08.00 – 09.00 AM

Breakfast sessions (Face to face only)

Research Report re-launch: ‘Exploring the outlook for UK-India Transnational Education partnerships’

Chair: Rittika Chanda Parruck, Director Education British Council India


  • Jamie Arrowsmith, Chair, UUKi
  • Alison Barrett MBE, Country Director, British Council India
  • Lucy Everest, Global Chief Operating Officer, Heriot Watt University
  • Dipesh Shah, Executive Director (Development), International Financial Services Centres Authority
  • Shrikant Sinha,  CEO, Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge
  • Mike Winter OBE, Director International Affairs, University of London

State of play with the Private Higher Education sector in Myanmar: Challenges and Opportunities

Chair: Mi Mi Myo Win, Head of Education, British Council Myanmar 


  • Dr Roger Chao Jr, Assistant Director/ Head, Education, Youth, and Sports Division, ASEAN Secretariat
  • Saw Kapi, Director, Salween Institute  for Public Policy 
  • Aung Chit Khin, Founder/ Principal, Strategy First University  
  • Josephine Khin Aye Win, President and MD, STI Myanmar University


08.00 – 09.00 AM

Breakfast Masterclass

Sponsored by British Council IELTS: The Changing Landscape of English-Taught Programmes: Spotlight on Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore

Chair: Megan Agnew, IELTS Global Partnerships Manager, Higher Education, British Council


  • Prof Ts. Dr Nor Hisham Hamid, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, Universiti Teknologi Petronas
  • Edwin van Rest, CEO&Co-founder, Studyportals

9.30 – 10.30 AM

Mid-Plenary Panel

Addressing the gender gaps in higher education (Face to face and livestream)

Chair: Dr Romyen Kosaikanont, Director, SEAMEO RIHED


  • Dr. Saima Hamid, Vice-Chancellor, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • Alison Johns, Chief Executive, Advance HE 
  • Prof Lily Kong, President, Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore  
  • Prof Andrea Nolan, Principal & Vice Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University

10.30 – 11.00 AM


11.00 – 12.30 PM

Parallel session 3

Parallel 3.1 - Regionalisation: a key to internationalisation (Face to face only) 

Chair: Darren McDermott, Team Leader, EU Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region Programme


  • Prof Philip Gilmartin, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), University of Hull
  • Prof Dr Md Golam Samdani Fakir, Green University, Bangladesh
  • Dr Miguel Antonio Lim, Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development, The Manchester Institute of Education, The University of Manchester
  • Dr Wan Zuhainis Saad, Associate Professor in Microbiology and Advisory Board Member, UK-Malaysia University Consortium, Universiti Putra Malaysia


Parallel 3.2 - Progressive transnational education partnerships  (Face to face only) 

Chair: Prof Sue Welburn, Executive Dean, Zhejiang Edinburgh Institute, University of Edinburgh


  • Prof Dr Biswajit Chanda, Member, University Grants Commission (UGC), Bangladesh
  • Prof Simon Guy, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Global, Lancaster University
  • Prof Mike Shipston, Dean of Biomedical Sciences, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof Pongruk Sribanditmongkol, President, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
  • Prof Richard Wells, Pro-Vice-Chancellor International, Coventry University

Parallel 3.3 - Strategies to promote gender equality in STEM (Face to face only) 

Chair: Deepa Sundara Rajan, Senior Consultant, Gender and Inclusion, British Council


  • Professor Rohini Godbole, Professor, Centre for High Energy Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Prof  Natalie Konomi, Vice President for International Affairs and Professor, Global Strategies Office at Kyushu University
  • Prof Andrea Nolan, Vice Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University 
  • Prof Dr Golam Shabbir Sattar , Vice Chancellor, Rajshahi University, Bangladesh

Parallel 3.4 - Enhancing university’s third mission through teaching and research  (Face to face and livestream) 

Chair: VanAnh Hoang, Head of Education, British Council Vietnam


  • Dr Doria Abdullah, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) ARC9 Researcher
  • Engr Farooq Bazai, Vice Chancellor Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan
  • Dr Hang Le, Vice Provost of Duy Tan University of Danang, Viet Nam
  • Amanda Wilkinson, Director, Universities Wales

12:30 - 1:30PM


1.30 – 3.00 PM

Parallel session 4

Parallel 4.1 - New Mobilities: equitable, sustainable, global  (Face to face only) 

Chair: Leina Shi, Director Education China, British Council China


  • Prof Richard Follett, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor and Associate Vice President (International), University of Sussex
  • Rittika Parruck, Director Education, British Council India
  • Prof Padmanabha Ramanujam, Dean of Academic Governance and Student Life, O.P. Jindal Global University


Parallel 4.2 - The Future of English in higher education (Face to face only) 

Chair: Sara Pierson, Director Exams, British Council


  • Prof Dr Saiqa Imtiaz Asif, Vice Chancellor, The Government Sadiq College Women University Bahawalpur, Pakistan
  • Asst Prof Dr Kanya Barnt, President, Thepsatri Rajabhat University
  • Prof Kim Dale, Assistant Vice-Principal (International), University of Dundee
  • Christine C. M. Goh, Ph. D., President’s Chair Professor in Education (Linguistics & Language Education), National Institute of Education Director
  • Barry O’Sullivan, Senior Adviser, English Language Assessment, British Council

Parallel 4.3 – Making Life Better Through Intellectual Property (Face to face) 

Chair: Susannah Morley, Director, British Council Hong Kong 


  • Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan 
  • Christabel Koh, Regional IP Business & Trade Advisor for SE Asia, Intellectual Property Office (IPO), British High Commission Singapore
  • Dr.-Ing. Ir. Setyo Nugroho, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS)
  • Prof David Weller, International Dean SE Asia, University of Edinburgh 


Parallel 4.4 - Addressing violence against women within the higher education sector (Face to face and livestream) 

Chair: Gill Cowell, Head, Gender & Inclusion, British Council

  • Prof Sampath Amaratunge, Chairman, University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka
  • Adrija Dey, University of Westminster
  • Dr Emy Susanti , Professor in Sociology of Gender at Airlangga University Surabaya, Indonesia

3.00 – 3.30 PM



3.30 - 5.00 PM

Closing Plenary 

Future of international tertiary education (Face to face and livestream)

Chair: Dr Mokhlesur Rahman, Senior Operations Officer, World Bank


  • Dr Mukhtar Ahmad, Chairman Higher Education Commission, Pakistan 
  • Dr Roger Chao Jr, Assistant Director/ Head, Education, Youth, and Sports Division, ASEAN Secretariat
  • Prof John Latham, Vice-Chancellor, Coventry  University
  • Prof Agnes Nairn, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement, University of Bristol
  • Michael Peak, Head, Education Research, British Council
  • Meekyung Shin, Education Specialist at Education Sector Group, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

5:00 PM

Closing address: Leighton Ernsberger, Business Director East Asia, British Council

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