New research was presented and debated on the role of universities in building sustainable and people-focussed “smart cities”, and in another session on the role of digital skills and platforms in refugee and host community relations.
The winners of this year's Going Global poster competition, which had 51 entries, were announced. In first place was Xinyue Li, a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, whose poster looked at ways of encouraging students into STEM subjects while retaining interdisciplinarity. In second place was Juliana Serwaa Andoh, Senior Assistant Registrar, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana; and in third place Helen Carlin, International Partnership Manager at the University of Liverpool, UK.
As Going Global 2019 drew to a close it was the turn of graduates in the early stages of their careers to give their assessment of the role of universities in this new digital age. Higher education should make more effort to reach the disadvantaged groups of society, be more multidisciplinary, less risk averse and more open in terms of research and knowledge exchange, they said. (Closing Plenary)
Closing the conference, Maddalaine Ansell, Director Education, Education & Society, British Council, thanked partners and sponsors DAAD, IELTS, and the British Council in Berlin, and invited delegates to Going Global in London next year.