The role of traditional academic institutions is being increasingly challenged by digitalisation in the tertiary education sector, and the changing requirements of students and employers. Higher education institutions will therefore need to redefine and reshape their role if they are to remain relevant.

This session asks:

  • how will the advancement of students at tertiary institutions need to change to meet the demands of the digital future?
  • what is the role of traditional academic institutions in the advancement of students?
  • how can institutions teach their students the relevant skills for the future digital and globalised world?
  • how can institution leaders develop successful strategies to meet the demands of the digital future and the development of students into future leaders?


Chair | Professor Angela Ittel, Vice President for Strategic Development, Junior Scholars, and Teacher Education Technische Universität, Berlin (Germany).

Professor Luke Georghiou, Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Manchester (United Kingdom).

Dr Anna-Maria Karl Head of Global Talent Sourcing, Daimler AG (Germany).

Professor Dr Setareh Maghsudi, Assistant Professor, Technische Universität Berlin and Einstein Center Digital Future (Germany).

Professor Dr Martina Schraudner, Head of Fraunhofer CeRRI, Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation (CeRRI) (Germany).

Mr Iain Watt, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International), University of Technology, Sydney (Australia).