17 April 2014
Over 70 countries will be represented by a delegation including 125 university presidents, vice-chancellors, pro vice-chancellors, and government ministers.
UK speakers and attendees include 26 university Vice Chancellors, our CEO Sir Martin Davidson, CEO of FutureLearn, Simon Nelson and Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, Sir Patrick Stewart OBE.
The US will be represented by presidents of Miami Dade College, New York University, University of Miami, Michian State University and the President of Higher Education at Pearson Tim Bozik, who is speaking on the conference's themes of innovation, inclusion and impact.
Brazilian President of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Dr Glaucius Oliva will be speaking on 'Innovation and inclusion for impact'. From Mexico Rector, Tec de Monterrey, David Garza will be attending, as will Colombian Vice Minister of Higher Education, Patricia Martinez Barrios.
The founder and chair of BRAC, the world's largest NGO, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed will be speaking on univeristies operating on a global stage. Hans Rosling, statistics guru and one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People, will be speaking at the keynote address 'Mind the gap – from here to the 22nd century'.
Senior level ministerial representatives from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Jordan, Japan, Kenya, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Burma, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, the UAE and Vietnam are also coming to the conference.
Nine pieces of new research analysing the effect of global developments on education trends will be launched at the conference, including 'English as a medium of instruction' – a global survey across 60 countries. In a Times Higher Education (THE) article about this research, our director of Internationalising Higher Education Rebecca Hughes questions whether the desire of higher education institutions to internationalise is leading to an "unbundling" of language, culture and education.