Note: Exact timings will be confirmed shortly. Sessions are subject to change at any time.
Conference Welcome and Opening Speeches
Prof. Robert Lindley (Conference Chair); 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)
Leadership Challenges in Higher Education (LM)
Ewart Wooldridge (Chief Executive, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education), Jon Baldwin (Registrar, University of Warwick)
In an ever more complex and rapidly changing environment, HE institutions have less need fop formal strategies and blueprints and greater dependence on leadership in all its guises. In general, leadership is a challenging and much misunderstood concept and this is particularly so in universities and colleges. The speakers here have a wealth of personal and broader experience of dealing with leadership issues in higher education and this session will cover, amongst other things; what do we mean by "leadership?" What makes a successful leader? What is distinctive about leadership in HE? What are the challenges that leaders in HE face? How can we nurture and support the leaders of tomorrow?
Academic Leadership in Transition – Academic or Managerial? (LM)
Dr Lars Ekholm (Former Secretary-General, Association of Swedish Higher Education)
The presentation will focus on the Scandinavian tradition of rectorship. How far have we come from the Rector as primus inter pares, in the direction of a strong leader? How far shall we go? What experiences should a candidate Rector have? What training should a Rector be offered? How early in academic careers should such training start? What organisational structure should there be around a Rector? What does society think about academic leadership? What do the Rectors themselves think about their expectations and experiences?
The presentation will consider Swedish discussion on these topics, including the attempts to recruit more women to rectorships.
Strategic Management in Uncertain Times
Professor Mike Shattock (Joint Director of the MBA in Higher Education Management, Institute of Education, University of London)
The twin drivers of enhanced marketisation and increasing state steering, combined with demographic change, have created conditions of great uncertainty for university management. Strategic planning in the form of elaborate and prescriptive five year plans is inadequate to the task and universities need to rely on strategic management which is opportunistic, sensitive to environmental change and capable of quick decision-making. In such circumstances how do we counter accusations of short termism, becoming simply a weathervane of society’s fads and fashions and of sacrificing participation and consultation in decision-making for managerialism?
Short-Term Exchange Programs and the Internationalisation of Japanese Universities: A Case Study
Professor Tsutomi Nomizu; Academic Co-ordinator, Nagoya University Programme for Student Exchange (NUPAC)
Japan's Ministry of Education established the Short-Term Student Exchange Promotion Program in 1995 and encouraged most leading Japanese national universities to set up short-term undergraduate exchange programmes (inbound), taught predominently in English. In 1996, Nagoya University established NUPAC, and now receives 60 to 70 exchange students annually from a variety of countries including US, Australian, and European Universities. Other Japanese national universities, setting up similar programmes, have been stimulated by their subsequent internationalisation. The number of student exchange agreements with tuition waivers has increased rapidly. Universities are exploring partnerships with overseas universities from the viewpoint of student exchange and international strategy. Education at Japanese national universities has come to be critically compared with that of overseas universities. Japanese universities are now starting to enhance the quality of their education, improve the foreign language proficiency of students, faculty and staff, and nurture motivated students acting globally.
The Leading Role Universities Can Take in Countries 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 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.
Competition, Collaboration and Mergers
Professor Paul Layzell (Vice-President (University Development), University of Manchester)
This session will examine the issue of university competition, collaboration and mergers, drawing on the speaker’s experience as Programme Manager for the successful merger of UMIST and The Victoria University of Manchester.Key topics to be covered include:the competition and collaboration context; internal and external drivers; creating and owning a collaboration/ merger strategy; delivering a collaboration/merger strategy; key lessons in creating major organisational change; maintaining the change momentum.
Higher Education Institutional Differentiation and the Search for Excellence
Professor Sir David Watson (Professor of Higher Education Management, Institute of Education, University of London)
The presenter will examine the motives, practice and effects of the striving for “world class” status on the part of individual institutions, groups of institutions, national governments, and other stake-holders. He will offer an alternative view of what could constitute appropriately differentiated and complementary contributions to “world class systems.”
Martin Bojam (Managing Director, JWT Specialised Communications Ltd)
The increasing importance of international students and of TNE to universities and their sponsors; the increasing range of target markets for education in general; and the fragmentation of the means of communication. All of these make for universities the creation and maintenance of a carefully positioned and well communicated global brand a matter of critical importance in the twenty- first century.
Autonomy vs Accountability
Professor Nigel Norris (Pro-Vice-Chancellor & Professor of Applied Research in Education, Centre for Applied Research in Education, University of East Anglia)
This presentation will explore the impact of modern accountability systems on teaching, learning, academic life, and the university. The more usual formulation of the relationship between autonomy and accountability is that what makes autonomy reasonable and responsible is accountability. University autonomy presupposes accountability to society. However, the argument presented in this section is that in its current guise accountability is methodologically unsound, antithetical to autonomy and undermines academic creativity and the wider social purposes of the university. In short, contemporary accountability systems distort the values and practices of the University.
The Globalisation of Higher Education
Bill Rammell MP, UK Minister of State for Higher Education and Lifelong Learning
Do European Universities Stand a Chance in Global Competition? – Global Education Scenarios
Professor Joe Ritzen (President, Maastricht University)
Worldwide higher education is increasingly operating on an international scale. This applies more than ever for research, but also increasingly for students. The numbers of international students has been increasing and may be expected to double between now and 2020. Do European universities stand a chance in global competition? The presentation will deal with this question, taking into account a number of scenarios on the future of higher education as point of departure. Theses scenarios are developed by the OECD, the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) and the US Council of Graduate Schools. In the end this will lead to a conclusion and answer to the raised question.
Massification and Wider Participation
Professor John Field (Deputy Principal (Research and External Relations) and Director, Division of Academic Innovation and Continuing Education, University of Stirling)
In many European countries, the higher education system has expended rapidly since the late 1970s. At the same time, governments of different political colours have sought not only to grow the numbers of graduates, but to democratise the social mix of new students. The session will examine some of the changes that have taken place as a result, for institutions, curricula, structures and sectors/systems as well as for the student population; it will also consider areas where change has been virtually limited or non-existent. The session will conclude with a discussion of emerging management challenges and future trends.
Balancing Global Higher Education and Research
Professor John Hearn (Deputy Vice-Chancellor International, University of Sydney)
Australia and the Asia-Pacific region have distinct opportunities and challenges in the rapidly evolving global market. Education is given top priority throughout Asia and is the third largest export industry for Australia. The region is dynamic in its demographic change and in many countries is moving towards self sufficiency in undergraduate education, although international experience and training is a recognised advantage especially at postgraduate levels. In most countries, self sustainability in research has yet to be achieved, a necessary requirement in dealing with some of the big issues ahead. These issues include the challenges in aging and health, emerging diseases, environment, urbanisation, government and law, economies and employment. The internationalisation of leading research universities as a source of future leaders and as partners in innovation gives hope that the opportunities will be realised and the challenges resolved
Universities in an Age of Complexity
Professor Ron Barnett (Professor of Higher Education, Institute of Education, University of London)
The contemporary university is a complex organization with manifold and interacting systems - an essentially unpredictable environment. Strategies have to be formed and decisions made that are characteristically deficient in their information base. However, the university is also characteristically a space for critical discussion, resulting in competing and even contradictory descriptions and questions that remain stubbornly beyond any consensus. What does it mean to manage and lead universities amid such situations? Does the idea of strategy have any value? Does the idea of community have any place amid conflicting values and perceptions of the challenges facing universities? Some of these challenges of leadership and management will be explored, and some possible responses suggested.
Leadership in the Context of Global Higher Education
Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe (Chief Executive, Universities UK); Professor Andrew Hamnett, Vice-Chancellor, University of Strathclyde; Professor Mosa Al-Mosawe (President, Baghdad University);
Baroness Warwick will build on the key leadership issues arising from the conference so far and, drawing upon experience of challenges being faced by education leaders, will introduce and chair an expert panel session. Delegates will be invited to reflect on the questions raised, specific interests arising from the sessions, and to test conclusions and to put questions to the panel.
Professor Sir Howard Newby (Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England/ Former Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for England- HEFCE)
Details to follow.
Finance Matters: Students and Institutions
Professor Nicholas Barr (Professor of Public Economics, London School of Economics)
The opening part of the talk sets out background matters, in particular, the international context and the objectives of higher education. The second part sets out central lessons from economic theory: the days of central planning of higher education are over; graduates should contribute to the cost of their degrees; and well-designed student loans have core features. The third part offers a critical view of current UK arrangements and a supportive assessment of reforms which take effect in October 2006. The final part discusses lessons from international experience, both for the UK and for other countries.
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 opportunities 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