Closing plenary

Tuesday 02 June 2015 -
15:30 to 17:00
PL2. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

A new generation of leaders: through their eyes

A closing panel of dynamic young leaders provide unique perspectives on university and college education. Through their eyes we explore the current role, and future requirements of tertiary education in a world where countries and people are increasingly closely connected and where many of the challenges we face are global.

  • What is their experience of tertiary education and what purpose do they think universities and colleges serve? Are these just about research and teaching students? Or do they play a role in economic development and growth - locally, regionally, nationally and globally?
  • What is their responsibility to society – do they have a legitimate role in promoting and safeguarding equity, justice and democracy? Are they political as well as economic and social players? Do their growing international activities and connections make them the new face of international diplomacy?  And how well do they currently do any of these?
  • What should their role be in the future - what should they aim to be and to achieve? And what would need to change for them to achieve that?

Josh Barnett
Students’ Union President, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

Josh studied his Undergraduate in Sports Coaching at Cardiff Met with the aspirations of moving into the Sport Sector. His role over the last year as presidency has allowed him to travel to Egypt, Athens, and Thessaloniki to visit International partners, ensuring that Cardiff Met students studying internationally receive the highest quality experience. Closing Plenary


Dr Jo Beall
Director - Education and Society, British Council, UK

Jo Beall is on the Executive Board at the British Council. Jo’s past roles include Professor of Development Studies at the LSE and Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Town. Jo is a specialist on internationalising higher education and international development and a regular speaker at major conferences in these fields. Her work has taken her to Africa, Asia and Latin America, with extensive periods of research in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and South Africa. Session 1.1 Closing Plenary

Dr Jo Beall

Alison Goddard
Editor - HE, Research Professional, UK

Alison Goddard is the editor of HE, which covers policy and markets in higher education. She has almost two decades of experience as a journalist, including seven years on The Economist and seven years on the Times Higher Education Supplement. Closing Plenary


Tina Liu
Senior Consultan, Country Manager - China, Drewry, China

Tina leads Drewry China operation. She joined Drewry in 2010 and has worked in Drewry London and Singapore offices prior to Shanghai. With Drewry, she has advised major shipping companies, banks, governments for investment assessment, operational benchmarking and shipping strategies. Before joining Drewry, she obtained her Ph.D. degree in Transport Studies and Applied Econometrics at UCL, launched Clean Tech Challenge business plan competition for UCL and LBS studies. Closing Plenary

Tina Liu

Mosa Mangaka Leteane
President - Student Council, University of the Free State, South Africa

Mosa is currently studying as a LLB Law undergraduate in her final year. She has always been passionate about leadership and student activism understanding that they are key ingredients for affecting change at her institution. Female empowerment, the African discourse and social justice are all important topics for Mosa. Session 2.5 Closing Plenary

Mosa Mangaka Leteane