The International partners’ conference took place on the 9th, 10th and 11th of January 2013. The conference was attended by over 120 delegates from 65 partner universities in 16 countries.

The programme was aimed at expanding global thinking around the theme of ‘International higher education'.

The conference was a remarkable opportunity to:

  • establish closer links with colleagues from around the world
  • experience world leading speakers
  • excite the senses with insights, discussions and inspiration.

An important aim of the conference is to acknowledge and value the Regent’s International Partnership Network.

International partners’ conference 2013 videos

We had a fantastic 3 days with great sessions on enhancing the overall study abroad experience for students as well as highlights on Key Issues in International Higher Education.

Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Principal and Chief Executive, welcomes delegates to the Conference and sets out some fantastic achievements we had at Regent’s over the last 12 months as well as the 2020 Vision for Regent’s University London.

Professor Sir Peter Scott, Professor of Higher Education Studies at the Institute of Education and Chair of the Council at University of Gloucestershire gives the opening keynote setting the scene for the Conference: “International Education is both embroiled in, but also a potential antidote to, this stubborn crisis….”

Dr. Mark Allen Poisel, Associate Provost for Student Success at Pace University, discusses how students are sharing with the world their learning and study abroad experiences through their video blogs as well as what research is telling us.

Patrick Hurley, Directeur, Centre des Activités Internationals, Faculté des sciences de l’administration, Université Laval, tells us how over the last few years they managed to render their student integration successful.

Universities have undergone tremendous change and it is vital that we remind ourselves of the ‘purpose’ of universities. Professor Petra Wend, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, takes us on an engaging journey through the origins, changing shape and purpose of universities.

Professor Judith Ackroyd, Dean of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Faculty together with the Directors of Regent’s College London Research Centres talk about recent developments and on-going research opportunities within the College as well as presenting opportunities for future collaborations with partner institutions.

Brett Berquist, Executive Director in the Office of Study Abroad at Michigan State University talks us through the variety of options open to institutions to increase outbound mobility giving specific examples of how MSU have engaged in such activities. Gianluca Samsa, Head Manager – Outbound Programmes, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore focuses on the change in strategy (and reasons behind this) which led his institution to adopt a US-style of mobility as well as some of the challenges faced in doing so.

Looking at the history of Higher Education in the Middle East and UAE, Professor Ibrahim Souss, Executive Director and Professor at the Institute for Global Dialogue and Peace, Zayed University talks us through the Islamic Golden Age in the 8th century to the re-emergence of Higher Education in the Gulf States. He also gives an overview of Higher Education in the region and how this has been shaped politically and historically.

Marguerite Dennis discusses the impact that open access online platforms have on learning and emerging recruitment markets.

Delivering an overview on the US perspective, Brett Berquist, Executive Director in the Office of Study Abroad at Michigan State University compares and contrasts joint and double degrees indicating trends for the future. Professor Jesús Garcia de Madariaga probes into why institutions should develop covering the challenges, concerns, motivations and issues surrounding the development of joint / double degrees.

Led by Professor Toni Hilton, Dean of the Business and Management Faculty, the panel explores what is ‘remarkable’ and how we recognise this. Professor Peter Little, Executive Dean of the QUT Business School, Queensland University of Technology and Julie Davies, Deputy Chief Executive, Association of Business Schools share their thoughts on the characteristics of “being remarkable” and how we can “be remarkable”.

John Gill, Editor of the THE, leads this panel presentation which discusses factors influencing HE such as online courses (MOOCS) and the role of English language in HE within the European perspective are discussed by Hans-Georg van Liempd, while Dr Joanna Newman concentrates on the changing UK domestic market.