HEInnovate: Supporting Institutional Change in Higher Education
Ruse University ‘Angel Kanchev’, 14-15 June
The event was organised by the European Commission, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria and Ruse University ‘Angel Kanchev’ and was part of the calendar of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event started on 14 June 2018 with three simultaneous sessions: Train the trainers whole-day session (accessible only upon acceptance of application), a set of speed-dating exercises focusing on two of the dimensions of HEInnovate: ‘Preparing and Supporting Entrepreneurs’ and ‘Entrepreneurial Teaching and Learning’. In the afternoon, the participants could opt for panel discussions on Innovation through Higher Education, The Regional Perspective or visit the Innovative Youth EXPO, which featured entrepreneurial and innovative projects of students from Bulgaria and the European Union. The EXPO was organized under the auspices of Mr Krasimir Valchev, Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria, the National Assembly of Students’ Councils of Bulgaria and The Council of the Rectors of Bulgaria. The first day finished with elevator pitches and an award ceremony of the EXPO participants. The second day of the event brought all participants together in plenary sessions with opening addresses, keynote and a high-level panel discussion. The event gathered around 150 European higher education institution representatives, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders that engaged in policy discussions, networking and debates.