Tuesday 23 May 2017 -
09:30 to 10:45

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While higher education continues to drive an outward looking, globally connected agenda, recent democratic decisions in several countries could suggest that the voting public are placing more value on isolationism. Does this mean that, while higher education and cities expand their reach globally, they are failing to connect and communicate locally? Has higher education internationalisation become part of an elite agenda that has failed to address the concerns and needs of local communities and society?

This highly interactive discussion takes stock of the current state of play and explores how universities and their internationalisation agendas will survive in a post-truth world. We ask whether fundamental values and roles must be radically re-thought, or is it simply a re-branding exercise that’s needed?


  • Liz McMillen, Editor, The Chronicle, USA (Chair) 
  • Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Professor Ka-Ho Mok, Vice-President and Lam Man Tsan Chair Professor of Comparative Policy, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, SAR China
  • Professor John Hudzik, Professor, Michigan State University, USA
  • Dr Nico Jooste, Senior Director of International Education, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

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