With countries worldwide competing to build knowledge economies how can policymakers and institution leaders collaborate to support that vision? Economic strength depends on high tech manufacturing and international trade, with a knowledge economy based on high-quality research, and a steady flow of highly-trained graduates. This session will explore how national strategy can support research and technology innovation and growth.

  • How can we mainstream technology within education to support delivery of world leading research?
  • Do national frameworks help or hinder the development of innovative, world leading research? How can policymakers ensure that national and cross-border strategies are achievable and how can they support the development of appropriate systems and frameworks?
  • What role does industry play? How can the commercialisation of research be improved?
  • With an ever increasing pressure on physical space how can technology improve research collaboration between nations?
  • For countries with a less developed infrastructure facing a rapid growth in student numbers how can national frameworks support a fast changing education implementation/delivery model?

Key takeaways

  • Examples of national level policy projects that affect institutions
  • Key challenges that governments face in designing effective strategies alongside the challenges faced by institutions in responding to those strategies

SPEAKERS

Prof. Brian Cantor, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford, United Kingdom

Dr Quentin Delpech, Lead Expert Higher Education, French Development Agency (AFD), France

Mr Sonia Dubourg-Lavroff, Inspector General of Education and Research Administration, French Ministry of Higher Education and research, and Unesco France, France

Prof. Muhammad Akaro Mainoma, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria

Prof. Catherine Mongenet, CEO, France université Numérique, France

Prof. Kevin Hall, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Newcastle, Australia

Prof. Bailian Li, Vice-Provost for International Affairs, NC State University, USA