TNE: Global wellbeing or new imperialism?

Tuesday 02 June 2015 -
09:00 to 10:15
Session 5.2. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

This session focuses on how TNE can develop creative synergies across borders and cultures for innovation and mutual benefit.  Speakers will highlight the impacts of TNE on local, regional and national development, on employability and on national cultures and local knowledge. They examine whether TNE contributes to global well-being through mutual benefit or whether it’s simply a new form of imperialism. The session will feature film vignettes, new research and scholarship. Participant dialogue will be enhanced through fishbowl conversations to develop collaborative visions and practical strategies to enhance the contribution of transnational higher education to global wellbeing.

Films directed by Professor Melanie Walker and Professor Jonathan Jansen, University of Orange Free State, South Africa and by Dr Luz longsworth and Debbie Sousa-Okbafabi,  University of West Indies  and Dr Kofi Nkrumah-Young University of Technology, Jamaica.

This session is curated by Professor Rajani Naidoo, Director, International Centre of Higher Education Management, University of Bath, UK as part of our 2015 guest curated session series.

For further reading on this and related topics, read our speaker interview with Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell.

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell
Vice-Chancellor, University of Bath, UK

Dame Glynis is also Director of Universities UK, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, the Student Loans Company, a Trustee of the Universities Superannuation Fund and a member of the Council of the Economic and Social Research Council.  She is one of Europe’s leading social psychologists.  Her works on Identity Process Theory and psychology of risk and leadership in complex organisations have been most influential. Session 5.2

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell

Dr Rozilini Fernandez-Chung
Vice-President, HELP University, Malaysia

Rozilini is Vice-President (Quality Assurance) of HELP University, Malaysia, prior to which she was with the Malaysian Qualifications Agency. She was responsible for the development of the Malaysian Qualifications Framework and other key quality assurance documents. Roz holds a Bachelor of Laws (Cardiff), M.Ed (Deakin) and Ed.D (Leicester). Session 2.1 Session 5.2

Dr Rozilini Fernandez-Chung

Professor Colin Grant
Pro Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation, University of Bath, UK

In his current role, Professor Grant leads international partnerships with universities, governments and business, student and staff mobility and overseas recruitment. He is inaugural chair of the International Unit/Leadership Foundation International Network and member of the International Unit Strategic Advisory Board. Session 5.2

Professor Colin Grant

Dr Christopher Hill
Director - Research Training and Academic Development, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, UK

Dr Hill's research interests include TNE and its impact in SE Asia, the development of international education and the student experience in the global arena. Dr Hill has published and presented in the field of international education; organised and delivered conferences, workshops, training and lectures around the world and has led on funded projects to develop research capacity and internationalise HE systems in Iraq and Taiwan. Session 5.2 Session 7.3 Session P.2

Dr Christopher Hill

Professor Rajani Naidoo
Director - International Centre of Higher Education Management, University of Bath, UK

Rajani Naidoo is Professor and Director of the Centre for Higher Education Management at the University of Bath with extensive experience of research based policy engagement, leadership and executive development in a global context. She has keynoted major conferences worldwide, is widely networked and sits on numerous international boards. Session 5.2

Professor Rajani Naidoo

Liam Roberts
Programme Officer, Association of Commonwealth Universities, UK

Liam’s current focus at the ACU includes working with the Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA) programme to strengthen research uptake systems at universities across the continent, and the “Beyond 2015: Is Higher Education Ready?” campaign to raise awareness of how HE can address global challenges. Liam maintains a strong interest in public engagement and HE’s role in development and community spaces. Session 5.2

Liam Roberts

Johannes Tarvainen
Tertiary Education Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Geneva

Johannes Tarvainen advocates expanded access for refugees to higher education scholarships and connected learning opportunities. His earlier experience with UNHCR includes the coordination of higher education scholarships in Rwanda and the support to protection programmes in Kenya. Session 5.2

Johannes Tarvainen

Melanie Walker
Research Professor, University of the Free State, South Africa

Melanie Walker holds a national Research Chair in Higher Education and Human Development, and directs the Centre for Research on Higher Education & Development. She is Vice-President of the Human Development and Capability Association, a fellow of ASSAF, and honorary professor at the University of Nottingham. Recent books include: Professional Education, Capabilities and Contributions to the Public Good and Universities and human development. Session 5.2

Melanie Walker