Wednesday 2 May 2018, 14.00 - 16.00 


Listen to the entire session through the audio podcast.

Session slides

You can view Yinbo Yu's slides here.

You can view Professor Cheryl de la Rey's slides here.


Tertiary education is globally connected and locally engaged. Universities and colleges have long played many different roles. They contribute to local communities, develop globally minded citizens, act as conduits to international partnerships and help to create the conditions for industry collaboration and social innovation. They also act as agents of social change, inclusion and mobility. As new technologies radically change the world, challenging current boundaries and thinking, which of these roles will be critically important in shaping and sustaining societies of the future?
Two major questions underpin this year’s Going Global:

  • What are the priorities in ensuring that tertiary education is fit to shape societies of the future, meeting the needs of communities, businesses and students?
  • Can institutions’ global connections and activities make a real contribution? How do we grow and capitalise on these to build societies and economies?

The scene is set and discussion opened by three leaders - a business leader, a university leader and a student leader. Following their response, the floor is opened to conference delegates.


  • Sarah Deverall, Country Director, British Council, Malaysia (Chair)
  • His Excellency Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, Deputy Secretary General for Socio-Cultural Community, ASEAN Secretariat, Thailand
  • Professor Dame Janet Beer, Trustee, British Council, UK
  • Dr Ayesha Khanna, CEO and Co-Founder, ADDO AI, Singapore
  • Her Excellency Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, Secretary General, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia
  • Professor Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chair, Talloires Network, South Africa
  • Yinbo Yu, International Students’ Officer, National Union of Students, UK

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