Media Invitation -- Prominent Speakers Signed Up for One-day Higher Education Conference: “Adapting to Disruptive Times: Emerging Models for Higher Education Provision"

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Emerging disruptive challenges within higher education and how we respond to them, is the focus of a one-day conference which brings together speakers from both the public and private sectors of higher education, at Senate House, the University of London, on Thursday 3 November 2011.

“At this joint conference we will unwrap the issues of change and disruption to see how the higher education sector is adapting, and where the new thinking is coming from and taking us”

Venue: Beveridge Hall, Senate House, University of London, WC1E 7HU.

Date: Thursday 3 November 2011.

Time: 9:30 - 17:00, followed by a reception.

Emerging disruptive challenges within higher education and how we respond to them, is the focus of a one-day conference which brings together speakers from both the public and private sectors of higher education.

The conference, organised by the University of London International Programmes and The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, is attracting an array of leading figures in education.

Dr William Lawton, Director of The Observatory, said: “All institutions are trying to cope with rapid change. We see the publishing and music industries continually dealing with innovations that are truly disruptive.”

“At this joint conference we will unwrap the issues of change and disruption to see how the higher education sector is adapting, and where the new thinking is coming from and taking us”, added Dr Lawton.

The technological, international and socio-economic challenges facing higher education will be explored through an influential line-up of speakers. These include Professor Sir Drummond Bone, Master of Balliol College, Oxford; Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Vice-Chancellor, University of London; Alan Jenkins, Vice-President, Kaplan Europe; and Roxanne Stockwell, Managing Director for Higher Education, Pearson Education.

The event will also strike up discussion about the extent to which these challenges necessitate structural change within institutions, and how universities and private providers are actually responding.

Tim Gore, Director of Global Networks and Communities, University of London International Programmes, said: “To meet the needs of our 52,000+ students worldwide, we are always striving for good practice and innovation in our distance learning provision.”

He added: “Through our Centre for Distance Education (CDE), we bring together experts from the University and beyond to develop projects relating to teaching and research. We see the conference with OBHE as a natural extension of these activities – the OBHE runs a series of high-profile think-piece events and is a respected voice for new developments in the internationalisation of higher education.”

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Notes for Editors

Confirmed speakers for “Adapting to Disruptive Times: Emerging Models for Higher Education Provision” include:

  • Professor Sir Drummond Bone, Master of Balliol College Oxford
  • Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Vice-Chancellor University of London
  • Professor Kelvin Everest, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Malcolm Gillies, Vice-Chancellor London Metropolitan University
  • Alan Jenkins, Vice-President Kaplan Europe
  • Dr Malcolm Read, Executive Secretary JISC
  • Ken Sloan, Director for Universities & Higher Education, Serco
  • Roxanne Stockwell, Managing Director for Higher Education, Pearson Education
  • Professor Eric Thomas, Vice-Chancellor University of Bristol and President Universities UK

Further information on the event, including registration details, can be found here: http://www.tcp-events.co.uk/obhe/invitation/
The University of London International Programmes

The University of London was established in 1836 and is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse universities in the UK. Its founding principle is to provide education for all, irrespective of race, creed or political belief.

In 1858, the University of London was granted its fourth Charter, which paved the way for the establishment of the University of London External System, known as the University of London International Programmes with effect from 1 August 2010. This makes the University of London International Programmes the world’s oldest provider of degrees through distance and flexible learning.

The University of London International Programmes is a unique global network of 52,000 students in more than 190 countries, on 100+ study programmes.

Famous former students and alumni include seven Nobel Prize Winners: Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, Professor Ronald Coase, Wole Soyinka, Derek Walcott, former President Nelson Mandela, Charles Kao and Dr Rolph Payet.

To find out more about the University of London International Programmes, visit our website: http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk.

The University of London International Programmes official YouTube EDU channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/UniofLondon.

The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education

The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education is a global strategic services organisation that conducts and commissions high-level and timely research on emerging trends, policies, and activities relevant to cross-border higher education internationally. The Observatory also monitors and disseminates news, information and analysis to members and non-members alike though its electronic newsletter, Borderless Report.

Subscribers to The Observatory are kept up to date with the full spectrum of new developments in higher education internationalisation worldwide. The Observatory’s reputation is that of an authoritative voice on international higher education. Its base is the UK but the perspective is global and the output is designed accordingly.

More about The Observatory and its services can be found on its website at http://www.obhe.ac.uk.

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