Global connections: developing global leaders

Monday 01 June 2015 -
13:30 to 14:45
Session 2.4. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

Internationalisation strategies are rapidly evolving, broadening and deepening at national, regional and institutional levels. Universities are crossing national and regional borders to work together to address global problems and are collaborating in a wide range of educational initiatives, consortia and focused networks. Top priorities for internationalisation agendas are to position institutions and countries for competitive advantage as well as mutual benefit, to promote inter-cultural exchange among staff and students, and to address global problems. These agendas - in a context of globalisation promises and perils - have major implications for leaders at all levels of higher education, for the physical and electronic management of institutions and for governance at institutional and system levels. To embed internationalisation across an institution, to position and profile institutions internationally or to extend global stakeholder networks, leaders need to develop new skill-sets and new ways of thinking, behaving and managing across boundaries.

The session asks:

  • What additional or different leadership capabilities are needed in an increasingly multi-national and multicultural context?
  • What can be learned from other sectors where 'global leadership and governance' are already recognised concepts?
  • Based on collective experience, how best can 'global leadership and innovation' be fostered through developmental processes?
  • How can institutional policies and practices support this development? 

Using case study examples, the speakers illustrate how international leadership development can foster innovation, achieve significant impact and deliver individual and collective value within and across countries, sectors and institutions. The session seeks to engage participants in generating ideas about how best to structure and deliver international leadership development opportunities that not only benefit individuals and institutions but also contribute to the development of higher education and societies globally.

For further reading on this and related topics, read our speaker interview with Professor Dawn Freshwater.

Professor Dawn Freshwater
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Registrar, The University of Western Australia, Australia

Prior to moving to Western Australia to take up the position of SDVC, Dawn Freshwater served as the PVC for Staff and Organizational Effectiveness, Professor of Mental Health and Head of the School at the University of Leeds. Professor Freshwater served on the HEFCE Research Excellence Framework (REF) panel in the UK; in her leadership capacity, she led a British Council funded study to examine the impact of globalisation on inclusive leadership. Session 2.4

Professor Dawn Freshwater

Dr Tom Kennie
Founding Director, Ranmore, UK

Dr Tom Kennie is a founding director of Ranmore. He specialises in senior level HE leadership development in higher education. Much of this is informed by his 13 years as joint programme director of the UK Top Management Programme for Higher Education (TMP).  He has worked with over 100 HEI’s on governance, leadership and management development activities. Most recently this has extended to a new ‘Global Engagement: Global Challenge’ programme. Session 2.4

Dr Tom Kennie

Professor Robin Middlehurst
Professor of Higher Education, Kingston University, UK

Professor Robin Middlehurst is Professor of Higher Education at Kingston University. She has developed a strong interest and published widely on academic leadership and internationalisation in HE among other topics. She was also for 13 years joint programme director of the TMP and is now actively involved in the ‘Global Engagement: Global Challenge’ programme. Session 2.4

Professor Robin Middlehurst

Professor John Raftery
Vice-Chancellor, London Metropolitan University, UK

John has undertaken assignments on risk in major public infrastructure projects and on cartels and restrictive practices in Hong Kong, Scandinavia and the UK.  He was a member of Kofi Annan's Global Humanitarian Forum and an advisor to the UK-India and UK-India-US Research Initiatives. Session 2.4

Professor John Raftery