HEISE Multiplier Event 04.04.2019

Bridging Education and Societal Engagement

4h of April, 12.30 – 17.00 at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tatari 13, Tallinn, Estonia

See all the pictures of the event here!

Do we have systematic processes for societal engagement in higher education institutions (HEI)? What are our tools for evaluation and assessment of societal impact? How do we bridge challenge-based learning in the classroom with societal engagement of HEIs? How could we create a model to bridge teaching and societal engagement and impact of HEIs?


These and other similar questions are addressed at the public event of Higher Education Institutions for Societal Engagement (HEISE) -project on 4th of April, 2019 in EMTA,Tallinn. “Bridging Education and Societal Engagement” is an event that focuses on societal engagement and impact of higher education institutions and how these can be built on challenge-based learning processes that use art based methods. The event introduces preliminary results of research-based HEISE project. We invite you to think along and discuss the matter with panelists and colleagues.


We are welcoming leaders of educational institutions, educators, researchers and practitioners of societal engagement and impact of educational field, practitioners and of art-based methods and professionals of arts and cultural organizations to join the event of interactive workshop.



12.30 Registration and welcome coffee

13.00 Opening  words and introduction to model of societal engagement of higher education institutions by prof. Annukka Jyrämä

13.15 Overview of the ongoing international study on societal impact by Alar Kein  (Estonian Business School ) and Sari Sarlio-Siintola (Laurea University of Applied Sciences)

13.30 Keynote presentations:

Finnish auditing system for higher education by Helka Kekäläinen, PhD, Head of Unit, Higher Education and Liberal Adult Education Finnish Education Evaluation Centre, FINEEC

Perspectives and examples  on social impact and engagement  by Jaan Aps, leader of the Estonian Social Enterprise Network and an expert of impact evaluation, Maailmamuutjad.ee

14.00  Discussion panel  moderated by prof. Annukka Jyrämä

14.30  Break

15.00 Interactive workshop with all participants  to discuss the role of HEIs within an exemplary societal challenge  

16.15  Summaries from the workshop  

16.45 Closing words and feedback, snacks

We thank all participants and partners for this fruitful gathering of professionals. See some pictures of the event below.