IAU 2017 International Conference
 
IAU 2017 International Conference

Presentations are now available! 

IAU thanks all participants for a highly successful IAU 2017 International Conference in Accra Ghana (18-20 October 2017). 

The Conference presentations are now online, you may simply click on the name of the speaker in the programme and then click on 'Download presentation'.

We look forward to hopefully welcoming you to the IAU 2018 International Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 13-15 November 2018



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
18:00-19:00Inaugural ceremony
Pam Fredman, IAU President and Former Rector, Göteborg University, Sweden
Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana
18:15 - 19:00Leadership for a changing public-private higher education funding landscape
Pedro Teixeira, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, University de Porto, Portugal
19:00 - 20:00Welcome reception

Thursday 19 October 2017
8:00 - 9:00On-site Registration
09:00 - 10:00Opening Ceremony
Pam Fredman, IAU President and Former Rector, Göteborg University, Sweden
Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana
Kwesi Yankah, Minister of State for Tertiary Education, Ghana
Hilligje van't Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU)
10:00 - 10:30Break and group photo
10:30 - 11:30 Plenary Session I: Roles and expectations for and of higher education leaders today
Chair/ Moderator: Kwame Offei, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic & Student Affairs), University of Ghana
Chair/ Moderator: Francis Dodoo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Development), 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
John Owusu Gyapong, Vice-Chancellor, University of Health and Allied Sciences, HO, Ghana
11:30 - 13:00I.a: Tensions between academic, economic and social missions of HE
Chair/ Moderator: Maria de Fátima Marinho, Vice-Rector for Cooperation and Culture, University of Porto, Portugal, and IAU Board member
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
Fred Awaah, Director, Student Services of the Africa Regional Office of GUNi-Africa
I.b: Public or private HEI – different leadership expertise/capacities required?
Chair/ Moderator: Mohammed Salifu, Executive Secretary, National Council of Tertiary Education, Ghana
Claire O'Malley, Vice Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange), University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Malaysia
Pierre André Pierre, President, Université Notre-Dame d’Haiti – UNDH, Haiti
Kebede Kassa Tsegaye, Director, Research and Knowledge Management Office (RaKMO) , St. Mary's University Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
I.c: Impact on governance models of new HE funding realities
Chair/ Moderator: Andrew Deeks, President, University College Dublin, Ireland, and IAU Board member
Anthony Kahindi Mutune, University Secretary, Strathmore University, Kenya
Godehard Ruppert, President, University of Bamberg, Germany, and IAU Board member
13:00 - 14:00Lunch and networking
14:00 - 15:30II.a: Corruption in higher education
Chair/ Moderator: Elaine Meyer-Lee, President of the Board of Directors, NAFSA, USA
Goolam Mohamedbhai, IAU Honorary President, Former Secretary General, Association of African Universities (AAU), Ghana
Elena Denisova-Schmidt, Lecturer for Russian Culture and Society , University of St.Gallen, Switzerland (video presentation)
Remus Pricopie, Rector, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania, and IAU Board member
II.b: Ethics in curriculum
Chair/ Moderator: Stephen Freedman, Provost, Fordham University, USA
Catherine A. Odora Hoppers, DST/NRF South African Research  Chair in Development Education & PASCAL International Observatory, University of South Africa,South Africa
Fred Awaah, Director, Student Services of the Africa Regional Office of GUNi-Africa
II.c: Academic integrity in a competitive higher education landscape
Chair/ Moderator: Inga Zaleniene, Vice-Rector for Education and Research, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania, and IAU Board member
Speaker: Sam Blay, Deputy Principal (Academic) and Professor of Law, Sydney City School of Law, Australia
II.d: Value based leadership and mindset change as catalysts for building effective universities
Chair/ Moderator: Sijbolt Noorda, President, Magna Charta Observatory (MCO)
David Lock, Secretary-General , Magna Charta Observatory
15:30 - 16:00Break
16:00 - 17:00About IAU
Hilligje van't Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU)
17:00 - 18:00Plenary Session II: Higher education and research: ethical challenges for a transforming world
Chair/ Moderator: Carmen Z. Lamagna, Vice-Chancellor, American International University - Bangladesh (AIUB), and IAU Board member
Sijbolt Noorda, President, Magna Charta Observatory (MCO)
Mahama Duweijua, Former Executive Secretary, National Council of Tertiary Education, Ghana
19:00Conference dinner

Friday 20 October 2017
09:00 - 10:00Plenary Session III: Institutional and societal expectations of higher education leadership
Chair/ Moderator: Remus Pricopie, Rector, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania, and IAU Board member
Eva Egron-Polak, Former Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU)
Kwame Boasiako Omane-Antwi, Vice Rector and Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, , Pentecost University College (PUC), Ghana
Georges Malamoud, Advisor to the Rector , AUF – Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie
10:00 - 10:30Break
10:30 - 12:00III.a: Changing student demand and expectations – inclusive access, secure future, student-based learning
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
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
Awel Uwihanganye, Lead on Concordia University’s Africa Initiative, 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
Chair/ Moderator: Ranbir Singh, Vice-Chancellor, National Law University, Delhi, India
İhsan Sabuncuoğlu, Founding Rector , Abdullah Gul University, Turkey
Mohamed Emran Hossain, Director (Administration), Daffodil International University (DIU), Bangladesh
12:00 - 13:00Conference closing
Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana
Pam Fredman, IAU President and Former Rector, Göteborg University, Sweden
Hilligje van't Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU)