Programme

 

The particular focus of the conference was on globalisation issues as well as on higher education participation, access and expansion. Future challenges and opportunities related to demographic change and use of new technologies were also explored.

 

For further information on the programme, please see the agenda below. The document Conference Speakers: Biographies and Forward-looking Perspectives on Higher Education  provides an introduction on the speakers of the conference.

 

Agenda

Monday 8 December

 

8.45 – 9.30: Registration

 

1) 9.30 – 11.00: The future of higher education: challenges and policy directions (Plenary – Amphi Grégoire, accès C)

The opening session will look at the future of higher education from four different political perspectives, from national to global levels. It includes high-level speeches by representatives of France, OECD, the European Commission, UNESCO, and the United Kingdom.

Chair:

Barbara Ischinger, Director for Education, OECD

Welcoming word:

Christian Forestier, Rector, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), France

Speakers:

Daniel Vitry, Director for Research, Foresight and Performance, Ministry of Higher Education and Research, France

The future of higher education : a French perspective

David Lammy, Minister of State for Higher Education and Intellectual Property, United Kingdom

The creation of the future: new directions in British higher education

Mario Amano, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

Futures thinking and reform in tertiary education

Ján Figel, Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, European Commission

Widening access, achieving excellence: the challenge of modernisation in European higher education

Nicholas Burnett, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

The new dynamics of higher education: meeting the challenges of equity, quality and social responsibility

 

2) 11.30 – 11.45: The future of access and attainment: Some findings from the CERI project on the future of higher education (Plenary – Amphi Grégoire, accès C)

The aim of this session is to provide an introduction for the whole conference by presenting selected trends in access and attainment, use of ICT and globalisation analysed during the CERI/OECD University Futures project. Special emphasis will be put on development related to demographic changes and the use of technology in higher education.

Chair:

Patrick Dostes, Permanent Delegation of France to the OECD, France

Speaker:

Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin, CERI, OECD

Demography challenges: some perspectives for the future

Discussion

 

3) 11.45 – 13.00: New vehicles for enhancing access and achievement in higher education (Plenary – Amphi Grégoire, accès C)

This session presents some policy or institutional responses and opportunities regarding the future of access and achievement in higher education. These include the use of new offerings, such as developmental education and dual enrolments, new pedagogies enhanced by ICT, or the differentiation of higher education.

Chair:

Patrick Dostes, Permanent Delegation of France to the OECD, France

Speakers:

Claude Sauvageot, Ministry of Higher Education and Research, France

Diversification in French tertiary education since 1970: a forward-looking perspective

Tom Bailey, Community College Research Center (CCRC) and National Center for Postsecondary Research (NCPR), United States

Developmental education and dual enrolments at community colleges: the ongoing quest for quality access in US tertiary education

Michelle Lamberson, University of British Columbia, Canada

Leveraging ICT for pedagogy: individual and institutional opportunity spaces

Discussion

 

4) 14.00 – 15.30: The future of access and attainment: Challenges and opportunities (Parallel workshops)

The aim of these parallel workshops is to provide the opportunity to participants to discuss in more depth particular issues related to higher education access, attainment and achievement that were presented during the previous plenary session.

A. How might new technologies and pedagogies contribute to quality access in the future? (Salle 11.A2.31, accès 11, escalier A)

The aim of this workshop is to provide a more detailed overview of the future possibilities that new technologies and pedagogies may provide for enhancing quality access to higher education. The main issues in this regard will also be discussed in the light of some recent experiments.

Chair:

Terri Kim, Brunel University, United Kingdom and Korea

Speakers:

Maruja Gutierrez Diaz, Directorate for Education, Training and Culture, European Commission

ICT for lifelong learning

Malcolm Read, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), United Kingdom

The internet, information and innovation in higher education

Hye Kyung Yang, Korea Education & Research Information Service (KERIS), Korea

The impact of technology and its implication for the future of higher education

Discussion

B. Sector differentiation, student achievement, and quality in higher education (Amphi R. Faure, accès Z)

This workshop will present an overview of differentiation in higher education sector, concerning both the status of the institutions along the public-private axis and internal changes within the traditional higher education sector in terms of quality, mandate and orientation differentiation. The aim is to discuss how such differentiation could continue to evolve in the future and serve quality access.

Chair:

Jan Sadlak, European Centre for Higher Education, UNESCO

Speakers:

Richard Yelland, Directorate for Education, OECD

Institutional diversity: some trends and some hypotheses

Pedro Teixeira, University of Porto and the Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES), Portugal

What role for private higher education in mass systems

Stefan Bienefeld, German Rectors' Conference, Germany

The differentiation of German Higher Education and the specific impact of the “Exzellenzinitiative” – preliminary results and possible future scenarios

Discussion

C. Diverse equity challenges for the future (Amphi Grégoire, accès C)

The objective of this workshop is to highlight the diversity of the equity challenges for the future in higher education. These include issues such as quality access and attainment of disabled and migrant students.

Chair:

Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin, CERI, OECD

Speakers:

Gaële Goastellec,  University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Taking identities into account in access policies: international trends and local innovations

Peter Evans, Directorate for Education, OECD

Disability in higher education : a key factor for improving quality and achievement

Francisco Marmolejo, Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) and University of Arizona, United States and Mexico

Access for all?: Migrants in higher education

Discussion

 

5) 16.00 – 17.00: Social inequity: Trends, future and new challenges (Plenary roundtable interview – Amphi Grégoire, accès C)

This session will examine what is the impact of expansion on social inequity in higher education. Related trends and future challenges will be discussed by interviewing some leading experts.

Interviewer:

William Thorn, Directorate for Education, OECD

Speakers:

Petr Matějů, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Czech Republic

Richard Arum, Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and New York University, United States

Louis-André Vallet, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Laboratory of Quantitative Sociology, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique (CREST), France

Thomas Weko, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), United States

 

6) 17.00 – 18.00: Financing tertiary education: Challenges and opportunities for the future (Plenary roundtable interview – Amphi Grégoire, accès C)

This session aims to discuss new ways to meet future challenges in tertiary education financing by interviewing some leading experts.

Interviewer:

Jan Levy, Permanent Delegation of Norway to the OECD, Norway

Speakers:

Jamil Salmi, Human Development Network (HDNED), World Bank

Bruce Johnstone, International Comparative Higher Education Finance and Accessibility Project, State University of New York at Buffalo, United States

Claire Callender, University of London, United Kingdom

 


Tuesday 9 December

 

7) 9.30 – 11.00: Impact of globalisation on higher education: Towards convergence or sustained diversity? (Plenary – Amphi Grégoire, accès C)

This session will highlight the role of globalisation in influencing the future of higher education, with a specific focus on trends in governance. It will seek to cast light on whether the global diversity of higher education systems is likely to persist or whether a convergence of systems is emerging. Specific regional experiences and visions will be presented.

Chair:

Frances Kelly, Ministry of Education, New Zealand

Speakers:

Molly Corbett Broad, American Council on Education (ACE), United States

A confluence of challenging trends for U.S. higher education

Marijk van der Wende, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands

European responses to globalisation in higher education: combining convergence and divergence

Tatsuya Sakamoto, Keio University, Japan

Quality access in Japanese higher education and its challenges

Philip Altbach, Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), Boston College, United States

China and India:  the Asian giants awake in higher education

Discussion

 

8) 11.30 – 13.00: Quality higher education in the era of globalisation (Parallel workshops)

The aim of these parallel workshops is to provide participants the opportunity to discuss in more depth specific issues relating to the future impact of globalisation on higher education and its governance.

A. Quality assurance and learning outcomes: what next? (Amphi Grégoire, accès C)

This workshop will present trends and discuss the main issues related to different higher education quality assurance practices used in the world. While looking into the future, the emphasis is put on learning outcomes and accountability practices as vehicles for quality assurance.

Chair:

Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic, Division of Higher Education, UNESCO

Speakers:

Richard Lewis, International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), United Kingdom

Quality assurance in higher education – its global future

Richard Arum, Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and New York University, United States

Models for future comparative measurement of higher education learning: lessons from the Collegiate Learning Assessment study in the United States

Karine Tremblay, Directorate for Education, OECD

Feasibility study for an OECD Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO): directions for work

Discussion

B. International mobility and innovation: future prospects (Salle 11.A2.31, accès 11, escalier A)

The objective of this workshop is to examine trends in cross-border higher education and research both in terms of people and institutions. Emphasis will be placed on the role of this mobility for innovation.

Chair:

Kiira Kärkkäinen, CERI, OECD

Speakers:

Grant McBurnie, the Globalism Institute, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia

What future for program and institutional mobility?: (rising to) the challenges of governance, quality and innovation

Patricia Pol, Université Paris 12, France

The internationalisation of universities in France: towards an integrated management?

Akiyoshi Yonezawa, Tohoku University, Japan

Facilitating higher education mobility for the future: views from Japanese context

Sarah Box, Directorate for Science Technology and Industry, OECD

The global competition for talent: innovation and mobility of the highly skilled

Discussion

C. Labour market changes and the future of higher education (Salle 11.A3.33, accès 11, escalier A)

This workshop examines the future role of higher education in the context of changing and increasingly globalised labour market demands. It is to discuss, among other things, how and to what extent we should transform higher education in the future to better respond to the changing labour market needs.

Chair:

Elie Faroult, Directorate General for Research, European Commission

Speakers:

Ulrich Teichler, International Centre for Higher Education Research, University of Kassel, Germany

The future of graduate employment and work and the implications for higher education

Marino Regini, Department of Labour and Welfare Studies, University of Milan, Italy

Higher education and labour markets: looking for solutions to contrasting needs

Lizzi Holman, Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD

Stepping higher together: the future of business-university partnership in a flexible labour market

Discussion

 

9) 14.00 – 16.10: Best future scenarios for higher education? (Plenary – Amphi Grégoire, accès C)

The aim of this session is to examine the best, the possible and the likely future scenarios for higher education, taking into account previous discussions. The session will start with a brief presentation of the different scenarios developed within the CERI project on the future of higher education. The ministerial keynote speech will then present the views on best future scenarios for higher education by drawing on the Portuguese experiences and putting them in a broader international perspective. Finally, the session will conclude the conference with an open discussion that takes into account the different perspectives of higher education stakeholders, including the providers (such as higher education institutions and teachers), the beneficiaries (such as students and employers) and the policy-makers.

Part A

Chair:

Denis Despréaux, Ministry of Higher Education and Research, France

Presentation of the CERI scenarios:

Dirk van Damme, Head of CERI, OECD

Future scenarios for higher education

Part B

Chair:

Denis Despréaux, Ministry of Higher Education and Research, France

Speaker:

Manuel Heitor, Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal

Which tertiary education institutions in times of accelerated technical change?... A system approach towards knowledge networks and enhanced societal trust

Part C

Chair:

Denis Despréaux, Ministry of Higher Education and Research, France

Moderator:

Dirk van Damme, Head of CERI, OECD

Respondents:

Manuel Heitor, Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal
Monique Fouilhoux, Education International

Marita Aho, Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD

Eva Egron-Polak, International Association of Universities (IAU)

Bruno Carapinha, European Student Union (ESU)

Discussion

 

10) 16.10 – 16.30: Concluding remarks and next steps (Plenary – Amphi Grégoire, accès C)

This session provides a general conclusion for the conference in the framework of the CERI 40th anniversary conference series. Summarising the main messages drawn, it will have a forward-looking perspective that identifies the main areas where work is needed regarding the future of higher education.

Closing remarks:

Dirk van Damme, Head of CERI, OECD

Conclusions

Claude Sauvageot, French representative in the CERI Governing Board, Ministry of Higher Education and Research, France

 

16.30 Closing of the meeting