''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)
BUILDING NATIONS AND CONNECTING CULTURES: EDUCATION POLICY, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ENGAGEMENT
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.
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
Read the research reports, University World News articles, and our Voices blog pieces that highlight the key topics discussed at this year's conference.
The following research was launched at Going Global 2017:
Report: The shape of global higher education - This report evaluates the policies of 26 countries and identifies areas where national governments can provide an enabling environment to their higher education institutions to internationalise and forge collaborations. The accompanying Global Gauge is an interactive higher education policy monitor which summarises the responses against each of the 962 measures used in this evaluation, and lists the data sources used.
Report: Social enterprise in a global context - Set against a context of global growth in higher education, this research seeks to understand and enhance the role of international cooperation between higher education institutions and social enterprises.
How international is your country’s higher education? - Our Research Manager Michael Peak discusses the research on national education policy in 26 countries that shows how open each country is to international higher education.
Can higher education help fix the refugee crisis? - What can universities and the people who work for them do to help students and academics fleeing violence in Syria and elsewhere? Dr John Law, our Head of UK Education Co-ordination, UK Region, answers.
Can UN development goals fix higher education’s problems? - How do you increase access to higher education? How can you maintain and improve quality? And how do you make sure it's affordable? Nan Yeld, Senior Adviser Higher Education and Development, discusses these challenges.
How to reform a university’s English language department - What problems are common to English language departments at universities in developing countries, and how can they be tackled? Ben Gray, Director of English at the British Council in Libya, looks at the issues.
A step by step plan to internationalise your university - How can universities develop the best international strategy? We asked Dr Jean-Bernard Adrey, Director of the Centre for Global Engagement at Coventry University, which won the Award for Innovation in Internationalisation of the European Association for International Education in 2014 and the Queen's Award for Enterprise in 2015 in recognition of its international growth and success.
Podcasts of the sessions are available to listen to via SoundCloud.