Digital technologies are transforming how higher education institutions and students relate to, and engage with, each other. Today, students are demanding much more from institutions in terms of academic experience and career outcomes. Many institutions are unprepared for this pace of change catalysed by digital technologies.

This session brings together diverse leadership perspectives on how global engagement strategies can respond to the impact of digital technologies and what approaches might ensure institutional relevance and sustainability. The session focuses on key opportunities, challenges and strategies to meaningfully engage with learners globally in a digital world.

Questions to be explored are:

  • Is my global engagement strategy fit for a digital world?
  • How is my institution preparing for the future impact of digital technologies by experimenting and scaling new initiatives for a positive impact on students and stakeholders?

Take-aways messages include:

  • An understanding of the impact of digital technologies on global engagement strategies;
  • Discovering key opportunities and challenges in prioritising, resourcing and scaling global engagement strategies;
  • Comparing diverse perspectives on lessons learned in preparing institutions for a digital world.

This World Café consists of interactive roundtable discussions. The scene is set by a working definition of global engagement strategies plus panellists’ examples of diverse regional contexts and institutional approaches. Delegates are then invited to contribute their experiences and, together with the panellists, to discuss and reflect on lessons learned.

Speakers

Dr Rahul Choudaha
Executive vice president of global engagement and research at Studyportals.

Ms Winnie Eley
Vice-President (International) at The University of Southampton.

Prof Dr Hà Thúc Viên
Acting President of the Vietnamese-German University.

Mr John Molony
Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at Deakin University, Australia.

Ms Sue Reece
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) at Staffordshire University.