Nottingham Conference Centre
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.
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
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.
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Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International
Phil Baty, Editorial Director, Global Rankings, Times Higher Education
Professor Michael Hengartner, President of the University of Zurich and President, swissuniversities
Dr Kyosuke Nagata, President, University of Tsukuba and Vice President, Japan Association of National Universities
Dr Marilyn Lambert Drache, Associate Vice President International, York University, Canada
Dr Christopher Tremewan, Secretary General, Association of Pacific Rim Universities
Dr John D. Simon, President, Lehigh University
Chair: Phil Baty, Editorial Director, Global Rankings, Times Higher Education
In higher education excellence depends on internationalisation. In this session we will look at the impact of differing government approaches to internationalisation on the universities in their territories. We’ll hear from the heads of leading universities in Canada, Japan and Switzerland as well as a senior representative for institutions in the Pacific Rim area. How do policy-makers in their region help and hinder their internationalisation efforts and how do they influence these decision-makers?
Speakers to include:
Professor Jonathan Adams, Chief Scientist, Digital Science
Professor Michael Hengartner, President of the University of Zurich
Dr Richard Masterman, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor For Research Strategy and Performance, University of Nottingham
Chair: Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan, PVC for Research, Ulster University
International collaboration is synonymous with, and integral too, the excellence and impact of research. Given the importance of EU funding streams and partners to UK research collaborations, it is timely to consider how the scale, scope and focus of the UK’s international collaborations can be sustained and enhanced in the post-Brexit environment.
This workshop will focus on questions such as:
How do we ensure that the UK is able to continue working with our collaborators and partners in the EU?
What can government and funders do to better support excellence-based international research collaboration with non-EU partners?
What is the most effective mix of top-down and bottom-up policy and funding mechanisms for a world-class research ecosystem?
How are universities diversifying their base of strategic partners and their funding of international research collaboration?
Professor Rossana Valéria de Souza e Silva, Executive Director, Coimbra Group of Brazilian Universities
Susan Milner, Education Director South East Asia, British Council
Chair: John Bramwell, Director of Higher Education - Americas, British Council
Join us for a deep dive into international higher education initiatives in Brazil and Indonesia. How do Indonesian and Brazilian government initiatives support higher education internationalisation including mobility, partnerships and research? And how can universities outside of these countries engage with subsequent collaborative opportunities? This conversation will be of particular interest to those with, or looking to develop, partnerships with universities in either country.
As Brexit moves closer the uncertainty continues and the stakes for the higher education sector are mounting. Research funding, EU student tuition fees, European staff, initiatives beyond Europe - Brexit places tremendous pressure on university leaders, strategy planners and chief financial officers who must call the most likely scenarios and be ready with plans B and C. And the implications vary according to university mission, degree of exposure to Europe, and location in the UK.
Drawing partly on ESRC-funded research currently being carried out at the Centre for Global Higher Education, this session will explore not just the consequences of Brexit but university capacity, responses and initiatives under conditions that are both fast changing and utterly unprecedented.
Tere Daly, Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations), Southampton Solent University
Juliette Sargeant, Director International Relations Unit, University of the Arts London
Chair: Dominic Scott, Chief Executive, UK Council for International Student Affairs
How can small & specialist institutions increase the numbers of their students studying, working and volunteering abroad? What key challenges do these institutions face? Join us to hear from colleagues championing outward student mobility at their institutions – their challenges, successes, and how they are working with UUKi on the Go International: Stand Out campaign.
Dr Mahmoud Kohail, Executive Director, Education Beyond Borders Organization (EBBO)
The session explores why Egypt is the next TNE hub and what are the pros and cons of TNE locations worldwide, what we can learn from it and why there is more to the middle east than the well-recognized markets. The session will also answer the following questions:
1. Why does the higher education sector there show promise?
2. What is the promising vision of Egypt’s government for the economy in the future and its relation to higher education?
3. How can universities take advantage of new laws & MoUs signed by the government for TNE opportunities?
4. Is Egypt a safe and stable environment? What kind of plans are set by local investors?
5. What factors available in Egypt that can support growth of international universities?
6. New Egyptian capital, what is it and what are the current plans?
7. Educational sector of the new capital, how it benefits International branch campuses (IBC) plans?
8. What is EBBO, what kind of services provided that can help from recruitment to IBC?
Laurens Vehmeijer – Analytics Consultant, Studyportals
Carmen Neghina – Head of Intelligence, Studyportals
US students steady, engineering down, distance learning up, Master’s steady…
EU and non-EEA student interest in UK universities has declined substantially when compared to levels of interest in studying in other EU nations. However, that’s just the broadest picture. Dig deeper into the data at country and discipline level and things get more interesting.
This session will explore recruitment trends using Studyportals’ data, based on the search activities of over 29 million prospective students annually, who aim to enrol on average 12-18 months into the future. Using interactive dashboards we will examine the type of live data which can inform universities’ student recruitment strategies, and potentially discover opportunities for (new) higher education programmes.
Gordon Slaven, Consultant
Professor Koen Lamberts, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of York
Haya Fakoush, PhD student, University of Nottingham
Chair: Dr Tania Lima, Director, Global Engagement – King’s Worldwide, King’s College London
Join us to hear the findings of a new report developed as a resource for all UK universities who wish to engage with the plight of displaced people. This includes details of a range of existing higher education initiatives for displaced people in the UK and around the world.
The session will feature an interactive discussion on how the document can be used by institutions working with, or planning to work with, displaced people. By providing a common body of knowledge, information resources and examples, the document aims to assist individual institutions to develop their own strategies and activities, as well as identifying what they can contribute at the national or international level.
Chair: Sarah Richardson, Group Editor, Research Fortnight
Brett Berquist, Director, International, The University of Auckland
Professor Funmi Olonisakin, Vice President & Vice-Principal (International), Kings College London
Students from outside of the UK account for over 40% of the UK university postgraduate research (PGR) study body. They play a vital role in university internationalisation - from fostering international partnerships to underpinning research publications. At the same time international PGR students support home students by providing teaching and supporting the UK academic pipeline.
Join expert speakers from New Zealand and the UK to discuss how universities can maintain PGR recruitment despite the potential challenges of Brexit, and how we can best recruit and work with these students to boost research performance.
Small & Specialist
Andy Jones, Director of Learning, Teaching and International, Harper Adams University (theme: partnerships)
Hannah Whiteman, Head of Strategic Research, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (theme: research collaboration)
Jo Nesbitt, Director, International Office, Southampton Solent University (theme: international student recruitment)
Professor Ken Neil, Deputy Director – Academic, Glasgow School of Art (theme: TNE)
Chair: Gordon McKenzie, CEO, GuildHE
Small and/or specialist institutions face their own challenges and opportunities when it comes to internationalisation. In this session, four experienced practitioners will each host a table looking at one of four themes: TNE, international student recruitment, partnerships or research collaboration. They will talk about their own experiences, before leading a group discussion - so come prepared to network and share your from your own practice. Each host will run two sessions as part of the session, so you can pick which two themes are of the most interest to you.
Professor Philip Gilmartin, Pro-Vice Chancellor Science and Pro-Vice Chancellor International, University of East Anglia
Hilary Layton, Director of Global Engagement, University of York
Karen Tsui, Collaboration Development Manager, White Rose Consortium
Chair: Dr. Cheryl Matherly, Vice President/Vice Provost, International Affairs, Lehigh University
Many UK universities are part of active international networks. In this session we will hear from three Pro Vice Chancellors about how the international networks of which they are part fit within their strategy. We will hear about what works well, what should be avoided and what value these networks add. The session will also consider whether new institutional networks at the European level have any role to play in mitigating the potential impact of Brexit.
Chair: Professor Janet Beer, President, Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool
Professor Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor: External Affairs, University of Derby
Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Cardiff Metropolitan University
Vincenzo (Enzo) Raimo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Reading
How do you structure your international office? With colleagues across all faculties and departments including marketing, recruitment, alumni services and careers all playing a part, should you even have an international office? In this session we’ll examine university internationalisation from an organisational perspective. Three universities will share their approaches and the pros, and inevitable cons, of each.
Is your research activity ODA-compliant? How does the UK spend its aid budget outside DFID? With multiple ODA-funded schemes such as Newton Fund, GCRF, Ross Fund and Chevening currently at play, we hear different perspectives to UK universities' engagement with the Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) funding agenda.
We explore the benefits to universities of engaging with these funds, the current opportunities now available to UK institutions and how funders, academics and practitioners can derive maximum value from participating in these programmes.
Shane McHugh, Head of International, Royal Academy of Engineering
Dr Joanna Newman, Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Professor Paul Van Gardingen, Deputy PVC: International Research, University of Leicester
Pamela Mason, Head of International Development, ESRC
Chair: Professor Jean Grugel, Director of University of York International Development Network, University of York
Patrick Hackett, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool
Professor Ken Neil, Deputy Director – Academic, Glasgow School of Art
Chair: Carolyn Campbell, Senior Consultant, Observatory on Borderless Higher Education
We now have almost twice as many international students studying for UK degrees overseas as international students studying in the UK. Behind these figures we’ve seen diversification of both offer and geography over the last ten years. But what about the next ten? Take a seat in our TNE chatroom as we ask two universities with very different, successful approaches to TNE to gaze into their crystal balls.
Speaker: Paul Raybould, Marketing Director, QS Enrolment Solutions
In this session QS Enrolment Solutions (formerly Hobsons Solutions) will provide initial insights from the 2018 International Student Survey (ISS) in advance of its official launch in April.
This will include the impact of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) in international student decision making, how prospective students are judging teaching quality based on university academic staff, as well as the latest Brexit and EU TNE insights.
Alongside the session delegates can pre-request a copy of the 2018 ISS report at www.internationalstudentsurvey.com
Professor Simon Pollard, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Cranfield University, School of Water, Energy and Environment, International Partnerships and Student Recruitment, Cranfield University
Emily Judson, Policy Officer, MENA, UUKi
Janet Ilieva, Consultant and Founder, Education Insight
Peter Clack, Director of International Relations, University of Birmingham
With a growing focus on ‘Vision’ development strategies, in which education is a key pillar, the Gulf region has entered a period of change in recent years. Since 2016, the UK government has also stepped up investment in research and innovation links with the region through a five-year Gulf Science, Innovation and Knowledge Economy Programme. Drawing from UUKi’s recent report mapping UK-Gulf collaboration in higher education and research, this session aims explore the current state of the relationship and opportunities for UK universities to work with the region in future. To do this the session will:
- Present an overview of changes and trends in Gulf higher education environments
- Explore a case study of the University of Birmingham’s new Dubai campus, preparing for the first student intake in September 2018
- Take stock of current relationships and explore potential future synergies between the UK and Gulf countries in higher education and research
Lyndell Jacka, Head of Research, IDP
The international education landscape is rapidly changing and sometimes we need to look to the past and present to identify future opportunities. Exploring industry and IDP student data, this presentation will take us on a short journey around the world of international education, highlighting current trends to guide us towards the future.
Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, NESTA
Dr Sharon Ellis, Director of International Science & Innovation, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Ciaran Devane, CEO, British Council
Professor Janet Beer, President, Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool
Chair: Amy Barker, The PIE News
Having opened the day examining other national strategies for higher education, we will end the day discussing potential domestic approaches. How can universities work with government and business to help the UK flourish as an open and welcoming hub post-Brexit? And how can policy-makers maximise the opportunities for one of the UK’s most successful sectors? We will welcome senior speakers from the higher education sector, government and business to give their perspectives on the model post-Brexit international strategy for higher education and research.