Changes in Globalisation

Challenges and opportunities for Nordic/Baltic higher education and research policy

Globalization has influenced higher education and research across the globe. Due to new global challenges, universities have to adopt and find new ways how to perform better and be competitive. Strategic decisions have to be made in order to provide the best possibilities for international collaboration, digitalization, efficient use of research infrastructure and sustainable teaching and learning process, as well as inclusive and safe environments.

NORDTEK Conference is a platform for rectors, deans, academic and scientific staff of Northern technical universities to gather and seek for the best possible solutions for tackling matters of education and science in the 21st century.

We invite you to participate and be a part of the conference, which will take place in Riga Technical University, Latvia 6-8 June.


Lars Börjesson

Professor at Chalmers, Chair of the European Spallation Source ERIC Council

Professor Lars Börjesson is senor advisor to the President of Chalmers University on research infrastructure and Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the Department of Physics. He has a PhD from Chalmers in 1987 and he became Professor at Royal Institute of Technology in 1993.  His research interest concerns fundamental aspects of disordered and soft materials and highly correlated magnetic and superconducting materials as well as materials for energy technology and electronics. He has published around 280 scientific papers in international journals.

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He was Secretary general to the Swedish Research Council, Council for Science and engineering and Council Research Infrastructures 2004 – 2010. He was Swedish representative of European Strategy for Research Infrastructures 2002-2012, member of the executive 2008- 2012 and vice-Chairp 2010 – 2012. He was chair of the Nordforsk’s high level group on research infrastructure 2013-2017.

Lars Börjesson was one of the founders of the European Spallation Source (ESS)-Scandinavia in 2000 and became its first chair. He is now Chair of the Council of the ESS ERIC, worlds most powerful neutron source under construction in Lund adjacent to the MAX IV Laboratory, world’s most brilliant synchrotron source for x-rays, for which he was Chair 2010-2013.  Lars Börjesson was awarded the Baltic Sea award in 2012 for initiating the European Spallation Source project in the Baltic Sea Region. Lars Börjesson is vice-Chair of the XFEL x-ray free electron laser facility in Hamburg that started operation in 2017 and is also vice-chair to the Board of Directors of the global radio-astronomy project SKA to be built in Australia and South Africa.

Hanne Shapiro

Owner of Hanne Shapiro Futures, Former Innovation Director at Danish Technological Institute

Former Innovation Director, Division for Business and Society, Danish Technological Institute. For more than 25 years, has carried out international policy studies and strategic advice to governments, OECD, UNESCO and World Bank on education and labour market policies in the context of innovation. Interests: design of public policies for a productive and entrepreneurial economy, labour market dynamics and global value chains – implication on skills supply and demand. Digital Technologies, business models, Labour market disruptions, future of work

Anneli Pauli

Former Deputy Director General at European Comission, Adjunct Professor, D.Sc. (Tech) h.c.

Anneli Pauli has extensive national and international experience in leading science, research, innovation and university policies. She has had numerous positions of trust in different high-level groups and boards on an international, EU and national level. During the last 17 years Anneli Pauli has hold key senior management positions in the European Commission, Academy of Finland, Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and a Science Centre. In the Commission she worked 6.5 years as a Deputy Director- General both in DG “Research as Innovation” and in the Joint Research Centre (JRC), and 1.5 years as an Adviser Hors Classe  (Senior Advisor to the Director General) in Innovation and Competitiveness issues at DG Climate Action. In the Academy of Finland Anneli Pauli worked as the Vice-President being responsible for developing and implementing both science and international cooperation policies.  Before being appointed as the Vice-President she worked as the Secretary General at the Research Council for Biosciences and Environment in the Academy. At LUT she worked as the Rector, and at Heureka Science Centre she was the Director. Earlier in her career she worked as a researcher in research institutes and universities, as well as for the Ministry of Environment. In 1995 Anneli Pauli was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University), and in 2012 she was conferred by the Aalto University the title of Doctor of Science in Technology, h.c. She holds a PhD (limnology, microbiology) from the University of Helsinki.

Jaak Aaviksoo

Rector, Tallinn University of Technology

Academician Jaak Aaviksoo was nominated as the Rector of Tallinn University of Technology in September 2015. Former roles have included being the Minister of Education and Research and the Minister of Defence of Estonia.  He has also been elected twice as the Rector of Tartu University and serving as EUA Board member. Before becoming the Rector of Tartu University he was Professor of optics and spectroscopy at Tartu University heading the Institute of experimental physics.

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In 1994 he was elected to the Estonian Academy of Science. Rector Aaviksoo has worked in many foreign institutes as a guest professor: Novosibirsk Institute of Thermal Physics, the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Osaka University and Paris Diderot University.

Rector Jaak Aaviksoo has been one of the leading figures in Estonian e-society development.

Jurgita Šiugždinienė

Kaunas University of Technology Rector Ad Interim

Jurgita Siugzdiniene (born 1972) has 15 years of experience working in the area of public management reform, specifically focusing on strategic management, civil service reform, education management and governance effectiveness issues. She has an extensive experience working in leading positions in the central public sector institutions in Lithuania, international organizations and projects. Ms. Jurgita Siugzdiniene has six years’ hands on experience leading the main training agency for local governments in Lithuania – the Municipal Training Centre. She worked as a public administration and local governance Advisor in the Bratislava Regional Centre of United Nations Development Programme. She has broad consulting experience in different areas of public administration reform across the region, including Kosovo, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and others.

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Starting from 2009 until 2012 she was serving the Prime Minister of Lithuania in the position of Head of Strategic Management Department and as First Vice Chancellor of the Prime Minister of Lithuania. She was coordinating the process of implementation of Government Priorities, development of national progress strategy “Lietuva 2030”, as well as an overall system of strategic planning and budgeting.  She was Chairwoman of the Sunset Commission of the Government of Lithuania (the Public Management Improvement Commission).

Since 2008, she holds a position of Associated Professor at Kaunas University of Technology Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Department of Public Administration. Her main research and consulting areas are strategic management, civil service reform and governance effectiveness issues. In 2013 she was elected as Dean of the faculty of Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. Since 21 September 2015 she holds a position of Vice Rector for Studies of Kaunas University of Technology. At the moment she is Rector Ad Interim of Kaunas University of Technology.

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Sverker Holmgren

Coordinator of Research Infrastructure Cooperation and Director of the Nordic eScience Globalisation initiative

Sverker Holmgren has a part-time position at NordForsk as the Coordinator of Nordic research infrastructure cooperation and the Director of the Nordic eScience Globalisation Initiative (NeGI). Holmgren is a member of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) Working Group on implementation of research infrastructures. During 2013-2016, he was the chair of the European e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG), formed to provide advice on European ICT infrastructure for research. Holmgren is also a Professor in Scientific Computing at Uppsala University, Sweden, where he is the head of the Computational Science research program. Earlier assignments include being appointed as the Director for the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC) for six years and being elected as the Dean of Mathematics and Computer Science at Uppsala University, also for six years.

Sven Mollekleiv

Honorary President of the Norwegian Red Cross

Sven Mollekleiv was elected as the President of the Norwegian Red Cross in October 2008, after having served as the organisation’s Secretary General for 10 years from 1991 to 2001. He was reelected in 2011 and 2014. Mollekleiv has a background in the Norwegian Confederation of Sports before assuming the post of Director of Marketing- and PR at the Norwegian Football Association. His career in DNV (now DNV GL) started as HR Director and Member of the Executive Board in 2001, moving on to the position as Head of Corporate Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility in 2002-2012. He is currently Senior Vice President for Sustainability and has served as the global ombudsman for DNV GL for 15 years. Mr. Mollekleiv is member of several boards for various organisations. He is the Vice Chairman of Moveability, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)’s Special Fund for the Disabled, and served until recently as Chairman of the Board of The Association of NGOs in Norway. He has also been on the board of Amnesty International and of the Red Cross Nordic United World College. He represented the DNV GL in, among others, the UN Global Compact and in World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

H. E. Mr. Hans Brask

Ambassador of Denmark to Latvia

In his professional career, Hans Brask has worked mainly with European and regional affairs before becoming Ambassador of Denmark to Latvia in 2015. His positions include postings at Danish diplomatic missions in Brussels 1992-1995 and in Paris 2001-2005 as well as at the Foreign Ministry in Copenhagen (2005-2007). Baltic Sea Region affairs were part of his career during short-term posting to Tallinn (1995-1996) and Riga (1996-1997), at the Foreign Ministry in Copenhagen (1997-2001) and as well as Director for the regional think-tank Baltic Development Forum (2007-2014) in Copenhagen. Hans Brask has a degree from University of Aarhus (Political Science), Denmark and University of Essex (History/Philosophy), UK. His married and has two girls.

Program overview

  • June 6

    Students’ meeting, Contact persons’ meeting

  • June 7

    Rectors’ meeting, Students’ meeting, Contact persons’ meeting

  • Evening of June 7

    Welcome reception and celebratory event for Baltic technical universities officially joining NORDTEK network

  • June 8

    Conference day and Gala dinner

  • June 9

    Optional sightseeing tours and recreational activities

Greetings from the hosts

Leonīds Ribickis

Rector of Riga Technical University

This year Riga Technical University (RTU) has the honour to welcome BALTECH NORDTEK conference titled Changes in Globalisation-Challenges and possibilities for Nordic and Baltic higher education and Research policy. This conference will concentrate on comprehensive subject such as lifelong learning, digitalization of university processes and infrastructure, collaboration and division of work, infrastructure-research and test facilities at universities, municipalities and industry, borderless collaboration and division of work, funding for infrastructure.

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RTU is hosting this conference in order to support and promote the network of cooperation between technical universities of Northern countries and Baltic States, and it is an excellent possibility to widen and develop the international partner scope of RTU. In addition, we are extremely proud that we have a possibility to welcome this conference exactly in 2018, when Latvia celebrates its centenary. This year many significant events take place in our country, and this conference is among them.

RTU is a modern internationally recognized university. It is the only polytechnic university in Latvia and the largest university in the country and we are focused on becoming a third generation university that not only provides high quality education, but also conducts advanced research and ensures innovation and technology transfer.

Northern countries are always mentioned as the good example; the direction to which tend to. Considering the fact that one of RTU goals is the excellence in study and science, RTU can learn a lot from colleagues in best Northern technical universities. The cooperation with Northern countries is crucial for us, because it promotes the increase of common scientific potential, adoption of good practice, as well as strengthens Northern Europe positions in the field of world science and technologies.

Already today RTU has a successful cooperation with NORDTEK technical university network and with each university individually within this network, however the integration of two organizations NORDTEK and BALTECH means a wider cooperation network popularity, wider possibilities for academic and scientific personnel, as well as for students. Let us all make the best of this conference in June 2018!

Dr. Riitta Keiski

President of NORDTEK

On behalf of the NORDTEK Board and the member universities, I am honored to welcome you to the 46th NORDTEK conference. As our network grows older, the wider becomes our representation. Therefore the Conference of the year 2018 is arranged as a joint event between the Baltic and Nordic technical universities.

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During the time of global challenges and rapid economic change, collaboration between Nordic and Baltic regions becomes more important than ever, providing possible solutions for the competitiveness of Northern Europe in a global context. More effective resource management and efficiency in areas of higher education reasearch, digitalization  and successful management play crucial roles in order for us to succeed. Life-long learning is one of the approaches to improve the conditions in the current labour market, nevertheless, it also brings a need to discuss thoroughly these questions.

The 46th NORDTEK conference provides possible solutions for Northern Europe to become more sustainable and competitive in the global context and a think tank for  scientists, employees, students and the academia at large. Hope to see you in Riga in June 2018!

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