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➨ Session III Book Launch and Closure of IAU 70th Anniversary Year

Thursday, 9 December 2021 | Time: 14:30 - 16:00 CET (13:30 - 15:00 UTC)



For the past seventy years, IAU has provided a global forum for debate, exchange and cooperation to leaders of higher education institutions and associations. This third and final book launching webinar of The Promise of Higher Education - which also marks the end of the 70 years celebrations of IAU - is dedicated to the IAU community. It will focus on its mission and significant activities and events over time and how it bridges cultures in its quest to promote academic partnerships and solidarity across diverse societies and political systems.

The session will include personal and institutional accounts of the internationalization dynamic as well as value-driven interventions and their impact on good governance in higher education globally. In short, we will discuss how the IAU’s last seventy years has helped shape the agenda for the future.

➨ You may even win a book! As a bonus, our sponsor Springer is organising a raffle with 10 prizes on offer. Winners can choose either a print or Ebook from the higher education segment.


Did you miss a webinar?

The first and second webinars in the series are available on the IAU YouTube channel.



- Speakers:

  • Pavel Zgaga, Professor of Philosophy of Education, University of Ljubljana
  • Laura E. Rumbley, Associate Director, Knowledge Development and Research at the European Association for International Education (EAIE)
  • Hans de Wit, Professor and Former Director of the ‘Center for International Higher Education’ (CIHE) at Boston College
  • Pankaj Mittal, Secretary General of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU)
  • Outi Snellman, Vice-President at the University of the Arctic
  • Amr Salama, Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities
  • Roberto Escalante Semerena, Secretary-General, Association of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean (UDUAL)
  • Stefania Giannini (tbc), Assistant Director-General for Education (UNESCO)
  • [Juan Ramón de la Fuente (tbc)], Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN and Former IAU President


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Recordings of previous sessions (2020-2021) can be accessed here.

WEBINAR RECORDINGS

➨ Language-Based Equity in African Health Research

Date: Tuesday 30th November | Time: 14:00 – 15:30 (CET)

The event was organised by Wellcome and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), and supported by IAU.

- Chair: Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General
- Speakers:

  • Dr Aaron Yarmoshuk, Independent Consultant & Adjunct Lecturer, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Dr Doreen Mloka, Senior Lecturer, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania
  • Dr Beatrice Antonio-Françoise, University of Mauritius

Of the 1.33 billion people in Africa, only 6.5 million are native English speakers. However, English has been referred to as the dominant global language of scientific communication and publication, which raises efficacy and equity concerns.

The Wellcome-commissioned research study sought to determine whether the status of English as the dominant language of science is contributing to wider structural inequalities within health science research. The full study report and policy brief are available in English, and translated versions in French, Portuguese, Arabic and Swahili are available here.

During the webinar, speakers from the research team, led by Dr Aaron Yarmoshuk, Independent Consultant and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto, presented the key findings and recommendations from the language equity study. External global experts also took part in the conversation.

Full programme: https://www.acu.ac.uk/acu-events/language-based-equity-african-health-research/

The recording will be available soon.



➨ IAU-UNODC Higher Education Engages with SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Date: Tuesday 23rd November | Time: 14:00 – 15:30 (CET)

Following a call for young scholars to carry out research linked to SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions by the IAU and UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), this webinar and roundtable is the occasion to launch the publication of their outcomes and to discuss how research contributes to addressing SDG 16.

The 13 authors of the 12 winning papers were announced during this joint IAU-UNODC webinar on 23 November. The event was an occasion to meet the writers and launch the publication ‘Higher Education engages with SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions’.

A roundtable and Q&A followed where authors and participants discussed the themes addressed in their papers.

Download the publication with all 12 papers



➨ Session II Book Launch - The Promise of Higher Education and its Future

Date: Thursday 21th October | Time: 14:30 – 16:00 (CEST)

What does the future hold for universities, staff and students?

What will students need to become active members of society and solve political, social, and cultural challenges? How will universities foster critical thinking, future creativity, and personal development? What will universities look like? In short, how will higher education unlock further potential to serve the common good and empower humanity?

Learn how universities will actively shape a sustainable future and how they will have to adapt as institutions. A discussion and Q&A will follow the presentations.

- Chair: Andreas Corcoran, IAU Deputy Secretary General

- Speakers:

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➨ Session I Book Launch - Coding the Values in a Changing Higher Education Landscape

Date: Tuesday 19th October | Time: 14:30 – 16:00 (CEST)

The focus of this session is to revisit the values fostered by the IAU and critically reflect on what they might mean in the 21st century, how higher education features as a common good, and whether it really fosters progress, fairness, diversity and inclusion. How do the values and the mission of the university fare in the face of current challenges, and how can universities safeguard their integrity over time while imparting change? In short, the discussion will centre around how universities react, adapt and actively shape values-based transformation for better and more sustainable societies.

The book and launch event benefit from support from SNSPA, Romania.

- Chair: Remus Pricopie, IAU Vice-President and Rector National University of Political and Administrative Studies, Romania

- Speakers:

  • Jo Beall, Emeritus Professor and Distinguished Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK
  • Sjur Bergan, Head of Education Department, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France
  • Andrew J. Deeks, President, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Manja Klemenčič, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Mandla S. Makhanya, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Saulius Spurga, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania

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➨ HEALTH AND WELL-BEING IN HIGHER EDUCATION – THE IMPACT OF THE PANDEMIC

Date: Tuesday 12th October | Time: 14:30 – 16:00 (CEST)

Education International (EI), IAU, and Polytechnic University of Milan (POLIMI) invite you to an engaging and interactive seminar to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the work and study conditions of university staff and students during the pandemic and how this has affected their health and well-being.

The sudden shift to remote teaching and learning, research, and administration has transformed the way in which staff and students work. For some, it resulted in an increased workload, disorientation and social isolation leading to stress and anxiety; for others it has paved the way to new working modalities and opportunities.

This seminar will bring together university leaders, staff, students, and experts to discuss how well-being in the higher education sector globally has been affected by the pandemic, what steps are being taken to accompany the shift in working conditions, and what can be done at universities to promote healthier work and learning environments. A plenary session will introduce the seminar followed by breakout sessions of small groups to encourage effective collaboration and exchange. This seminar will thus convene participants from around the world to share their experiences and inform about best practices and initiatives in their institutions.

- Speakers:

  • David Robinson, Executive Director, Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), Canada.
  • Tania Freire de Mello, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil.
  • Licia Sbattella, Rector’s Delegate for Psychological Diseases, POLIMI, Italy.
  • Amilcar Sanatan, Global Student Forum, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Ramneek Ahluwalia, CEO, Higher Health South Africa.
  • Oumar Dia, Syndicat unitaire et démocratique des enseignants du Sénégal (SUDES), Senegal.


➨ UNIVERSITY AUTONOMY FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE | 21 September 2021

University autonomy is not only a fundamental value that universities sign on to, but it is also a key requirement that needs to be put into practice to ensure a well-functioning governance. Autonomy allows universities to reply in a timely manner to challenges and opportunities and to be more flexible and effective in taking and implementing decisions. It also allows them to plan long term and to be less dependent on political changes. This webinar was co-organised by IAU and UNIMED: Mediterranean Universities Union as part of the event UNIMED Week in Brussels 2021. Rectors from the Mediterranean, Latin America and Asia shared their experiences on how university autonomy ensures good governance.

- Speakers:

- Moderator:



➨ HIGHER EDUCATION AND RESEARCH – HOW UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE WORLD ENGAGE WITH SUSTAINABILITY AND BUILD PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE SDGS | 13 September 2021

IAU organised this session as part of the 9th World Sustainability Forum (WSF) that took place 13-15 September. Experts make a strong case for higher education’s role for sustainable development, and present the work of the IAU on its strategic priority Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) and how it fosters HESD around the world. Strategies for increased collaboration between universities and other higher education institutions around the world are also outlined, supported by presentations from representatives from the IAU Global HESD Cluster. The session focuses specifically on SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing; SDG 4: Quality Education; and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.

- Speakers:

  • Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary-General, IAU.
  • Ole Petter Ottersen, Rector, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden (IAU HESD Cluster on SDG 3).
  • Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Professor, Rhodes University, South Africa (IAU HESD Cluster on SDG 4).
  • Jonghwi Park, Academic Programme Officer and the Head of Innovation and Education at UNU-IAS, United Nations University (IAU partner organisation representative).
  • Rhoda Wanyenze, Professor and Dean, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda (IAU HESD Cluster on SDG 3).

- Moderator:



➨ COVID-19 AND HIGHER EDUCATION, A GLOBAL CONVERSATION | 31 August 2021

Part of the Conference of the Americas on International Education (CAIE), the session is presented by the Inter-American University Organization (OUI-IOHE) in collaboration with the IAU. Giorgio Marinoni, Manager of HE & Internationalization, moderated the session and also presented the results of the second IAU Global Survey on the Impact of Covid-19 on Higher Education Around the World, with a focus on how the pandemic has pushed universities to reconsider their internationalization strategies.

- Speakers:

  • Fernando León García, President, CETYS University, Mexico and President, International Association of University Presidents (IAUP).
  • Tetsuo Morishita, Sophia University and Japan Network for International Education (JAFSA).
  • Dr. Lavern Samuels, Durban University of Technology, South Africa and International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA).

- Moderator:

  • Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, HE & Internationalization, IAU.



➨ TRANSFORMATIVE INNOVATION AND COLLABORATION FOR SDG 12: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION AT UNIVERSITIES | 13 July 2021

Higher Education institutions are uniquely placed to drive new forms of responsible consumption and production needed to achieve pressing SDG 12 targets as well as other SDGs. Autonomous universities act as independent communities capable of combining diverse forms of knowledge with local expertise and global HE partners to reshape themselves and the communities they serve. This integration promotes campus self-sufficiency, resource abundance, and a culture of service while advancing resilient student and community livelihoods in the face of growing risk and uncertainty. Panellists explore institutional and policy changes (such as sustainable procurement), new materials and transformative technologies, efficient and effective resource use, and efforts to create greater circulation. Collaboration so far through the global SDG 12 university cluster will also be explored.

This webinar with the IAU HESD Cluster on SDG 12 is an additional side event to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2021, which took place 6-15 July 2021. SDG 12: Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns is one of the Goals under review this year.

- Panellists:

  • Roger Petry, Professor of Philosophy, Luther College, University of Regina; Co-coordinator, RCE Saskatchewan.
  • Rose Ramkat, Lecturer and Deputy Center leader in the Center of Excellence in Phytochemicals, Textile and Renewable Energy, Moi University, Kenya.
  • Detlev Lindau-Bank, Assistant Professor and Researcher, Vechta University, Germany.
  • Saidatulakmal Mohd, Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Global Sustainability Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia.
  • Ian Vázquez-Rowe, Peruvian Life Cycle Assessment and Industrial Ecology Network (PELCAN), Department of Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

- Moderator:



➨ FAMILY-OWNED AND MANAGED UNIVERSITIES, AN IMPORTANT BUT UNKNOWN GLOBAL PHENOMENON | 15 June 2021

Private higher education is the fastest growing segment of higher education globally and in 2021, a significant force in most of the world. A surprisingly large part of global private postsecondary education consists of institutions owned or managed by families, often with family groups stretching back several generations. These family-owned or managed higher education institutions (FOMHEIs) are as diverse as private higher education itself.

Despite the importance of FOMHEIs, this sector has received no attention from researchers or analysts and the institutions themselves have not conducted any analysis of their role in the broader postsecondary firmament. This webinar is based on the book ‘The Global Phenomenon of Family-Owned and Managed Universities’, the first effort to understand, describe, and analyze FOMHEIs. The heart of the book lays in the case study chapters – these discussions yield important insights about FOMHEIs, including regional and institutional variations, varying patterns of ownership and governance, different family dynamics operating within the institutions and many others.

This webinar includes introductory short presentations by the editors of the book: Philip G. Altbach, Edward Choi, Mathew Allen and Hans de Wit, followed by discussion. In the second part of the webinar, case studies from Armenia, Ethiopia, India, and South Korea are presented, also followed by discussion.

Participants will receive a short article by the book editors as well as a discount on the book.

- Opening & closing remarks:

- Introduction to the theme:

  • Philip G. Altbach, Founding Director & Research Professor, CIHE, Boston College.
  • Edward Choi, PhD graduate CIHE.

- FOMHEIs from a family business perspective:

  • Mathew R. Allen, Associate Professor, Faculty Director for the Institute for Family Entrepreneurship, and Academic Director for the Global Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) Project, Babson College.

- Case studies:

  • Vidya Yeravdekar, Symbiosis International University, India.
  • Arevik Ohanyan, Eurasia International University, Armenia.
  • Edward Choi, Yonsei University, South Korea.
  • Wondwosen Tamrat, President, St. Mary’s University, Ethiopia.

- Q&A:

  • Hans de Wit, Director, CIHE, Boston College.
  • Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, HE and Internationalization Policy and Projects, IAU.



➨ HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP PRACTICES AND LEADERS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE | 8 June 2021

Session co-hosted by IAU and UNICA Network.

2021 is a critical year for higher education and Agenda 2030, including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the world faces multiple crises, universities are the key to healthier, greener, fairer and more inclusive societies. To show a sustainable way forward, we need active engagement from university leadership and strong partnerships to achieve the Goals. This webinar discusses how we can take charge, together, for a more sustainable future.

Drawing on the vast experience and expertise from Members of the IAU and the UNICA network, the webinar demonstrates the crucial role of academic leadership and middle management in mainstreaming sustainable development. Speakers share how leadership best practices for SD have led to successful implementation of the SDGs at their institutions. Besides applying a holistic approach, the role of student leaders and bottom-up processes for sustainability initiatives at universities are also addressed.

- Panellists:

  • Tom Böhling, Vice-Rector, University of Helsinki, Finland.
  • Roger Petry, Professor of Philosophy, Luther College, University of Regina; Co-coordinator, RCE Saskatchewan.
  • Sandra Guarín, Director of International Relations, Antonio Nariño University, Colombia.
  • Ioannis Giapintzakis, Vice-Rector for International Relations, Finance and Administration, University of Cyprus, Cyprus.

- Moderator:



➨ THE CHANGING MISSION OF UNIVERSITIES OVER TIME | 25 May 2021

The idea of a university is one that has been passed on over centuries, and has remained remarkably stable over time. Indeed, the university - in its corporate structure and mission - has been a success model. It is one of the very few institutions in global history having survived the passing of time despite profound political, economic, and cultural transformations - not least during the seventy years of IAU’s existence. In the past and present, universities have shown to be drivers, mediators, and critical observers of change. In doing so, we ask how the universities have come to be contemporarily resilient and adaptable.

Moreover, the mission of universities today is, simply put, to research, teach, and serve society. But this is an evolution that has taken place in stages. This webinar wishes to discuss the changing mission of universities over time, and dares to ask how the university’s past might inform its future.

- Panellists:

  • Sheldon Rothblatt, Professor of History Emeritus and former Director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California - Berkeley, USA.
  • Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Vice-Chancellor, United States International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Christine Musselin, Research Director, CNRS, Sciences Po, France.

- Moderator:

- Q&A and Closing Remarks:



➨ OPEN SCIENCE IN A CLOSED WORLD? | 18 May 2021

This year, UNESCO is preparing a Recommendation on Open Science, a normative instrument that represents a global commitment towards Open Science. In this context, the "In Focus" section of the magazine IAU Horizons explores the current state of Open Science from the perspective of the universities framed by the question: Democratising knowledge: Open Science in a Closed World?

Open Science is not new, but rather an inherent principle of science, but what makes a great difference in the current context is the development of digital technologies that provides new opportunities and tools in terms of how we generate, store, share and disseminate research data and findings. Yet, rethinking the entire ecosystem of science is a complex process. In this session co-organised by IAU and and the Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), we bring together four authors who have contributed to the newly released edition of IAU Horizons to discuss the subject and to launch the magazine.

- Opening:

  • Hans de Wit, Director, Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education.

- Panellists:

  • Anja Smit, University Librarian, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
  • Fernanda Beigel, Principal Researcher, CONICET; Head Professor, National University of Cuyo, Argentina; Chair, Advisory Committee for Open Science, UNESCO.
  • Mathew Vis-Dunbar, Librarian, University of British Columbia, Canada.
  • Wondwosen Tamrat, President, St. Mary’s University, Ethiopia.

- Moderator:

  • Trine Jensen, Manager, HE & Digital Transformation, Publication and Events, IAU.

- Q&A:

  • Gerardo Blanco, Associate Professor & Academic Director, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College

READ THE MAGAZINE



➨ STRATEGIC AND PURPOSEFUL INTERNATIONALIZATION / INTERNACIONALIZACIÓN ESTRATÉGICA CON PROPÓSITO | 11 May 2021 / 11 mayo 2021

Internationalization is an intentional process, not a passive experience. It is not a goal in itself, but a means to enhance quality of higher education in all its aspects, learning & teaching, research and societal engagement. HEIs experience different pressures; they exist in different contexts and have different needs. Therefore, there is no “one size fits all” model or approach for internationalization, rather, each university must develop its own way of internationalizing. Intentional and purposeful internationalization requires a strategic approach which reflects the overall mission and strategy of each institution. At the same time, all HEIs can benefit from the best thinking and good practice from other institutions around the world.

In this webinar distinguished speakers from universities with different characteristics (private and public, small, and large) and from different countries in Latin America and Spain present good practices in strategic and purposeful internationalization. This session showcases examples of how HEIs institutionalize internationalization policies, in line with their institutional objectives, allowing participants to understand the success factors, strengths, and weaknesses of these processes, especially in changing contexts such as the current one due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar also presents the results of the impact evaluation study analysing the effectiveness of the Internationalization Strategy Advisory Services (ISAS) developed by the International Association of Universities, a set of services that encouraged universities to develop or revise their internationalization strategy.



La internacionalización es un proceso intencionado, no una experiencia pasiva. No es un objetivo en sí misma, sino un medio para mejorar la calidad de la educación superior en todos sus aspectos, el aprendizaje y la enseñanza, la investigación y el compromiso con la sociedad. Las IES experimentan diferentes presiones de acuerdo a sus contextos y necesidades. Por lo tanto, no existe un modelo o enfoque de internacionalización que sirva para todos, sino que cada universidad debe desarrollar su propia manera de internacionalizarse. Una internacionalización intencionada y decidida requiere un enfoque estratégico que refleje la misión y la estrategia general de cada institución. Al mismo tiempo, todas las IES pueden beneficiarse de las mejores ideas y buenas prácticas de otras instituciones de todo el mundo.

En este seminario web, distinguidos ponentes de universidades de diferentes características (privadas y públicas, pequeñas y grandes), provenientes de América Latina y de España, presentarán buenas prácticas en materia de internacionalización estratégica y con propósito. Este webinar mostrará ejemplos de cómo las IES institucionalizan las políticas de internacionalización, en línea con sus objetivos institucionales. Ello permitirá a los participantes comprender los factores de éxito, las fortalezas y las debilidades de estos procesos, especialmente en contextos cambiantes como el actual debido a la pandemia del COVID-19. El webinar también será la oportunidad para presentar los resultados del estudio de evaluación de impacto que analiza la eficacia de los Servicios de Asesoramiento sobre Estrategias de Internacionalización (ISAS) desarrollados por la Asociación Internacional de Universidades, un conjunto de servicios que animan a las universidades a desarrollar o revisar su estrategia de internacionalización.

- Panellists: / Panelistas:

  • María Paula Awe Luca, Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, Argentina.
  • Robinson Restrepo García, Colegio Mayor de Antioquia, Colombia.
  • Rául Sánchez Prieto, Universidad de Salamanca, España.
  • Lianne Guerra, Encargada de proyectos, IAU

- Moderator: / Moderador:

  • Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, HE and Internationalization Policy and Projects, IAU.



➨ ACTING AND EDUCATING FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AT UNIVERSITIES – EXAMPLES FROM THE IAU HESD CLUSTER AND PARTNERS | 4 May 2021

With less than 10 years to go for Agenda 2030 and the SDGs, the world is at a crossroads in 2021. Working together and forming lasting and effective partnerships is now more crucial than ever. Universities engage with the SDGs in multiple ways including teaching, research, leadership, and campus operations. In addition, they are in a unique position to impact local communities and advocate for the pivotal role of higher education in addressing sustainable development to governments.

With a view to accelerating action for UN Agenda 2030, the IAU Global Cluster on HESD fosters university engagement with the SDGs, while also developing new partnerships and generating new knowledge and new cooperation dynamics. With the upcoming UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (17-19 May 2021), now is the time to transform learning s well as our societies to be more sustainable. The webinar panel therefore includes HE leadership, research, and student perspectives. The discussion and its takeaways will feed into the UNESCO ESD Conference and particularly the session on Higher Education that IAU is co-organising.

- Panellists:

  • Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Professor, Rhodes University, South Africa.
  • Inga Žalėnienė, Rector, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania.
  • Jade Monroe, Interim Director of Education, Students Organising for Sustainability UK (SOS-UK).
  • Diana Senior Angulo, Director of the Office for International Affairs and External Cooperation, University of Costa Rica.

- Moderator:

  • Stephen Sterling, Professor of Sustainability Education, Centre for Sustainable Futures (CSF), Plymouth University, UK.

- Opening & Closing Remarks:



➨ HIGHER EDUCATION’S RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: BUILDING A MORE SUSTAINABLE AND DEMOCRATIC FUTURE | 21 April 2021

As higher education across the world begins to think of life after COVID, we need to rethink what the purpose and philosophy of our universities are, or should be, because a return to the status quo ante is neither possible nor desirable. ’Business as usual’ will not be adequate to deal with the weaknesses shown up in our systems, nor will it really be able to rise to the challenges posed by a post-COVID world.

On the positive side, the response by universities to the pandemic has demonstrated the deep well of creativity, engagement, and solidarity that exists within them. We need to capture that emerging spirit and create the conditions for a new, more democratic, inclusive and networked university to emerge. Just like the pandemic, that project will necessarily be an international one; it will also need to involve all university stakeholders, not only managers but also all staff and, of course, the students.

- MC:
Joanna Ozarowska, Programme Manager, DCU in the Community.

- Introduction of Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris, by DCU President Prof Daire Keogh.
- Address by Minister Harris.
- Symposium facilitated by Prof Ronnie Munck.

- Panellists:



➨ LATIN AMERICA – HIGHER EDUCATION’S RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: BUILDING A MORE SUSTAINABLE AND DEMOCRATIC FUTURE | 21 April 2021

The book Higher Education’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Building a More Sustainable and Democratic Future was launched in Latin America through this webinar. This session is in Spanish.



➨ A QUESTION OF QUALITY: WHAT IS A GOOD UNIVERSITY? | 13 April 2021

Quality in higher education is a blurred concept that can be interpreted in different ways. Next to quality in research and teaching, one may ask for instance about the quality of a university in relation to the community it serves. What about the social, democratic, ethical quality of a university? How do you define the quality of a curriculum? Is it the breadth and integration of local and global knowledge? In what ways does the university lend quality to the socio-economic and cultural context it operates in? What about the university’s capacity to respond to that context?
Reaching beyond a debate on rankings and the indicators they employ, this webinar asks university leaders how they define quality for their own universities and make it part of their leadership agenda.

- Panelists:

- Moderator:

  • Andreas Corcoran, Deputy Secretary-General, IAU.

- Q&A and Closing Remarks:



➨ CHANGING DYNAMICS IN ACADEMIC PUBLISHING | 30 March 2021

Session co-hosted by IAU and Center for International Higher Education, Boston College.

This webinar will focus on the “practical” impact of the dramatic changes affecting academic publishing in recent years (e.g. "open access” and its implications, changes to the role and composition of editorial boards and peer reviewers, increased competition and commercialization, and the resulting rise in predatory journals). The panel will discuss these changes from the perspective of editors, publishers and researchers, with a particular focus on those located in the global south.

- Panellists:

  • Jeroen Huisman, Editor, Higher Education Policy.
  • William M. Breichner, Journals Publisher, Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Ibrahim Oanda, Senior Program Officer, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).

- Moderator:

  • Gerardo Blanco, Associate Professor & Academic Director, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College.

- Q&A:

  • Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, HE and Internationalization Policy and Projects, IAU.



➨ TAKING CHARGE NOW: A PIVOTAL YEAR FOR HIGHER EDUCATION AND AGENDA 2030 | 23 March 2021

Universities are the key to healthier, greener, fairer and more inclusive societies – in short, to ensuring a better future for us all. Their response to the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the crucial impact they have through teaching and research on key issues, and their engagement with local communities.

2021 is a critical year for higher education. As nations start to plan their recovery from the pandemic, there is a danger that higher education budgets will be cut – putting at risk not just an inclusive and sustainable post-COVID recovery, but also the entire education ecosystem and progress against the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In times of crisis, cooperation is more crucial than ever. The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), and the International Association of Universities (IAU) are working in partnership to advocate for higher education and its role for sustainable development at the highest levels.

This coalition of three global associations – representing more than 2,000 institutions across more than 140 countries – is calling on the sector to come together to champion, defend, and support higher education. Watch this session to find out more about how higher education institutions are engaged with sustainable development.

- Association Perspectives:

- University Perspectives:

  • Myriam Moïse, Secretary-General, Universities Caribbean; Associate Professor, Université des Antilles, Martinique.
  • Francis Aduol, Vice-Chancellor, Technical University of Kenya.



➨ HIGHER EDUCATION’S RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: BUILDING A MORE SUSTAINABLE AND DEMOCRATIC FUTURE | 16 March 2021

Session co-organised by the Council of Europe, the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy, and IAU.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a watershed. Higher education had to react rapidly and make daunting decisions on how to reorganise teaching, learning, and research, as well as other activities. Institutions needed to take account of the health and safety of students and staff as well as of the approach established by public authorities for addressing the sudden health crisis. Beyond this immediate response, higher education must play a major role in helping to shape a better, more equitable and just post-COVID world.

To better understand “Higher education’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic”, the Council of Europe has published a book, co-edited by representatives from the Council, the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy, and the IAU, describing the various ways in which higher education is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is designed to help universities, specifically their staff, students, and partners, contribute to a more sustainable and democratic future. Authors who contributed to the book are the webinar panelists. Learn More and get a copy of the book.

- Panellists:

  • Ligia Deca, Presidential Adviser to the President of Romania, Department of Education and Research.
  • Paul Pribbenow, President, Augsburg University, USA.
  • Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor, Makerere University, Uganda.
  • Naoto Yoshikawa, Vice Chancellor for Global Initiatives, Tokai University.

- Moderator:

  • Sjur Bergan, Head of the Education Department, Council of Europe.

- Q&A:

- Closing Remarks:

  • Ira Harkavy, Associate Vice President and Founding Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania; Chair, International Consortium.

Please read the closing remarks here.



➨ THE DIGITAL DIMENSION: INNOVATIONS IN TEACHING AND LEARNING | 9 March 2021

The pandemic has unexpectedly accelerated the digital transformation of higher education around the world. Is the increased use of digital technologies a temporary measure to curb the spread of the virus or are we discovering new opportunities to enhance the quality of teaching and learning? This session discusses the lessons learnt in the past year, and how teaching and learning models are likely to evolve in the future.

- Panellists:

  • Laura Czerniewicz, Professor and Director, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Francisco Cervantes Pérez, Rector, International University of La Rioja (UNIR), Mexico.
  • Li Yan, Professor and Director, Department of Curriculum and Learning Sciences & Director of Research Center for AI in Education, Zhejiang University.

- Moderators:

  • Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary-General, IAU.
  • Trine Jensen, Manager, HE & Digital Transformation, Publication and Events, IAU.



➨ IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON HIGHER EDUCATION: LAUNCH OF THE SECOND IAU GLOBAL SURVEY | 16 February 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the entire higher education sector around the world; HE leaders and stakeholders reacted by showing resilience, adaptability, and spirit of innovation. More than a year into the pandemic, the world is still in a state of emergency. Even as the development of vaccines provides hope to overcome the crisis, the number of infections and resulting deaths remains high, while the new virus mutations threaten further disruption.

Despite these challenges, the global higher education community is already thinking about the post-pandemic scenario and planning for the future. To understand the effects of the pandemic, and to learn more about how universities and higher education institutions have transformed the way they operate, the International Association of Universities has launched a second edition of the Global Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education.

This webinar presents the key topics covered in the Survey, while also underlining the importance of data-driven decision-making.

- Panellists:

- Moderator: Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary-General, IAU.



➨ WHAT NEXT? WILL UNIVERSITIES NEED A NEW BUSINESS MODEL FOR THE FUTURE? | 9 February 2021

The pandemic has accelerated and prompted new questions on universities’ place in society. This session kicked off the IAU Webinar Series on The Future of Higher Education for 2021, with a discussion on actions university leaders must take to address the institutional and societal needs of the future.

At the institutional level, university leaders are asked to do more with less. At the systems level, university leaders are asked to create synergies and share resources, as well as convincingly demonstrate how their institutions will actively contribute to shaping a post pandemic recovery and development processes.

What can leadership do to reaffirm the role of universities as crucial places of knowledge and solutions to global problems? In what ways will system-wide leadership across the higher education sector emerge, organise, and help spin the good across society? What are the challenges and opportunities for higher education institutions globally in the context of massive economic disruption, digitised education, and trust deficits? In short, how do university leaders reimagine the university and its business model in these transformational times? Watch the recording to find out.

- Panellists:

  • Lakeesha K. Ransom, Visiting Faculty and Enterprise Engagement Director, Asian Institute of Technology.
  • Peter Maassen, Professor in Higher Education Studies, University of Oslo.
  • Michael Hölscher, Professor of Higher Education Management and Management of Science, German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer.

- Moderator: Andreas Corcoran, Deputy Secretary-General, IAU.

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➨ BUILDING SOCIAL IMPACT AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | 27 January 2021

Universities play a crucial role in creating new knowledge and educating the people who can apply this knowledge to benefit the society. This webinar explores how universities, through civic engagement and development of social impact and young change leaders, can become a leading force for positive change both locally and internationally. The session was hosted by University World News and Mastercard Foundation.



➨FOSTERING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: THE ROLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION – PLANS, PROGRESS AND VALUES | 15 December 2020

Universities have a vital role to play in building more sustainable societies and, in particular, achieving all of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set in the context of the UN Agenda 2030: Transforming our World. What does that mean in practice for universities and how might they review, modify, and improve their efforts towards this goal? Find out in this joint IAU and Magna Charta Observatory (MCO) webinar.

Click here for the background document.

- Speakers:

  • Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary-General, IAU.
  • Eva Wiberg, Rector, Gothenburg University.
  • Sijbolt Noorda, President of the Governing Council of the Magna Charta Observatory.

- Moderator: David Lock, Secretary General of the Magna Charta Observatory



➨SPECIAL WEBINAR: CELEBRATING 70 YEARS OF HIGHER EDUCATION COOPERATION WITH THE IAU | 9 December 2020

Join us for a Special Celebratory Webinar marking the 70th Anniversary of the International Association of Universities (IAU). The virtual celebrations feature contributions from IAU’s Members and Partners, reflecting on these 70 years of HE collaboration at the global level ever since the historical signing of the IAU Constitution by the founding members on 9 December 1950 in Nice, France. This is followed by a discussion on the Future of Higher Education with university leaders. Programme available here.


➨ LEADERSHIP IN AN EVOLVING CONTEXT: LOOKING BACK, CURRENT REALITIES AND FUTURE THINKING | 24 November 2020

In these fast-changing times, it is often difficult to step back, make sense of the situation, and learn from the experience of leading in and through a crisis. Join our panel of experts for an insightful webinar, which will help you re-imagine the ways in which current and future trends may shape higher education, both locally and globally.

- Panellists:

  • Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa and incoming Director of SOAS, University of London in the UK.
  • Mirta Martin, President of Fairmont State University, West Virginia, US.
  • Tom Kennie, a Director of Ranmore in the UK and a Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne

- Introduction: Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary-General
- Moderator: Andreas Corcoran, IAU Deputy Secretary-General



➨ THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION - DIGITAL DIMENSION: NO ACCESS! - IN A DIGITAL WORLD | 17 November 2020

The IAU Global report on the impact of Covid-19 on higher education demonstrated inequalities between universities - some already had the appropriate infrastructures in place prior to the pandemic and could shift fully online in an easier manner. Other institutions do not own the necessary infrastructures. In some cases teachers and students do not have access to the devices needed and to a proper internet connection from their home.
During this webinar experts will explore how this unprecedented situation impacts higher education institutions including teachers and students and consequently, the right to education. Education is a human right - should connectivity become one as well in the 21st century?

- Panellists:

  • Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
  • Paul Zeleza, Vice-Chancellor, United States International University-Africa, Kenya
  • Claudio Rama, Academic Director, Universidad de la Empresa, Uruguay

- Moderators: Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary-General and Trine Jensen, Manager, HE & Technology, IAU



➨ THE FUTURE OF INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION AND ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIPS , in collaboration with Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education | 12 November 2020

During this webinar panelists discuss how international collaboration and academic partnerships have changed in the context of the disruption due to COVID-19 and how it might evolve in the future. We explore the impact of travel restrictions - will they trigger increased collaboration within regions and with neighbor countries or will the increased development of online/virtual cooperation weaken the regional partnerships to the benefit of collaboration at global scale instead?
Higher education experts from different regions of the world will share their views and analysis of the situation.

- Chair: Hans de Wit, Director, Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education

- Panellists:

  • Kalyani Unkule, Associate Professor, JGLS and Director & Head of the Office of Alumni Relations, O.P Jindal Global University
  • Orla Quinlan, President, International Education Association of South Africa
  • Susan Buck Sutton, former President of Association of International Education Administrators; Senior Advisor for Internationalization, American Council on Education


➨ HIGHER EDUCATION UNDER EXAMINATION: ARE WE READY TO TRAIN THE FUTURE HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE?
PERSPECTIVES FROM THE IAU SDG 3 SUBCLUSTER
, in collaboration with Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
| 27 October 2020

The current global health emergency is essentially leading to a collective awakening of the need to rethink our economic and health system towards a more sustainable one, adapted to our century’s challenges. Higher education institutions have a pivotal role to play as educators of the health workers of today and tomorrow. However, how health is taught in higher education will need to radically transform, both in format and content to meet these challenges. To contribute to the conversation, The IAU Global Cluster on SDG 3 wishes to hold an open discussion and debate on the future of how Health should be taught in higher education in a post Covid-19 context. It will bring together experts from all continents to share their views on the current context and a vision for a more sustainable future.

- Panelists:

  • Marta Aymerich, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Research, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
  • Maria Niemi, Associate Professor, Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)
  • Virginia Schmeid, Professor of Midwifery in the Nursing and Midwifery and Health and Well-being Theme Champion at Western Sydney University
  • Titi Savitri, PhD, Associate Professor in Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, Universitas Gadjah Madah (Indonesia)
  • David Serwadda, Professor of Public Health, Makerere University (Uganda)

- Presenter: Pam Fredman, President of the International Association of Universities
- Moderator: Albert Barberà, director of the eHealth Center (UOC)



➨ THE FUTURE OF HE: DIGITAL DIMENSION - THE WAY FORWARD |20 October 2020

The speakers in this webinar were already advocating for innovation and change in teaching and learning prior to the pandemic. Here they present their views on the future of teaching and learning and discuss whether the remote teaching experience will drive innovation forward or whether it is simply a temporary measure before returning to "traditional" education .

- Panelists:

  • José Antonio Bowen, Senior Fellow, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
  • Sharron McPherson, Co-Founder & Executive Director, The Centre for Disruptive Technologies, and Senior Lecturer, University of Cape Town

- Moderators: Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary-General and Trine Jensen, IAU Manager, HE & Technology



➨ THE UNESCO GLOBAL CONVENTION ON THE RECOGNITION OF QUALIFICATIONS CONCERNING HIGHER EDUCATION:
TOWARDS A GLOBAL & MOBILE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY?
|13 October 2020

The Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education, adopted in November 2019 at the UNESCO General Conference, has been hailed as a multilateral milestone, a collective move towards democratizing knowledge, and an enabler of a fluid circulation of talent and global trust in higher education.
This webinar wishes to discuss the potential of the Global Convention within the current political, cultural and economic context and explore the implementation process and data provision needed for its successful application on a global scale.

- Panelists:

- Moderator: Andreas Corcoran, IAU Deputy Secretary-General



➨ LEADING UNIVERSITIES IN AN AGE OF UNCERTAINTY | 6 October 2020

In these turbulent times, university leaders around the world have to make decisions based on rapidly changing variables that make it difficult to make meaningful predictions. This webinar reflects and exchanges on principles of leadership that have helped mitigate the present challenges and shape the future. The panelists will speak about the financial, systemic and educational ramifications of the pandemic and share their experiences and decision-making process during these times.

- Panelists:

- Moderator: Andreas Corcoran, IAU Deputy Secretary-General



➨ INTEGRATING THE SDGS IN HIGHER EDUCATION - NO "ONE SIZE FITS ALL" | 29 September 2020

This webinar look at the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) initiatives undertaken by universities worldwide and present examples of how they integrate the SDGs at their institutions using a Whole Institution Approach (WIA). UNESCO ESD for 2030 and the synergies with the IAU Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) work will be discussed. The IAU Global Cluster on HESD serves as an example of how the IAU fosters engagement of universities with SDGs and monitors developments with reports and surveys.


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- Panelists:

  • Alexander Leicht, Chief of Section, Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO
  • Dr. Shakuntala Laskar, Senior Professor, Assam Don Bosco University, India (IAU HESD Cluster SDG 7)
  • Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability, York University Toronto, Canada (IAU HESD Cluster SDG 4)

- Moderators: Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary-General and Isabel Toman, Programme officer, Sustainable Development, IAU



THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION : DIGITAL DIMENSION - EXPLORING THE DIFFERENT MODES OF LEARNING | 15 Sep., 2020
This webinar discusses the lessons learnt from the experience of remote teaching and learning from the perspective of different types of higher education institutions. What are the opportunities deriving from this experience in the context of COVID-19 and how could it contribute to innovation in teaching and learning?

- Speakers:

  • Dr. Àngels Fitó, Vice-President for Competitivity and Employability, Open University of Catalonia
  • Dr. Kamila Ghazali, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International), University of Malaya
  • Prof. Liz Johnson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education at Deakin University

- Moderators: Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General and Trine Jensen, Manager, Technology and Higher Education, IAU



THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: PERSPECTIVES ON REOPENING STRATEGIES AT UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE WORLD | 07 July, 2020

The webinar discuss the strategies envisaged for the reopening of universities for the new semester/academic year in different parts of the world in the context of the pandemic of COVID-19, which is developing asymmetrically in different parts of the world and therefore implies different challenges for universities.

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- Speakers:

  • Ahmed Bawa, Chief Executive Officer, Universities South Africa
  • Brad Farnsworth, Vice President, Global Engagement, American Council on Education, U.S.A
  • Robert Napier, President, European Student Union
  • Dr. Sylvia Schmelkes, Deputy Rector, Iberoamericana university in Mexico
  • Suchatvee Suwansawat, President, Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning

- Moderators:

  • Pam Fredman, President, International Association of Universities
  • Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities


THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: INTERNATIONALIZATION STRATEGIES POST- COVID-19, in collaboration with the Boston College Centre for International Higher Education | 30 June, 2020

A panel of higher education experts from different regions of the world discuss the impact of COVID-19 on internationalization and the kind of internationalization strategies that higher education institutions may have to develop in the post COVID-19 era.

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- Speakers:

  • Chika Seehole, Pretoria University, South Africa, on perspectives from Africa
  • Vidya Yeravdekar, Symbiosis University, India, on perspectives from Asia
  • Irina Ferencz, Academic Cooperation Association, on perspectives from Europe
  • José Celso Freire Junior, UNESP, Brazil, on perspectives from Latin America
  • Robin Helms, American Council on Education, on perspectives from North America

- Moderators:

  • Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities
  • Hans de Wit, Director, Centre for International Higher Education, Boston College
  • Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, HE and Internationalization, International Association of Universities


THE FUTURE OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM, in collaboration with CHEA/CIQG | 17 June, 2020


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- Speakers:

  • Robert Quinn, Scholars at Risk
  • Marcelo Knobel, Rector, University of Campinas, Brazil
  • Sjur Bergen, Head of Education Department, Council of Europe


THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: COVID-19 IMPACT ON HIGHER EDUCATION AROUND THE WORLD | 9 June, 2020


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- Speakers:

  • Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, HE & Internationalization, International Association of Universities
  • Hans de Wit, Director, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College
  • Michael Gaebel, Higher Education Policy Director, European University Association
  • Marta Losada, Dean of Science, New York University Abu Dhabi


THE FUTURE OF INTERNATIONALIZATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION: SHORT, MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM PERSPECTIVES in collaboration with the Boston College Centre for International Higher Education | 19 May, 2020


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- Speakers:

  • Marta Losada, Dean of Science, New York University in Abu Dhabi
  • Saburo Aoki, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba
  • Eva Egron-Polak, IAU Senior Fellow and former Secretary General


THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: SHORT, MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM PERSPECTIVES IN MID- AND LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES in collaboration with the Boston College Centre for International Higher Education | 12 May, 2020


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- Speakers:

  • Marcelo Knobel, Rector, University of Campinas, Brazil
  • Eden Woon, President, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • Wondwosen Tamarat, President founder, St. Mary University, Ethiopia


THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: SHORT, MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM PERSPECTIVES AROUND THE WORLD, in collaboration with the Boston College Centre for International Higher Education | 5 May, 2020


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- Speakers:

  • Roberta Bassett, World Bank Group
  • Ahmed Bawa, CEO of Universities South Africa
  • Ellen Hazelkorn, Partner at BH Associates Education Consultants

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