Welcoming delegates to the first Going Global conference in Europe outside of London, Steffan Krach, Berlin State Secretary for Science and Research, said in a city celebrating 30 years since the fall of the wall, a unique culture of collaboration is now one of the most defining features of the academic landscape and success as a centre of research. Opening Plenary
Going Global is the largest open conference of leaders of international education, said Rachel Launay, the Director of the British Council in Germany. Sir Ciarán Devane, the British Council’s Chief Executive, said the annual conference is where people helping to solve the problems of the world got together because no single country could do it alone. Opening Plenary
Delegates raised concerns that students could become too dependent on technology and lose their independence and ability to solve day to day problems or organise their lives, in a Going Global debate focussing on artificial intelligence. Others were concerned that artificial intelligence was being inappropriately used to help assess students’ mental health and wellbeing and offer advice. The Going Global debate
At a welcome reception held at the Radialsystem cultural centre in Berlin, Andrew Zerzan, Lead Partner and Director of Education for the British Council, welcomed delegates to the conference, and reminded them that, despite the many challenges of the digital age being debated at the event, “there is still a need for a face-to-face gathering, just like this.”
During the reception, Professor Angela Ittel, Vice-President of the Technische Universität Berlin, introduced the Berlin University Alliance, a formal collaboration between Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Technische Universität Berlin along with Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
She said that at a time when the spirit of global and border-crossing interconnectivity and the thought of internationality is threatened by political movements, “the support of global thought leadership and knowledge exchange becomes even more important every day”. In these circumstances, universities needed to connect and establish even stronger networks, moving beyond bilateral agreements and student exchanges.