With change brings opportunity. This year, the transnational education conference will examine how transnational education (TNE) can be a cornerstone in rebuilding the post-Covid-19 international education system, through informed innovation.
Information is key to the successful delivery of TNE. There is always more to learn about TNE through metrics, insight, and measurement. Despite our relatively privileged position in the UK with robust sector level data on TNE student numbers, and a flow of research and insights from sector bodies and academia, our understanding of TNE is still limited in some key areas.
Staying well informed gives institutions the freedom to innovate, explore new opportunities and utilise new resources. The current diversity of the UK transnational education offer is testament to the innovation of many practitioners and pioneers over the last few decades. From large branch campuses to small validation arrangements and digitally enhanced approaches, TNE is an umbrella term under which models vary greatly by territory and provider.
Now more than ever, innovative approaches have the potential to:
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Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor,
Oxford Brookes University
Graham Stuart MP, Minister for Exports, Department for International Trade
Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank', Minister of Education, India
Dr Pankaj Mittal, Secretary General, Association of Indian Universities
How can cross-border collaboration drive educational development and meet the needs of students and societies? In this opening plenary, panellists will discuss the role of TNE in national internationalisation strategies.
Aisling Conboy, Higher Education Specialist, Department for International Trade
Dr Alison Felce, Accreditation, Partnerships and Policy Manager, QAA Global
Dr Christopher Hill, Associate Professor, The British University in Dubai
Prof Mohamed Loutfi, Vice-Chancellor's Special Envoy, Coventry University
Eduardo Ramos, Head of Transnational Education, Universities UK International
Kevin Van Cauter, Senior Higher Education Adviser, British Council
Jayesh Ranjan Jawaharlal, Vice-Chancellor, Nehru Technological University Hyderabad (JNTUH)
Professor Pankaj Pankaj, International Dean for South Asia, Director Edinburgh India Institute and Professor of Computational Biomechanics, The University of Edinburgh
Amrita Sadarangani, Executive Director, University of Edinburgh Biotechnology University project - India, University of Edinburgh
Professor N.V. Varghese, Vice-Chancellor, National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi
India’s National Education Policy (NEP) is driving the most significant change in the education landscape in India in half a century, but its impact on transnational education will depend on a range of different stakeholders at the central, state and individual institutional level. This session will explore the implications of the NEPs for UK universities who wish to develop educational ventures in India.
In this session, hear from Liverpool John Moores University and their tech startup partner upGrad on their successful online learning partnership. Find out more about how their partnership developed over time, the benefits it brought to both organisations, and the life-changing impact it has on students. This case study shows that online delivery has the potential to go beyond pre-recorded lectures and basic VLE functionality, with opportunities to develop an immersive student experience with full student support systems, built-in collaboration, and personalised mentoring.
Charlene Allen, Co-Founder and Director, The IC Global Partnership
Sirin Myles, Co-Founder and Director, The IC Global Partnership
Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi, Provost & CEO, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
Professor Richard Follett, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Associate Vice President (International) University of Sussex
Eduardo Ramos, Head of Transnational Education, Universities UK International
Grab a hot drink for the morning coffee break and join The IC Café for some online networking, with opportunities for audience participation. This session will feature quizzes and discussion around the key themes of the conference including TNE student recruitment, TNE student experience and TNE partnership development. The Co-Founders of The IC will be in conversation with TNE experts, bringing you their analysis and reflections of the TNE conference so far. Share, reflect and learn from and with fellow attendees at The IC Cafe. This session is not to be missed.
Matt Durnin, Global Head of Insights & Consultancy, British Council
Kevin Prest, Senior Analyst, British Council
Daniel Wake, Policy Analyst, Universities UK
This session is an opportunity to dive deeper into UUKi’s latest TNE reports. We will present the findings from The scale of UK higher education transnational education 2018-19 and Transnational routes to on-shore UK higher education.
Hear directly from UUKi and British Council analysts about the state of play of where and how students around the world are studying for UK degrees through TNE. The session will also explore how many of these students then progress to study in the UK itself, answering the question of what role TNE plays as a pathway to on-shore UK study.
Professor Helen O'Sullivan, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education), Keele University (Chair)
Lynn Evans, Strategic Director, University of Liverpool Online
Jayne Richards, Curriculum Manager for Online Learning and Teaching, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
Mike Winter OBE, Director of Global Engagement, University of London
How can the UK’s online education offer reach its full potential? How can we address barriers to online learning?
In the wake of the mass transition to online learning due to Covid-19, speakers will consider how universities can collaborate with other organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit spheres to innovate in the area of transnational online higher education.
Session supported by Jisc
Philip Hayes, Associate Director of Tax, The University of London
Harriet Latham, Tax Manager, The Open University
Andrea Marshall, Tax Specialist, British Universities Finance Directors Group
Why is the supply of digital services on the radar of tax authorities around the world? How should a university manage this? In this session, tax specialists from The Open University, BUFDG and The University of London, will provide an overview of the issue, why it wasn’t a problem 10 years ago, but is now; how the current pandemic has accelerated the issue; some practical tips on how to establish if your university has overseas tax issues and how to prioritise the countries that you focus on.
It will then work through a real-life example of where a tax liability has arisen and how the issue was resolved. The key message will be that tax issues can be managed, and this session will provide advice on how you can achieve this.
Professor Dame Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool
Professor Bashir Makhoul, President and Vice-Chancellor, University for the Creative Arts (UCA)
Professor Andrea Nolan, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University
Professor Richard A. Williams, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Heriott-Watt University
TNE is at its most successful when it is closely aligned with a university's strategic aims. Many flagship TNE initiatives are driven by a university leader's vision of the future international footprint that the institution could have in a certain context.
In this fireside chat, Vice-Chancellors from four UK universities discuss transnational education in university strategies, the role of university leaders in developing TNE, and how their universities’ approaches to TNE have been affected by Covid and Brexit.
Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University
Professor Iwan Davies, President and Vice-Chancellor, Bangor University (Chair)
Professor John Brewer, CEO, The Northern Consortium (NCUK)
Lesley Davies OBE, Chair, UK Skills Partnership Board
Professor Richard Davies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Global, Newcastle University
Alicia Herbert, Director, Education, Gender and Equality and Gender Envoy, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office
How can universities pool resources and expertise to overcome barriers to TNE provision, strengthen engagement with overseas governments, funders and regulators, and better meet the needs of the transnational student population?
This closing plenary will explore the challenges and opportunities of working in consortium in TNE.
Professor Sir Steve Smith, International Education Champion to the UK
Professor Alistair Fitt is the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University. Alistair was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor at Oxford Brookes and had a remit that covered all research and knowledge exchange at the university.
Alistair joined Oxford Brookes in March 2011 from the University of Southampton where he worked for 22 years, latterly as the Dean and then Head of the School of Mathematics before becoming Pro Vice-Chancellor, International.
Alistair Chairs the UUKi TNE Strategy Group, is Chair of the UUK Health Education & Research Policy Network (HERPN), he also and is a board member of the University Alliance.
Alistair is a Director of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP), the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) for Higher Education, and is a Trustee of the Oxford Trust.
Graham Stuart was elected as the Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness in 2005. He joined the Department for International Trade in January 2018 as Minister for Investment. In February 2020 he was appointed Minister for Exports.
Graham went to Selwyn College, Cambridge to read philosophy and law. After university, Graham developed a successful career in publishing, and was a member of Cambridge City Council from 1998 to 2004.
In Parliament Graham:
Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank', an Indian Politician, social worker and literarian with vigor to serve the nation with humility and quintessential equality. He was born in Pinani village of Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. Despite coming from a financially humble background he has been a forerunner in the field of literature and politics.
He initially served society as a teacher and later as a journalist. His political journey started in 1987 as the central spokesperson of the Uttar Pradesh (now Uttarakhand) Sangharsh Samiti. In 1991, he was elected as an MLA from the Karnprayag Assembly. In 1996, for the first time, he became a Cabinet Minister in Uttar Pradesh.
With the establishment of the Uttarakhand state, he became the Finance Minister and was handed over 12 important departments. In the year 2007, he became the Cabinet Minister and in 2009 the Chief Minister of the State. He was elected as a member of the sixteenth Lok Sabha of India from Haridwar with an overwhelming lead. Re-elected from this Lok Sabha in the year 2019, he has now been entrusted with important responsibility of the ministry of education, government of India.
Mike has 40 years' experience in international education, including with the British Council from 1981 to 2008 in the UK, Turkey, Brazil, France and Japan, where as Director Education he was awarded an OBE for services to international education collaboration. In 2009, he became Director International of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) with responsibility for the IOE’s global partnerships, student and staff mobility, and the development of its international research and knowledge transfer portfolio.He has been the University of London (UoL)'s Director of Global Engagement since 2016, leading on the development of UoL’s transnational provision across 190 countries.
Steve Waterworth is the head of international partnerships at Liverpool John Moores University, with the responsibility of the development and management of international .An experienced higher education professional, Steve has over 20 years’ experience of working within the Higher Education Sector, initially leading on university industry engagement projects.
For the past 10 years Steve’s role has been focused on the creation, development and management of university international partnerships between UK HEIs and both public and private institutions around the world. Steve has significant experience of partnership development in the Middle East, ASEAN, South Asia and LATAM.
Steve is passionate about university to university partnerships, to add value to students, local, national and international economies and industry. partnerships for Transnational Education staff and student mobility.
Andrea’s tax career spans over 30 years, beginning in 1988 when she joined HM Customs & Excise as a VAT Control Officer. She then spent over 20 years in practice specialising in VAT, initially working with corporate clients, then from 2004 advising the Housing Association sector.
Andrea joined the University of Worcester in 2013 as its in-house Tax Officer before moving to BUFDG as its Tax Specialist in March 2020 - just a week before lockdown. Her role now involves updating the HE sector on current, relevant tax issues, of which there have been many during 2020!
Vivienne is the Director of Universities UK International (UUKi) which represents UK universities around the world and works to enable them to flourish internationally.
Vivienne has over 20 years’ experience of working in higher education policy and politics at national and international level.
She is a member of several boards and advisory committees, including the Education Sector Advisory Group of the Department for Education /Department for International Trade; the Board of UKRI’s Fund for International Collaboration; the British Council’s Education Advisory Group.
She is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, where she studied English Literature.
Aisling Conboy is the sole Higher Education Specialist focusing on transnational education, teacher training and chartered professional bodies in the UK Department for International Trade. Aisling leads the department’s work in developing commercial partnership opportunities for UK higher education providers and chartered professional bodies, and supports UK education exports and the UK government’s International Education Strategy. Previously, Aisling was International Partnerships Director at the University of Greenwich with oversight for transnational education and global mobility. Aisling has worked for over fifteen years managing international partnerships including roles at the US-UK Fulbright Commission; Strathclyde Business School and the John Smith Trust. Aisling studied at both the UK and US universities.
Currently Co-Founder at upGrad, Phalgun Kompalli is an Indian entrepreneur, based out of Mumbai.
Prior to upGrad, Phalgun was a Principal at The Parthenon Group, an education strategy-consulting firm, where he was involved in advising large education conglomerates and investment funds on their growth and investment strategy in education. He has done significant work in the field of higher education and technology-enabled learning across India, US, Brazil, Africa, and South East Asia. Prior to Parthenon, Phalgun worked at Opera Solutions, an analytics firm consulting Fortune 500 companies on their revenue & cost optimization initiatives through data analytics.
Phalgun Kompalli won the title of the ‘BW Education 40 under 40 Achiever 2020’ by Business World and received the title of Forbes 30 under 30 Asia, for consumer Tech, in 2018.
Prof Nizam was appointed Director General for Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) Indonesia in July 2020. Previously he was the Secretary of National Higher Education Council (2008-2013) and the head of Education Assessment Centre, MoEC. He was involved in drafting several bills on education such as the Higher Education Law 2012, the Medical Education Law 2013, and the Engineer Profession Law 2014. Prof Nizam retains a professorship in civil engineering at Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He received his MSc in coastal engineering and PhD in civil engineering from Imperial College London.
Dr (Mrs) Pankaj Mittal, Secretary General of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) is the second woman Secretary General of the Association in its 95 years of existence. She has been serving the higher education sector for over three decades at senior positions at the University Grants Commission of India. She is the National Commissioner for Rangers of Bharat Scouts and Guides. She is also the Member of General Assembly of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi.
Dr. (Mrs) Pankaj Mittal is a Fulbright Scholar and has been a topper in MSc and PhD in Agricultural Statistics from IARI, New Delhi. Dr Mittal has also served as the first regular Vice Chancellor of Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Haryana, the first rural women university of North India for two terms. Dr Mittal is also the recipient of many Awards and Honours like Fulbright Nehru Scholarship grant for Educational administrators, President of India Award in 2017 for Digital Initiatives in higher education.
Philip has worked in tax for twenty years, initially in practice and more recently in Higher Education. He was VAT Manager at the University of Oxford for three years and is now Associate Director of Tax at the University of London. He has been especially involved in the issue of how VAT on electronic services effects UK universities’ provision of distance learning to students in different countries around the world.
Harriet trained as an accountant and chartered tax adviser with PWC a very long time ago. After a three year spell at an industrial company, and a year working in a secondary school maths department, she moved over to university education, spending four years as Technical Director at BUFDG and then joining the OU, where she manages all taxes, six years ago.
Dr Elisabeth Grindel-Denby has experienced teaching, learning and working in both the German and British HE sector. Her PhD studies (Lancaster University) focused on international students and their families making a home whilst being dispersed. She researches international students' learning and teaching strategies as well as TNE, and positions this knowledge in the field of Migration Sociology. She brings with her 10 years of HE sector experience specifically with international students in several senior management roles. She now serves as Campus Director at Lancaster University Leipzig.
Professor Jenny Higham joined St George's as Principal in November 2015. She led the creation of and is now overseeing the delivery of a new St George's Strategic Plan. The University of Nicosia in Cyprus delivers the George's graduate entry Medicine degree under a franchise agreement
She was the first female Chair of the Medical Schools Council for the UK and is a board members of University sector boards of Universities UK and Universities and Colleges Employers Association. She practises clinically as a gynaecologist.
Lucy Winskell is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Employability & Partnerships) at Northumbria University. During her time at Northumbria Lucy has played a key role in the development of the university’s relationships with local government, the cultural sector and business, helping shape Northumbria’s contribution to regional economic, cultural and social development and graduate employment and particularly champions student and graduate start-ups. She oversees the strategic direction of the London campus and was instrumental in the creation of the Amsterdam Campus in 2018, as part of Northumbria’s Internationalisation strategy.
Before joining Universities UK in June 2017, Dan was a Senior Researcher at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). Before CIPFA, he was a Research Officer at the British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG). Dan holds degrees in Politics and Media and Cultural Analysis, both from Loughborough University. He also studied at Lund University in Sweden as part of the Erasmus programme.
As PVC for Education, Professor O’Sullivan takes strategic leadership for all aspects of education at Keele, and is particularly interested in how digital education can support social learning as well as expanding the Keele community through flexible, online and transnational education. She started off as a geneticist but developed an interest in how medical students develop professionalism and leadership, especially emotional intelligence and empathy and is professor of medical education. Helen is the Chair of the Association for Learning Technology, a member of the Advance HE Board, Co-Convener of Advance HE’s PVC Network and a member of UUKi TNE Advisory Group.
Jayne oversees the design and delivery of online degrees at Rose Bruford College and has been committed to encouraging international reach for over two decades. She chairs the Technology in Learning and Teaching committee and is involved in a wide range of L&T policy development and quality and standards activities across the institution. She is Senior Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Certified Leading Practitioner of the Association of Learning Developers in Higher Education, and a member of the Association of Learning Technologists.
Dame Janet is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool. She was awarded a Damehood for services to higher education and equality and diversity in 2018. Janet is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and chairs their Assurance Board, and is a member of the boards of Universities UK, Russell Group and National Leadership Centre. She took up a 3 year term of office as the International Policy Lead for Universities UK in August 2020. Janet is a member of the Liverpool City Region LEP and is an adviser to the Metro Mayor on Higher Education for the City Region.
Professor Bashir Makhoul became Vice-Chancellor at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) in 2017. In an academic career spanning 22 years, he has specialised in creating overseas partnerships and spearheaded the creation of three new Chinese campuses. He is a prolific writer, editor and artist and has exhibited at a range of high-profile venues and events including the Hayward Gallery, Tate Liverpool, 2013 Venice Biennale and the Aichi Biennale in Japan. He is a published author who has written several books about Palestinian art and themes of conflict and identity, including the ‘The Origins of Palestinian Art’ and ‘Conflict and Compassion.’
Richard Williams has been Principal & Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University since August 2015. Heriot-Watt University (www.hw.ac.uk) was founded in 1821 and, unusually, is a global University operating from five locations in three countries (Scotland, UAE and Malaysia) with 70% international students and over a third undertaking work-based learning. It specialises in science, engineering and business with a strong research base. It is highly distinctive in operating a unitary system (rather than a branch campus model) across all its locations offering students unprecedented opportunities to study at multiple locations. Richard has held senior posts at Universities of Leeds, Birmingham & Exeter.
Professor Pankaj champions the engagement of the university in South Asia. Under his leadership, Edinburgh University has seen significant growth in collaborative projects with South Asia with total value in excess of £35 million. He has been leading on supporting Gujarat Government's establishment of Gujarat Biotechnology University (GBU); academic leadership to this new institute will be provided by the University of Edinburgh. As an academic, he established the multidisciplinary Computational Biomechanics group at Edinburgh; his work has successfully exploited computational methods and mechanics in the solution of real clinical problems.
Amrita Sadarangani is Executive Director to a project establishing a new university in India, focused on biotechnology in partnership with the University of Edinburgh. This is a novel and innovative model of transnational partnership, with the new institution placing excellence and innovation at its core to deliver biotechnology solutions for society’s needs. Amrita’s role is to operationalise the partnership, and to deliver external engagement with government, industry and other stakeholders. Amrita has an MSc in Biochemistry and established and led the India Liaison Office for the University of Edinburgh from 2010 till 2020.
Responsible for all Coventry's international activities including joint ventures, student recruitment, collaborative partnerships, curriculum internationalization and mobility, David Pilsbury heads a sector leading global engagement agenda recognised by many awards including the Queen's Award for Enterprise. He holds a number of Board level positions including JISC, China-Britain Business Council & IDP Connect and advisory positions including with EURIE, NARIC and Hainan Provincial Government. Previously David was the founding CEO of the Worldwide Universities Network, HEFCE Head of Research Policy and Assistant Director R&D at Cambridge University Hospital. He was a strategic consultant and investment banker after undertaking a D.Phil and research at Oxford.
Professor Andrea Nolan is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University, a role she has held since 2013. Andrea graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and, after a short time in veterinary practice, embarked on an academic career which led to her appointment as a Lecturer and then Professor in Veterinary Pharmacology at the University of Glasgow where she established herself as a research leader in the field of animal pain, its recognition and management.
Her senior leadership in Glasgow developed through roles as Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Vice-Principal for Learning, Teaching and Internationalisation, and Senior Vice-Principal. She served as Convenor of Universities Scotland, the professional body representing Scotland’s 19 Higher Education institutions from 2016 to 2020, and currently chairs its International Committee. She serves on a range of Boards and groups contributing to the development of Higher Education. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies and was awarded an Honorary OBE in 2013 for services to Higher Education and Veterinary Science.
Kevin has worked as a Senior Analyst in the British Council's Beijing office since 2014. He leads on the team’s data analysis, providing UK institutions with insights and evidence-based recommendations to help them understand overseas markets and develop international partnerships. His recent work on TNE includes a joint report with Universities UK International on transnational routes to on-shore UK higher education, analysing students coming to the UK as part of a course that started overseas. Before joining the British Council Kevin worked in market research across a variety of industries in China, including telecommunications, chemicals and construction materials.
Starting as a sports science postgraduate researcher for Loughborough University, John joined the Football Association in 1988 and led the team which developed the Multistage Fitness “bleep test”. John joined the support teams for Sir Bobby Robson’s England Italia ’90 and England 1992 Cricket World Cup campaigns. John then worked in the private sector, including GlaxoSmithKline as Director of Sports Science. Since 2009, John has been PVC for Global Engagement at St. Mary’s University and DVC at Bucks New University. As NCUK CEO, he leads the global network’s growth plans whilst providing world-class study opportunities for students worldwide.
Professor Richard Davies is a petroleum geologist who started his career in the mining industry of South Africa. After his degree and PhD he worked in the oil and gas sector, spending 8 years in the petroleum industry in Aberdeen, London and Houston with ExxonMobil working on development and exploration projects. He moved from Houston to Cardiff in 2003 as a senior lecturer and then moved to Durham University in 2006 as a Professor. In 2009 he became Professor of Energy and Director of Durham Energy Institute in 2011 Dean of Knowledge Exchange and Impact.
In 2014 he joined Newcastle University where he is Pro-Vice Chancellor, Global. Since 2007, Professor Davies has developed a strong track in record researching the risks associated with oil and gas activities. From 2007 to 2010 he led an international team that showed that the Lusi mud volcano that caused 40,000 Indonesian’s to lose their homes was almost certainly triggered by drilling for gas rather than being a natural disaster. He is now working on the risks associated with fracking within a pan-European consortium ‘ReFINE’ (Researching Fracking in Europe) that he leads.
Professor Iwan Davies was appointed as the eighth Vice-Chancellor of the university in its 135 year history. Professor Davies is a leading authority on International Commercial Law and has published extensively in Asset Finance, IP and Personal Property Law. A graduate of Aberystwyth, Cambridge and Cardiff Universities, he is a Barrister having been invited and called to the Bar for distinguished legal academic scholarship. He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and also Visiting Fellow, Jesus College Oxford.
Professor Davies is currently Chair of Global Wales and has a strong reputation for internationalisation, having developed successful initiatives and partnerships around the world.
Professor Sir Steve Smith is the UK Government International Education Champion, a post he took up after retiring as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter in August 2020. He had held that position since October 2002. In November 2020 he was also appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Representative to Saudi Arabia for Education.
Sir Steve holds a BSc, an MSc, and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Southampton. He was Chair of the UCAS Board from 2013 – 2019 and was President of Universities UK (UUK) from 2009-2011. He was a Board member of the Russell Group (2012-2020); Chair of UUK's International Policy Network and Chair of UUK's International Strategic Advisory Board (2015-2020); Member of the UUK Board (2006-2020); Board member of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (2013-2020).
Charlene has over 20 years’ experience in higher education. She has held senior roles across several universities in the UK, held a national sector leading role as Chair of British Universities International Liaison Association (BUILA) and sat on strategic international advisory boards for the British Council, Universities UK International and the UK Council for International Students Association. Her work has included the development and implementation of various internationalisation projects, lobbying on internationalisation matters and working with the Department of Education and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy International Team on the UK International Education Strategy
Sirin is a highly experienced International Leader and specialist in higher education. She has more than 20 years of international marketing and leadership experience in diplomatic and higher education organisations. Sirin’s career includes the British Council in Istanbul, marketing British education; Regional Director at the University of Southampton and Director of the International Office at the University of Reading. At Reading, Sirin had joint responsibility for all of the University’s Marketing, Communication and Engagement. Since 2016, Sirin has been providing a specialist independent consultancy, individual and leadership coaching to higher education institutions.
Eduardo manages the Transnational Education programme of work at UUK, leading on the development and implementation of strategies that contribute to positioning the UK as a leading transnational education provider and global partner of choice. The programme creates new initiatives in focus regions, supports the development of effective TNE partnerships, and delivers good practice support for strategic leaders and practitioners in UK universities. Eduardo worked on education internationalisation for Spanish agency ICEX-Invest in Spain, Audencia Business School in France and St George’s, University of London. He holds degrees from the Autonomous University of Madrid and the UCL Institute of Education.
Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi is currently the Provost and CEO at Heriot-Watt University, Malaysia.
His research interests include thermofluids, renewable energy, biomechanical engineering, engineering education and academic leadership. Professor Al-Atabi published three books, "Shoot the Boss," "Think Like an Engineer" and "Driving Performance" and he has numerous research publications, awards and honours.
He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE) and a member of the Global Engineering Deans Council.
Professor Al-Atabi he pioneered the CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate) and delivered the first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in Malaysia. He trains executives from Multinational Corporations including banks and energy companies.
Professor Richard Follett is Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor and Associate Vice President at the University of Sussex. He oversees Sussex's international strategy, developing a global network of education partners in teaching and research. He is also Professor of History and enjoys a strong international reputation for his scholarship on American slavery. Prior to joining Sussex, Follett taught at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He completed his PhD at Louisiana State University on a Fulbright scholarship and has held visiting appointments at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, Nanjing and Beijing universities in China, and at Heidelberg University in Germany.
Alicia Herbert is the Director, Education, Gender and Equality and Gender Envoy in the FCDO. Prior to this role, Alicia was the Head of Children, Youth and Education Department within DFID. Her previous roles also include Head of DFID Mozambique from July 2012 to November 2013.
Before joining DFID in 1999, Alicia worked for the World Bank and the Policy Studies Institute. She has also worked in advisory roles, and in DFID offices in Nigeria and Sudan.
She holds a degree in economics, and postgraduate qualifications in development studies and social policy and planning in developing countries.