24 April 2014
Next week, Miami hosts Going Global 2014, the world’s foremost conference for international higher education leaders to share ideas and thoughts.
It's the first time that the annual conference, organised by the UK’s British Council, has been held in the Americas.
Hot topics being debated this year include:
- the reluctance of students to travel abroad
- controversy over the growing use of English for academic communication
- the role of universities in reducing social inequality and driving economic growth
Delegates from the USA, Canada and South American countries will lead the debate giving more students an international study experience and whether teaching programs in English will undermine the national identity of Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries.
At the conference, the annual Times Higher Education global rankings of "young" universities, under 50 years old, will be published, and new research will be unveiled on the attitudes of US and UK students to studying abroad.
Dr Eduardo Padrón, President of Miami Dade College, will argue that the US higher-education system is contributing to glaring economic inequality in our session on transformational leadership, and Professor Philip Altbach from Boston University will urge American students and universities to become less insular and more active on the international stage.
Research into "dangerous demographics": the gender chasm emerging in higher education, particularly in Asia, will be released, and noted women's rights activist Fawzia Koofi, MP, the Vice-President of the National Assembly in Afghanistan will address the conference.