jobs.ac.uk had the pleasure of attending and exhibiting at the British Council: Going Global 4 Conference last week on 24th-26th March at the QEII Conference Centre in London; which attracted a record crowd of over 1200 delegates from Higher Education Institutions worldwide.
Following one of the worst global economic recessions in decades, the theme of the conference was about addressing the tough challenges that International education now faces and exploring models for change, examining barriers and delivering frameworks for action.
With 1200 delegates from 70 countries, 190 Speakers and over 300 Papers being presented, the scope of the conference was impressive and it certainly deserves the accolade as the “largest education conference in the world”.
The conference was an excellent opportunity to hear panel debates and presentations from leading academics and experts from the sector including Professor Nigel Thrift, Vice Chancellor of University of Warwick; Professor John Sexton, President of New York University; Professor Jian Shi, Vice-President of Sichuan University, China and Martin Davidson, Chief Executive of the British Council.
Some of the key areas which were explored in the conference include:
- Staff and student mobility
Looking at the barriers to global mobility and more specifically how countries in Asia are shifting their position to become net importers of International staff and faculty.
- Global partnerships
Looking at emerging partnership models worldwide and the complexity and growth of existing partnerships and their relevance to different types of institutions and countries.
- Global citizens
Employers place a significant value on globally aware graduates so the conference explored how employers and universities can meet these needs and overcome any barriers.
- Policy and leadership
Exploring the key leadership and policy challenges facing individual institutions, governments and communities worldwide.
If you were unable to attend the conference, you can watch videos for some of the key sessions here at or alternatively you can download the presentations slides from over 40 sessions from tge British Council website here.
jobs.ac.uk were one of the official supporters of the conference and in addition to attending the sessions as delegates, we also exhibited to help institutions that were looking to recruit high quality international staff.
jobs.ac.uk is used by over 700 higher educations institutions worldwide to recruit highly quality International staff so there was a great synergy with the themes of the conference.
Overall, the conference and exhibition was a fantastic opportunity to meet with key people within education from across the world, meet existing customers and network with experts from the sector.
We thoroughly enjoyed speaking to the many delegates who took the time to visit our stand and look forward to participating in next year’s conference.