Key debates in HE

What is 'global' about global higher education and why does it matter?

  • Monday, 24 Apr 2017 09:30 - 17:00
  • Lancaster University

CGHE’s first ‘Key debates in higher education’ seminar will bring together leading international academics in the field and will address the following themes:

  • How we theorise the global; and its relationship to the empirical
  • The interplay between different disciplines to study the global and its relation to higher education research
  • The relationship between academic work and the world of policy and practice

The seminar aims to deliver engaging and interactive sessions with ample room for discussion.

Watch videos of the presentations


Welcome to Lancaster University: 9:30-9:45
Chair: Paul Ashwin, Head of Educational Research Department, Lancaster University
i. Mark Smith, Vice Chancellor, Lancaster University
ii. Simon Marginson, Director of the Centre for Global Higher Education

Video compilation of short interviews: 9:45-10:10
Chair: Paul Ashwin, Head of Educational Research Department, Lancaster University
Short interviews with policymakers, university representative bodies and private companies about globalisation of higher education and their role in it.

Panel discussion: 10:10-12:00
Chair: Janja Komljenovic, Lancaster University, CGHE
Panellists: Rosemary Deem, Royal Holloway, University of London; Eva Hartman, Copenhagen Business School; Chris Muellerleile, Swansea University; Pauline Ravinet, University of Lille; Sam Sellar, Manchester Metropolitan University

Break: 12:00-12:20

Globalisation studies and what can higher education researchers learn from other disciplines: 12:30-13:30
Chair: Aniko Horvath, UCL Instititute of Education, CGHE
Speaker: James Faulconbridge, Lancaster University
Respondent: Aline Courtois, UCL Institute of Education, CGHE

Lunch: 13:30-14:30

Globalisation and higher education: What is ‘global’ about ‘global higher education’ and why does it matter: 14:30-15:30
Chair: Golo Henseke, UCL Institute of Education, CGHE
Speakers: Bob Jessop, Lancaster University; Susan Robertson, University of Cambridge

Break: 15:30-15:50

Response to the previous panel and Q&A session: 15:50-16:45
Chair: Paul Ashwin, Lancaster University, CGHE
Respondent: Simon Marginson, UCL Institute of Education, CGHE

Wrap up and future research agenda: 16:45-17:00
Paul Ashwin, Lancaster University, CGHE


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