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 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.

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Preliminary Programme
Wednesday 13 November 2019
18:00 - 19:00Inaugural ceremony: Transforming Higher Education for the Future [More Info]
19:00 - 20:00Welcome reception [More Info]

Thursday 14 November 2019
09:00 - 9:30Conference Opening [More Info]
José Alfonso Esparza Ortiz, Rector, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico
Pam Fredman, President, International Association of Universities (IAU)
09:30 - 11:00Plenary Session I: Rethinking higher education in a transforming world [More Info]
Keri Facer, Professor of Educational & Social Futures, University of Bristol, UK
Jordan Naidoo, Director of the Division for Education 2030 Support and Coordination, UNESCO (tbc)
Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice-Chancellor, Makerere University, Uganda (tbc)
11:00 - 11:30Break (networking, posters and exhibits) [More Info]
11:30 - 12:45I.a: Rethinking higher education in a transforming world - Round table debate I.b: Towards sustainable societies with higher education [More Info]
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
I.c: Transformations in teaching and learning [More Info]
Open call for proposals - Deadline for submissions - 15 April
I.d: Partner session 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]
Paul Davidson, President and CEO, Universities Canada (tbc)
Kit Poon, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, China (tbc)
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]
Judith Eaton , President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), US
Peter Wells, Chief of the Section for Higher Education, UNESCO
II.b: Is financing shaping the future of higher education? [More Info]
Open call for proposals - Deadline for submissions - 15 April
II.c: Research systems and equitable access to knowledge [More Info]
Open call for proposals - Deadline for submissions - 15 April
II.d: Partner session
16:45 - 18:00Plenary III: Values for the future of higher education [More Info]
18:00 - 19:00Networking, relaxing & entertainment
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]
Mirvat Bulbul, Vice President for Administrative and Financial Affairs, Birzeit University, Palestine
Andrew Deeks, President, University College Dublin, Ireland, and IAU Board member
Francisco Marmolejo, Lead Education Specialist for India, The World Bank Group
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]
Nina Arnhold, Senior Education Specialist, Worldbank (tbc)
Michaela Martin, Programme Specialist, Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), UNESCO (tbc)
III.b: Global engagement (internationalization) and the local mission of universities [More Info]
David Julien, Executive Director, Inter-american Organization for Higher Education (IOHE), Canada
III.c: Competences for a transforming world [More Info]
Open call for proposals - Deadline for submissions - 15 April
III.d Inspire. Change. Together. Partner session by UNODC & UNESCO [More Info]
12:30 - 13:30Lunch (networking, posters and exhibits)
13:30 - 15:00Conference closing