According to the futurologist Richard Watson, there are five powerful forces driving change in the context within which we operate – demographics, political power shifts, connectivity, sustainability and new technologies. All have a direct influence on the world of higher education.
How we deal with this future environment depends on the skills we have within our ranks – are we ready and, more importantly, are we asking the right questions to make sure we are ready?
During this interactive session, we will start by hearing from three very different viewpoints of leadership and the talent pools we are building within our global institutions:
- Understanding the skills our institution leaders need to build a valuable and resourceful sector to find its true role within our communities (Egypt)
- Building grass-roots to ensure our relevance (Iran)
- How can we deal effectively with significant local and regional issues? (UK)
We will then open up the discussion to the audience, asking you what you think the big issues will be and posing what we think are the big questions for universities in the next 20 years to be considering now as we plan for the future role of higher education.
- Alison Johns, Chief Executive, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, UK (Chair)
- Professor Richard B. Davies, Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University, UK
- Professor Dr Ashraf Hatem, Secretary General, Supreme Court of State Universities, Egypt
- Dr Abdul Mannan, Chairman, University Grants Commission, Bangladesh