EMEA Higher Education Summit

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Digital Transformation in Higher Education

Digital technology is an indisputable force revolutionizing our industries, reinventing our products, refining our services, and reshaping the way we live and work. This digital transformation is expected to continue to push new demands on our students and, therefore, on higher education systems everywhere. To respond, higher education institutions will need to offer increasingly more relevant, affordable and flexible education, engage new populations of students, and ensure that learning is a lifetime activity that can be accessed regardless of the learners’ location or learning style.

March 27 and 28, 2019


Emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, support new approaches to managing student success and student lifecycle; modernizing teaching, learning and research; and building efficient and effective physical and digital infrastructure. Institutions across Europe, Middle East and Africa are breaking new ground on leveraging technology innovations to improve student outcomes, experience and transform teaching and learning.

›› Agenda

March 27, 2019

12:00 - 13:00 Registration and Welcome lunch
13:00 - 14:00 Digital Transformation in Higher Education
  • Regina Murray, Senior Director EMEA Higher Education, Microsoft
  • Elizabeth Stovall, Worldwide Business Strategy Leader, Higher Education, Microsoft
14:00 - 14:45 The Future of Work
Discussion on the ever-changing skills landscape, how Universities can future proof their graduates and prepare them for the jobs of the future
  • Nicola Doherty, Head of Academic, Government & Venture Markets EMEA, LinkedIn
14:45 - 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 - 16:45 Digital Transformation in Real Life…A University Perspective
  • René Storgaard Madsen, CIO University of Northern Denmark
  • Thomas Hurkxkens, Lead New Media, Imperial College London, UK
  • Richard Salter,Director of Analytics, King's College London, UK
  • John Hefele, Researcher, University of Leiden, The Netherlands,
  • Elizabeth Stovall, Worldwide Business Strategy Leader for Higher Education, Microsoft
16:45 - 17:00 Break
17:00 - 18:00 Cloud Empowered Research
This session will discuss the current state of Cloud empowered Research and the trends and leading examples in this area. We will also talk about our programs in the H.E. Research space to help the community increase its capability to take advantage of Cloud capabilities.
  • Bradley Tipp, Microsoft, WW Strategy Leader – Research
  • Gerard Gorman, Imperial College London
18:00 - 19:00 Networking Reception
19:00 - 22:00 Free evening

March 28, 2019

08:30 - 09:00 Arrival Tea/Coffee
09:00 - 10:00 Enabling Student Success
Transforming higher education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution is about moving the student to the center of our operations in new ways, such as streamlining the entry points and recognizing learning with micro-credentialing. In this session we will explore this idea and look at some examples of this work in motion today. 
  • David Gibson, Sr. Higher Education Strategy Leader, Microsoft Corporation 
10:00 - 10:30 Devices to Transform Teaching, Learning and Research (Surface, Surface Hub, HoloLens)
  • Steve Beswick, EMEA Education Director - Surface
  • Chris Parry, Head of Global IT Change Delivery, University of Nottingham
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00 Opportunity and Responsibility of AI
  • Cornelia Kutterer, Senior Director European Government Affairs, AI and Privacy, Microsoft
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:00 Cybersecurity - Identity and Data Security in the Age of Digital Transformation
  • Bruno Schroder, National Technology Officer, Microsoft
14:00 - 14:45 Digital Ready for Higher Education
How to accelerate, de-risk and maximize benefits from your transformation journey
  • Mark East, Senior Director EMEA Education Sector, Microsoft
  • Ha Cole, EMEA Education Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Microsoft Services
14:45 - 15:00 Closing Remarks & Evaluations
  • Regina Murray, Senior Director, EMEA Higher Education, Microsoft

›› Who should attend

This event is targeted at high level leadership and implementation teams from Higher Education institutions – CIO’s, VP’s for Teaching and Learning and Digital Transformation Leads. Research track – Research Software Engineers. Please confirm your interest early to ensure a place.

›› Featured speakers

Regina Murray
Microsoft, Senior Director, EMEA Higher Education

Mark East
Microsoft, General Manager, Education Industry, EMEA

Bradley Tipp
Microsoft, Worldwide Business Strategy Lead – Higher Education Research

Elizabeth Stovall
Microsoft, Worldwide Business Strategy Leader for Higher Education

Steve Beswick
Microsoft, Surface Business Development Director, Education Industry, EMEA

Bruno Schröder
National Technology Officer, Microsoft BeLux

René Storgaard Madsen
CIO / It- og digitaliseringschef, University College of Nothern Denkmark (UCN)

Nicola M. Doherty
Head of Academic, Government & Venture Markets EMEA, LinkedIn

Thomas Hurkxkens
Lead New Media, Imperial College London, UK

Gerard Gorman
Reader, Imperial College London (UK)

John Hefele
Researcher, University of Leiden (The Netherlands)

Chris Parry
Head of Global IT Change Delivery, University of Nottingham

Ha Cole
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) EMEA Education, Microsoft

Richard Salter
Director of Analytics, King's College London, UK

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