Presentation slides of the sessions are available via Slideshare.


A series of short summaries from the key discussions that took place at Going Global 2016 are now available to watch:

Designing higher education for the future

Universities and cities: building stronger communities

Students as agents of change

Higher Education response to the refugee crisis

International partnerships promoting social justice

Opening plenary videos: Watch Prof. Ian Goldin, Director of the Oxford Martin School, Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister, Department for Higher Education and Training, and the The Rt. Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, deliver the opening plenaries for Going Global 2016.


Podcasts of the sessions are available to listen to via SoundCloud:

I believe this century will be an African century. That’s because Africa has one very big thing on her side: potential. No one nation, or even one continent, can hope to adequately address all the big issues facing people. And because challenges are connected, solutions must be connected."  Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive, British Council (Opening plenary)


  • Dr Blade Nzimande, the South African Minister for Higher Education and Training, outlined the achievements of South African universities in the past 22 years, and the challenges they now face; and he underlined the importance of collaboration on the African continent and globally.
  • Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, United Kingdom, said the UK was committed to supporting the SPHEIR programme partnerships that bring businesses and universities together, with a strong focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Celebrated actor and playwright Dr John Kani explained the significance of the Robben Island copy of The Complete Works of Shakespeare, at a welcome reception celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary.
  • The British Council published new research comparing the levels and balance of support for international higher education in 26 countries, along with a new interactive tool to help institutions use the data to identify opportunities for collaboration.
  • The Newton Fund and National Research Foundation (NRF) Bilateral Chairs initiative was launched, to help strengthen research and innovation in South Africa and the UK and to promote international exchange and cooperation. The first three chairs under the initiative were announced.
  • In a wide-ranging discussion on ‘Brain Drain: Can we stem the flow?’, a panel of experts discussed the global impact of ‘brain drain’ for a special BBC World Service recording of The Forum at Going Global.
  • Times Higher Education published its latest World Reputation Rankings, dominated by US universities but with Asia rising fast. THE rankings editor Phil Baty took part in a lively session examining whether rankings were helping or harming nation building.
  • African ministers gathered to consider and debate national goals and higher education solutions for their countries.
  • The British Council published research showing that three quarters of universities across the world are engaging with social enterprise companies to address social problems.
  • Prominent student activists from India, South Africa and Ukraine explained their motivations for change and the reasons behind campaigns like Rhodes Must Fall and Fees Must Fall to a room full of education leaders.
  • University leaders explained why they were supporting the UN’s HeforShe movement, aiming to encourage men and boys to take action against gender inequality.