Please note that the main conference on 25 March 2020 will take place at Imperial College London.
The half-day fringe event on 24 March 2020 will take place at Woburn House in London. If you are eligible you can find the booking link under the tab "24 March - Agenda".
The drinks reception on the evening of 24 March 2020 will take place at Imperial College London.
This year, IHEF will bring the sector together to explore visions for a new decade of international higher education. We will consider the geopolitical, ethical and reputational challenges we face in international engagement, and scan the horizon for areas of innovation that will enable us to lead the way in internationalisation.
We'll be discussing topics under the themes of risk, responsibility and innovation, including:
This is an opportunity to come together with others in the sector to share ideas, challenges and approaches. It is our opportunity to work together to find practical solutions to the big questions we all face.
All delegates are welcome to join the drinks reception on 24 March at 7PM at the Sherfield Building, Imperial College London.
This session will take place at Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ on the afternoon of 24 March 2020.
Partnerships aren’t always perfect for all parties. After positive feedback at IHEF 2019, we’re bringing back the difficult topic of partnerships separation to IHEF 2020. This time we’re dedicating a half-day session the day before the main conference, to discussing partnership troubles and exit strategies. Please note this session is for UUK and UUKi members only who must also be attending the main day of IHEF on 25 March.
This is an optional half-day fringe event. if you are eligible, please use this link to book a place.
This session will look at the importance of founding partnerships on shared values and benefits, how to identify these and how to negotiate differences. We will explore case studies which demonstrate the challenges that arise when we don't get this right and identify possible solutions.
Dr David Pilsbury, Deputy Vice Chancellor (International Development), Coventry University
In this session we will explore the processes that need to be in place to enable ongoing evaluation of our partnerships and allow us to take appropriate steps as they evolve. There will be a case study-based discussion followed by an opportunity to workshop practical steps to take back to your own institution.
Celia Partridge, Assistant Director, Partnerships, at Universities UK International (UUKi)
Led by Celia and her team this session looks at the learnings from the afternoon and focuses a conversation on how UUKi can support universities' international partnerships development.
Professor Alistair Fitt, Chair, UUKi TNE working group, Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University
Join us for breakfast as we welcome the start of the International Higher Education Forum 2020.
Operating internationally carries a degree of risk. How is this risk balanced with reward in international education? When is it wise to pass up an opportunity for collaboration rather than place your reputation under scrutiny? Whether the challenges are geopolitical, ethical or reputational, universities in the UK are not the only institutions navigating them. In this opening plenary, senior representatives from the education sector in major competitor countries will discuss the difficult decisions they have to make to engage, and where necessary disengage, in the context of institutional risk.
For more information, please see the 'Breakouts' tab.
For more information, please see the 'Breakouts' tab.
Ailsa Lamont, Director, Pomegranate Global and Co-founder, CANIE: Climate Action Network for International Educators
Each of our afternoon keynote speakers will pick one topic that they think will shape the way we deliver international higher education over the coming decade and explore ways in which the sector can respond.Ailsa Lamont founded Pomegranate Global in 2016 to support the international education sector to take greater action on climate change. Ailsa has trained with The Climate Reality Project, former US Vice President Al Gore's foundation to catalyse a global solution to the climate crisis. Her work focuses on helping institutions take practical action with real impact. In this keynote she will explore how our response to the climate emergency will change the way we operate as a global sector.
Kathryn Skelton, Chief Transformational Officer, FutureLearn
Is it possible to have a green international strategy?
Professor Neville Wylie, Deputy Principle (Internationalisation), University of Stirling
Ashley Wheaton, Principal, University College of Estate Management
Many universities are now focussing more on sustainability in their institutional strategies. Indeed, many would argue that it is our responsibility to do so. Is internationalisation, with all its accompanying air travel, incompatible with a sustainability-led strategy? This session will explore innovative approaches to developing green internationalisation strategies.
Marketing and recruitment campaigns for UK higher education promise international students a superlative student experience, with world-class teaching and learning, comprehensive support services and a warm and welcoming community. Yet we lack research on several elements of the international student experience, and recent studies show that international students find it difficult to access appropriate careers and employability support, and are consistently more likely to report mental health issues. What can UK higher education do to live up to its marketing, and how can it work collaboratively to ensure it delivers on its promise? This session brings together speakers from higher education institutions and an international student to share good practice, and to challenge participants to share their own experiences.
This workshop session will take you on a world tour to identify where opportunities exist to align your offer with governmental objectives. We will look at the benefits of approaching internationalisation in the context of an individual country’s economic and societal priorities, using examples of work being done with enterprise and entrepreneurship across the world including Chinese and Omani governments.
Jazreel Goh, Director, Education, British Council China
Professor William Locke, Director, The Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Professor Catherine Montgomery, Professor in the School of Education, Durham University
Dr David Pilsbury, Pro-Vice-Chancellor International, Coventry University
Innovation & StrategyInternational students
Where next? Identifying target markets for recruitment and collaboration
Dr. Janet Ilieva, Director and Founder, Education Insight
The UK higher education sector is heavily reliant on a small number of key markets for the bulk of our international activity, especially when it comes to international student recruitment. UUKi's policy team have been working with analyst Janet Ilieva to identify new markets where we could be doing much more.
Trusted research: addressing security risk in research
With the government's ambition for the UK to be a 'research superpower', there is momentum behind increased international research collaboration. For this momentum to continue to grow, we need to address the issue of security risk in international collaboration. This session will look at the practical steps institutions can take to ensure their research activities do not represent a security risk.
Vivienne is the Director of Universities UK International (UUKi) which represents UK universities around the world and works to enable them to flourish internationally.
Prior to her role in UUKi, Vivienne was Head of Political Affairs at Universities UK. In this role she led the sector's response to several major pieces of legislation relating to universities, including the Higher Education Act 2004. She previously worked in the UK Parliament for the Chair of the Education and Skills Select Committee, and as a higher education policy specialist working on topics including quality, student experience, innovation and university-business links.
She is a Director of Universities UK; a member of the Board of the UK India Research and Innovation Initiative and the Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education Fund; she is a member of the British Council's Education Advisory Group and a number of other Boards and Committees.
She is a graduate in English Literature from the University of Cambridge.
Professor Sir Peter Gregson is Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University. He has previously been President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Southampton University and received a Knighthood for Services to Higher Education in 2011.
He was Chair of the Milton Keynes 2050 Futures Commission. He is a Director of SEMLEP and is convenor of the Oxford-Cambridge Innovation Arc LEP Directors Group. He is leading the Universities UK task group on security matters.
He has been Non-Executive Director of Rolls-Royce Group plc, Strategic Advisor to Lockheed Martin UK and served on the Councils of The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils.
Richard Lester is the Japan Steel Industry Professor and Associate Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he oversees the Institute's international activities. He previously served as head of MIT's Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering.
Professor Lester's research is concerned with innovation strategy and management, with a focus on the energy and manufacturing sectors. He is the founder and faculty chair of the MIT Industrial Performance Center.
Professor Lester obtained his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College and his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from MIT. From 2015 to 2019, he served as chair of the National Academies' Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy.
After 30 years of professional experience spanning capacity building, social innovation and international education, including international director and PVCI roles at three Australian universities, Ailsa founded Pomegranate Global in 2016 to support the international education sector to take greater action on climate change.
Ailsa has trained with The Climate Reality Project, former US Vice President Al Gore's foundation to catalyse a global solution to the climate crisis. Based in Melbourne, her work focuses on helping institutions take practical action with real impact. She is also Co-Founder of CANIE: Climate Action Network for International Educators.
Ajit Rangnekar is the Director General of Research and Innovation Circle of Hyderabad, a Telangana Government initiative to take Innovation in Agriculture, Health and Sustainability to Market. He also runs the Hyderabad chapter of Social Venture Partners, an organisation which provides pro bono advice to NGOs to scale up their impact.
He retired as the Dean of Indian School of Business, India's highest ranked Business School, where too he espoused Entrepreneurship and Innovation in socially important sectors. He has been a member of many global committees in Business Education, and advises Boards of Foundations and Social Ventures.
Prior to ISB, he was in HongKong for over 20 years, 14 of those with Price Waterhouse Consulting, handling various roles including Country Head, first of PW and then of PwC Consulting practice, and East Asia Head of PwC Telecomm practice and of Learning and Development.
He is a graduate of IIT, Bombay, and did his post graduation in Management from IIM, Ahmedabad.
Janet Ilieva is founder and director of Education Insight, a research consultancy specialising in international higher education.
Janet started her career as a university lecturer in economics before joining the British Council in 2004, to lead the department's work for higher education research. Janet joined the Higher Education Funding Council for England in May 2013 as head of the HEFCE Observatory.
Janet is a member of UNESCO's Expert panel on TNE and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of International Students. She advises on the Philippine - UK Transnational Education Programme run by the British Council and the Commission for Higher Education of the Philippines.
Jazreel is currently the Director Education and Sports for British Council China. She joined British Council China June 2004 where she led on education marketing for mainland China.
Jazreel Goh has worked in various organisations in Malaysia, Australia, as well as Hong Kong in the areas of brand management, corporate planning and investment, international education consultancy, as well as in intellectual property licensing.
In 2011 she set up British Council's Education Intelligence Unit – the first e-marketing platform dedicated to in international education research for the industry globally. In 2013, she led the development and launched the UK's flagship outward mobility programme - Generation UK which has since led to a 70% growth in British students to China.
Jazreel Goh was born in Malaysia and after completing her secondary school in Malaysia and senior secondary school in Singapore, left for further studies in Melbourne, Australia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University and was awarded the Equity and Merit Scholarship by the Australian Government to undertake her Master of Arts in Applied Linguistic. She was awarded an MBE in 2017 for her services to UK education in China.
John Gill has worked as a journalist in
higher education for over a decade, and has been editor of THE since 2012. In
that time, he has overseen the growth of THE’s global coverage, with editorial
staff in Australia, the US, Germany and Hong Kong, as well as at THE’s London
headquarters, writing for audiences around the world.
Professor Shearer West is President and
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham. She has held a number of significant
leadership roles in universities and higher education, including Head of the
School of Historical Studies at the University of Birmingham, Head of the
Humanities Division at Oxford University and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the
University of Sheffield. She also spent
four years as Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council
where she chaired the Research Directors Group for Research Councils UK.
Tracey leads the Global Wales programme for
Universities Wales and also has specific responsibility for marketing and
communications of the Study in Wales brand.
Global Wales is a partnership between Universities Wales, Welsh
Government, HEFCW and British Council Wales and promotes Welsh higher education
to the world. Global Wales uses its
partnership approach to add value and create opportunity for our universities -
supporting market development, research collaboration, mobilities, scholarships
and raising awareness of Wales as a study destination.
Previously Tracey spent 13 years as
Marketing Manager for Wales at The Open University, joining from the
private sector, where she headed UK
marketing communications for the Hoover Candy Group.