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We would like to invite you to the upcoming public lecture organized by the Institute for Higher Education Management!

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Title: Beyond the Ivory Tower: Navigating Diverse Career Paths for Emerging Research and Innovation Talent

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 4pm CET

Speaker: Cláudia S. Sarrico, policy analyst at the OECD Science, Technology, and Innovation Directorate

Location: WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Institute for Higher Education
Management, Building D5, 6th Floor, Room D5.6.029 Department Lounge (

The event location has barrier free access
For those who cannot attend in person, can join us online via MS Teams livestream
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The presentation focuses on the career options of early-career researchers at the stage of doctoral education and postdoctoral work. It identifies policies and practices to promote diverse career options for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, flexible career trajectories and ultimately better-quality research and innovation across different economic and social sectors. It offers recommendations and a set of policy options to: promote engagement and interaction with employers outside academia; provide doctoral and postdoctoral researchers with experience and skills for diverse careers within and beyond academia; render more visible and encourage valorisation of diverse career options; support career development and guidance on career options for researchers; promote inter-sectoral mobility with business, government and private not-for-profit sectors; and reconfigure and support careers in academia.

About the speaker

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Cláudia S. Sarrico is a policy analyst at the OECD Science, Technology, and Innovation Directorate. She is the project manager of the Research and Innovation Careers Observatory project. Previously she was the project manager of the OECD Global Science Forum projects on Reducing the Precarity of Academic Research Careers and Promoting Diverse Career Pathways of Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers.
Before joining the OECD, she was a Professor at the School of Economics and Management of the University of Minho, and a senior researcher at the Centre for Research on Higher Education Policies, Portugal. She holds a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies from Warwick Business School.

I would like to invite you to our Global Webinar Series presenting a study by Dr. Meseret Hailu from Arizona State University and Dr. Roseanne Njiru from the University of Nairobi. On January 25 - 21.00-22.00 HKT, the two scholars will share their findings from the project investigating the learning environment experienced by women majoring in engineering within the University of Nairobi (UoN) laboratories.

You are welcome to join this webinar by registering at the following link: 

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We would like to invite you to the opening webinar within the 2024 Global Webinar Series. On Tuesday January 16 (21.00-22.00 HKT) we will host a presentation by Dr. Dominik Antonowicz from Nicolaus Copernicus University of Torun, and Professor Glen A. Jones from OISE, University of Toronto, who will share insights from their most recent book on university boards in Canada. This webinar will offer unique insights into the role of boards, and the structures and practices that frame their work. It will explore board composition, the professional backgrounds of board members, how members perceive their role, and the complex relationships between the board and the university president. The authors will also compare and contrast the Canadian experience with recent governance reforms in Europe and other regions.

To join us online, please register at the following link: and share with your networks.


The webinar series is a collaboration with the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER).

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We are delighted to invite you to the next event in our Innovative Universities Global Webinar series where renowned founders and leaders of innovative universities share their experiences and success stories.
Missed the last one? Find the recording here.

This time, we are delighted to welcome Ben Nelson Founder and CEO of Minerva Project and the Chancellor of Minerva University.

Please join us to learn more:

Minerva University: How to build an effective university when the system trains people to do things wrong

Thursday, December 14th, 2023,
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. CET
Register here!

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!

Empirical evidence demonstrates that universities are among the least effective organizations in their purported goal of educating learners. The measures which universities themselves use to certify knowledge acquisition demonstrate that students do not retain what they supposedly learn a mere few months after that certification. To fix this problem, new universities must be built with radically different processes, procedures, and incentive systems and existing universities must be reformed along similar lines. But how do you accomplish that when practically everyone in the system (and those outside of it) were trained to believe in ineffective practices?

This Seminar will be held on December 5, 2023 (Tue), from 4:00 to 5:30pm (HKT), at The University of Hong Kong (Room 204, Runme Shaw Building) & ZOOM

You may register for this event at: 

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