Wednesday 2 May 2018, 16.45 - 18.00


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Session slides

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How does the new revolution in industrial knowledge (4IRev) inform the structure of international networks of universities? What experiences do we have that demonstrate success and highlight failings in the technology connections we make in education for a technologically based future.

This session will present three perspectives on solutions for intentional technology centred knowledge – leading us towards a set of solutions that can be adopted to help secure future learning

Questions to be explored:

  • What is 4IR and what does it mean for international universities?
  • Do technology centred universities have a particular role and how can they connect internationally to deliver this?
  • Does a technology centred perspective exclude a humanistic approach?
  • How do soft skills fit a technology based paradigm?

The session will present current new approaches to international technology university networks, and discuss the underlying elements of learning for a technological future. Attendees will be invited to engage fully in debate and help to construct new thinking around connections and knowledge.


  • Professor Nigel Weatherill, Vice-Chancellor, Liverpool John Moores University, UK (Chair)
  • Professor Brian Cantor, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford, UK
  • Professor Nick Petford, Vice-Chancellor, University of Northampton, UK
  • Professor Euiho Suh, Associate Vice-President – Strategy and Excellence, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea
  • Ahmad Jauhari bin Yahya, Former CEO, Malaysia Airlines, Malaysia