Note: Exact timings will be confirmed shortly. Sessions are subject to change at any time.
Conference Welcome and Opening Speeches
Prof. Robert Lindley (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International Strategy, University of Warwick); Professor David VandeLinde (Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick); Professor Shin-ichi Hirano (President, Nagoya University)
Conference Opening Plenary
Higher Education Reform and the Future of Universities-
Professor Georges Haddad (Director, Division of Higher Education, UNESCO)
Furthering Knowledge of Undergraduates in the Community
Dr Mike Neary (Director, Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research, University of Warwick)
In 2005 students at the University of Warwick made a documentary film, Universities Plc: Learning Enterprises in Higher Education. The film examines the increasing marketisation and commercialisation of Higher Education and the effects that this has on the student experience. The film suggests another model for Higher Education, suggested by UNESCO, defining Higher Education as a "public good for all." The film has been shown around the world to critical acclaim. This session will be introduced and facilitated by the students who made the film.
Students as Active Global Citizens
Dr Douglas Bourn (Director, Development Education Association)
Building on student support for Make Poverty History and related initiatives during 2005, the Development Education Association has begun to develop, with relevant groups, what ‘students as active global citizens’ means. The Association has also identified increasing frustration from many students about the lack of opportunities to address global perspectives and concerns within their courses. This session will address what students see as the key elements of a strategy for promoting themselves as ‘active global citizens’; a framework for students as active global citizens within a university; and the role and support from NGOs and other groups in developing student thinking on these areas.
Conflict and Recovery: Higher Education in South Africa in the Post-Apartheid Era
Professor Robin Cohen (ESRC Professorial Research Fellow, University of Warwick)
Post-apartheid South Africa has been marked by dramatic changes in higher education. At the end of formal apartheid in 1994 the general picture was: (a) A small number of largely white institutions located in the big cities or fashionable small towns offering high quality internationally recognised education. (b) Some reasonable quality institutions, segregated by race. (c) Some very poor institutions offering low-grade certification, particularly in teaching and theology. The government has opted for the consolidation, merger and reconfiguration of the system. Social diversity, economic viability and enhanced attention to quality and inclusiveness are all stated goals. Will this strategy work?
Conference Plenary - The Leading Role Universities Can Take in Communities Affected by Conflict and Natural Disaster
Professor Mosa Al-Mosawe (President, Baghdad University)
Introduced by Professor Gavin Brown (Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Sydney, President of AC21)
Iraq is one of the countries badly affected by war. The consequences of conflict have severely impacted on the performance of its universities. This presentation describes the conditions faced by Iraqi universities and the sort of measures taken to overcome these difficulties, draws conclusions, and proposes recommendations.
Conflict and Recovery
Dr John Withrington (Director, International office, University of Exeter, and Chair, British Universities’ Iraq Consortium); Professor Mosa Al-Mosawe President, Baghdad University)
Details to follow.
How Welcoming is the UK?
Dominic Scott (Chief Executive, UKCOSA – the Council for International Education)
Both institutions and government, in the UK and elsewhere, have a major role to play in ensuring success in an increasingly competitive education market, and making sure that international students receive the welcome they expect and deserve. The last 5 years has seen something of a roller-coaster for recruitment to the UK. What elements of the ‘UK welcome’ or ‘UK experience’ have had most impact? Which are of most importance to international students? How is the UK faring, in terms of satisfaction ratings? And, over the next phase of the Prime Minister’s Initiative, what more can be done to ensure that globally the UK is one of the best places for international students to live and study?
Ian King (Chief Executive, NUS Services Ltd)
The operating model for UK Students' Unions has evolved over the past thirty years from the purely representational into a much wider role as service provider whilst being essentially autonomous from the parent institution (in sharp contrast to the American and Australian models). 2006 is a seminal year with the introduction of "top up" tuition fees in England. Students are now customers. Institutions stand or fall on the basis of successful recruitment and retention strategies. With a 43% target in post school education and Indian/ Chinese economies in the ascendancy, are Students' Unions about to enter a new era?
Conference Plenary - The Globalisation of Higher Education
Bill Rammell MP, UK Minister of State for Higher Education and Lifelong Learning
Overview of the Student Movement
Alex Bols (Secretary-General, National Union of Students in Europe 2001-2004)
This session will provide an overview of the student movement and how it has developed across Europe and more widely. It will be a short look back and a long look forward into the Global Student Movement considering how it could develop in the years ahead. Mr Bols presentation will be based around his article ‘The Challenge facing Students’ Union: European Perspectives”, featured in issue 3 of the AMSU agenda magazine October 2005.
Australian Experience: The Australian Model of Higher Education
Bob Anderson (General Manager, The University of Surrey Students’ Union)
This session will look at the findings of visits to seven universities in Australia. It will try to identify why many student unions within Britain need to take a long pragmatic look at themselves in terms of governance, commercial income streams and how student unions should become part of the value pack that a University is able to offer to attract new indigenous and overseas students. It will also explore the long-term funding of student unions and attempt to answer the question of whether students are now customers.
Australian Experience: Voluntary Student Unionism (GSI)
Rose Jackson (President, The National Union of Students, Australia)
Voluntary student unionism (VSU) represents one of the most significant changes in the university sector in Australia for many decades. It fundamentally alters the relationship between students and universities, and seeks to destroy those things that bind students together as a community. Students are no longer required to contribute to any part of their university education that is not deemed as strictly academic. This makes all extra-curricular learning and activities at universities, including welfare support, student representation and academic advocacy, entirely user-pays. In this presentation, the logic behind VSU will be explored, as will its impact on students and the student experience in Australia, with the conclusion that is one of the most ideological and punitive attacks on students seen in Australia in many years.
Student Leaders and University Leaders Debate: The Global Issues in Higher Education
Moderators: Simon Lucas (Perrett Laver Partnership) and Jon Baldwin (Registrar, University of Warwick)
Panelists: Rose Jackson (President, The National Union of Students, Australia); Sibu Sabaya (President, South African Union of Students); Kat Fletcher (President NUS UK); Professor David VandeLinde (Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick)
This fascinating panel session will allow a full and frank discussion on the globalisation of higher education and international student leaders’ hopes and aspirations. The debate will allow international student leaders to interact with senior university leaders and will include contributions from an international audience. The panel will also look 25 years into the future and predict who will be the global HE winners and losers.
Closing Plenary - Skills Needed for Growth and Survival in the 21st Century
Gina Poole (Vice-President, Innovation and University Relations, IBM)
The global environment is changing in an accelerated way. This presentation discusses the challenges and apportunities around skills needed for growth and survival in the 21st century. Global challenges and opportunities exist for employers, employees, and for educators.
Review of Conference
Professor Gavin Brown, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Sydney