CGHE Annual conference

Higher education: changing global relations

  • Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017 09:30 - 17:30
  • Woburn House, 20-24 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ


The world and higher education are undergoing rapid and transformational change. Although growth and internationalisation have moved higher education into a more central social and economic role, it faces new and continuing challenges.

The challenges include debates about the quantity and quality of graduate output in most countries, deep migration resistance in some countries, and higher education relations between the UK and Europe after Brexit. The Centre for Global Higher Education’s (CGHE’s) goal is to identify and investigate these challenges, to suggest potential solutions – and to collaborate with research ‘users’, policymakers and the public to maximise the impact of research.

CGHE’s second annual conference on 1 March 2017 in London will explore the drivers and effects of changing global relations in higher education.

Questions this conference will discuss include:

  • Does more intense competition in higher education deliver better or worse outcomes and value for students and taxpayers?
  • Is graduate underemployment a problem and should families and governments worry about it? Or do we have too few graduates, with the sector still not sufficiently socially inclusive to overcome social divisions?
  • How can higher education enable greater equality and social mobility in societies with growing levels of income inequality?
  • How should student learning be improved and how should it be evaluated and where possible compared?
  • Where is higher education going in countries subject to major student unrest, such as South Africa?
  • What are the implications of widespread social media cynicism about ‘experts’ (Brexit, the Trump election, the climate change debate) for higher education, research science, and the future role of public intellectuals?
  • Will migration resistance and growing government security concerns block flows of students and academic staff between countries? Will there be a future shortage of high quality academic labour in the UK?
  • What will be the effects of likely changes in post-Brexit Europe, and the rise of higher education in East Asia and Latin America, for research creativity and collaboration?


Welcome: 9-9:30
Professor Claire Callender, UCL Institute of Education/Birkbeck, William Locke, UCL Institute of Education and Professor Simon Marginson, UCL Institute of Education

Creating competition in higher education: economic myths and realities: 9:30-10:30
Professor Lorraine Dearden, UCL Institute of Education (Chaired by Professor Becky Francis, Director, UCL Institute of Education)

Refreshments: 10:30-11:00 (Tavistock Room)

Public higher education in peril? A view from down south: 11:00-12:00
Professor Jenni Case, University of Cape Town (Chaired by Dame Nicola Brewer, Vice-Provost International, UCL)

European higher education and UK higher education: the future (panel discussion): 12:00-13:00
Dr Anne Corbett, London School of Economics and Political Science; Christine Musselin, SciencesPo; Associate Professor Pedro Teixeira, University of Porto (Chaired by Professor Ellen Hazelkorn, Dublin Institute of Technology)

Lunch: 13:00-14:00 (Tavistock Room)

Parallel session – UK academics and their industry engagements: a bibliometric overview of recent patterns and trends: 14:00-14.30 (Main Hall)
Professor Robert Tijssen and Dr Alfredo Yegros, Leiden University (Chaired by Chris Millward, HEFCE)

Parallel session – International and transnational learning in higher education: a study of students’ career development in China: 14:00-14.30 (Meeting Room 1 and 2)
Professor Ka Ho Mok, Dr Xiao Han and Dr Jin Jiang, Lingnan University (Chaired by Emran Mian, Social Market Foundation)

Parallel session – For-profit higher education in the US: recent developments: 14:35-15.05 (Main Hall)
Professor Gareth Parry and Dr Stephen Hunt (Chaired by Chris Millward, HEFCE)

Parallel session – Higher education, economic fluctuations and the question of inequality: an historical perspective: 14:35-15.05 (Meeting Room 1 and 2)
Dr Vincent Carpentier (Chaired by Emran Mian, Social Market Foundation)

Parallel session – Worldwide reforms in student loans policy: 15:10-15:40 (Main Hall)
Professor Bruce Chapman and Professor Lorraine Dearden (Chaired by Chris Millward, HEFCE)

Parallel session – Governance – in crisis? Governance challenges across sectors and globally, and their relevance to higher education: 15:10-15:40 (Meeting Room 1 and 2)
Dr Aniko Horvath (Chaired by Emran Mian, Social Market Foundation)

Refreshments: 15:40-16:00 (Tavistock Room)

Graduates and ‘graduate jobs’ in Europe: a picture of growth and diversification: 16:00-17:00
Professor Francis Green, UCL Institute of Education (Chaired by Professor Sir Robert Burgess, CGHE Advisory Board)


This event is now fully booked but you can join the waitlist via Eventbrite. Refreshments and lunch are included. Places are limited and tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


You can watch a livestream of the conference. Join the conversation at #CGHE2017

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