Program

Final Program

Thessaloniki, June 18 – 19

BSUN 2018 Congress

UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in the Black Sea Region:
From Science to Implementation

 

Plenary Session I

Monday, June 18, 2018
Aristotle University Research Dissemination Center

Auditorium I

08:30 – 09:00

Registration

09:00 – 09:45

Welcome Speeches

 

  • Prof. Pericles A. MITKAS, Rector, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • H.E. Amb. Michael B. CHRISTIDES, Secretary General of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization
  • Prof. Mahmud Erol KILIÇ, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States
  • Prof. Giga ZEDANIA, BSUN President, Rector, Ilia State University, Georgia
  • Acad. Abel MAHARRAMOV, Former BSUN President
  • Acad. Jorgaq KAÇANI, Former BSUN President 
09:45 – 11:30

Plenary Session: UN 2030 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Chair:   Prof. Giga ZEDANIA
, BSUN President, Rector, Ilia State University, Georgia

 

Keynote Speeches

  • Ms. Vanessa DEBIAIS-SAINTON (video), Head of Unit – Higher Education,
    DG Education and Culture, European Commission, Belgium
  • Prof. Jeffrey SACHS (video or live streaming), Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, USA
  • Dr. Argyro KAVVADA,
    Associate, Science Program Management NASA, Executive Secr. of EO4SDG Initiative, USA
    EO4SDGs: Current situation and future perspectives
  • Mr. László BORBELY, State Counsellor to the Prime Minister’s Office, Romania
    Romania’s experience in implementing the 2030 Agenda

11:30 – 12:00

Coffee Break and Press Conference

 

1st Parallel Session on EDUCATION

Monday, June 18, 2018
Aristotle University Research Dissemination Center

Auditorium I

12:00 – 13:30

Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Chair

Co-chair

Prof. Anastas GERDJIKOV, Rector, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria

Prof. Ariadni STOGIANNIDOU, Vice Rector, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Speakers

  • Prof. Ariadni STOGIANNIDOU, Vice Rector, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
    Quality Assurance: Global and culture-specific challenges
  • Prof. Grygorii KALETNIK, President, Vinnitsa National Agrarian University, Ukraine
    The formation of a science-innovation-based economic space. Experience of all-Ukrainian Scientific-educational consortium
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sorin COSTREIE, Vice Rector, University of Bucharest, Romania
    Current trends on Quality Management in Higher Education
  • Prof. Giga ZEDANIA, Rector, Ilia State University, Georgia
    Education reforms in the context of modernization
  • Prof. Aurel PAPARI, President, and Prof. Andra SECELEANU, Vice Rector,
    Andrei Saguna University, Romania
    Quality Assurance: Comparative research on higher education institutions from Black Sea Region

Discussion and closing remarks

13:30 – 14:30

Lunch

14:30 – 16:00

Inclusiveness and Cooperation in Higher Education

Chair

Co-chair

Prof. George SHARVASHIDZE, Rector, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia

Prof. Chryssi VITSILAKI, Rector-Elect, University of the Aegean, Greece

Speakers

  • Acad. Jorgaq KAÇANI, Former BSUN President, Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania
    The BSUN Approach to Inclusiveness and Cooperation with other Regional and Global Academic Networks
  • Prof. Bogdan  YEGOROV, Rector and Prof. Maryna MARDAR, Vice Rector,
    Odessa National Academy of Food Technologies, Ukraine
    Making new international contacts and developing international collaboration within the activities of Odessa National Academy of Food Technologies
  • Prof. Giorgi SOSIASHVILLI, Rector, Gori State Teaching University, Georgia
    Internationalization of higher education in Georgia: Building on European experience
  • Prof. Volodymyr ONYSHCHENKO, Rector,
    Poltava National Technical Yuri Kondratyuk University, Ukraine
    Dual education as an effective form of qualitative staff assistance of oil and gas companies
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat TÜRKYILMAZ, Trakya University, Turkey
     
    Presentation of the Balkan Universities Association

Discussion and closing remarks

Rapporteur
  • Prof. Ariadni STOGIANNIDOU, Vice Rector, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee Break

 

2nd Parallel Session on TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

Monday, June 18, 2018
Aristotle University Research Dissemination Center

Auditorium II

12:00 – 13:30

Industry Innovation and Infrastructure

Chair

Co-chair

Acad. Jorgaq KACANI, Former BSUN President, Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania

Prof. Nikolaos Ch. VARSAKELIS, Vice Rector, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Speakers

  • Prof. Sergiy BYELIKOV, Rector, Zaporizhzhya National Technical University, Ukraine
    ZNTU: International activities as key factor for progress in education
  • Prof. Armen DER KIUREGHIAN, President, American University of Armenia, Armenia
    Teaching, learning and practice of entrepreneurship within a university
  • Prof. Konstantin MARKELOV, Acting Rector, Astrakhan State University, Russia
    Integration of possibilities of academic organizations into innovatio and technological needs of the economy
  • Prof. Eden MAMUT, Secretary General, Black Sea Universities Network, Romania
    Knowledge transfer models for university-industry cooperation centered
    on scientific research infrastructures
  • Prof. Emil CAZACU and Prof. Cristina SĂRĂCIN, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania Evaluation of the operating parameters of  power distribution  transformers operating under special environmental conditions

Discussion and closing remarks

13:30 – 14:30

Lunch

14:30 – 16:00

Space Technology for Food Security

Chair

Co-chair

Prof. Sergiy BYELIKOV, Rector, Zaporizhzhya National Technical University, Ukraine

Prof. George ZALIDIS, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Speakers

  • Prof. George ZALIDIS, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece,
    Regional challenges and prospectives of SDG's using EO data in the Black Sea and Balkan Mediterranean Region
  • Prof. Michael ZGUROVSKY, Rector of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Ukraine (videoconference)
  • Acad. Ioan BOSTAN, Technical University of Moldova, (videoconference)
  • Dr. Karsten ZIMMERMANN,
    Deputy Head of Business Segment Surveying and Geomonitoring at DMT, Germany  
  • Supervision of tailings by an integrated novel approach to combine ground-based and space-borne sensor data
  • Dr. Razvan MATEESCU, Coordinator of the COSMOMAR Center, Constanța, Romania
    Monitoring the good environmental status of the Black Sea coastal area using satellite data
  • Mr. Peter ZEIL (videoconference), University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics Z_GIS, Austria
    The Copernicus Academy: A network in support of knowledge sharing

Discussion and closing remarks

Rapporteur
  • Prof. Nikolaos Ch. VARSAKELIS, Vice Rector, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee Break

 

3rd Parallel Session on SUSTAINABLE GROWTH

Monday, June 18, 2018
Aristotle University Research Dissemination Center

Auditorium III

12:00 – 13:30

Blue Economy, Water Research and Climate Change

Chair

Co-chair

Prof. Eden MAMUT, “Ovidius” University of Constanta, Romania

Prof. Nicolaos P. THEODOSSIOU, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Speakers

  • Mr. Dimitris DIMITRIADIS, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
    Blue economy in the Western Mediterranean
  • Assoc. Prof. Prodromos ZANIS, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
    Challenges of regional climate change over the Black Sea and the Mediterranean
  • Assoc. Prof. Mustafa YÜCEL,
    Vice Director Institute of Marine Sciences, Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey
    A new blue growth vision for the Black Sea: Identifying marine and maritime research and innovation priorities in the frame of a new strategic research and innovation agenda
  • Dr. Anton AFANASYEV, Southern Federal University, Russia
    Achieving sustainable development goals through international STI cooperation
  • Assoc. Prof. Elpida KOLOKYTHA, Director, Centre for Integrated Water Resources Management, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – UNESCO Centre for Water, Greece
    The new AUTh Unesco cat. II Water Center and SDGs - Managing and protecting freshwater resources and the well-being of people

Discussion and remarks on The Burgas Vision Paper: A Blue Growth Initiative for Research and Innovation in the Black Sea

13:30 – 14:30

Lunch

14:00 – 16:00

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Chair

Co-chair

Prof. Gulchohra MAMMADOVA, Rector, Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction

Prof. Nicolas MOUSSIOPOULOS, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Speakers

  • Prof. Eftichios SARTZETAKIS, Vice Rector, University of Macedonia, Greece
    Climate change finance with emphasis on sustainable cities
  • Prof. Nicolas MOUSSIOPOULOS, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
    Circular economy: Smart cities
  • Ms. Konstantina KARYDI, Associate Director, City Resilience Delivery – Europe & the Middle East, 100 Resilient Cities, UK
  • Mrs. Georgiana BERCARU, Expert, Black Sea Universities Network Secretariat, Romania
    Integrating renewable energy sources for sustainable transport systems in port cities

Discussion and closing remarks

Rapporteur
  • Prof. Eftichios SARTZETAKIS, Vice Rector, University of Macedonia, Greece

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee Break

 

Plenary Session II

Monday, June 18, 2018
Aristotle University Research Dissemination Center

Auditorium I

 

16:30 – 18:00

Joint Degrees in BSUN

  • Experience and the future of staff and student mobility
  • Developing common postgraduate programs
  • New opportunities in distance and e-learning cooperation

Chair

Co-chair

Prof. Pericles A. MITKAS, Rector, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Assoc. Prof. Grigorios ZAROTIADIS, Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Keynote Address

  • Prof. Mircea DUMITRU, Rector, University of Bucharest, Romania,
    Sustainable education for happiness and well-being

 

  • Acad. Abel MAHARRAMOV, Former BSUN President, Rector, Baku State University, Azerbaijan
    The Integration of Baku State University in regional and global academic networks.
    The role of Joint degree programs and international cooperation.
  • Prof. Dalina DUMITRESCU, Vice Rector, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania
    Joint degree programs and international cooperation on education program development at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies
  • Prof. Atanas KOVACHEV and Prof. Emil PANUSHEFF, Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar”, Bulgaria
    Knowledge and skills for sustainable development: The impact of the new Master programme on Circular Economy at Varna Free University
  • Prof. Dimitris KOVAIOS, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
    A successful cooperation between the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and RUDN University of Moscow: A common Master Program in Organic Farming, Students and Staff Mobility and Conferences
  • Prof. Eden MAMUT, Secretary General, Black Sea Universities Network, Romania
    Development of regional Master degree programs – Case study “EIT OPEN ESEE Regional Master for maintenance engineering”
  • Mr. Panagiotis DAVID, AIESEC, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
    Presentation of AIESEC in regard to the SDG
  • Ms. Maria LYKOGIANNI, SDSN Youth, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
    Presentation of SDSN Youth in regard to the SDG

Discussion and closing remarks

20:00

Cocktail Reception and BSUN Networking Event (Only invited guests) 

21:00

Social Dinner (Only invited guests) 

 

13th Conference of Rectors from the Black Sea Region

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Thessaloniki City Hall
City Council Assembly Hall

9.00 – 11:00 Invited Guests

 

Mr. Petar NIKOLOV, Deputy-Minister of Education and Science, Bulgaria
Ms. Maria KOLLIA –TSAROUCHA, Deputy Minister for Macedonia and Thrace, Greece
Prof. Meropi TZOUFI, Deputy Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, Greece
Mr. Apostolos TZITZIKOSTAS, Governor of Central Macedonia, Greece
Mr. Yannis BOUTARIS, Mayor of Thessaloniki, Greece
Ms. Katerina NOTOPOULOU, Head of the Thessaloniki Prime Minister’s  Secretariat Office, Greece

10.00 – 11:30 Summary of the 2018 BSUN Congress Proceedings
Chair Prof. Pericles A. MITKAS, Rector, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Keynote Lecture
  • Prof. Mircea DUMITRU, Rector, University of Bucharest, RomaniaSustainable education for happiness and well-being

 

  • Reports from the Parallel sessions
  • Adoption of the Declaration of the Conference of Rectors from the BSR on the implementation of the UN 2030 SDGs in the Black Sea Region Countries 

11:30 – 12:00

Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:00

1st Session of the Conference of Rectors from the Black Sea Region

 

  • BSUN Member Universities: Projects and Initiatives on Education Programs
    • Prof. Havar MAMMADOV, Rector, Baku Engineering University, Azerbaijan
    • Prof. Emil PANUSHEFF, Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar”, Bulgaria
    • Prof. Victor MAZUR, Rector, Vinnitsa National Agrarian University, Ukraine
    • Dr. Armen DER KIUREGHIAN, Rector, American University of Armenia
    • Prof. George SHARVASHIDZE, Rector, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia
    • Prof. Larisa Efremova, Vice Rector, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN), Russia

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 15:30

2nd Session of the Conference of Rectors from the Black Sea Region

 

  • BSUN Member Universities: Projects and Initiatives on Scientific Research and Innovation
    • Prof. Mustafa BABANLI, Rector, Azerbaijan State Oil and İndustry University, Azerbaijan
    • Prof. Rozalina  DIMOVA, Vice Rector, Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria
    • Prof. Konstantin MARKELOV, Rector, Astrakhan State University, Russia
    • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sorin COSTREIE, Vice Rector, University of Bucharest, Romania
    • Prof. Theodore LAOPOULOS, Vice Rector, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30

3rd Session of the Conference of Rectors from the Black Sea Region

 

  • Election of the new BSUN President

 

21:00

Farewell Dinner (Only invited guests)