Tuesday 12 February 2019


Going Global, the conference for leaders of international higher education, is to be held in Berlin on 13-15 May, for the first time.  This year’s theme is ‘Knowledge diplomacy and the digital world: does international tertiary education have a role?’

Going Global is an annual conference offering an open forum for global leaders of tertiary education to discuss and debate issues facing the international education community.

This year’s conference, supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), will discuss how new technologies are revolutionising the way that knowledge is produced, accessed and used globally.

Labour markets and businesses are undergoing rapid transformation, and the nature of jobs and the skills required are fast-evolving. With that in mind, how is technology changing the future, and what is the future role of tertiary education?

Going Global, now in its 12th year, is the world’s largest open conference for higher education leaders.  We are expecting 1000 leaders including Vice Chancellors, Pro-Vice Chancellors, Presidents, Rectors, Minister and Chief Executives, from around 80 countries to attend.  

Delegates can attend masterclasses, campus tours and tours of start-ups in Berlin, a city that is recognised worldwide as a leader in digital innovation and one of Europe’s leading hubs of knowledge and research.

Perhaps most importantly, Going Global is a unique chance for education leaders to network and interact.

Information for Journalists

Registration is now open. When registering for a press pass, please select “complimentary pass” and when asked the type of pass select “Press”.  Insert the following case sensitive code: BERLIN2019COMP. 

This pass will give you free access to the conference and the welcome reception at the riverbank venue Radialsystem. 

Notes to Editor

For further information, please contact Nicola.norton@britishcouncil.org

About the British Council

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