendors, partners - and why you might want to consider to change Chair: Paul Bacsich Speakers: Kay Lipson, Strategic Director, Swinburne Online; Ben Nelson, Chairman and CEO, Minerva Project
14:50 – 15:30 Round 2: Old disrupters reinvented - the “reactors” and everlasting innovation Chair: Oliver Janoschka Speakers: Ari Jonsson, President, Reykjavik University; David Lenihan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ponce Medical School
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 16:50 Round 3: Ways to get to change - “Doing it”….. But how? Chair: Gilly Salmon Speakers: Lauren Herckis, Simon Initiative, Carnegie Mellon University; Larry Cooperman, University of California, Irvine
16:50 – 17:30 Closing conversation Moderator: Paul Bacsich