Keynote speakers

Professor Ivan Wilhelm (Rector Emeritus of Charles University)

the Plenipotentiary of the Czech Government for European Research Programs is the former Vice-Rector (1994 – 2000) and Rector (2000 – 2006) of Charles University in Prague. Is graduated in Nuclear and Particle Physics where he published as the author and co-author more then 100 scientific contributions and worked as the Professor of Experimental Physics on Charles University. He was the founding member of European Universities Association (EUA) and the member of Administrative Board of EUA (2001 – 2006). As the Rector of the Charles University he was elected the Chairman of the Czech Rectors Conference (2000 – 2006). He was awarded by the Order of Academic Palms of the Government of France and by the Order of St. Georg the Great of the Holy See. He is the honorary doctor of some universities.

INTERNATIONALIZATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION – the contribution gives a sight on the currently important issue of the higher education institutions from the point of view of the historical process. On the case of Charles University it is demonstrated the traditional mission of the higher education since the Middle Ages. The issue of internationalization of education – the academic exchange programs – belongs to the basic attributes of the modern higher education institution and it continues to be its privilege up today. It is noticed that the management of the university must create the conditions for free international exchange of students, teachers and ideas as widely as possible.


Petra Portréty Technologické centrum AVPerutková, The Technology Centre ASCR

is the Deputy Head of the National Information Centre for European Research (NICER), where she is working as the National Contact Point (NCP) for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and European Research Council grants. She is an expert in the relevant EC Programme Committee and member of the working group for human resources of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic. She gives lectures at national and international level, publishes information materials and articles about Framework Programmes of the EU, holds specialised trainings focused on MSCA and ERC proposal writing, co-organises the annual conference focused on topical issues within the European Research Area (Czech Days for European Research).  She has gained practical experience with EU Framework Programmes i.a. when coordinating the FP7 project EuroNanoForum 2009.

She graduated from Charles University and University of Economics, Prague. Her degrees were in German and Swedish Studies and in International Trade. In June 2007 she obtained a Masters´ degree in European Studies at University Hamburg. She was seconded for several months to Hanse-Office (a common institution of the “states” Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein to the European Union) and CZELO (Czech Liaison Office for Research, Development and Innovation) in Brussels.

European funding opportunities for research at higher education institutions

European Union Framework Programmes for Research (FP) are the European Union’s main instruments for implementing its common scientific and innovation policy. The EU’s science and technology policy, which is set out in the Treaties of the EU, aims to make research in Europe a transnational activity, wherever appropriate. The aim is to share costs and pool resources for large-scale projects and to work together to find solutions to problems affecting the whole of Europe.  FP project proposals are submitted jointly by several member states working together, generally in response to specific EU research calls which are announced on the EU’s Participant Portal. In addition, most H2020 calls are open to non-EU researchers and many calls particularly encourage cooperation with non-EU partners.

The first Framework Programmes began in 1984. The newest, eighth generation, “Horizon 2020 – the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation” (H2020), began on 1 January 2014. It will continue until 2020 and has a total budget of around EUR 80 billion. Its funding activities cover the entire innovation chain – from basic research to the provision of marketable products and services. The programme addresses different target groups: higher education institutions, research institutions, companies and SMEs as well as stakeholders in the innovation sector in the widest sense. With its three central programme areas (pillars), Horizon 2020 will promote the excellence of science in Europe, expand the leading role of European industry and develop solutions to the great societal challenges of our day. The diverse funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 cover collaborative projects, support and accompanying measures, public-public as well as public-private partnerships, venture capital funding, innovative procurement and prizes as well as individual support for outstanding researchers (European Research Council grants, ERC) and mobility and training activities (Marie-Skłodowska Curie Actions, MSCA), which are particularly interesting for higher education institutions and which I will focus on in my talk.

Special guest


Professor Vijayan Gurumurthy Iyer

For being Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering in 2003, he was awarded D.Sc. & Engg. and LL.D. (Hon.) by The Yorker International University in 2010 and 2011 respectively. He was awarded Fellow of AIMA by All India Management Association, New Delhi in Aug. 2007.  He has served as Professor and Main Researcher in Institute of Technology, Haramaya University, Ale maya , Ethiopia since 17 th Jan 2014 to 10 th Feb. 2015 . He has more than 32 years experience in Research, Academics, Industry, Field Work, Consultancy Services, Training and Extension, Government, Educational and Private Organizations.

Importance of Total Quality Management (TQM) in an Education Sector and Its Implementation Framework Towards Sustainable National Development

Sustainable national development (SND) is a kind of national development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability, efficiency and values of future generations to meet their own needs. The definition of quality in an education sector is “ The totality of features and characteristics of a product or services that bear on its ability, efficiency and value to satisfy a given or implied need. Thus this standard definition of quality is applicable commonly to both products and services that is stated and unstated. TQM in an educational sector is based on quality management from the beneficiary’s   point of view.  International Organizational for Standardization (ISO)’s 9000 standards focus on quality management (TQM) of all sorts of organizations. It defines the features on quality management system (QMS) that need to be in place to ensure that institutions identify and focus on improving areas where they have significant deficiencies. The objectives of the study are (i) to introduce the concept of TQM in an educational sector based on an educational research conducted in South India (i) to conduct educational trials on TQM in fifteen number of educational institutions during the research year (RY) 1999-2014 and present ideas and (iii) to promote sustainable policy recommendation so as to strengthen quality of education for SND.