Is there space for mutuality? Higher education and diplomacy


Wednesday 30 April 2014


Higher education has long been used as a vehicle in diplomatic relations. As the nature of diplomacy has changed, the role of higher education has also shifted. The models of engagement, however, are largely based on ‘sending’ and ‘receiving’ countries – a relationship in which power is still unequally distributed. The panel explores whether it’s possible to shift the paradigm to one that recognises and supports mutual interest and whether new models can be built that take account of the business, as well as altruistic, interests of universities.  University rectors, vice-chancellors and academics are becoming the new diplomats, yet they operate beyond sovereignty.  So, as we enter an increasingly global system of higher education, where will public diplomacy sit? 


Chair: Patti McGill Peterson, Presidential Advisor, Internationalisation and Global Engagement, American Council on Education, USA

Dr Jo Beall, Director, Education and Society, British Council, UK

Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Former Vice-Chancellor, Albukhary University, Malaysia 

Lou Anna Simon, President, Michigan State University, USA

Prof. Damtew Teferra, Professor of Higher Education, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

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