Can universities go global without losing their values?

Monday 01 June 2015 -
16:45 to 18:00
Session 4.3. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

Universities are more interested than ever in collaborating with overseas institutions of higher education and in building new programmes and campuses around the world. Interest is especially high in building relationships with countries in the Persian Gulf and in Asia. But as universities move into countries with authoritarian regimes, what challenges do they face? Are universities forced to make compromises to longstanding values of personal and academic freedom? Each of the speakers will talk about the challenges as they’ve experienced them and any lessons they’ve learned.

This session is hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education as part of our 2015 media session series.

Judy Favish
Director - Institutional Planning Department, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Judy Favish is the Director of the Institutional Planning Department at the University of Cape Town. This includes social responsiveness, strategic planning, and institutional research.  She is co-convener of a joint task team with members of the provincial government and the four universities in the Western Cape responsible for implementing a joint programme of action. Session 4.3

Judith Favish

Robert Quinn
Founding Executive Director - Scholars at Risk, New York University, USA

Robert is the Executive Director of Scholars at Risk, an international network of higher education institutions dedicated to protecting academic freedom and everyone’s freedom to think, question and share ideas. His publications include Claims for Academic Freedom under Human Rights Law (3 Int’l H.Rts.L.R. 209), Should an MOU on values be standard in international HEd partnerships? (EAIE Global Conversation) and What Iran Must Do to Protect Academic Freedom (Chronicle of H.Ed.). Session 4.3

Robert Quinn

Dr Peter N. Stearns
Professor of History and Provost Emeritus, George Mason University, USA

Peter N. Stearns is University Professor and Provost Emeritus at George Mason University. A historian, he has written widely on social and world history. As Provost, he oversaw initiatives in global education that won both the Haiskell and Paul Simon prizes. He authored the book Educating Global Citizens. Session 4.3

Dr Peter N. Stearn