Culture of funding: sustaining global HE

Tuesday 02 June 2015 -
13:30 to 14:45
Session 7.1. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

As higher education systems undergo major expansion across the world, this session considers how countries can afford this and how they can ensure the long term sustainability of HE.

Who should pay for higher education? For some countries the answer has been to end 'free' HE and to introduce student tuition fees – a change which has been accompanied by huge controversy. But what has this meant in practice? And is this the only way of funding higher education or are there other options?

The panellists from around the world present different models, perspectives and arguments. They explore scalable and sustainable approaches to university finance, and how these can be applied to institutions globally.

Delegates are invited to join this very topical and controversial debate.

For more on this, read our speaker interview with Rt. Hon David Willetts

Sir David Bell KCB
Vice-Chancellor, University of Reading, UK

Sir David Bell is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, a role he has held since the start of 2012. His extensive 30-year career has included many of the UK's top education jobs. As well as being Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools, he spent six years as Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education. Session 7.1

Sir David Bell KCB

Professor Jacob T. Kaimenyi
Cabinet Secretary - Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Kenya

Professor Kaimenyi was appointed as Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in May 2013. Previously, he worked at the University of Nairobi, initially as a Lecturer in the Department of Dental Surgery, then as Dean – School of Dental Sciences and ultimately being appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs for the university. In April 2008, he was awarded a Diploma for the 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century. Session 7.1

Professor Jacob T. Kaimenyi

Dr Francisco Marmolejo
Tertiary Education Coordinator and Lead Tertiary Education Specialist, World Bank, USA

Francisco Marmolejo is the Tertiary Education Coordinator and Lead Tertiary Education Specialist of the World Bank. Previously he served as founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, headquartered at the University of Arizona, where he also worked as Assistant Vice-President for Western Hemispheric Programmes. Session 1.4 Session 7.1

A picture of Francisco Marmolejo

Dr Patti McGill Peterson
Presidential Advisor - Global Initiatives, Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement, American Council on Education, USA

Dr. Peterson previously served as Executive Director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, which administers the worldwide Fulbright Scholar Program. She is President Emerita of Wells College and St. Lawrence University. Session 3.6 Session 7.1

Patti McGill Peterson

Rt. Hon David Willetts
Visiting Professor, King’s College London, UK

David Willetts was Minister for Universities and Science, attending Cabinet from 2010 to 2014. He has been the Member of Parliament for Havant since 1992. Before that David worked at HM Treasury, and the Number 10 Policy Unit. He also served as Paymaster General in the last Conservative Government. He is a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation and a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. David has written widely on economic and social policy. Session 7.1

Rt. Hon David Willetts