TEHEA Ministerial Conference 2020

19 November 2020 (Rome/online)

Flash report on the “Global dialogue panel “Moving towards 2030: what global cooperation in higher education should look like and how to build it”

Panellists :

  • Sarah Anyang Agbor*, Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, African Union Commission
  • Leonie Nagarajan*, Director, Education Department, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)
  • Imane Benrabiaa*, Member of ASAF – African Students and Alumni Forum, Morocco
  • Jamie Merisotis*, President/CEO, Lumina Foundation, USA
  • Carlos A. Romero Rostagno, Responsible for Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Culture, Uruguay

(* panellists proposed by unit C3)

Moderator: Eva Egron-Polak – expert, former Secretary-General of the International Association of Universities

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The aim of the panel was to identify new developments and opportunities that could enhance the future of Higher Education (HE) globally.

The panellists discussed elements of a rationale for a global policy dialogue on HE, how future global cooperation in HE can be built and how HE policies and institutions can contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (not only SDG4) by 2030. 

They addressed in particular the following sub-topics:

–  the role of HE institutions  – including the research dimension – in reaching the SDGs,

– ensuring quality mobility for students, staff and researchers in particular in the pandemic context,

– identifying key counterparts to strengthen EHEA’s global dialogue,

– social implications and ethical challenges for students and teachers, especially those amplified by the pandemic (eg. the assessment of students’ online performances).

The panel concluded that a successful global dialogue should be inclusive, equitable, sustainable, monitored and purposeful.

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