From from 21st to 23rd of  October 2010 the Hanseatic Parliament will organise the Conference together will the Ministry of Education Hamburg and the Baltic Sea Academy on the topic

             Educational Policy Strategies Today and Tomorrow around the “Mare Balticum"

The meeting will take place at the Kultur- & Gewerbespeicher, Boden 1 Kehrwieder 2-3, 20457 Hamburg.

Small and medium-sized enterprises are the backbone of the economy, as well as a stabiliser of the society’s development. In the Baltic Sea Region they constitute 99 per cent of all enterprises and provide about 70 per cent of all jobs. As regards an efficient SME economy, the Baltic Sea Region has outstanding opportunities for economic strengthening and mastering of international competition. Hence, this region has the best future prospects to develop into an innovative and economically strong region with international standing.

Small and medium-sized enterprises can only have a chance to get advantage over national and international competition with the increased power of innovation and the highest level of quality. Both require excellent qualifications. Even today significant deficits exist in this domain, whic
h will increase considerably in the future, and thus limit growth and innovations. Ensuring the inflow of trainee entrepreneurs, specialists and managers, as well as significant innovations are a decisive factor for the survival of small and medium-sized enterprises, and therefore, one of the most important support tasks.

Hence, the fifth meeting of the Hanseatic Parliament is dedicated to the policy of education. International scientists and experts will present their findings during short presentations. Round-table personal exchange of experience, as well as interdisciplinary development of objectives and strategies in international teams shall be of the highest priority. On the basis of the outcomes, the Hanseatic Parliament will develop a common strategic concept for educational policy as regards small and medium-sized enterprises in the Baltic Sea Region.


Agenda and Speakers

THURSDAY, 21 OCtober 2010

from 8:00


 Section I: Education Systems and Strategies of the Education Policy in the Baltic Sea States

09:00 a.m.

Welcoming address “Future shaping on new pathways“; Dr. Max Hogeforster,  – Chairman of the Baltic Sea Academy, Hamburg

“Education in the Baltic Sea Region – learning together and from one another“; Christa Götsch – Senator for Schooling and Vocational Education

“The Baltic Sea Region as a role model for other regions“; Dr. K. Rave, - Management Board of the Schleswig-Holstein Investment Bank, Kiel

Questions to the speakers

10:15 a.m.


“Current situation and perspectives of the education reform in Lithuania“; Prof. V. Ratkeviciene - Vilnius Pedagogical University  

“Education system and experience in Finland“, Sirpa Sandelin - Pedagogical Director at the Satakunta University and Vice-President of the Baltic Sea Academy

“Education system and experience in Poland“, Zbigniew Lenart – President of Chamber of Crafts and Entrepreneurship in Bialystok

10:45 a.m.

Coffee break


11:15 a.m.

“Exchange of experience as well as objectives and strategies for the future“ - Round-table collective work


12:15 p.m.

“Education system in Belarus and its importance for the economy“; Dr. A. G. Prorovskij - Brest State Technical University


“Systems of public higher education in Poland and in Germany”, Dr. J. Wolszczak-Derlacz  - Gdańsk University of Technology

“Challenges for educational institutions in view of the knowledge-based economy“; M. Zięba, Ph.D. - Gdańsk University of Technology

Questions to the speakers

1:00 p.m.



Section 2: New Ways and Political Strategies

2:00 p.m.


“Challenges of the knowledge society today and tomorrow“; Prof. B. Henningsen -  Humboldt University of Berlin;
member of the Board of Trustees of the Baltic Development Forum

“Education today and tomorrow: equal opportunities, integration and schools“; Prof. J. Oelkers - Zurich University

“Promotion of entrepreneurship in education and practice”; Christian Weinberger, European Commission,
DG Enterprise and Industry, Brüssel

Questions to the speakers and interviews with the participants


3:15 p.m.

“Objectives and measures of the educational policy in the Baltic Sea Region” - Round-table collective work


4:15 p.m.

Coffee break


4:45 p.m.

“My school of the future“; R. Kahl, Journalist, Hamburg

5:00 p.m.

Panel discussion “Evaluation of the situation and the future educational policy”
H.-P. Vogeler, President of the German Federal Council of Parent;

Prof. P. Grudowski, Gdańsk University of Technology;

 M. Jakubowski, Ph.D. Lublin University of Technology


6:45 p.m.

Reception  by the Senate in the Hamburg City Hall; Christa Goetsch - Second Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg


8:30 p.m.

Dinner at the Galatea restaurant ship


FRIDAY, 22 OCTober 2010

Section 3: Future of the educational and labour market

09.00 a.m.

“Demographic trends and  labour force supply“; Dr. S. Stiller,., Division Manager of the Hamburg Institute of International Economics

“Development of the demand for labour forces and requirements concerning qualifications of SMEs“; Prof. E. Severing, Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training, Nuremberg

“The role of vocational education in the development of the regional labour market“; Prof. A. Tomanek, University of Białystok


09.45 a.m.

“Future challenges and requirements in vocational education” - Round-table collective work


10.45 a.m.

Coffee break


11:15 a.m.

“Forgetting the past - forgetting the future? - Possible future perspectives of reformed vocational education”; Prof. D. Euler,
St. Gallen University


Questions to the speakers and interviews with the participants

11:45 a.m.

“Evaluation of the quality of German vocational schools”; Prof. R. Ginevecius, President of the Vilnius Gediminas
Technical University and the Vice-President of the Baltic Sea Academy

Vocational education for an enterprise or for the labour market? – The current situation and future methods in Poland”;
T. Popowicz, Lower Silesian Chamber of Crafts in Wrocław.

“Vocational education: a walk into the future“; Harry Bjerkeng, Director of the Norwegian Federation of Craft Enterprises

Questions to the speakers and interviews with the participants

1:00 p.m.



Section 4: Objectives and Strategies of Vocational Education

2:00 p.m.

“Dual bachelor courses of studies - Concepts and experiences of the Hamburg Vocational Academy”; Prof. J. von Kiedrowski, Director of the Hamburg Vocational Academy

“Challenges and opportunities for trainees and students in the Baltic Sea Region”; Gabriele Kötschau, Ph.D., Director General of the Council of the Baltic Sea States, Stockholm

“Objectives and strategies of vocational education within the framework of the Lifelong Learning Program”; A. Atlas, Director of the Foundation for Development of Education System, Warsaw


2:45 p.m.

“Objectives and measures of vocational education “ - Round-table collective work

3:45 p.m.

Coffee break


4:15 p.m.

“Combining theory and practice in vocational education”; Prof. T. Tramm, University of Hamburg

Improvement of the cooperation among SMEs and with other stakeholders”; M. Starnawska, Ph.D., Gdansk University
of Technology


5:00 p.m.

Final discussion “The future of vocational education“

Prof. N. B. Kobelev, President of the Russian Chamber of Crafts, Moscow

R. Schulz, Director of the Hamburg Institute for Vocational Education

D. Wenzel O Connor, Educational Institute of Industry and Commerce

5:45 p.m.

“Agenda 2020: Educational policy in the Baltic Sea Region”; summary by Dr. J. Hogeforster, 
President of the Hanseatic Parliament


7:30 p.m.

Dinner at the Gröninger Brauereikeller



09:00 a.m.

City sightseeing tour/tour to the Elbcampus

09:45 a.m.

Campus of the Chamber of Crafts in Hamburg (Elbcampus)


“Future of vocational education”, welcoming address by Dipl. Ing. G. Grohnert, Vice president  of the Hamburg Chamber of Crafts

Visiting the Elbcampus

Answering questions and the final discussion

Lunch at the Campus Lounge

2:00 p.m.

End of the fifth meeting of the Hanseatic Parliament