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STINT Forum on Global Trends and Challenges

Published 2011-09-22

On September 21 2011, a STINT Forum was organised on global trends and challenges in higher education and research with several international speakers, including Ben Wildavsky from the Kauffman Foundation and Jamil Salmi from the World Bank. The intention of the workshop was to draw attention to the enormous changes taking place globally in higher education and research. The competition for students and research funds has made universities expand across national borders and more countries are setting up new universities with world-class ambitions. Strong alliances in higher education and research are being built globally, creating new opportunities, educational offerings and research strength. Exporting education has never been more relevant.

With this forum STINT afforded a unique opportunity to hear and discuss with various international experts on the internationalisation of higher education and research. The forum was presented by Peter Honeth, State Secretary of the Ministry of Education. Ben Wildavsky from the Kauffman Foundation and author of the book The Great Brain Race - How Global Universities are Reshaping the World reported on how a global educational market is growing. Jamil Salmi, Coordinator of Higher Education at the World Bank, spoke about the focus on the university rankings and the challenges of world-class universities. New York University (NYU) aims to become a global university and has recently started up NYU Abu Dhabi. Carol Brandt, Vice Provost of NYU Abu Dhabi, spoke about the initiative. Rebecca Hughes, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, reported on the individual academic’s perspective on cross-border education and her own experience of the University of Nottingham in Ningbo, China. The Nordic perspective was presented by Ole Fejerskov, professor at Aarhus University and former adviser on Chinese Cooperation to the Danish Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, and Jaanaliisa Kuoppa, Head of International Communications at the Finnish Centre for International Mobility and International Cooperation, CIMO. Fejerskov reflected on the experience of the creation of a Sino-Danish Centre that Denmark has established with GUCAS (the Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences) in Beijing. Kuoppa presented Finland’s strategy for exporting education.

The final presentation was made by Jorgen Sjoberg, advisor to the Vice-Chancellor of Chalmers on strategic business issues and internationalisation. Jörgen was involved in a STINT working group on strategic internationalisation and presented the group’s joint report on The Swedish Knowledge System – An Opening for Future Exports, which had been completed in connection with the forum. (The report can be downloaded HERE (in Swedish). Comments on the report are HERE).

The forum ended with a panel discussion with the speakers plus Pam Fredman, Chairman of the Association of Swedish Higher Education and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg.

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