IAU 2018 International Conference
IAU 2018 International Conference
Higher education partnerships for societal impact

IAU believes that higher education institutions (HEIs) play an important role in the development of societies. Universities are educating tomorrow’s citizens, thought leaders, decision-makers, business leaders, innovators.  Through research, new knowledge is constantly being generated.  Gearing education and research towards addressing societal needs and challenges will help define and develop the solutions that are to be implemented to address the challenges the world faces today.

The UNESCO publication, Rethinking Education: Towards a global common good, stresses that: Given the need for sustainable development in an increasingly interdependent world, education and knowledge should be considered global common goods. Inspired by the value of solidarity grounded in our common humanity, the principle of knowledge and education as global common goods has implications for the roles and responsibilities of the diverse stakeholders.”

Higher education is one such stakeholder and an important one.  It can and should not operate in isolation; on the contrary, HE is a key driver for change and innovation in and for the societies in which it operates. 

Higher education institutions engage with society and in a variety of ways.  Partnerships with civil society, the private sector, the local authorities and decision-makers or between HEIs take on numerous forms and shapes. The kind of partnership developed and the way it is managed impact on the ways in which universities contribute to the development of their societies, as do the national context, the type of institution they are and the specific challenges they face.

By focusing the IAU 2018 International Conference on the theme Higher education partnerships for societal impact, the Association invites its members, the global higher education communities, and their partners to reflect on and discuss their mandate and social responsibility, while presenting different forms of partnerships adopted around the world and for what societal impact. The conference will also be a venue to discuss the challenges and obstacles related to delivering on the third mission of universities.

In the plenary sessions, keynote speakers will address and discuss the topic and frame the discussions from a conceptual perspective; the three series of breakout sessions will include examples of HE partnerships aiming for societal impact. The break-out sessions will allow for discussion and exchange among peers and hopefully inspire new partnerships around the world.

IAU invites higher education leaders and experts to join the conference in Kuala Lumpur, to take part in the discussions, share ideas, get inspired by peers and develop new ways to ensure that HEIs can make a difference at the societal level.

Preliminary Programme
Tuesday 13 November 2018
14:00 - 17:30On-site Registration [More Info]
15:00 - 17:00Site visit at University of Malaya [More Info]
17:30-18:30Inaugural ceremony: Higher education partnerships for societal impact [More Info]
18:30 - 19:30Welcome reception [More Info]

Wednesday 14 November 2018
8:00 - 9:00On-site Registration [More Info]
09:00 - 9:30Opening Ceremony [More Info]
Pam Fredman, President, International Association of Universities (IAU)
Abdul Rahim Hashim, Vice-Chancellor, University of Malaya, Malaysia
9:30 - 11:00 Plenary Session I: The role of higher education: a global common good ? [More Info]
Rita Locatelli, UNESCO Chair on Human Rights and Ethics of International Cooperation, University of Bergamo, Italy
Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Malaysia
Peter Wells (Tbc), Chief of Higher Education Section, UNESCO
11:00 - 11:30Break [More Info]
11:30 - 13:00I.a: Responsible research [More Info]
Koen Jonkers, Deputy Head of Unit, Innovation Systems Analysis Unit, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Belgium
I.b: Internationalization for societal impact [More Info]
Lee G. Sternberger, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs and Executive Director, Center for Global Engagement, James Madison Universities, USA
Ebenezer Oduro Owusu (tbc), Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana
Mohamed Loutfi (tbc), Pro Vice-Chancellor (International)​​, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales
I.c: Case studies: community engagement [More Info]I.d: Living Values for Sustainable Partnerships and Societal Impact (Magna Charta Observatory) [More Info]
Sijbolt Noorda, President, Magna Charta Observatory, Italy
David Lock, Secretary General , Magna Charta Observatory
13:00 - 14:00Lunch and networking
14:00 - 15:30II.a: Financing higher education for the global common good? [More Info]
Francisco Marmolejo, Lead, Global Solutions Group on Tertiary Education and Lead Education Specialist for India, The World Bank Group
Claire Callender, Deputy Director, Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), UCL Institute of Education and Birkbeck, United Kingdom
II.b: Digital transformation: higher education and society [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Remus Pricopie, Rector, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania, and IAU Board member
Daniel Riera i Terrén, Faculty of IT, Multimedia and Communication , Open University of Catalonia (UOC), Spain
II.c: Case studies: Private sector engagement [More Info]
Encik Johan Mahmood Merican, Deputy Director General (Human Capital) of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU), Prime Minister Department, Malaysia
II.d: Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development: Partnerships between campus and community (United Nations University (UNU-IAS)) [More Info]
15:30 - 16:00Break [More Info]
16:00 - 17:00About IAU [More Info]
17:00 - 18:00Plenary Session II: Adapting to or shaping a transforming world? [More Info]
John Thwaites, Chairman, Monash Sustainable Development Institute & ClimateWorks, Australia
Outi Snellman, Vice-President Organisation, UArctic, hosted by University of Lapland, Finland
Mandla Makhanya, Vice-Chancellor, University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa
20:00Conference dinner [More Info]

Thursday 15 November 2018
09:00 - 10:30Plenary Session III: Social responsibility and engagement - the way forward [More Info]
Isabel Menezes, Centre for Research and Intervention in Education, University of Porto, Portugal
10:30 - 11:00Break [More Info]
11:00 - 12:30III.a: Teaching and learning for societal impact [More Info]
Lesley Wilson, Secretary General , European University Association (EUA)
Marta Losada Falk, President, Antonio Nariño University (UAN), Bogotá, Colombia, and IAU Board member
David Edwards (tbc), General Secretary , Education International, Belgium
III.b: Sustainable Development through multistakeholder collaboration [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, President, Siam University, Thailand, IAU Vice-president
Ushio Miura (Tbc), Programme Specialist , UNESCO Asia & Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Thailand
Dag Rune Olsen, Rector, University of Bergen, Norway
III.c: Case studies: informing policy development [More Info]
Mazlan Othman , Director, International Council for Science Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP), Malaysia
III.d: Engagement and social commitment, from local to global initiatives (Global University Network of Innovation) [More Info]
Josep M. Vilalta, Executive Secretary, Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) and Executive Director, Global University Network for innovation (GUNi), Spain
12:30 - 13:30Lunch and networking
13:30-15:00Conference closing [More Info]
Hilligje van't Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU)
20:00-22:00Music Recital at the University of Malaya [More Info]