IAU 2019 International Conference
IAU 2019 International Conference
Transforming Higher Education for the Future

Recognizing that higher education is facing a number of challenges brought about by today’s complex societies, the IAU 2019 International Conference is set to discuss the future role of higher education against a backdrop of two major global phenomena: the impact of rapid technological advancements on higher education; and secondly, the urgent need to create more sustainable societies.

The IAU 2019 International Conference is devoted to Transforming Higher Education for the Future in order to explore how higher education leaders and experts envisage higher education, not only in the future, but also for the future. The Conference will not only facilitate sharing visions, but will also constitute an open dialogue that seeks to outline opportunities as well as challenges of higher education today. Acknowledging that local contexts differ in terms of culture, tradition, religion, demographic, language, politics and economics, IAU values this diversity and believes it is crucial to continue to foster exchange on higher education beyond borders and regions in an increasingly interlinked world.

Higher education has an important role to play in proposing solutions, in shaping societal development, and in fostering debate on the ethical and social dimension of the transformations taking place around the world. Research carried out within higher education can inform decision-makers; through its community engagement, higher education can propose inclusive and innovative solutions to address societal challenges. On a global level, we can exchange and learn from other experiences and practices, with a common objective of advancing higher education and sustainable societies

Framed by the theme Transforming Higher Education for the Future, IAU will convene leaders and experts to share their visions about higher education connecting local, national, regional and global perspectives and to generate discussions on what is the essence of higher education today and in the future. The Conference will constitute a global space for the exchange of ideas and opportunities; it will also be a space to identify key challenges and hurdles preventing transformation. It will offer a space to question the status quo, and to imagine an ideal world of higher education free of everyday constraints. Higher education institutions will have the opportunity to present current initiatives and research being carried out to transform higher education, to enhance education and research, and to promote sustainable solutions for future societies.

The outcomes of the discussions in Puebla will prepare the ground for the 16th General Conference in 2020 where IAU will be celebrating its 70th anniversary since its first and founding General Conference in 1950.

Make sure your institution attends the Conference in Puebla and contributes to the global voice for higher education!

Interpretación al español 

Habrá interpretación simultánea en las sesiones plenarias y en las sesiones breakout en la sala de plenos (plenary room). Por más información, por favor consulten la descripción de cada sesión. 

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Preliminary Programme
Wednesday 13 November 2019
18:00 - 19:00Inaugural ceremony: Transforming Higher Education for the Future [More Info]
José Alfonso Esparza Ortiz, Rector, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico
Pam Fredman, President, International Association of Universities (IAU)
Juan Ramón de la Fuente, IAU Honorary President & Permenant Delegate of Mexico to the United Nations (UN), Mexico
19:00 - 20:00Welcome reception [More Info]

Thursday 14 November 2019
09:00 - 9:30Conference Opening [More Info]
Pam Fredman, President, International Association of Universities (IAU)
Ygnacio Martínez Laguna, Vice-Rector, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), Mexico
09:30 - 10:50Plenary Session I: Rethinking higher education in a transforming world [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Hilligje van't Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU)
Keri Facer, Professor of Educational & Social Futures, University of Bristol, UK
Jaime Valls Esponda, Executive Secretary General, National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ANUIES), Mexico
Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice-Chancellor, Makerere University, Uganda
Raquel Isamara León de la Rosa, Professor and Researcher, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), Mexico
10:50 - 11:00ISAS Award Ceremony [More Info]
11:00 - 11:30Break (networking, posters and exhibits) [More Info]
11:30 - 12:45I.a En el camino hacia la ciencia abierta: componentes básicos para una política institucional (Session in Spanish) Columbus Association [More Info]
Daniel Samoilovich, Executive Director , Asociación Columbus
Paola Andrea Ramírez, Consultant, Colombia
Ygnacio Martínez Laguna, Vice-Rector, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), Mexico
Paulo Jorge Ferreira, Rector, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
I.b: Towards sustainable societies with higher education [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, President, Siam University, Thailand, IAU Vice-president
Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana
Pastora Martínez Samper, Vice President for Globalization and Cooperation, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Spain
Tor Halvorsen, Associate Professor, University of Bergen, Norway
Stacy Kennedy, Director of Development, Universty West Indies (UWI), Jamaica
I.c: Transformations in teaching and learning [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Carmen Z. Lamagna, Vice-Chancellor, American International University - Bangladesh (AIUB), and IAU Board member
Tolga Turker, Program Director- Eastern Europe, Eurasia and Russia, University of Arizona- Global, USA
May Maalouf, Professor of English Literature, Lebanese University--Lebanon
Fernando M. Remião, Associate Professor with habilitation, University of Porto, Portugal
Craig Shealy, Professor and Executive Director, James Madison University and International Beliefs and Values Institute, United States
I.d: Towards a new Magna Charta Universitatum for the future by Magna Charta Observatory (MCO) [More Info]
David Lock, Secretary General , Magna Charta Observatory
Eva Egron-Polak, Council member, Magna Charta Observatory &, Former Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU)
12:45 - 13:45Lunch (networking, posters and exhibits)
13:45 - 15:00Plenary Session II: Between tradition and innovation [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Roberto Escalante Semerena, Secretary-General, Association of Universities of Latin America & the Caribbean (UDUAL), Mexico - IAU Deputy Board Member
Philip Landon, Vice-President, Governance and Programs, Universities Canada
Rosa G. Montes Miró, Director of International Education Centre, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), Mexico
Manikrao M. Salunkhe, President, Association of Indian Universities (AIU), India
15:00 - 15:30Break (networking, posters and exhibits) [More Info]
15:30 - 16:45II.a: Qualification recognition and credentials in the digital era [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Inga Zaleniene, Rector, Mykolas Romeris University
Judith Eaton , President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), US
Andreas Corcoran, Deputy Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU)
Francisco Maldonado Altieri, Member of the Board of Directors of the Groningen Declaration Network & , Registrar of Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), México
Fridrika Hardardottir, Director International Office, University of Iceland, Iceland, and AURORA universities network
II.b: Is financing shaping the future of higher education? [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Vice Chancellor, United States International University-Africa
Isabella Coetzee, Deputy Vice Chancellor: Student Affairs and Extracurricular development, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
Antoni Cahner, General Manager, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Spain
Pradeep Choudhury, Assistant Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
II.c: Research systems and equitable access to knowledge [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Pierre André Pierre, President, Université Notre-Dame d’Haiti – UNDH, Haiti
Noor Hayaty Abu Kasim, Dean of Research Cluster, Malaysia
Paola Virginia Suárez Ávila, Full time Researcher , Center for Research on North America -UNAM , Mexico
Lesley Wilson, Secretary General, European University Association (EUA)
II.d: Internationalization of higher education - an institutional perspective, by the Romanian National Council of Rectors [More Info]
Remus Pricopie, Rector, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration
Adrian Curaj, General Director , Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI), Romania
Sorin Mihai Cimpeanu, President , Romanian National Council of Rectors, Romania
Celso Garrido, Professor at the Economic Department, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (UAM), México
16:45 - 18:00Plenary III: Aiming higher in a transforming world [More Info]
19:00 - 21:00Conference dinner

Friday 15 November 2019
09:00 - 10:30Plenary Session IV: Creating the future of higher education (Designing solutions) [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Marta Losada Falk, Former President, Antonio Nariño University (UAN), Bogotá, Colombia, and IAU Board member
Francisco Marmolejo, Lead Education Specialist for India, The World Bank Group
Mirvat Bulbul, Vice President for Administrative and Financial Affairs, Birzeit University, Palestine
Sebastian Camargo Martinez, PhD Candidate , Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), Mexico
Andrew Deeks, President, University College Dublin, Ireland, and IAU Board member
10:30 - 11:00Break (networking, posters and exhibits) [More Info]
11:00 - 12:30III.a: New bridges between university, society & the world of work [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Mirta M. Martin, President, Fairmont State University, USA
Romeela Mohee, Education Specialist: Higher Education , Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada
Balázs Vince Nagy, Vice-Rector for International Affairs , Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) Hungary
Marcelo Knobel, Rector, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
Hassan Rashid Al-Derham, President, Qatar University
III.b: Global engagement (internationalization) and the local mission of universities [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Hans de Wit, Director, ‘Center for International Higher Education’ (CIHE) , Boston College, USA
Markus Kajanto, Head of Planning, University of Helsinki, Finland
Jocelyne Gacel-Avila, General coordinator, the Regional Observatory on Internationalization and Networks in Tertiary Education (OBIRET), University of Guadalajara, Mexico
Peter Mascher, Associate Vice-President, International Affairs, McMaster University, Canada
Youmin Xi, Executive President, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China
III.c: Competencies for a transforming world [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Pam Fredman, President, International Association of Universities (IAU)
Myriam Moïse, Secretary General, Universities Caribbean, Jamaica
Elizabeth Sfeir, Assistant Professor - HOD Management, Université Antonine, Lebanon
Kulsariyeva Aktolkyn, Vice-rector for Research and International Affairs, Kazakh National Pedagogical University, Republic of Kazakhstan
Anne Friederike Delouis, Vice-President for International Relations - Europe, University of Orléans, France
III.d Innovative approaches & partnerships to strengthen cooperation between universities and UN to implement the SDGs. Partner session by UNODC & UNESCO [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Bianca Kopp, Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes, Vienna
Gloria Ramirez Hernandez, Chair holder of the UNESCO Chair on Human Rights, UNAM, Mexico (tbc)
Sevim Saadat, Lecturer, University College Lahore, Pakistan
Sergey Sayapin, Professor, KIMEP University, Kazakhstan
Daniel Malan, Director of Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa, University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa
12:30 - 13:30Lunch (networking, posters and exhibits)
13:30 - 15:00Conference closing
15:00 - 18:00Green Campus Tour BUAP [More Info]