Friday 10 January 2014

Leaders to debate on innovation, inclusion and impact

More than one thousand of the world’s leading experts and decision makers in higher and further education are due to come to Miami, USA, for the eighth prestigious ‘Going Global’ conference, organised by the British Council.

The conference will bring together leaders from governments, education institutions and business from more than seventy countries to explore how innovation systems are formed, structured and driven globally and transnationally. Leaders will consider how talent is developed and how countries meet the challenge of providing sufficient high quality tertiary education to ensure the widespread inclusion and participation of their citizens. The conference will investigate how impact is delivered - and explore the outcomes for policy makers, funders, tertiary education stakeholders and the institutions themselves.

The conference will be held from 29 April - 1 May 2014 at the Miami Beach Convention Centre in Miami, Florida. Registration opened on January 6 via

A global call for proposals was made in 2013, attracting over 450 submissions from around the world. A programme of over sixty sessions has been developed for the three day conference, addressing topics such as the growth and opportunities created by transnational education; future models of university and industry collaboration, and how technology can drive access to skills.

Major research projects will be released and debated at the conference, including an international study on the value of large scale national outward mobility programmes; the role of the Humanities in dealing with global development challenges, and the growth and impact of English as a Medium of Instruction in higher education around the world.

Dr Jo Beall, the British Council’s Director of Education and Society, said, “Talent is now mobile, knowledge transcends national borders – so it is becoming increasingly vital that nations can come together to develop the most effective system that maximises innovation whilst including the broadest sections of our societies. Going Global is an evolving, travelling conference, and it's highly appropriate that it will now come to the Americas and focus on a theme that has become crucial to international growth and prosperity.”

John Bramwell, the British Council’s Director of Education in the Americas region, said, “I am delighted that Going Global will be held in Miami in 2014. The city is a nexus between the established powerhouse of the USA’s higher education sector, and the rapidly emerging economies of Central and Latin America, with countries that are undertaking hugely ambitious reforms of their education systems and creating opportunities for partnership and development that the whole world must be aware of.”

Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education, commented, “Going Global has grown from a biennial event in the UK to an annual event that has been held in education hub cities such as Hong Kong and Dubai. Holding this signature event in the United States for the first time and in a city that is home to America's largest and most diverse college offers the higher education community the opportunity to engage with academic and policy leaders from around the world to gain a truly global perspective on important innovation and talent development issues that affect us all.”

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Contact details

For more information about the conference, please go to

To request interviews, please contact in London, Tim Sowula, or +44 207 389 4871

In New York, Malsert Chapman, or +1 212 745 0318

In Mexico City, Daniel Chavez Heras, or +52 (55) 52631981

In Rio, Ana Signorini, +55 21 2172 5202

Accredited members of the media are eligible for free registration at Going Global 2013

About the British Council

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We are a Royal Charter charity, established as the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations.

Our 7000 staff in over 100 countries work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year through English, arts, education and society programmes.

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