Event Date/Time: Jul 19, 2006 End Date/Time: Jul 22, 2006
Registration Date: Jul 19, 2006
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Reflections on Diversity and Harmonization is the core theme of the World University Presidents Summit and will provide the basis for leaders and innovators from the world of public and private higher education to discuss a number of mutually reinforcing developments and issues inside the world of higher education. The following core sub-themes will be explored in detail under the context of Diversity and Harmonization:

1) Sufficiency and Sustainability (Sufficiency Economy, Higher Education for Sustainable Development). As the world becomes increasingly interconnected and borderless in its aspirations and functions, numerous large scale and corporate suppliers are dominating provision. Where are the boundaries for this, what are the local needs and should education provision focus on meeting and sustaining local and national communities or bound to corporatization and boundless growth of the globalization? What are the most appropriate and sustainable ways for higher education to develop?

2) Trends and Developments in Cross Border Education (Implication and Impacts on Higher Education Diversity and Harmony). Student and academic mobility has been a long established trend over the last 20 years but increasingly transnational education suppliers have been emerging through joint programmes, dual programmes and branch campuses. What does this mean for quality and the needs of national systems and learners? How can these developments benefits national agendas and the public good?

3) New Trends and Innovations in Higher Education (Challenges Facing Higher Education on Molecular and Knowledge-Based Economy, Higher Education as a Tool to Innovate). Technology has stimulated many reforms and changes. But innovations also require integration into the needs of society, the economy and national systems and structures. How has the increasingly new ways of delivering higher education been integrated into wider local, national, regional and global context?

4) Higher Education Governance (Autonomy and Good Governance, Trends in Forms and Structures for New Management and Financing Higher Education). New pressures and demand on higher education are coming from multiple sources. What does this mean for the governance and financing mechanisms for Higher Education? And what is the best mix of governance structures and systems for a diverse and harmonious higher education sector?

5) Harmonization within Diversity. (Mutual Recognition of Standards, Quality Assurance and Accreditation). The growth of social agendas and market demands for higher education has led to the proliferation of different programmes and suppliers in national higher education systems. New technologies have enabled learning to take place anywhere, anytime and across national borders. How do programmes that enable access and those that aim at profit work in harmony to support national, local and regional needs. How can this diversity in provision, whether it is public or private, local or global, traditional or technological, be reconciled to ensure quality, social and economic needs to be addressed successfully?

6) Peace and Social Stability. (Conflict Resolution, Tolerance and Terrorism). The growing polarization of communities as a result of culture and religion has become an increasing trend affecting communities worldwide. Education, and in particular higher education, can play a vital role in raising awareness and tolerance amongst tomorrow’s leaders and citizens of different cultures and religions. Student and academic exchange is a key ingredient for this, and innovative ways need to be sought to foster and increase this if we are to maximize the potential for higher education to facilitate peace and social stability in our time.

7) Cultural Awareness and Sport as Contributors to Global Peace and Understanding. As a tool of peace and understanding, sports session which is organized by FISU will widely discuss about the benefits of sport and how it is used as a tool of human development and build international academic cooperation.

Each of the sub-themes contributes to or is a key aspect of the diversity of provision and need for harmonization that higher education systems now seek and have to address. The Summit will bring these issues and leading edge developments and thinking on them to the fore and seek to share experiences and develop collective agendas for action by the leaders in higher education.

The Commission on Higher Education, Ministry of Education would be delighted to hear from leaders in education interested in the above themes and areas as well as prospective candidates to chair and lead such sessions


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Registration online is available from now on. The exhibition space is also available for the participating universities on the first come first serve basis