Hong Kong, 10-11-12 March 2011. As city and nation states battle to emerge from world recession, keen to define their position in a new order global knowledge economy, higher and tertiary education is being propelled to centre stage. Education is under huge pressure from world governments to drive economic growth and play a key role in securing their global position. In rapidly developing global markets, governments perceive that innovation and economic growth will be generated from growing global networks of researchers, students and institutions.
Universities and colleges: meeting the global challenge
There are significant challenges in moving from an academic enterprise to one which is required to play a fundamental role in national economic growth. What are the implications for strategy, leadership and management? How will a redefined mission change the way in which the impact of research and teaching is measured, and how can quality assurance be assured in cross-border partnerships? In this time of global fiscal crisis, speakers will question how universities and colleges might respond by reviewing leadership, shifting priorities and realigning budget structures. Meeting the growing demand for mass education will require informed leadership. An internationally mobile and culturally diverse student population will look towards the public and private sector for appropriate learning routes to a rewarding career How can the sector, together with government, address ‘graduate employability’, to minimise those who become disengaged from society? Are global citizens the same as the next generation workforce?