May 20, 2004

Cross-Border Higher Education Co-operation in Ireland and Europe

Higher Education Conference Series: Conference 4
20 – 21 May 2004
Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell, Co.Cavan

The keynote speakers were Professor Linda Nielsen, Rector of Copenhagen University, one of the driving forces behind the Øresund cross-border university network linking 12 higher education institutions in Denmark and southern Sweden; and Professor Gerry McKenna, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ulster and Chairman of Universities Ireland, linking the nine universities on the island of Ireland.

Conference speakers and chairman: (from left to right) Mr Will Haire, Permanent secretary, Department for Employment and Learning; Professor Linda Nielsen, Rector, University of Copenhagen; Ms Sile de Valera TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science; Mr Noel Dorr.
Conference speakers and chairman: (from left to right) Mr Will Haire, Permanent secretary, Department for Employment and Learning; Professor Linda Nielsen, Rector, University of Copenhagen; Ms Sile de Valera TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science; Mr Noel Dorr

This conference series was organised by the Centre for Cross Border Studies on behalf of a high level committee representing theDepartment for Employment and Learning (Belfast), the Department of Education and Science (Dublin)Universities Ireland, the Council of Directors of Institutes of Technology, the Association of Northern Ireland Colleges and NUS-USI.

PROGRAMME

Thursday 20 May

Chair: Mr Noel Dorr, former Secretary General, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs

2.15 pm Registration
3.00 Opening by Mr. Noel Dempsey T.D., Minister for Education and Science
3.30 Keynote speaker: Professor Linda Nielsen, Rector, University of Copenhagen; chairperson of Governing Body of Øresund University (Danish-Swedish cross-border university and science network)
4.15 Refreshments
4.45 Dr. Beat Münch, University of Basel; member of the Confédération Européenne des Universités du Rhin Supérieur – EUCOR (French-German-Swiss cross-border university network)
5.30 Questions and discussion
7.30 Reception
8.15 Dinner

Friday 21 May

Chair: Sir Kenneth Bloomfield, former head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service

9.30 am Mr Bengt Streijffert – Director, Oresund University
10.00 Professor Gerry McKenna, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ulster and Chairman, Universities Ireland
10.30 Mr Paul Hannigan – Director, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Chairman, Council of Directors of Institutes of Technology
11.00 Refreshments
11.30 Panel discussion with all speakers – chaired by Mr Liam Nellis, Chief Executive, InterTradeIreland
1.00 pm Lunch
2.30 Close

See  the programme and the briefing paper

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