"The New Dynamics of Higher Education" is the theme of the World Conference on Higher Education. It will bring together key stakeholders to forge a new commitment to the development of higher education. A global platform for innovative thinking, the 2009 World Conference will take stock of the changes in higher education and research since the last World Conference in 1998, address the dynamics shaping the strategic agenda for the development of higher education and identify concrete actions to meet national development objectives and individual aspirations. A series of preparatory regional conferences will address specific regional concerns, expectations and proposals to bring to the 2009 World Conference. The preparatory regional conferences. The 2009 World Conference on Higher Education. Other relevant conferences. Background.