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Innovation and Enterprise Sessions

Note: Exact timings will be confirmed shortly. Sessions are subject to change at any time.



Conference Welcome and Opening Speeches
Prof. Robert Lindley (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International Strategy, University of Warwick); Professor David VandeLinde (Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick); Professor Shin-ichi Hirano(President, Nagoya University)

Conference Opening Plenary
Higher Education Reform and the Future of Universities

Professor Georges Haddad (Director, Division of Higher Education, UNESCO)


What is the Future for Innovative Universities in the 21st century?
Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya (Director, Warwick Manufacturing Group
The challenge for the most innovative universities in the 21st century is not to lose sight of their customers. The level of engagement with the economy will continue to increase. Really strong partnerships with those they seek to serve will be crucial. Yet it will be difficult for universities at the cutting edge to open themselves up so that they can develop teaching and research programmes in a participator manner with their partners- although a genuine partnership in research and teaching programmes does not mean any sacrifice of quality, or avoidance of peer review. Institutions also have to decide what the market is and what sort of institutions they aim to be. There are different, though no less excellent institutions, that serve local, regional, national and even international markets.

Enterprising European Universities: Case Studies
Professor Magnus Klofsten (Innovation Link Chair, Innovation and Enterprise, Linkőping University); Dr Aard Groen (Director, Dutche Institute for Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship, University of Twente); Professor Stephen Hagen (Director, The Mercia Institute of Enterprise)
Supporting entrepreneurship is an important issue for the member universities of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU). In 2005 the Board of the ECIU supported a joint research project of Aalborg University, Linkőping University, Warwick University, and the University of Twente. This presentation will focus on the results of a survey of all students from the four universities mentioned above, measuring entrepreneurial intentions, entrepreneurial behaviour, and the use of support elements such as courses training, coaching, incubators and financing.

Successful Innovation Strategies for Commercialisation of University Inventions
Dr Ederyn Williams (Director, Warwick Ventures) and Dr Sanjeev Gogna (Business Development Manager and Medici Programme, Warwick Ventures)
UK universities are becoming very effective at exploiting innovations arsing from their innovations. Last year they earned over £40million in royalties, and in the last two years, two companies have been launched on UK and overseas stock exchanges at a total market value of over £1billion. This talk will cover some of the skills and processes applied to make this activity successful, with many examples taken from Warwick and other UK universities



The National University of Singapore’s Approach to Becoming an Entrepreneurial University: The Role of NUS Enterprise
Professor Wong Poh Kam (Director, National University of Singapore Enterprise Centre)
With growing competition from China and India, Singapore is rapidly moving towards a knowledge-based strategy for future growth, with increasing public policy prominence being given to the role of Singapore's universities in stimulating economic growth through industrially-relevant research, technology commercialisation, high-tech spin-offs, attracting foreign talents and inculcating entrepreneurial mindsets. Increasing globalisation of competition in university education is also putting pressure on public universities to become more responsive to market forces. This presentation outlines the National University of Singapore's response to these challenges: the university, envisioning herself as a "global knowledge enterprise," is implementing a range of strategic changes that encompass the elements of an "entrepreneurial university" model and incorporate elements adapted to the unique context of the island-state economy.

Entrepreneurship Support at the University of Twente: Acceleration of Growth
Dr Aard Groen (Director, Dutch Institute for Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship, University of Twente)
Since the 1980s, the University of Twente has projected itself as an entrepreneurial university. It has helped to create over 500 companies, of which around 350 were supported by the TOP-support programme. This can be considered as a successfull spin-off, with a significant contribution to regional economic development being made through the creation of over 3,000 jobs; however, further business growth is possible. Since 2001, the University's support systems has become more decentralised. This presentation will discuss the results of this by specifically focusing in the Nanotechnology area, and will also focus on the design of a new approach in which high-tech entrepreneurial development will be supported in a pre-incubation phase.
Best Practice in Innovation from Finland
Dr Veijo Ilmavirta (Director, Helsinki University of Technology).
In recent years Finland's innovation system and competitiveness have been ranked very highly in European and world-wide evaluations. In particular, Finland has been praised for the high level of its education system, the excellent co-operation between universities and industry, and a public funding system which strongly supports co-operation. This presentation will describe Finnish technology and innovation policy, the role of universities in the Finnish innovation system, strategies of IP management, and the support action provided in universities; it will also focus on the activities of the Otaniemi Science Park.

Conference Plenary
The Leading Role Universities Can Take in Communities Affected by Conflict and Natural Disaster

Professor Mosa Al-Mosawe (President, Baghdad University)
Introduced by Professor Gavin Brown (Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Sydney, President of AC21)
Iraq is one of the countries badly affected by war. The consequences of conflict have severely impacted on the performance of its universities. This presentation describes the conditions faced by Iraqi universities and the sort of measures taken to overcome these difficulties, draws conclusions and proposes recommendations.


Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the USA (IE)
NB This session will last until 5.00pm with a break for tea

Entrepreneurship Programmes in the USA
Judith Cone (Executive Vice-President, The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation)
This session will present an overview of entrepreneurship education at the collegiate level in the United States. Results of a recent comprehensive analysis of 2, 662 U.S. colleges and universities will be released at this meeting. The research compiled information on 50 variables for four-year institutions and 29 variables for two-year institutions. The study shows that entrepreneurship appears to be the fastest growing field of study in American higher education in terms of course offerings, numbers of faculty engaged, breadth and depth of curriculum, and number of full-time professorial faculty. Additionally, the session will highlight trends, best practices, and address measurement and impact of entrepreneurship education.

Entrepreneurship Education in the USA – A Cross-Campus Perspective
Dr Anthony Mendes (Executive Director, Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, University of Illinois)
The Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, at the University of Illinois –Urbana, Champaign, was established to transform the culture of the university to support entrepreneurial thought and behaviour. The objectives of the Academy include: preparing current and future faculty to teach entrepreneurship within their own disciplines and conduct research that contributes to the development of entrepreneurship as an academic discipline; encouraging teaching skills that will enable faculty and administrators to improve their ability to manage research and intellectual property, and providing opportunities for students to test their entrepreneurial initiative. Implementation of this comprehensive strategy will be covered in this presentation.

UK/US Comparison in Enterprise Education
Dr Julie Logan (Director, Simfonec, Cass Business School)
This session will examine some of the differences in enterprise education in the US and in the UK but will also explore some of the more exciting international collaborations that are happening. We will focus on an international boot camp for young student entrepreneurs and also discuss two exciting projects; one with the USA and the other with Mexico.

Technology transfer in the US: Policy and Practice
Ashley Stevens (Director, Office of Technology Transfer, Boston University)
The passage of the Bayh-Dole Act in 1980 initiated the development of technology transfer as an accepted activity of research intensive US universities. US universities have a central role in the innovation economy of the USA and anchor diversified high technology clusters, not only in well known centres such as Boston, San Francisco, and San Diego but throughout the USA. The maturity of the profession in the USA can provide harbingers of what is to come in newer centres of technology transfer. This presentation will offer a quantitative comparison of how technology transfer has developed in different countries, and will then discuss some of the issues that have emerged in the USA.

Conference Plenary - The Globalisation of Higher Education
Bill Rammell MP, UK Minister of State for Higher Education and Lifelong Learning



Entrepreneurship Education: Best Practice in India
Professor Jay Mitra (Professor of Business Enterprise and Innovation, University of Essex) and Dr Mathew Manimala (Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore)
In India the exponential growth of new knowledge-based industries, and the apparent turnaround in Pharmaceuticals and certain aspects of manufacturing provide considerable opportunities for new venture creation, new product and service development, and new ways of managing industrial growth. Education and training can play a key role in the fostering of entrepreneurial activity at different stages of the business life cycle. India has witnessed a significant rise in both the development of educational institutions and in the provision of enterprise training for SMEs through both accredited institutions and other organizations.We assess the nature, scope and effectiveness of entrepreneurship and business training provision against perceived and real needs of SMEs.

Innovation and Enterprise in Eastern Europe
This session will last until 11.15am

Innovation and Enterprise Policy in Russian Universities
Professor Nikolai Toivonon (St Petersburg State University)
Russia is in the process of dramatic change in both state innovation policy and in the legal basis of higher education activities. The Federal Government has been making significant progress in turning Russia's position from a raw material resources supplier to an active proponent of R&D commercialisation. National policy priorities include state contribution to innovation infrastructure development, in particular establishing free economic zones, venture capital enterprises in partnership with business and the denationalisation of higher education institutions.

Innovation Policy in Estonia
Marika Popp (Executive Office, Division of Technology and Innovation, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications)
The session aims at analysing the organisation of science, technology and innovation (STI) system and policy from the perspective of a small open economy in transition. Estonian STI potential has been suffering from several weaknesses since the 1990-ties (low number of patents, small number of S&E graduates, low business R&D expenditures), but as a whole Estonia has been considered one of the best of new EU member states. Estonia has made good progress in the step-by-step launching of different STI public support programmes.

Innovations in east European Countries: Poland
Crzysztof Gulda (Deputy Director, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Poland)
A brief, general overview of innovations in Eastern European countries based on the TrendChart EIS 2005 Report will be presented. With this background more detailed information about innovation policy and actions in Poland will be given. In this context the Proton Project and its influence and good practices will be mentioned.

Teaching Experienced Entrepreneurs
Tom McKaskill (Richard Pratt Professor of Entrepreneurship, Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, Swinburne University of Technology)
The learning environment for experienced entrepreneurs must allow them to bring their business problems into the classroom, learn theory that they can use and discover pragmatic methods that they can apply in their businesses. They are demanding, passionate and eager learners but won't put up with traditional academics who have not been there and done it. This creates a challenge for management schools which need to provide instructors with real world experience and the academic qualifications to teach at this level who can relate to the problems that high growth entrepreneurs face. This session will provide insights into the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship's Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation program that focus on developing pragmatic skills for active entrepreneurs.

Regional Perspectives
John Edwards (Chief Executive, Advantage West Midlands)
The West Midlands Economic Strategy is clear that we must support companies that want to compete and do so by harnessing more of the expertise held within the region's universities. We need Higher Education institutions to collaborate more with businesses; we need more the R&D emanating from our excellent universities to reach industry; we need businesses to build better relationships with knowledge providers. AWM has established the Innovation and Technology Council to oversee this work and is also developing a network of science and technology parks all linked to universities to support the development of ideas into commerical opportunities. We are committed to increasing the rate of innovation in the regional economy so that we can compete in a global economy.

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Models of Enterprise Education
Dr Robert Handscombe (Director, White Rose Centre for Enterprise, University of Sheffield)
Professor Stephen Hagan (Director, The Mercia Institute of Enterprise)
Professor David Storey (Director, Centre for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Warwick Business School)

Dr Robert Handscombe (Director, White Rose Centre for Enterprise, University of Sheffield)

Whilst enterprise and entrepreneurship are well established in the UK, with many business schools active in the area, there is current interest in establishing enterprise as an ingredient of all undergraduate courses .From an individual, practitioner perspective, this presentation considers the impact of science enterprise challenge (SEC) investigates culture change, a key target of the Government’s SEC programme; outlines influences on enterprise education in the UK and some consequences, with White Rose Centre for Enterprise used for exemplification. Finally, some suggestions are made as to where the current emphasis on enterprise education might be leading.

In Warwick the number of students enrolling on Enterprise courses has grown exponentially over the last four years thanks, in part, to a close association between the Mercia Institute of Enterprise, the regional Science Enterprise Centre, and the Centre for Small and Medium sized Enterprises at Warwick Business School. When Mercia Institute was launched in 2001, only one course and one module was offered by CSME at Warwick to approximately 200 students. By 2004/2005 the number of students taught Enterprise at CSME at Warwick had risen to over 750, with a significant uptake amongst engineering studnets. In 2004-2005, Mercia Institute supported approximately 1750 undergraduate and 700 post-graduate registrations on Enterprise modules.

Supporting the Contribution of Higher Education
Jaana Puukka (Consultant, OECD)
Universities and other higher education institutions can make a significant contribution to regional development. With the processes of globalisation and localisation, the local availability of knowledge and skills is becoming as important as physical infrastructure. OECD programme on Institutional Management of Higher Education (IMHE), in collaboration with the OECD Territorial Development and Public Governance Directorate, is conducting a comparative review in 14 regions across 12 countries of how issues relating to HEIs and their regional engagement are addressed in OECD countries. This presentation gives an overview of the IMHE project and its preliminary outcomes.

Closing Plenary - Skills Needed for Growth and Survival in the 21st Century
Gina Poole (Vice-President, Innovation and University Relations, IBM)
The global environment is changing in an accelerated way. This presentation discusses the challenges and opportunities around skills needed for growth and survival in the 21st century. Global challenges and opportunities exist for employers, employees and for educators.

Review of Conference
Professor Gavin Brown, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Sydney