KEY QUOTES FROM DAY 1 SESSIONS:
“Leadership is a $50 billion industry. But a lot of it is failing. Leadership is this word, but what does it mean? Many people within leadership development feel uncertain about that.” Jo Chaffer, Advance HE. Strategic Leadership in Turbulent Times.
“There is no answer to the question, what is leadership? It’s an empty word. It needs to be captured and held within each specific context.” Jo Chaffer, Advance HE. Strategic Leadership in Turbulent Times.
“With politics the right answer is not always the right answer. Knowing the judgement to make on that is the key to success, without losing your moral compass.” Alison Johns, chief executive, Advance HE. Strategic Leadership in Turbulent Times.
“Universities across the world are under more scrutiny than other organisations. Under those circumstances your governance is your fall-back -- your safety mechanism.” Alison Johns, chief executive, Advance HE. Strategic Leadership in Turbulent Times.
“It is particularly significant for the British Council to be hosting Going Global in Kuala Lumpur this year as we celebrate our 70th anniversary since opening our first office here in 1948. 70 years of building connections and trust between the UK and Malaysia and this particular meeting is the largest global gathering in the country.” Sarah Deverall, the British Council’s County Director for Malaysia. Opening plenary.
“Our major challenges as a world community – global warming, sustainable energy, plastic waste, infectious disease, terrorism – these know no national boundaries. We can meet them and defeat them only by working together. Universities have always drawn ideas from far and wide and they have always had an impact through their physical presence and through the activities of their alumni within their local context and their international context.“ Professor Dame Janet Beer, a Trustee of the British Council and President of Universities UK, the body representing UK universities. Opening plenary.
“We are welcoming record numbers of international students to the UK. They enrich our campuses and the experience of our students as well as facilitating institutional partnerships and adding to the UK’s impressive research capacity. Research and innovation are critical in addressing global challenges and unlocking opportunity and we will undeniably achieve more in partnership with others than alone. That is why we have made international collaboration and important part of our new Industrial Strategy…..Now more than ever, the UK is committed to becoming even more global and international in action and in spirit.” Sam Gyimah, the UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. Opening plenary.
“New jobs that are created [through AI and technology] are not only for technologists. Never before have we needed creativity, imagination, and humanity as much as now, as machines do the routine work and we are really free to let our imagination fly.” Dr Ayesha Khanna, Co-founder and CEO of ADDO AI. Opening plenary.
“This is a great moment for Asia, and for our youth and even those in mid-career. We have never been so driven, and never has opportunity come knocking on our door because of artificial intelligence, and robotics, and technology. I go to Sweden, to America, to the UK, to Italy, they are afraid. But in Asia we are not afraid – we see this as an opportunity to leapfrog and to climb up that social mobility ladder.” Dr Ayesha Khanna, Co-founder and CEO of ADDO AI. Opening plenary.
“If there was ever a time when we need to shout about the positivity of international education, about the economic, social and cultural benefits that student mobility brings, the time is now. We have a golden opportunity for future generations to live and learn in a world that looks really similar to this conference hall, with people from across the world, of all creeds, colours and faiths.” Yinbo Yu, International Students’ Officer, National Union of Students UK. Opening plenary.
“Though UK institutions are autonomous and are responsible for their own degrees, their professional programmes must be accredited by the regulatory bodies for the sectors. These professional bodies – in fields such as psychology, law and especially engineering – are becoming more interested in the accreditation of international programmes. This is new so watch this space.” Fiona Crozier, Head of International for the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education. Creating effective TNE partnerships hosted by the UK Quality Assurance Agency
“If you have got to grips with the principles of quality assessment in one country or region, such as the UK or Ireland or the European Higher Education Area, then they can be translated globally but you also have to get to grips with national specifics and context by face to face meetings with your prospective TNE partner to thrash out the details and come to a mutual understanding of each other’s systems.” Fiona Crozier, Head of International for the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education. Creating effective TNE partnerships hosted by the UK Quality Assurance Agency
“TNE enriches our faculty members because they see a new culture and no longer function in a silo. They can bring that learning and new perspective back home to the university and share it with their colleagues and students.” Wah Swee Hwa, Director South East ASEAN region, Sheffield Hallam University. Creating effective TNE partnerships hosted by the UK Quality Assurance Agency
“We need to change the way we think about the traditional role of universities – it’s not just about teaching and research but also about innovation.” Professor Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Stellenbosch University, South Africa told the session on developing entrepreneurship. How can HEIs develop entrepreneurship to meet diverse economic need?
“There’s a strong commitment and enthusiasm among ASEAN countries toward developing significant levels of transnational education, as they want to bring students into their countries…but that does not necessarily mean that the monitoring systems are in place for all of this activity to deal with such providers. There is a great deal of variability across the countries.” Professor Glenda Crosling, Head, Centre for Higher Education Research, Sunway University, Malaysia. Understanding the national policy environment to develop an international strategy
“Right now we need to be looking for and adapting ourselves to change. Change, whether we like it or not, is constant. This is something I have learned in my years of experience in industry. We always try to catch the next great wave.” Ahmad Jauhari bin Yahya, former CEO, Malaysia Airlines. Internationalising technology - partners in the New Revolution
“There are imbalances in the world right now which I think technology can solve … these are human problems which I think we must think very hard about how we can use technology to solve them.” Ahmad Jauhari bin Yahya, former CEO, Malaysia Airlines. Internationalising technology - partners in the New Revolution
“It has become common for universities to say that we don’t teach our students for the jobs that you can see now, we teach them for the jobs that no-one has yet invented.” Professor Brian Cantor, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford, UK. Internationalising technology - partners in the New Revolution