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  • Ninth HEPI Annual Lecture

    10 May 2012 by Professor Choon Fong Shih

    HEPI’s Ninth Annual Lecture was given by Professor Choon Fong Shih, President of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, at the Royal Geographic Society on 10 May 2012. His lecture was entitled ‘”Towards a New Golden Age”.

  • Eighth HEPI Annual Lecture

    15 March 2011 by Dr Jamil Salmi

    HEPI’s Eighth Annual Lecture was given by Dr Jamil Salmi, the World Bank’s Director of Tertiary Education, at the Royal Society on Wednesday 23 February 2011. His lecture was entitled ‘Flourish or Fail? Higher Education in crisis – the global context’.

  • Seventh HEPI Annual Lecture

    1 February 2010 by Richard Levin

    “The rise of Asia’s universities” was the title of HEPI’s Seventh Annual Lecture, given at the Royal Society in London by Richard C. Levin, the President of Yale University, who reflected on the ambitions of Asian nations to create new and world-class universities, and the implications of this expansion.

  • City University Higher Education Futures lecture

    25 January 2010 by Bahram Bekhradnia

    “Higher education policy making: hope, prejudice and wishful thinking” – a lecture given by HEPI’s Director, Bahram Bekhradnia, as part of the Higher Education Futures lecture series at City University, London. (The lecture text should be read in conjunction with the PowerPoint slides.)

  • Sixth HEPI Annual Lecture

    11 November 2008 by Lord Giddens

    Lord Giddens, life peer and a former Director of the London School of Economics, gave HEPI’s sixth Annual Lecture at the Royal Institution on 11th November 2008. His title was “Reflections on the future of universities”.

  • Fifth HEPI Annual Lecture

    15 January 2008 by Professor Yves Mény

    “Higher Education in Europe: national systems, European programmes, global issues. Can they be reconciled?” was the title of HEPI’s fifth annual lecture, delivered at the Royal Society in London on 15 January 2008 by Professor Yves Mény, President of the European University Institute in Italy. Download the transcript or listen to…

  • Fourth HEPI Annual Lecture

    18 May 2006 by HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan

    The Fourth HEPI Annual Lecture was delivered by HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan on 18 May 2006, at the Royal Geographical Society in London. He spoke of “Mono and Multi Culture: the role of universities in learning from each other in today’s world”. Download the transcript or listen…

  • Third HEPI Annual Lecture

    24 November 2005 by Lord Broers

    Two hundred years after the great nineteenth century expansion of higher education, is the current university structure still appropriate? Should there be a radical review of the nature and purpose of our universities? Lord Broers sets out his vision of University Courses For Tomorrow. The BBC kindly agreed to record…

  • Valedictory address by Sir Martin Harris

    16 September 2004 by Sir Martin Harris

    Sir Martin Harris, on the occasion of his retirement as Vice Chancellor of the University of Manchester, gave this farewell lecture.

  • Second HEPI Annual Lecture

    25 March 2004 by Professor Robert Reich

    Professor Reich’s lecture was entitled “The destruction of public higher education in America, and how the UK can avoid the same fate”.