In order to further develop the conceptual and methodological approaches for the HESS project, the S3 Platform organised a seminar with the FP7 funded consortium called SmartSpec, led by Cardiff University. Hosted by DG Education and Culture, the workshop brought together researchers with several DGs of the European Commission and the OECD. The two pilot regions of HESS participated as well as ERRIN and the European University Association, providing both regional and higher education perspectives.
The first part of the workshop involved presentations from the SmartSpec research project and the HESS pilot regions. Four themes were identified from these presentations, which were then discussed in break out groups in the second part of the workshop. Here are the summaries of these discussions:
Higher Education Systems
The main messages from these disucssions were presented to Patrica Reilly, cabinet member of Commissioner Navracsics (responsible for both Education and the Joint Research Centre)