Imperial College London,
Two days before we expect the UK to leave the
European Union, over 450 international higher education professionals will come
together to discuss themes across the sphere of international higher education.
This, our flagship conference, will help universities
develop the strategies they need to flourish internationally in the areas of
research, transnational education, student recruitment and mobility.
Alongside case studies of innovative practice,
we’ll be addressing the bigger questions:
Networking opportunities include a reception the
evening before the event and a networking breakfast on the day.
Join sector professionals, government, and senior
representatives from UK and overseas partners for the seventh
annual International Higher Education Forum at Imperial College London.
This conference will be useful for staff who have
responsibility for developing international strategies across student
recruitment, transnational education, research and mobility. Specific sessions
will examine internationalisation at small and specialist institutions.
Relevant job titles include:
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Join us for a pre-conference drinks reception at Imperial College London to network with speakers and delegates.
from the night before at our inaugural IHEF breakfast networking session.
Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive, Universities UK
Growing international competition; policy challenges at home; Brexit: UK universities need strong international strategies now more than ever. Professor Sir Steve Smith sets out how this unique combination of circumstances looks from the top of an institution as it strives to remain at the forefront internationally.
Speaker: Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter
Two days before Brexit, we’ll ask leaders of universities from across Europe what it means to them:
How do they think Brexit will affect the longer-term trajectory of collaboration and exchange?
How will new EU initiatives (e.g. European Universities Alliances, the next Framework Programme) impact on UK universities links with EU partners?
Are there upsides to Brexit: does the UK’s departure create new opportunities for others and what might these be?
We will welcome speakers from Germany, Norway, Poland and Spain, including:
Professor Mari Sundli Tveit, Rector, Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Chair at Universities Norway
Professor Josep M. Garrell, Rector, Ramon Llull University, Spain and board member at Crue Universidades Españolas
Chair: Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter
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Minister Chris Skidmore, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation
At a critical moment in the UK’s international relations, we consider the role that universities can play in establishing new networks and influence around the world. From development to diplomacy, trade to transnational education, we will hear from one of the UK’s former Foreign Office Ministers, now Director of SOAS University of London about the role that universities might play in reframing our relationships around the world. She will be joined by an expert panel who will consider the opportunities and risks involved for universities as a tool of foreign policy.
Speaker and Chair: Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS University of London
Speakers to include:
Dr Mike Mahon, President, University of Lethbridge and Chair, Board of Directors, Universities Canada
Richard Cockett, Britain Business Editor, The Economist
Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International
As the UK repositions itself in the world, how can education help the UK meet its soft power, foreign policy and international development goals? Join us to hear the latest from UK government representatives.
Across the UK, university strategies recognise the importance of home students graduating with an international outlook, global skills and an international network. How might we achieve our national target to double outbound mobility - especially as we might lose access to the Erasmus+ Programme?
From May to August 2018, UUKi led a working group to look at Brexit contingency planning and the future of OSM with 13 representatives from universities across the UK’s four nations and with observers from the British Council, and the UK and devolved governments.
Join us to discuss the group’s findings and options for boosting mobility with or without Erasmus+.
Chair: Professor Alex Hughes, Deputy Vice–Chancellor (Global Engagement), University of Westminster
Paul Davidson, President and CEO, Universities Canada
Julia Grünenfelder, European Advisor for Education, SwissCore
Small and/or specialist institutions face their own challenges and opportunities when it comes to internationalisation.
Echoing a popular session at IHEF18, this workshop will see experienced practitioners host round table discussions on different themes of internationalisation.
Each host will reflect on her or his own experiences, before leading a group discussion - so come prepared to network and share.
Speakers will include:
Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE, Principal and Vice Chancellor, Arts University Bournemouth on 'starting out on the international student recruitment journey'
Professor David Green CBE, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Worcester on bringing together international work with civic outreach
Other themes will include:
Funding international research collaboration
Setting up new partnerships
Bringing together international work with civic outreach
Hedging against the risks of Brexit
Unusual approaches to outward student mobility
Ethics and higher education internationalisation has long been the source of complex and multi-faceted discourse. This year, several high-provile incidents have increased public scrutiny of university links overseas.
Join us to discuss the ethics of international higher education – when do we engage and when should we walk away?
How can universities contribute to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals? And how does UK government funding align with work in these areas?
From climate change to sustainable cities, university research has a big part to play, but so too do capacity building initiatives, transnational education partnerships and mobility.
Join us to hear about what universities can offer in this area, and how the UK government is responding through programmes such as SPHEIR and Prosperity.
After a highly popular session at IHEF18, Professor Simon Marginson returns to reflect on UK universities’ approaches to mitigating the risks of Brexit.
Join us to hear findings from a multi-year ESRC-funded research project examining universities’ strategic response to the UK’s departure from the EU.
The Centre for Global Higher Education collected data in 12 UK universities, from all four nations. The research found that while the forms of engagement in Europe are diverse, a high level of ‘Europeanisation’ was common to all. In every case, Brexit will have a transformative impact.
Speaker: Professor Simon Marginson, Department of Education and Linacre College, University of Oxford and Director ESRC/OFSRE Centre for Global Higher Education
When it comes to international student recruitment it’s easy to get caught in short-termism – focusing on easier markets because of pressure to deliver short-term return on investment, especially as institutional budgets tighten.
How can universities break out of this cycle and diversify their international student cohorts? Hear how three institutions have made the case for the resources they need to develop a long-term strategy, particularly given potential changes to EU student numbers.
International partnerships are one of the pillars of university internationalisation, bringing benefits across research and higher education. However, every partnership is, to an extent, an experiment, and not all will deliver for the institutions involved. Join us to discuss the art of the exit strategy, drawing on concrete examples from sector colleagues.
Chair: Maddalaine Ansell, Director Education, British Council
Vice-President (International), University of Southampton
Chris Chang, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement and Education Partnerships, University of Portsmouth
Dr Sam Evans, Director, UCL Qatar
You may have heard of the Greater Bay Area (GBA), but what exactly is it? Comprising Hong Kong, Macau and nine cities from Mainland China’s Guangdong province, the area has a total population of around 67 million people and a combined GDP of US$1.34 trillion. In one prediction, this will exceed US$4.6 trillion by 2030.
The GBA, an initiative of the Chinese Government, seeks to integrate three different political and customs entities, with their own very different legal systems, tax rates and controls over people, goods and capital. The aim is to develop this whole region into a single market. This entity will require further development in higher education, building upon the existing universities in each territory.
What are the opportunities that might flow from this for UK universities? And what might the barriers or risks be? Come to the session to find out the answers to these and other questions related to this exciting new initiative.
How can universities attract international industrial investment? How will Brexit affect the attractiveness of UK universities to the international business community? Join us to hear case studies of successful collaboration and to discuss these questions.
The number of students disclosing a mental health condition to their university is increasing. On top of the usual challenges of starting university, international students deal with moving to a different country, a new culture, and for some, a different language. While all of this can be fun and exciting, for some it leads to isolation, distress and anxiety.
Join us to hear from university representatives about their approaches to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of their international students.
Chair: Debbie McVitty, Editor, Wonkhe
Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice Chancellor, University of Derby
Andy Winter, Campus Life Director, University of Nottingham
Yinbo Yu, International Students' Officer, National Union of Student