How to Dismantle Barriers Faced By Black Talent in Academia took place online on the 28th of August, with the two panels composed of higher education faculty and professionals from around the world. This conference invited Black members of the wider academic community to shine a light on their higher education experience and share the impact of under-representation and discrimination on their research and career aspirations. The first panel aimed to identify and resolve issues of discrimination in higher education institutions. The second panel featured women in various occupations from three different continents, who examined how gender and race bias hinder academic progression.
Higher Education in the Time of COVID took place online on the 26th of June and brought lecturers and students from around the world to share with each other the challenges each have faced in adapting to a new teaching environment. In the first panel, lecturers from universities in Asia, the Americas, Europe and Africa shared the difficulties they encountered, and how they expected to adapt to the 2020-2021 academic term. The second panel addressed the students’ experience with online education, their expectations and hopes, and advice on how to successfully engage with online educational tools in a very competitive cyberspace.
Women, Development and Higher Education took place on 2 July 2019 at Srinakharinwirot University in Thailand. This female-focused conference featuring all-female panellists produced practical solutions with clear action points highlighting the different aspects of the complex and fascinating challenge of shaping higher education for the future. Through three panelled discussions, speakers suggested ways to achieve gender parity in higher education, offered different tools, technologies and techniques to enhance educational experiences for women, and proposed thoughts to extend beyond teaching.
Teaching Tech to Generation Z took place on Saturday 18 May 2019 at the German School in London, England. The student-led conference offered a solution-oriented dialogue where participants in education, tech and research examined the ways in which education needs to adapt to address the needs of Generation Z in a changing world. Through two panel discussions, speakers examined a variety of topics including the challenges and opportunities of ‘Teaching Tech’ and social and mental well-being of young adults in the digital age.
The first-ever conference report presents the key findings from Higher Education in the Age of Transformation and each of the panel discussion. Over the two day conference, panellists covered a variety of topics including Development, Health and Education, Skills and Indicators for Employment in the 21st Century Job Market, Technology and Teaching Generation Z, The Role of Academic Innovation, Challenging the Status Quo in Education, Higher Education and Entrepreneurship, and Building Bridges in Higher Education.