Young leaders from across the world reflect on their own experiences as global graduates to present a vision for the future. They consider what roles education, students and graduates should play in addressing the major global and local challenges of the 21st century. The new global generation will need to innovate, work collaboratively, creatively, and ethically across borders and disciplines. How does international education contribute to this? And how well are we doing so far?

This final plenary session moves the conference debate beyond the perspectives of current leaders to the vision of those who will lead the future. Delegates are invited to join the discussion as we consider:

  • What are the major future challenges; what role should education play and what must change to meet these?
  • What skills will future graduates need to contribute to social progress and cultural understanding as well as economic growth? Could we be better at developing these?
  • How can the internationalisation of tertiary education contribute to future social and economic development both locally and globally?


  • James Chau, Broadcaster, Writer and UN Goodwill Ambassador, China (Chair)
  • Nwamaka Ogbonna, Member, Future Leaders Connect, Nigeria
  • Dr Abhi Veerakumarasivam, Chair, Young Scientists Network, Malaysia
  • Yinbo Yu, International Students’ Officer, National Union of Students, UK