Think Tank Academy Spring Conference 2022

The third edition of SGroup’s Think Tank Academy Spring Conference took place on Monday 13 June.

Participants from almost 20 countries had the opportunity to witness three panels of experts that dealt with the topic “Responsible Higher Education for Social Innovation” as well as the official presentation of the SGroup PhD Training and Competition.

The diversity of panels and participants was praised because the event was attended by both academics and practitioners, and all the regions of SGroup members were represented.

The three panels approached the conference’s topic on social responsibility and social innovation from different angles such as greening, resilience and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, which was much appreciated by the participants.

The first panel “Universities’ engagement in green growth: Changes in institutional strategies and management”, hosted by TT4China, counted with presentations by Prof. Markku Sotaraut (Tampere University, Finland) and Prof. Sanfa Can (Tongji Universityi, China).

The second panel “Building resilience in communities: Opportunities for International HE”, organised by TT4Africa, was presented by Prof. Adélaide Blavier (University of Liège, Belgium) and Prof. Djillali Benouar (USTHB, Algeria).

The last panel, “The Social Mission of Universities: perspectives from Europe and Latin America”, resulted from a collaboration between TT4Latin America and TT4Social Mission of Universities, which was officially launched at the conference. The event concluded with the presentation of a new initiative of the TT4Doctoral Education, the SGroup PhD Training and Competition.