How do Technology Universities remain relevant?

Monday 01 June 2015 -
15:15 to 16:30
Session 3.4. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

This session examines the role and relevance of the technology university. Different models and drivers for the technology university are explored – from those that are deliberately planned and established from the start to the already established university that evolves its identity as a technology university.

The session considers the technology university within various contexts. One such context is the triple helix - an integrative approach to innovation through joining up government, industry and education. It looks at the congruence in the knowledge economy between academic goals to extend and disseminate knowledge; commercial goals to serve markets profitably; and government goals to support thriving populations and localities.

These issues are addressed through debate and discussion. The panel draws from a range of different countries and contexts.  Delegates are expected to play an active role, offering input on:

• What model of technology university is most effective?
• How do we adapt models for different geographical, political and economic contexts?
• Whose responsibility is it to become a technology university – the university itself, government or industry?
• How do we build the capacity of technology universities?

This session is curated by by Professor Brian Cantor CBE, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Bradford, UK as part of our 2015 guest curated session series.

Professor Brian Cantor CBE
Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Bradford, UK

Brian Cantor is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford. He was awarded a CBE for services to higher education in the 2013 New Year's Honours. He has worked at universities, including Sussex, Northeastern, Banaras, Oxford, Washington State, York and Bradford; and for companies including Alcan, Elsevier, General Electric and Rolls-Royce. Session 3.4

Professor Brian Cantor

Nilton Nélio Cometti
General Coordinator for Planning and Management, Ministry of Education - Secretariat of Technical and Technological Education (SETEC), Brazil

Nilton holds a Doctor´s Degree in Soil Sciences and is a professor at the Federal Institute of Espirito Santo, Brazil. His researches focus on Agronomy, with emphasis on hydroponics. He served as the Dean of Education at the Federal Institute of Brasilia, up to 2013. Currently he is the Coordinator of VET at the Ministry of Education of Brazil. Session 3.4

Nilton Nélio Cometti

Professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi
Director, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India

Professor Ramamurthi  joined the faculty of IIT Madras in 1986, becoming Director in 2011. His areas of specialisation are Communications and Signal Processing. His research work is in Wireless Networks, Modulation, Wireless Data, and Audio and Video Compression. He is also currently honorary Director of the Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology and has won several awards for his achievements in the fields of Electronic Science and Technology.  He is a Fellow of IEEE. Session 3.4

Professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi

Professor Seddik Abdel Salam Tawfik
Vice-President , Alexandria University, Egypt

Before being appointed as Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research at Alexandria University in 2012, Professor Seddik served as Vice Dean of Alexandria Medicine School between 2006 and 2011. He has been a Professor of Otolaryngology since 1995, sub-specializing in ear surgery. He is Editor in Chief of Alexandria Journal of Medicine (AJME). Session 3.4

Professor Seddik Abdel Salam Tawfik