IAU 2017 International Conference
IAU 2017 International Conference

Leadership for a changing public-private higher education funding landscape

The 2017 IAU International Conference will focus on the role, responsibilities, expectations and needs of higher education leaders – rectors, presidents, but also deans and department heads in higher education in this new and shifting landscape when faced with the changing nature of higher education that comes with a more blurred notion of public and private. Speakers will be drawn from both mostly public, and mostly or wholly private higher education institutions. In addition, IAU will draw on institutions where the shift from predominantly one side of the spectrum (either public or private) to the other has taken place to learn about these transitions and transformations.

The continuous growth in demand for higher education, the policies that focus on limiting public spending, the increased commercialization of education and the arguments that higher education has a greater private than public return on investment are all factors, among others, that contribute to the expansion of the place of private sector funding of higher education worldwide. This is true not only of higher education that is completely privately provided but also of higher education offered in public universities. The share of operating costs that are covered through tuition fees has and continues to grow in many parts of the world, and fund-raising, philanthropy and public private partnerships in the higher education sector are all gaining in importance even in nations where such practices do not have a long tradition or a favorable fiscal environment.

The impacts and challenges of this shifting or blurring of the public and private spheres and the pressure for changing the funding mix when it comes to higher education and research are manifold. At the system level, they raise questions of the very definition of what is a public or private university, questions about the regulatory and accountability frameworks that governs each type of institution universities, questions with regard to quality and recognition, for students the issues are about accessibility, participation and retention. As well, this changing public – private landscape can influence the profile of individual institutions and the disciplinary mix or curricula that they offer, what academic skills they provide, the students they wish or are able to attract, the relationship they build with communities and potential employers. These changes can have a profound impact on research both in terms of focus, scope, dissemination or results and ownership.

In some fundamental ways, this blurring of boundaries between public and private higher education raises, once again, the fundamental questions about the goals and purposes of higher education for the individual, for the nation and for society.

In all respects, these changes, taking place in most higher education systems worldwide, albeit in different degrees, bring new demands and new challenges for the institutional leadership at all levels. In some ways, they are redefining the role of the higher education leader.

Preliminary Programme
Wednesday 18 October 2017
14:00 - 17:00On-site Registration [More Info]
18:00-19:00Inaugural ceremony [More Info]
Pam Fredman, IAU President and Former Rector, Göteborg University, Sweden
Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana
Leadership for a changing public-private higher education funding landscape [More Info]
Pedro Teixeira, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, University de Porto, Portugal
19:00 - 20:00Welcome reception [More Info]

Thursday 19 October 2017
8:00 - 9:00On-site Registration [More Info]
09:00 - 9:30Opening Ceremony [More Info]
Pam Fredman, IAU President and Former Rector, Göteborg University, Sweden
Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana
9:30 - 10:30 Plenary Session I: Roles and expectations for and of higher education leaders today [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana
Marta Losada Falk, President, Antonio Nariño University (UAN), Bogotá, Colombia, and IAU Board member
Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi, President, University of Tehran, Iran, and IAU Board member
10:30 - 11:00Break [More Info]
11:00 - 12:30I.a: Tensions between academic, economic and social missions of HE [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Maria de Fátima Marinho, Vice-Rector for Cooperation and Culture, University of Porto, Portugal, and IAU Board member
N.V. Varghese, Director of the Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education (CPRHE), New Delhi, India
Roberto Escalante Semerena, Secretary-General, Association of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean (UDUAL), Mexico and IAU Board member
Josep M. Vilalta, Executive Secretary, Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) and Executive Director, Global University Network for innovation (GUNi), Spain
I.b: Public or private HEI – different leadership expertise/capacities required? [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Salim Daccache, s.j., Rector, Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Lebanon, and IAU Board member
Piyushi Kotecha, Chief Executive Officer , Southern African Regional University Association (SARUA)
Claire O'Malley, Vice Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange), University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Malaysia
Juan Luis García Alonso, Director of the Centre for Continuing Education and Social Sciences and Humanities , University of Salamanca, Spain
I.c: Impact on governance models of new HE funding realities [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Andrew Deeks, President, University College Dublin, Ireland, and IAU Board member
Siti Hamisah Tapsir, Higher Education Ministry Director-General, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia
Anthony Kahindi Mutune, University Secretary, Strathmore University, Kenya
12:30 - 14:00Lunch and networking
14:00 - 15:30II.a: Corruption in higher education [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Etsuko Katsu, Former Vice President, International, Meiji University, Japan , and IAU Board member
Goolam Mohamedbhai, IAU Honorary President, Former Secretary General, Association of African Universities (AAU), Ghana
Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Immediate Past President, International Association of Universities
II.b: Ethics in curriculum [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Stephen Freedman, Provost, Fordham University, USA
Peter Okebukola, Departement of Science and Technology Education, Lagos State University, Nigeria
Fiona Stewart-Knight, Director of the School of Work Based Education, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, United Kingdom
II.c: Academic integrity in a competitive higher education landscape [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Inga Zaleniene, Vice-Rector for Education and Research, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania, and IAU Board member
Ernest Aryeetey, Secretary General, African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and Former IAU Board Member
II.d: Value based leadership and mindset change as catalysts for building effective universities [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Sijbolt Noorda, President, Magna Charta Observatory, Italy
Olive Mugenda, Former Vice-chancellor, Kenyatta University, Kenya and former IAU Board Member
Thomas Munthali, Director, Knowledge and Learning , Africa Capacity Building Foundation, Zimbabwe
David Lock, Secretary-General , Magna Charta Observatory
15:30 - 16:00Break [More Info]
16:00 - 17:00About IAU [More Info]
17:00 - 18:00Plenary Session II: Higher education and research: ethical challenges for a transforming world [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Carmen Z. Lamagna, Vice-Chancellor, American International University - Bangladesh (AIUB), and IAU Board member
Mary Teuw Niane, Minister, Higher Education and Research, Senegal
Francisco Marmolejo, Lead, Global Solutions Group on Tertiary Education and Lead Education Specialist for India, The World Bank Group
19:00Conference dinner [More Info]

Friday 20 October 2017
09:00 - 10:00Plenary Session III: Institutional and societal expectations of higher education leadership [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Remus Pricopie, Rector, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania, and IAU Board member
David Atchoarena, Director, Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems (ED/PLS), UNESCO
Beatrice Njenga, Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, African Union Commission
Javier Botero Alvarez, Lead Education Specialist at the World Bank and Former Vice-Minister of Higher Education, Colombia
10:00 - 10:30Break [More Info]
10:30 - 12:00III.a: Changing student demand and expectations – inclusive access, secure future, student-based learning [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Helge Schwitters, President, European Students' Union (ESU)
Peter Kwasi Kodjie, Secretary General, All Africa Student Union (AASU)
Catherine M. Millett, Chair of the Executive Committee, Global Access to Post-secondary Education (GAPS), USA
Natalie Cruz, Instructor - Advising and Academic Development, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
III.b: Impact of competition, rankings and other ‘market’ forces on the development of higher education institutions [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Vice-Chancellor, United States International University-Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, and IAU Board member
Noorsaadah Abdul Rahman, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), University of Malaya, Malaysia
William Cheaib, Chief of Staff and Associate Vice-President, International, Concordia University, Canada
César Wazen, Director, scholarships and partnerships office, Qatar University, Qatar
III.c: Case studies session: 1. AGU - a hybrid model institution in Turkey 2. Managing the Paradox of Public- Private Funding, Bangladesh 3. Bridging the financing gap, Kenya [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Sultan Abu-Orabi, Secretary General, Association of Arab Universities, Jordan , and IAU Board member
İhsan Sabuncuoğlu, Founding Rector , Abdullah Gul University, Turkey
Mohamed Emran Hossain, Director (Administration), Daffodil International University (DIU), Bangladesh
Johnson Ireri Kinyua, Director of Advancement, University of Nairobi, Kenya
12:00 - 13:00Conference closing [More Info]
Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana
Pam Fredman, IAU President and Former Rector, Göteborg University, Sweden