Thursday 3 May 2018, 13.45 - 14.45


Listen to the entire session through the audio podcast.

Session slides

You can view Professor Peter Mascher's slides here.

You can view Lakshmi Iyer's slides here.

You can view Professor J. Anitha Menon's slides here.


HEIs have long aimed to prepare students not just as economic contributors, but also as active citizens in their countries and communities. As part of this they have sought to develop students’ understanding of local society and its values as well as their capacity to contribute to local well-being within a context of social justice. The rapid growth in global connectivity has meant that this understanding and capacity must now be significantly expanded to embrace societies and perspectives beyond students’ local and national boundaries. We explore whether this is really achievable – and what mechanisms have been used successfully that we can learn from?

Presenters from Canada, Zambia, India and the UK present four very different initiatives. One focuses on short term student mobility as a mechanism, another on curriculum development and a third on linking institutions’ international networks to local initiatives. Delegates are invited to explore with the presenters what these have achieved for the students, institution and employers. Were these worth the investment and do they provide routes into a more comprehensive approach to developing global citizens?


  • Professor Perry Hobson, Pro Vice-Chancellor – Global Engagement, Taylor's University, Malaysia (Chair)
  • Lakshmi Iyer, Global Head of Education, Sannam S4, India
  • Professor Peter Mascher, Vice-Provost – International Affairs, McMaster University, Canada
  • Professor J. Anitha Menon, Associate Professor of Health Psychology, University of Zambia, Zambia
  • Bill Rammell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bedfordshire, UK