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“Innovation For Competitiveness In Higher Education” was a topic of the 4th Higher Education Institutions Conference held in Split from May 12 – 13.

The conference was organized in collaboration with the Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE) and the support of AASCB International. At the AACSB Workshop held by Thomas Robinson, PhD, President and CEO of AACSB International and Timothy S. Mescon, PhD, Senior Vice President and Chief Officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for AACSB International participants could find out the latest information on how to get or renew AACSB accreditation.

PLENARY I – “Innovation as a road for strategy competitiveness” was presented by Thomas Robinson, PhD, President and CEO of AACSB International – The AACSB Visioning Initiative and Sue Cox, BSc, Dean Emeritus, Lancaster University Management School Vice President Academic, EFMD – Creativity, Innovation and Impact in the Success of Business Schools.

Round table encouraged all participants to engage in a discussion about the strategic leadership in the higher education; Lucienne Mochel, MA, International Development Director, NEOMA Business School, Jasmina Havranek, PhD, Director, The Agency for Science and Higher Education Croatia, Metka Tekavčić, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Sergey Myasoedov, PhD, Vice-Rector of the Russian Presidential Academy, President of the Russian Association of Business Education, Zoran Barac, PhD, Managing Director, Zagreb School of Economics and Management with Marin Njavro, MA, Co-founder and Managing Director, Luxembourg School of Business as a moderator.

PLENARY II – “Innovative financial models” was discussed by Dr Nerija Putinaite, former Vice-minister of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Lithuania, Professor at Vilnius University, IIRPC and Wilfried Vanhonacker, PhD Visiting Professor of Marketing, Ex-dean of CEIBS and SKOLKOVO

PLENARY III – “Innovating learning methods and technology” was discussed in a form of a round table with Damir Ćosić, MSc, Education Client Manager at Sqore, James Uhomoibhi, PhD, Visiting Professor of Science, Technology and Environmental Studies at the Open University of Tanzania and Karmela Aleksić Maslać, MSc, Associate Dean, Head of the ICT Department at Zagreb School of Economics and Management – moderator of the plenary

PLENARY IV – “Innovation in labor markets” presented by Jan Muehlfeit, MA, Retired chairman of Microsoft Europe, Senior Strategic Adviser for Atlantic Bridge

The conference gathered rectors, deans, associate deans, directors, key players and decision-makers in the field of higher education, professors, international offices, etc. This conference was of interest to academics from all disciplines as well as corporate representatives from the labor market with the responsibilities in recruitment and development of young talents.