Any discussion of the role of the third mission in universities must start with a discussion of what kind of universities societies need, since the third mission is about meeting those needs. Our Plenary session will address this topic.

In Thematic Section one, we examine the issue of how new delivery systems and new educational formats assist and expand higher education institutions’ efforts to meet third mission requirements.

Thematic Section two addresses how the interplay between universities and business enterprise has changed the nature of the third mission work. Innovation and knowledge transfer, especially in the small and medium enterprise sector, has become a major part of third mission activity.

Thematic Section three looks at the socio economic impact of third mission activity, how we measure it, how rankings address it, and how it influences the other university missions of teaching and learning.

The Master Classes will further expand the topic of boosting social and economic impact of universities. The conference participants will have an opportunity to get their hands on some of the most effective tools for universities to promote entrepreneurship and maintain socioeconomic ties with society.

Day 1, November 29, 2018


  • 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm

    Registration of participants

    Welcome cocktail for the conference participants

Day 2, November 30, 2018 

Venue: MSU Fundamental Library

  • 8:30 am — 9:30 am

    Registration of participants

  • 9:30 am — 10:15 am

    Conference opening

    Welcoming adress from Russian higher education policy makers, heads of Lomonosov Moscow State University and IREG Observatory

    Luiz Claudio Costa

    President of IREG Observatory, former Minister of Education and Rector of the Federal University of Vicosa, Vice-Rector of the Institute of Higher Education IESB (Brazil)


    Tatyana Golikova

    Deputy Prime Minister of Russia


    Mikhail Kotyukov

    Minister of Science and Higher Education of Russia


    Viktor Sadovnichy*

    President of Russian Rectors Union, Rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia)

  • 10:15 am — 12:00 pm

    Plenary session “What kind of universities does society need?”

    Issue for discussion:

    — Prospective spheres for cooperation between universities and society: selection of priorities

    — Social partnership - universities’ view

    — Do universities meet the expectations of governments, business and society?

    — Electronic technologies in education: How will universities and society change?

    — Development of the third university mission: The impact of international university rankings



    Dmitry Grishankov*

    CEO, Association of Rating Makers (Russia)


    Waldemar Siwinski*

    Vice-President of IREG Observatory (Belgium/Poland)


    Alex Usher*

    President of the Higher Education Strategy Associates research centre, Editor-in-Chief of Global Higher Education Strategy Monitor (Canada)


    John T. Green*

    Life Fellow, Queens' College, Cambridge University (United Kingdom), Chairman of the Board, Snowball Metrics (Netherlands)


    Judith S. Eaton*

    President of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation CHEA (United States)


    N.V. Varghese*

    Director of the Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education (CPRHE) (India)


    Thomas D. Parker*

    Senior Associate Emeritus, Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), Washington, DC (United States)


    Yaroslav Kuzminov

    Rector of National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia)

  • 12:00 pm — 12:30 pm

    Coffee Break

  • 12:30 pm — 2:00 pm

    Thematic Section 1 "Beyond Standard Formats: Lifelong education, MOOCs, new technologies for teaching"



    Thomas D. Parker*

    Senior Associate Emeritus, Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), Washington, DC (United States)


    Cengiz Acarturk*

    Associate Professor of the Graduate School of Informatics of the Middle East Technical University in Ankara (Turkey)

    Information and Communications Technology in Education & Digital Literacy: Implications for Universities and Academic Rankings


    Mark O'Brien*

    Senior Research Fellow in the Educational Development Division of the Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Liverpool (United Kingdom)

    Overcoming ‘social obstacles to learning’ in relation to lifelong learning and the corporate university


    Patricio Montesinos*

    Head of Unit, UPV Continuing Education Center, Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain)

    Lifelong Learning as a Third Mission Key activity: UPV's best practices, latest trends, and nearest future of continuing education


    Vladimir Mau

    Rector of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (Russia)

  • 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm


  • 3:00 pm — 4:30 pm

    Thematic Section 2 "Knowledge transfer: Influence of universities"



    John T. Green*

    Life Fellow, Queens' College, Cambridge University (United Kingdom), Chairman of the Board, Snowball Metrics (Netherlands)


    Claudio Roveda*

    Rector of Link Campus University, Rome (Italy)

    Knowledge Transfer: interactions between universities and SME


    Weiping Wu*

    Professor, Columbia University (United States)

    Transfer of Technology and Innovation from Universities to Business Sectors: The case of China


    Zsolt T. Kosztyán*

    Associate Professor and head of Department of Quantitative Methods, University of Pannonia; Senior Research Fellow, MTA-PE Budapest Ranking Research Group (Hungary)

    Student and Faculty Mobility & Knowledge Transfer: a social network analysis study


    Wan Chang Da*

    Senior Lecturer, National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN), Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia)

    Cross-border Collaboration and Third Mission of the University: Experiences of a Developing Country


    Mikhail Strikhanov

    Rector of National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Russia)

  • 4:30 pm — 5:00 pm

    Coffee Break

  • 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm

    Thematic Section 3 "Social Involvement"



    Mikhail Myagkov

    Professor, University of Oregon (United States) and Skoltech (Russia)


    Agus Suwignyo*

    Researcher, Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia)

    Internationalization and Social Duties: Post-decolonization challenges of higher education in the Third World countries


    Gero Federkeil*

    Head of International Rankings, Centre for Higher Education (CHE) (Germany)

    U-Multirank: Third Mission Indicators and Activities


    Mirko Degli Esposti*

    Deputy Rector of the University of Bologna (Italy)

    Third Mission Activities and Rankings: University of Bologna Experience


    Nidhi S. Sabharwal*

    Associate Professor, CPRHE (India)

    Kirill Ivanov*

    Lead Analyst, ARM (Russia)

    Equity Metrics in World Rankings


    Paul Blackmore*

    Professor, International Centre for University Policy Research, King’s College London (United Kingdom)

    Tensions between Excellence and Inclusion in Universities: policy context, identification of the points of tension, case studies

  • 7:30 pm

    Gala dinner

Day 3, December 1, 2018

Venue: MSU Technopark

  • 9:00 am — 10:00 am


  • 10:00 am — 11:30 pm

    Master class 1 "The Role of Technoparks in Supporting Entrepreneurial Activities: ODTÜ TEKNOKENT Experience"

    Konuralp Pirinççi*

    Unit Manager of ODTÜ TEKNOKENT – Middle East Technical University Technopark (Turkey)

  • 11:30 am — 12:00 pm

    Coffee Break

  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm

    Master class 2 "Accreditation and Long-Term Development of Universities’ Socio-Economic Impact: A practical workshop on how universities can strategically develop their entrepreneurial and engaged profile"

    Thorsten Kliewe*

    Chair of Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (Netherlands)




  • 1:30 pm — 2:00 pm

    Conference closing

  • 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm


  • Cultural programme

* confirmed speakers