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Global Higher Education – The Future of Ideas

Monday 19 November 2012 14:00 – 18:00
Tuesday 20 November 2012 10:00 – 13:00


This two-day high-level seminar seeks to address the impact of globalisation on higher education: how does globalisation require changing what we teach and how we teach it; how it requires more specialisation or a return to core disciplines; how curricula should be adapted – to answer to market demand or, on the contrary, to shape it; if research priorities and methods should be transformed; and how is higher education and research to be relevant for life in a context of globalisation.

The HLPS will offer an opportunity to debate and possibly answer, among others, the following questions:

•Mobility: To which extent is mobility really happening? Why, where and how does it happen? What are its consequences? How can it be increased? How is it both a result and an instrument of the globalisation of HE, but also rendered necessary to answer the challenges of globalisation and global economic competition?

• Rankings: What is their real impact? What are the merits and demerits of rankings? What are the different possible methodologies for ranking universities, degrees and scholarship? Are international comparisons possible in all areas, such as certain social sciences (i.e. law, history)?

The first day will see the open talks by Ben Wildavky (Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation) The Great Brain Race: Rise of the Global Education Marketplace and Ben Hammersley (European Commission High-Level Group on Freedom and Pluralism of the Media) Universities Are Pointless: The Next Industry the Internet Will Destroy






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