Higher Education in emergency environments

Tuesday 02 June 2015 -
09:00 to 10:15
Session 5.6. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

Recent events demonstrate how global change can catapult a country’s higher education system into chaos, leaving it to operate under the exceptional hardship of a national or borderless emergency. Whether this is a result of armed conflict, a natural disaster, or a health emergency such as Ebola, the result invariably leaves HE institutions isolated, with diminished capacity to regenerate due to broken or fragmented international links. Geopolitical fracture or democratic challenges can breed cases of violence, coercion, intimidation and threats toward HE institutions worldwide, leaving an estimated 30 counties worldwide facing such challenges.

How can the international HE community make a rapid and effective response to help maintain academic and research relationships in countries where it is too dangerous or impractical to visit? What approaches work in such scenarios, where it is vital for international contacts to be nurtured?

Drawing on experiences from various locations, the session explores what a rapid response mechanism for HE in Emergency might look like.

Professor Osman Babury
Deputy Minister for Academic Affairs, Ministry of Higher Education, Afghanistan

Professor Osman Babury has been the Deputy Minister of Higher Education since April 2007. Previously he was Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Kabul University, Acting General Director of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Department of the Ministry of Public Health and Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Kabul University. Session 3.5 Session 5.6

Professor Osman Babury

Clare Banks
Assistant Director - International Partnerships & IIE Initiatives, Institute of International Education, USA

Clare Banks is the Assistant Director for International Partnerships and IIE Initiatives at the Institute of International Education. In her current role, Ms. Banks is responsible for a range of programmes aimed at fostering sustainable international partnerships between higher education institutions around the world. She holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MA from New York University. Session 5.6

Clare Banks

Dr Helena Barroco
Representative, Global Platform for Syrian Students, Portugal

Helena Barroco is advisor to President Sampaio, dealing in particular with two educational programmes: Dialogue Café Global Network and the Global Platform for Syrian Students to provide emergency academic assistance to Syrian students and refugees. She was Special Adviser to President Sampaio from 2006 to 2013 and Diplomatic Advisor to the President of the Portuguese Republic from 1999 to 2006. Session 5.6

Dr Helena Barrocco

Wendy Jordan
Director, British Universities Iraq Consortium, UK

Since 2010 Wendy has been Director of the British Universities Iraq Consortium. BUIC works directly with the Higher Committee for Education Development Iraq and recently held a very successful conference on Academic Engagement with Iraq. She is an Associate Faculty member of Henley Business School. Session 5.6

Wendy Jordan