Education beyond Teaching

Universities’ mission or only a spare time task?
National, European and International Perspectives

Erasmus+ Day @ Department of Communication, University of Vienna (May 10th, 2017 19:00)


Third Mission meets Internationalization

Erasmus is well known for students' mobility and its contribution to the European idea. Less known is the fact that under the label Erasmus+ the European Commission is an important promoter of international cooperation for many different educational projects: For instance the development of new curricula, learning and teaching materials and the modernization of higher education infrastructure and systems. But there are also programs to promote the European idea and help refugees to continue their education, especially at the university level.

Many of these things are now also known as the Third Mission of Universities and this evening should celebrate the Erasmus idea but also discuss critically the role of Universities and their societal responsibilities.



19:00 WELCOME ADDRESSES [ Photos ]
by a representative in the name of Rector Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heinz W. Engl
by Univ.-Prof. Hajo Boomgaarden, PhD - Vice Dean for Research and Infrastructure, Faculty of Social Science
by ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Fritz Hausjell - Deputy Head, Department of Communication

19:20 KEYNOTE [ Photos ]
Education beyond teaching: Third mission of universities
by Univ.-Prof. DDr. Christiane Spiel - Project Lead Universities' Third Mission

Education beyond Teaching – Universities’ mission or only a spare time task?
National, European and International Perspectives

Moderation by Mag. Julia Herrnböck (Journalist)
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Katharine Sarikakis (University of Vienna)
Wolfgang Renner, MSc (Wiener Zeitung / Science Marketing Expert)
Dr. Thomas Pfeffer (Danube University Krems / Higher Education Research Expert)
Open Chair (Starting Occupation by a fellow of the MEDLIT project)

21:00 POSTER EXHIBITION (Erasmus+ Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices) & RECEPTION [ Photos ]




Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Christiane Spiel

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Christiane Spiel

Keynote Speaker

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Christiane Spiel is Professor of Educational Psychology and Evaluation at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna. Her research topics are on lifelong learning, bullying und victimization, integration in multicultural schools, evaluation, implementing interventions into public policy, and quality management in the educational system. In various projects Christiane Spiel worked together with Austrian Federal Ministers. She has got several awards as e.g., the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Arts first class (2016), the Science Award of the Margarete Lupac foundation of the Austrian Parliament for Parliamentarism and Democracy (2011), and the Grand Decoration of Honor in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria (2010). She has published more than 250 original papers and headed about 40 third party funded projects. Christiane Spiel was founding dean of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Vienna and is and has been chair and member of various international advisory and editorial boards as e.g., president of the European Society for Developmental Psychology, president of the Austrian Psychology Association, and president of the DeGEval - Society for Evaluation (in Germany and Austria). Currently she is e.g., coordinating lead author of the chapter on education of the International Panel on Social Progress, member of the board of directors of the Global Implementation Initiative, and president of the scientific advisory board for educational and vocational training of the Swiss State Secretary for Education, Research, and Innovation. 

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Welcome Speeches & Keynote

Panel Discussion

Exhibition & Reception

MEDLIT @ Erasmus+ Day

Slideshow: Impressions of the MEDLIT activities

Project Poster