Higher Education and Business: Beyond Mutual Incomprehension
Higher Education Conference Series: Conference 5
organised by Universities Ireland and the IBEC/CBI Joint Business Council
16 – 17 June 2005
Radisson Hotel, Belfast
The fifth North/South Higher Education Conference took place in the Radisson Hotel in Belfast on 16-17 June 2005 with the titleHigher Education and Business: Beyond Mutual Incomprehension. As this title suggests, it tackled the often contentious area of how universities and business can work better together for the benefit of their societies and economies in the first decade of the 21st century, faced with the challenges posed by new technologies, the demands of the knowledge society, the decline in state funding and demographic change in the student population. The conference was organised by Universities Ireland in partnership with theIrish Confederation of Business and Employers (IBEC)/Confederation of British Industry (CBI) (N. Ireland) Joint Business Council.
The keynote speaker was Mr Richard Lambert, member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, former editor of the Financial Times, and author of the seminal Lambert Review of Business-University Collaboration for the British Government. Other speakers included Professor Peter Gregson, Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, Professor John Hughes, President of NUI Maynooth, Dr Chris Horn, Vice-Chairman of Iona Technologies, Dr Hugh Cormican, Managing Director of Andor Technology,Dr Ena Prosser, Director of Enterprise Ireland’s Biotechnology Directorate, Professor Bernie Hannigan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of University of Ulster, Dr Mary Meaney, Director of Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Mr Niall Saul, Human Resource Director of Irish Life.
The conference was opened by Ms Angela Smith MP, Northern Ireland Minister with responsibility for Employment and Learning, and the Irish Minister for Education and Science, Ms Mary Hanafin TD. Its co-chairs were the Pro-Chancellor of QUB and Chairman of the Centre for Cross Border Studies, Dr Chris Gibson, and the Chief Executive of the Irish Management Institute, Dr Tom McCarthy.
Thursday 16 June
Chair: Dr Chris Gibson, Pro Chancellor, Queen’s University Belfast
|3.00||Official Opening by Ms Angela Smith MP, Northern Ireland Minister with responsibility for Employment and Learning, and the Irish Minister for Education and Science, Ms Mary Hanafin TD|
|Keynote address: Mr Richard Lambert, former editor of the Financial Timesand author of the Lambert Review of Business-University Collaboration for the UK Government||Transcript of the address [145 KB]|
|Listen to the address (31 mins) [7.5 mb]|
|5.00||First response by Professor Peter Gregson, Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s University Belfast|
|5.30||Second response by Professor John Hughes, President, National University of Ireland Maynooth|
|Questions and Discussion|
Friday 17 June
Chair: Dr Tom McCarthy, Chief Executive, Irish Management Institute
|9.30am||Challenges to Research Collaboration between Universities and Industry:
Professor Bernie Hannigan, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Ulster; and Dr Ena Prosser, Director, Enterprise Ireland Biotechnology Directorate
|10.30||The Capitalisation of Campus Companies:
Dr Chris Horn, Vice-Chairman and Founder, Iona Technologies plc, Dublin, and Dr Hugh Cormican, Managing Director, Andor Technology, Belfast
|12.00||Skills and Lifelong Learning:
Dr Mary Meaney, Director, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, and Mr Niall Saul, Group Head of Human Resources, Irish Life & Permanent Group, and Chair of IBEC Human Resources and Social Policy Committee