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International Higher Education Forum 2018: thriving in a shifting global environment

14 Mar 2018, 09:30 - 16:30
Nottingham Conference Centre
Burton Street


With Brexit fast approaching, British universities are scenario-planning for a future which is hard to predict. Their international counterparts are likewise navigating shifting geopolitical sands.​

The aim of our sixth International Higher Education Forum, this year under the theme thriving in a shifting global environment, is to help universities develop the strategies they will need to flourish in this context.

We’ll hear from experienced sector professionals, government, and senior representatives from UK and overseas partner organisations. We’ll explore trends, new developments and hear from university leaders about how they craft strategy during this period of unprecedented uncertainty.

With strands on international strategy, student mobility and the international research agenda, topics will include:

  • EU student recruitment strategy post-Brexit

  • TEF: the international implications

  • Outward student mobility and its relationship to widening participation

  • Diversifying sources of research income

  • Proving the worth of international higher education to our local communities

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International
  • Phil Baty, Editorial Director, Global Rankings, Times Higher Education
  • Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool and President, Universities UK
  • Dr Kyosuke Nagata, Vice President of JANU and President of the University of Tsukuba
  • Chris Tremewan, Secretary General, Association of Pacific Rim Universities
  • Lyndell Jacka, Head of Research, IDP​ Education
  • Professor Michael Hengartner, President of the University of Zurich
  • Paul Inman, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Technology, Design and Environment, Oxford Brookes University 
  • Jean Grugel, Professor of Development Politics and Director of University of York International Development Network
  • Professor Stuart Taberner, Director of International and Interdisciplinary Research, Research Councils UK
  • Shane McHugh, Head of International, Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Dr Joanna Newman, Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Ulster University
  • Professor Jonathan Adams, Chief Scientist, Digital Science 
Join over 400 colleagues to discuss higher education internationalisation in all its forms. 

Last year's event sold out so book early to secure your place.​

We also have a range of sponsorship opportunities available at this event. Please contact Rachael Firth for information on 020 7419 5402 or at rachael.firth@universitiesuk.ac.uk.

Rachael Firth

Rachael Firth

Head of Events and Engagement
Universities UK

Katie Ross

Katie Ross

Senior Events Officer
Universities UK

Holly Wildish-Jones

Holly Wildish-Jones

Marketing and Internal Communications Officer
Universities UK


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