Leading societal change: a core mission for universities?

Monday 01 June 2015 -
15:15 to 16:30
Session 3.5. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

Universities have always played a crucial role in societal change in their communities, nations and internationally. As the challenges for societies have increased in complexity, the roles and responsibilities of government and civil society roles have changed and evolved. Isn’t it therefore time for universities also to change their role and responsibilities? Shouldn’t their core mission now include actively leading and driving changes in society?

The motion before the audience is ‘Universities have a legitimate core mission to lead and drive societal change. This ‘third’ mission must have parity with their teaching and research missions’.

The debate follows on from the British Council Global Education Dialogue ‘Universities as agents of social change’ held in the Philippines in 2014.

Dr Grace Aguiling-Dalisay
Dean - College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Philippines Diliman, Philippines

Dr Grace Aguiling-Dalisay is a Registered Psychologist and a Certified Specialist in Developmental Psychology. She Chairs the Social Sciences and Law Curriculum Cluster Committee and the Institutional Ethics Review Committee of UP Diliman. In line with the University's public service mission, she chairs the Philippine Coalition on Volunteerism and is on the Panel of Experts for the State of the World's Volunteerism Report. Session 3.5 Session 7.3

Dr Grace Aguiling-Dalisay

Professor Dr Mukhtar Ahmed
Chairman, Higher Education Commission, Pakistan

Professor Dr Mukhtar Ahmed is working as Chairperson of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. He has the status of a Federal Minister of State and serves as the Chairperson of the meetings of the Commission, and Chairperson of the Board of Governors. Chairperson oversees all the activities and sets the policy direction of the organization. Session 3.5

Professor Dr Mukhtar Ahmed

Professor Osman Babury
Deputy Minister for Academic Affairs, Ministry of Higher Education, Afghanistan

Professor Osman Babury has been the Deputy Minister of Higher Education since April 2007. Previously he was Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Kabul University, Acting General Director of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Department of the Ministry of Public Health and Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Kabul University. Session 3.5 Session 5.6

Professor Osman Babury

Professor Michael Gunn
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Staffordshire University, UK

Michael Gunn is Vice-Chancellor at Staffordshire University.  He has worked in a number of universities, mainly in Law Schools.  He has a deep commitment to the value and role of universities to the economy and society locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Session 3.5

Professor Michael Gunn

Dr Sijbolt Noorda
President, Magna Charta Observatory - Italy

Dr Sijbolt Noorda is a former president of the University of Amsterdam and of the Association of Dutch Research Universities, VSNU. He is now President of ACA (Association for Academic Co-operation, Brussels) and of MCO (Magna Charta Observatory, Brussels). He is a frequent advisor and reviewer of universities accross Europe, and lectures on university strategies in society, internationalisation and academic values. Session 3.5

Dr Sijbolt Noorda