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Universities in a global context: how is globalisation affecting higher education?

  • 27 January 2009
  • 08:15 - 10:15
  • The House of Commons

Higher education has always looked beyond national boundaries, but recently this internationalism has taken an entirely new aspect.  Universities are now big business, and many believe that there is a conflict between the cooperative ethos that previously characterised international relations in higher education, and the high degree of competitive behaviour that now exists.  International students now make a significant difference to the balance sheets of individual universities, and of entire economies, and many fear that this distorts the view that many take of the implications of globalisation for higher education.  But internationalization has far wider implications — pedagogic and social as well as financial.  This seminar will explore the philosophical, social and financial issues that bear on this question.

Speakers:  Professor Sir Drummond Bone, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool and author of the review of international aspects  of higher education commissioned by the Secretary of State; Professor Malcolm Gillies, Vice-Chancellor of City University and former Vice-President of the Australian National University.

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