OTHER INSTITUTIONS III. Governance and participation in the university of the future. With Manuel Castells

Sesion Ministerio Universidades
Edumeet. Governance speakers

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26th of April, 2021 - 17:00 CET.




Contemporary societies are increasingly dynamic, unstable, complex, and highly demanding. The realities and problems to which we must respond can only be faced in a multidisciplinary, multidimensional, transversal, and global way. In this scenario, it is important to consider how universities are managed, since they are social institutions that must respond to the demands of society. They solve problems and frame new ones through the use of knowledge, innovation and technology. At the institutional level, universities are challenged to find the right principle of legitimacy to build up the common belief that processes for decision-making and relationships with the environment are appropriate. In terms of management, the main challenge is related to the effectiveness allowed by the implementation of strategic and administrative decisions. This online workshop wants to contribute to this discussion by contrasting different models of university governance (decision-making structures, preponderant political elements, principles, processes and aims), taking into account that universities are open and complex organizations with their own culture. Which different types of governance models can we find in an international context? What are its weaknesses and its strengths? What is the university of the future? The Ministry of Universities of the Government of Spain organizes a workshop at EDUMEET, the International Conference on Transfers for Innovation and Pedagogical Change 2021, regarding all these issues trying to find the balance between democracy and effectiveness. Looking for the university of the future.


  • 17:00 - Welcome from Edumeet
    By Manuel Blanco. Head of the Architecture School, Polytechnic University of Madrid.
  • 17:03 - Introduction to the event and debate context
    By Manuel Castells. Minister of Universities of the Government of Spain
  • 17:12 - Presentation of the round table
    By Jana Calvo. Head of research in the cabinet team of the Ministry of Universities
  • 17:15 - Presentation of experiences
    By Enora Pruvot, Martin Carnoy, Susan Wright & Vera Sacristán
  • 17:45 - Debate
  • 18:15 - Questions from the audience


  • Manuel Castells - Minister of Universities. Government of Spain
    Introduction to the event
  • Jana Calvo - Head of research in the cabinet team of the Ministry of Universities
    Presentation of the round table and moderation of the debate
  • Enora Pruvot - Deputy Director Governance, Funding and Public Policy Development at European University Association
    Enora has published on the topic of university financial sustainability (2011), higher education funding (2013) and university mergers (2015), and also acts as the editor for European University Association (EUA’s) University Funding Articles series. She is responsible for the organisation of EUA’s biannual Funding Forum and for EUA’s annual Public Funding Observatory, which monitors the evolution of public funding to higher education institutions throughout Europe. Enora holds Master degrees in Political Science and European Public Affairs, and in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.
  • Martin Carnoy - Standford University
    Martin is Vida Jacks Professor of Education and Economics at Stanford University. He focuses on the economic value of education and on the underlying political economy of educational and economic policy. He has written extensively on higher education, including Sustaining the New Economy (2000); University Expansion in a Changing Global Economy (2013), and Higher Education in Federal Countries (2018).
  • Susan Wright - Danish School of Education. Aarhus University
    Susan is a Professor in Educational Anthropology at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University since 2003. Doctor of Philosophy in Social Anthropology in the University of Oxford, previously she was a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex, from 1985 to 1997 and Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham from 1987 to 2003, when she also worked with UNESCO on cultural heritage. Her area of expertise is related to Anthropology, Higher Education, Governance and Culture. Her latest book is Wright et al. 2020 Enacting the University (Springer).
  • Vera Sacristán Adinolfi - Observatori del Sistema Universitari
    Vera is a retired professor of Applied Mathematics at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). She has been Vice-Rector for Personnel at UPC (2002-2006) and a member of the working group on Teaching and Research Staff (PDI) of the Sectorial Academic Commission of Spanish Universities, a body of the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities. She currently is vice-president of the Scientific Advisory Board of the city of Barcelona and she chairs the Observatory of Spanish Universities (OSU), whose goal is the documented and critical analysis for the improvement of the university system in Catalonia and, more generally, in Spain.

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