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]
Khoo Kay Kim, Malaysian Renowned Historian and Recipient of Malaysia Eminent Scholar Award, 2016, Malaysia
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]
Chair/ Moderator: Hilligje van't Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU)
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
High level representative UNESCO (tbc)
11:00 - 11:30Break [More Info]
11:30 - 13:00I.a: Responsible research [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Inga Zaleniene, Vice-Rector for Education and Research, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania, and IAU Board member
Koen Jonkers, Deputy Head of Unit, Innovation Systems Analysis Unit, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Belgium
Charles C. Villanueva, Senior Asso. Vice President, Center for Research, Planning & Development, American International University – Bangladesh
Marta Losada Falk, President, Antonio Nariño University (UAN), Bogotá, Colombia, and IAU Board member
I.b: Internationalization for societal impact [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Maria de Fátima Marinho, Vice-Rector for Cooperation and Culture, University of Porto, Portugal, and IAU Board member
Lee G. Sternberger, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs and Executive Director, Center for Global Engagement, James Madison Universities, USA
Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana
Mohamed Loutfi, Council member, Magna Charta Observatory
I.c: Case studies: community engagement [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Salim Daccache, s.j., Rector, Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Lebanon, and IAU Board member
Nthabiseng Audrey Ogude, Dean and Professor of Science Education, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Charles A. Hopkins, UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability, York University, Canada
Victor Narzary, Assistant Professor, Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) , India
Vincent A. Ankamah-Lomotey, Deputy Registrar, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
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]
Chair/ Moderator: Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Vice-Chancellor, United States International University-Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, and IAU Board member
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]
Chair/ Moderator: Carmen Z. Lamagna, Vice-Chancellor, American International University - Bangladesh (AIUB), and IAU Board member
Johan Mahmood Merican, Deputy Director General (Human Capital) of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU), Prime Minister Department, Malaysia
Peter Mascher, Associate Vice-President, International Affairs, McMaster University, Canada
Ahmad Reza Sharfat, Senior Adviser to Chancellor in International Affairs, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran
II.d: Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development: Partnerships between campus and community (United Nations University (UNU-IAS)) [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Mario Tabucanon, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, United Nations University (UNU), Japan
Hirofumi Abe, RCE Okayama, Japan
Puji Astuti, RCE Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Munirah Ghazali, RCE Penang, Malaysia
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]
Chair/ Moderator: Andrew Deeks, President, University College Dublin, Ireland, and IAU Board member
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]
Chair/ Moderator: Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Immediate Past President, International Association of Universities
Isabel Menezes, Centre for Research and Intervention in Education, University of Porto, Portugal
Henning Jensen Pennington, Rector, University of Costa Rica
Sina Meraji, Computer Science undergraduate student, University of Malaya, Malaysia
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)
Quinn Runkle, Education for Sustainable Development Programme Manager, Department for Sustainability, National Union of Students (NUS), UK
III.b: Sustainable Development through multistakeholder collaboration [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, President, Siam University, Thailand, IAU Vice-president
Ushio Miura, Programme Specialist , UNESCO Asia & Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Thailand
Dag Rune Olsen, Rector, University of Bergen, Norway
Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi, President, University of Tehran, Iran, and IAU Board member
III.c: Case studies: informing policy development [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Roberto Escalante Semerena, Secretary-General, Association of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean (UDUAL), Mexico - IAU Board member
Mazlan Othman , Director, International Council for Science Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP), Malaysia
Ibtihal El Bastawissi, Dean, Faculty of Architecture - Design & Built Environment, Beirut Arab University, Lebanon
Ivan Maly, Vice-Rector, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Masato Kitani, Managing Director, The Japan Association of National Universities (JANU), Japan
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
Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Immediate Past President, International Association of Universities
Rajesh Tandon, Founder, Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), India
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]