The British Council’s Going Global 2017 conference for leaders of international education was held in London last week. The theme was “Global cities: connecting talent, driving change”. In a two-part special report (the second part will be published next week), University World News covers some of the highlights.
The British Council’s Going Global 2017 conference for leaders of international education was held in London recently. The theme was “Global cities: connecting talent, driving change”. In this second special report, University World News reports on some of the highlights.
The British Council welcomed 900 academics, university leaders, ministers and industry chiefs from 80 countries to its Going Global 2017 conference focusing on “Global cities: connecting talent, driving change”. But they left the opening session last Monday with a stark warning of the challenges facing universities and cities in the years ahead.
Nearly 100 policy-makers and higher education experts from 30 countries contributed to a new classification framework and data collection guidelines for transnational education – released at Going Global 2017 in London – that will help countries gather data to inform policies, regulations and enrolment planning.
Globally, the digital economy has benefited some communities and individuals, while leaving others behind, to effectively widen the social divide and poverty lines. Universities and innovation hubs must take care to address local economic, social and cultural needs, delegates were told at Going Global 2017, the British Council's conference for leaders of international education, held in London.
With a raft of recent announcements of British university tie-ups with China, and a general eagerness by Chinese universities to link with Western institutions, it appears partnerships are easy to set up. But Chinese government support is not enough for successful ‘triple helix’ collaborations between foreign institutions and researchers and industry in China, the Going Global 2017 conference heard.
The roles of city fathers and universities have to intertwine to find solutions to globalisation and urbanisation issues, specifically that the knowledge generated in higher education becomes part of the social fabric and change in the environments in which it operates, delegates were told at the British Council's Going Global 2017 conference in London last week.
A discussion at Going Global 2017, the British Council’s conference, on how Paris and London universities will cope in the aftermath of Brexit began in a fearful mood as delegates were told that there are 5,000 research collaborations between the United Kingdom and France currently being funded by European Union money under Horizon 2020, the EU research programme, at any one time – and they are all at risk.
Hong Kong will act as a ‘super connector’ to the Chinese mainland and Asian region through deeper international collaborations that include universities, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Education Eddie Ng told the Going Global conference in London last week.
The new generation experiences the world in a fundamentally different way. Deep listening, engaging with students, building trust and leading by example will help us deal with the rapid transformation that university culture is undergoing and bridge the divides thrown up by social media.