Going Global 2016, Cape Town

BUILDING NATIONS AND CONNECTING CULTURES: EDUCATION POLICY, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ENGAGEMENT

Going Global 2016 was held in Cape Town, South Africa from Tuesday 3 May 2016 to Thursday 5 May 2016.

Going Global 2016 asked if international education is destined to be dominated by competitive drivers for economic growth and international standing; by student fees, skilled graduates and research funding or whether it can also be informed by building partnerships to address collective concerns. Can this endeavour be supported by the post-2015 commitment to universalism, which signs up all countries (and not just aid recipient ones) to the Sustainable Development Goals? How do we reconcile the need for locally relevant national development and priorities alongside a commitment to international education for the global good?

What does all this mean for colleges, universities and national education systems; their missions, strategies and operating models? What risks and opportunities do these new trends present for students, staff and the communities with which they engage? 

We examined these questions through the following lenses:

Education policy: local priorities, national systems and global drivers

Economic development: skills, enterprise, research and innovation

Engagement: democracy, social justice and international relations