Wednesday 24 May 2017 -
09:30 to 10:45

 In emerging economies, the importance of city and regional growth to national economic strategies is becoming critical.

This panel discussion shares multiple perspectives from four countries on the role that international collaboration plays in the global positioning of cities within these economies, developing the talent pool and driving innovation.

We explore why policy makers consider tertiary education as a driver of city and regional development a top national priority, how universities and colleges are contributing on the ground, as well as how municipal authorities are capitalising on the intellectual capital within their boundaries. We discuss aspirations for international collaboration in city development, evidence of its success and challenges to be overcome.

With no formal presentations, the discussion will adopt a Question Time format to facilitate audience as well as panel participation.

Questions will include: 

  • Why is the local relevance of universities and colleges becoming a national policy priority in some emerging economies?
  • How can a focus on local needs build the reputation of tertiary institutions and the cities they serve?
  • How do municipal authorities factor tertiary institutions into their economic plans?
  • How can and does international collaboration in tertiary education develop policy, promote leadership, develop talent and drive innovation to the benefit of cities? 
  • What challenges does it present? 


  • Helen Silvester, Director of Education and Wider Europe, British Council, Turkey (Chair) 
  • Asset Abdualiyev, Vice-President, Almaty Development Centre, Kazakhstan
  • David Corke, Director of Education and Skills Policy, Association of Colleges, UK 
  • Dr Zeliha Kocak Tufan, Executive Board Member, Council of Higher Education, Turkey
  • Dr Andrei Tolstikov, Vice Rector for Research and International Affairs, Tyumen State University, Russia


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