Big, bold and brave: the world’s largest HE systems

Monday 01 June 2015 -
15:15 to 16:30
Session 3.6. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

Higher education systems in large, emergent countries are unique in their cultures, history and development, but have, at the same time, a set of shared circumstances. All face the multidimensional and interrelated challenges of rapid expansion, quality improvement and equity of access at a scale and pace never experienced by any other government in the past.

These common features offer opportunities to exchange knowledge and learn from each other. But how much are systems a reflection of their specific cultural and social evolutions and are policy approaches from one country relevant to another?

This session launches a report drawing on discussions, debates and knowledge sharing over the last year between policy makers and advisers in nine of the largest higher education systems in the world: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, the UK and USA. Three key challenges emerge - governance, funding and quality. We ask:

  • How are experiences and policy interventions in one country relevant to others?
  • How have cultural and social dimensions shaped the evolution of their approaches?
  • What areas of cooperation do policy makers seek?

Irina Arzhanova
Director, National Training Foundation, Russia

Irina has 20 years’ experience working in the field of education and science, managing, developing, and implementing key Russian and international projects. She has led cooperation with federal and regional education authorities, as well as national and international organizations. She is author of numerous articles and publications dedicated to the development of higher education in Russia. Session 3.6

Irina Arzhanova

Professor Simon Marginson
Professor of International Higher Education - Institute of Education, University College London, UK

Simon Marginson is Professor of International Higher Education at University College London, and Director of the ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher Education. He is also joint Editor-in Chief of Higher Education. His work focuses primarily on global, international and comparative aspects of higher education. In November 2014 he received the Research Achievement Award at the 39th annual conference of the U.S. Association for Studies in Higher Education. Session 3.6

Professor Simon Marginson

Dr Patti McGill Peterson
Presidential Advisor - Global Initiatives, Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement, American Council on Education, USA

Dr. Peterson previously served as Executive Director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, which administers the worldwide Fulbright Scholar Program. She is President Emerita of Wells College and St. Lawrence University. Session 3.6 Session 7.1

Patti McGill Peterson

Dr Renato Pedrosa
Associate Professor of the Department of Science & Technology Policy - Institute of Geosciences, University of Campinas, Brazil

Dr Pedrosa has held his current position since 2013. Before that, for over 30 years, he was at the Department of Mathematics of the same university. He has served as research director and head of Unicamp's Admission Office (2003-2011). He is also Special Coordinator for S&T Indicators and heads the development of a Master Plan of Science, Technology and Innovation for the state of São Paulo, both at the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). Session 3.6

Dr Renato Pedrosa

Yang Shen
Minister Counsellor for Education, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, UK

Yang Shen was appointed Minister Counsellor for Education of the Chinese Embassy in London in April 2012. Mr. Shen joined the Chinese Ministry of Education in 1983, and has since worked in the area of international cooperation and exchanges in education for 30 years. Session 3.6

Yang Shen

Professor N.V. Varghese
Director, Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education (CPRHE), India

Professor N.V. Varghese holds a doctoral degree in Economics with specialization in educational planning. He was Head of Governance and Management in Education at the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP/UNESCO), Paris until October 2013 and Head of its Training and Education Programmes from 2001 to 2006. Session 3.6