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  Research in Diverse Social Contexts: Tensions, Dynamics and Challenges
 

Paris, 19-21 March 2009

  - FINAL REPORT
  *AGENDA*

Thursday, 19 March 2009

14h30 – 14h45 REGISTRATION in Room VIII

14h45 – 15h WELCOME
Prof. Georges Haddad , Director,
UNESCO Division of Higher Education

15h – 15h30 GLOBAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Research in Diverse Social Contexts: Tensions, Dynamics and Challenges

Nico Stehr , Zeppelin University, Germany
* Contribution: “Research in Diverse Social Contexts”

15h30 – 16h VIEWPOINTS

Albert Sasson , founding member of the Royal Academy of Sciences,
Morocco/France
* Contribution: “Introductory viewpoint. Why Asia is heavily investing in research and development?”

Edmundo Torres Godoy , Universidad Autónoma de Managua,
Nicaragua
* Contribution: “Tensions and Challenges for Research in Middle and Low Income Countries: A viewpoint”

• Chair: Stamenka Uvalic–Trumbic ,
Chief, Section of Policy, Reform and Quality Assurance
Division of Higher Education, UNESCO

16h30 – 17h PRESENTATION
The Template proposed by the UNESCO Forum Special Initiative project
Mapping Research Systems, notably Indicator 10: Tensions, Dynamics and
Challenges

Roland Waast , Institut pour la Recherche sur le Développement
(IRD), France
* Contribution: “Tensions, Issues & Initiatives within Research Systems”
* Power Point presentation: “Mapping and analyzing research systems: A Template & How to breathe”

17h – 17h30 VIEWPOINTS

Alec Boksenberg , Institute of Astronomy, University of
Cambridge and Chairperson, National Commission for UNESCO of the
United Kingdom and Northern Ireland
* Power Point presentation: “Super Research Universities”

17h30 – 18h VIEWPOINTS

Jean François Mascari , Italian Council for Science, Rome, Italy
* Power Point presentation: “Higher Education Research and Innovation - a GSSD perspective”

18h – 19h DISCUSSION


Friday, 20 March 2009

• CHAIR: Tony Marjoram ,
Engineering Programme, Division of Basic and Engineering Sciences,
Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO

9h30 – 11h THEME 1: Current Governance Trends and Implications for
Research including Research Universities

VIEWPOINTS

Joseph Gahama, Kigali Institute of Education, Rwanda
* Contribution: “Recreating Research Capacity in Rwanda”

Nazli Choucri , Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
* Power Point presentation: “Legacies of the 20th Century & Knowledge Imperatives for the 21th Century”

DISCUSSION

11h30 – 13h THEME 2: Research Imperatives for Emerging Economies

VIEWPOINTS

Wallace Baker, International Legal Cosultant, Emeritus Partner of
Baker and McKenzie
* Contribution: “A Reflection on Business Ethics. Implications for the United Nations Global Compact and Social Engagement and for Academic Research”

Abdelwahab Ben Hafaiedh , University of Tunis, Tunisia and
Director, Middle East Research Competition Programme (MERC)
* Contribution: “What can be said about Research in Social Science in the Arab Countries”

Peadar Kirby,University of Limerick, Ireland
* Contribution: “Research Imperatives for Emerging Economies”

DISCUSSION

• CHAIR: Christina von Furstenberg,
Chief, Policy and Cooperation in Social Sciences Section
Secretary, Management of Social Transformation Programme, Social and Human Sciences
Sector, UNESCO

15h – 16h30 THEME 3: Organizing Research in Challenging Geographical
Contexts

VIEWPOINTS

Jaana Puukka, Programme for the International Management of
Higher Education (IMHE), OECD, Paris
* Contribution: “Organising research in challenging geographical contexts: What can we learn from the OECD reviews of HE in regional development”
* Power Point presentation: “Organising research in challenging geographical contexts: What can we learn from the OECD reviews of HE in regional development”

Jackeline Alger, Faculty of Medical Science, Universidad Nacional
Autónoma de Honduras, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
* Contribution: “National Health Research Systems in Latin America: Outcomes of the First Latin American Conference on Research and Innovation for Health and a review of 14 countries”
* Power Point presentation: “National Health Research Systems in Latin America: Outcomes of the First Latin American Conference on Research and Innovation for Health and a review of 14 countries”



DISCUSSION

17h – 18h30 THEME 4: Research Systems and Specific Challenges for Social
Development: (Outreach to key social partners, multiculturalism,
changing demographics)

VIEWPOINTS

Saran Kaur Gill, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Industry and Community
Partnerships, Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia
* Contribution 1: “Ethnic and National Identities in Multicultural Contexts. Considerations and Challenges”
* Power Point presentation 1: “Ethnic and National Identities in Multicultural Contexts. Considerations and Challenges”

* Contribution 2: “Academia, Industry and Community Collaboration in Malaysia. Strategies and Opportunities for the Future”
* Power Point presentation 2: “Higher Education Community Collaboration in Malaysia: Academia, Industry and Community Collaboration in Malaysia. Strategies and Opportunities for the Future”

Merle Jacob, Professor of Research Policy, Lund University,
Sweden
* Power Point presentation: “Research in Diverse Social Contexts: Changing demographics & social outreach”

DISCUSSION


Saturday, 21st March 2009

• CHAIR: Mary-Louise Kearney,
Director, UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge
* Contribution: “Research in the Knowledge Society: Global and Local Dimensions”


9h30 – 11h THEME 5:
Research and IT Connectivity:
1) Opportunities for Innovation
2) Issues for Africa

VIEWPOINTS

Diem Ho, Member of the IBM Academy of Technology, Manager
for Academic Relations, IBM Europe, France
* Power Point presentation: “Research & IT Connectivity: Opportunities for Innovation & Issues for Africa”

Florin Popentiu, University Polytehnica of Bucharest and
UNESCO Chair of Engineering Sciences, Bucharest, Romania
* Power Point presentation: “Aspects on Higher Education, Research and IT Capacity in Europe”

Olusola Oyewole, Coordinator, Mobilizing Regional Capacity
Initiatives, Association of African Universities (AAU), Accra, Ghana
* Contribution: “Research & Information Technology Connectivity - Opportunities for Innovation and Issues for Africa”
* Power Point presentation: “Research & Information Technology Connectivity - Opportunities for Innovation and Issues for Africa”

DISCUSSION

11h30 – 13h FINAL CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Albert Sasson, Rapporteur General
* SUMMARY REPORT (refer to page 8 of the pdf file)

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