01 mai 2011

EUNIS Business Intelligence in Higher Education Conference

http://eunis-bi.his.de/home/images/banner01.jpgEUNIS Business Intelligence in Higher Education Conference, Hannover, Germany (17 May 2011).
What do you need if you want to base your decisions on information and facts? The magical word is "Business Intelligence"!
Business Intelligence (BI), sometimes called "Institutional Intelligence" in Higher Education institutions, refers to computer-based techniques used in spotting, digging-out, and analyzing business data.
Business intelligence aims to support better business decision making, and thus can be called a decision support system (DSS). Common functions of business intelligence systems are: *reporting, *online analytical processing (OLAP) to explore data and to answer multi-dimensional queries, *data mining to display clusters and associations in large data sets, *predictive analytics to "make predictions" or discover trends.
BI applications often use a data warehouse, which is a dimensional database fed from the Information System of the Business or Institution. In this case, the BI process also includes modules such as data integration, data quality, data warehousing, and master data management. BI solutions intend to support the experts as well as the top management by offering different analytical tools. The conference aims to give an overview of available products for Business Intelligence in the context of Higher Education. Solutions presented will be commercial as well as Open Source. Last but not least, this conference will be the FIRST CLASS OPPORTUNITY to learn about and discuss BI solutions in Higher Education.
Topics

* Commercial and Open Source BI solutions in European countries (overview)
* Using BI for decision making and policy planning in HE
* Best practice examples for the use and implementation of BI
* Lessons learned / Do's and Don'ts / Beyond the hype: realistic chances and limitations of BI
* Collaboration between institutions, e.g. o developing BI solutions, o defining key indicators
* Regional and nationwide BI solutions: integrated solutions for HE institutes and for politics and ministeries.

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Knowledge transfer - what is new to universities?

http://www.mruni.eu/mru_lt_dokumentai/apie_mru/naryste_organizacijose/humane_1.gifStockholm - Friday 17th to Saturday 18th of June 2011. A conference that provides deeper understanding of the Knowledge Transfer concept and its implications to university management. See also Institutional size and performance, Montpellier - Friday 15th to Saturday 16th April 2011.
The need for innovation as booster of the European economy has been recognized for a long time. In many European higher education systems, this has led to expectations on universities to move from basic/curiosity driven/frontline research (a beloved child has many names) to research with applications closer linked to the market. A traditional approach in this respect is to establish “science parks”. Spin-off and spin-out of knowledge results from university in the form of a business in the market is a very visible sign of knowledge transfer. The concept of Knowledge Transfer today has broader implications. Society, more specifically the political system and industry, asks for better and faster access to knowledge from universities.
Knowledge Transfer is now understood to apply not only to inventions or research results but also to the flow of skilled staff to and from universities as well as the use of university education or training in the economy. Universities are not simply moving from purely curiosity-driven research to purely market/economic-driven research. As well as being driven by the need for higher education to boost the economy, increased engagement with business and industry is also driven by the need for universities to diversify and to make their income streams sustainable, in part in order to have greater autonomy. But engagement with business and industry could further influence the content of our taught courses only when we find better ways to understand the needs and demands (not always the same thing) of employers on what skills and attributes they want graduates to have.
Knowledge Transfer is about inventions, the dissemination of research results, the movement of skilled staff and the use of HE training in business through continual professional development; but Knowledge Transfer could also be about being relevant to society and about engagement with regions and communities to influence social policy. All this has consequences not only for the supply of research results and study opportunities delivered by universities. More responsibilities also fall on higher education institutions when it comes to matching competences provided with the needs and expectations of society. Needs, expectations and demand don’t always coincide.
These developments will influence the planning and development of university research and education stronger than we may be expect.

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