Heads of University Management & Administration Network Europe

Aalto University Study Visit Programme

                             AALTO UNIVERSITY: DEVELOPMENTS IN INNOVATION LEADERSHIP

(subject to marginal change)

 

 

Sunday evening, 27 October

 

18.00

Study visit briefing, welcome and introduction

 

19.00

Drinks reception followed by an informal dinner with Aalto University hosts

 

Monday morning, 28 October

 

08.45

Arrival at the venue and coffee

 

Theme: innovation leadership and management processes

 

09.00

The leadership and management of innovation at Aalto University:

 

·     Core management processes

·     Guidelines, procedures and internal regulatory regime

·     Support and advisory services

Presentations and discussion to be led by senior leaders and managers of innovation support services

 

10.30

Coffee break

 

11.00

Leadership and management session continued.  Key balancing challenges to be managed:

 

·     Enabling and facilitating societal impact and protecting the University’s interests

·     Procedural ‘compliance’ to manage legal risks, and support and encouragement for academic staff

·     Academic ‘ownership’ to facilitate buy-in, and management of a complex organisational process that consumes resources

As above

 

12.00

Study visit participants’ reflection time on the morning’s sessions

 

12.30

Lunch

 

 

Monday afternoon, 28 October

 

Theme: the role of students and entrepreneurship in innovation at Aalto University

 

13.45

·     Opening worlds for Aalto students: entrepreneurship, innovation and the Alto student experience

·     The Aalto University Entrepreneurship Society: its ambitions, agenda, scope and scale of achievements

·     Kiuas – the Aalto startup accelerator: a unique combination of top-tier coaching, networks, tools, free office spaces…and chosen as Finland's best startup accelerator in 2018

·     SLUSH – a student-driven, not-for-profit movement, which has grown from a 300-person assembly to a genuine global community with a mission to create and help the next generation of groundbreaking entrepreneurs.

Presentations and discussion led by senior leaders, student leaders

 

15.15

Coffee break

 

15.45

The role of students and entrepreneurship in innovation continued.  Key balancing challenges to be managed:

 

·     Curriculum integration or specialisation: how much and how far?

·     Blending university-wide collaboration with students’ discipline-specific degree programmes

·     Integrating student-led and university-led initiatives

·     Helping students to help themselves – the balance and mix of ‘departmental’ and ‘central’ support; and student-led and university-led support

As above

 

16.30

Study visit participants’ reflection time on the afternoon’s sessions

 

17.00

Return to hotel

 

Monday evening, 28 October

 

19.00

Drinks and dinner with Aalto University hosts

 

Tuesday morning, 29 October

 

08.45

Arrival at the venue and coffee

 

Theme: the evolution and future development of the Aalto innovation system

 

09.00

The Aalto Innovation ecosystem:

 

·     Its genesis and development

·     Current issues and challenges

·     What the future holds

Presentations and discussion to be led by senior leaders and managers of innovation support services

 

10.30

Coffee break combined with a visit to ABlock – Aalto’s Student Centre

 

11.00

Campus walkabout:

 

·     Visit to Startup Sauna & Design Factory

·     Visit to ABIO – the Aalto Bio-product Centre

·     Visit to AGrid – home for 140 ambitious startups and a community of unique talents

 

12.00

Study visit participants reflection time on the morning’s sessions

 

12.30

Lunch

 

13.30

Participant-led plenary session for the study visit: the big lessons learned

 

14.30

Participants depart