World education leaders to gather in Miami to debate innovation, inclusion and impact

February 24, 2014 2:15 pm

More than one thousand of the world’s leading experts and decision makers in higher and further education are due to come to Miami, USA, for the eighth prestigious ‘Going Global’ conference, organised by the British Council.

During last year, the conference was held for the first time in the Gulf region, saw 1300 leaders of international education shared learning and debated how higher education can create knowledge-based economies for 21st century nations. More than fifty sessions took place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE. Five top Bahraini delegates in education and training sectors, sponsored by the British Council, attended last year.

This year, the conference will bring together leaders from governments, education institutions and business from more than seventy countries to explore how innovation systems are formed, structured and driven globally and transnationally. Leaders will consider how talent is developed and how countries meet the challenge of providing sufficient high quality tertiary education to ensure the widespread inclusion and participation of their citizens. The conference will investigate how impact is delivered – and explore the outcomes for policy makers, funders, tertiary education stakeholders and the institutions themselves. From Bahrain, Tawfeeq Al Rayyash, Training Affairs Advisor, High Council for Vocational Training – Ministry of Labour will contribute as a panel speaker. The panel will explore the theme of National Qualification Frameworks (NQFs) and its role in social mobility, economic growth and international collaboration. Taking into consideration the recent developments in Bahrain in partnership with Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA), his contribution to the session would focus on the motivations, successes and challenges of developing an NQF for Bahrain, the first country in the region to do so.

The conference will be held from 29 April – 1 May 2014 at the Miami Beach Convention Centre in Miami, Florida.

A global call for proposals was made in 2013, attracting over 450 submissions from around the world. A programme of over sixty sessions has been developed for the three day conference, addressing topics such as the growth and opportunities created by transnational education; future models of university and industry collaboration, and how technology can drive access to skills.

Major research projects will be released and debated at the conference, including an international study on the value of large scale national outward mobility programmes; the role of the Humanities in dealing with global development challenges, and the growth and impact of English as a Medium of Instruction in higher education around the world.

Dr Jo Beall, the British Council’s Director of Education and Society, said, “Talent is now mobile, knowledge transcends national borders – so it is becoming increasingly vital that nations can come together to develop the most effective system that maximises innovation whilst including the broadest sections of our societies. Going Global is an evolving, travelling conference, and it’s highly appropriate that it will now come to the Americas and focus on a theme that has become crucial to international growth and prosperity.”


Aline Kiwan
British Council