“Soaring Upwards”: - ‘Going Global 2017’ Was Held in London -‘Going Global 2018’ Will Be Held in Kuala Lumpur

At the end of this year’s conference in London, the British Council’s announced that its annual Going Global conference will be held in Malaysia in 2018, and the Vice-Chancellor of Taylor’s University will serve on the organising and hosting committee.

(L-R) Sarah Deverall, Director of the British Council Malaysia, with Prof Perry Hobson (PVC-GE) TU at Going Global 2017 in London
The Going Global 2017 conference focused on how universities support city-regional economies as well as social and civic engagement, connecting the world's cities to global knowledge and talent while addressing global challengesAs the British Council pointed out ahead of the conference, “we live in an era characterized by both globalisation and urbanisation, with more than half of the world’s people living in cities and townsThis urban-global age provides tertiary education institutions with unprecedented opportunities to mobilise their expertise, prepare young people for the future and drive forward research and policy agendas”.  Given this backdrop, the theme of this year’s conference was Global Cities: Connecting Talent, Driving Change”Howeverthe urban-global age also poses challenges for universities and the cities of which they are a part, and these challenges became the issues that were the focus of the various sessions within the conference.  Taylor’s University was represented at the Conference by Professor Perry Hobson, the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement. TU also actively participated in a EMGS sponsored ‘Education Malaysia’ joint-booth at the conference along with five other public and private Malaysian universities – which included the University of Malaya and Asia Pacific University. At the final session of the British Council’s Going Global 2017 conference in London, it was announced that the conference will be held in Kuala Lumpur in 2018. During the closing session, the Chairman of the British Council, Christopher Rodrigues CBE, invited Hon. Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, the Secretary-General of the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) to the stage as the host country for the 2018 conference. Typically, the conference is hosted in London on alternate years.  Professor Michael Driscoll, the Vice-Chancellor of Taylor’s University has been asked to serve on the hosting committee for the forthcoming conference. Taking the theme of “Redesigning Excellence: Higher Education for Global Societal Impact”, the Going Global 2018 conference will be co-hosted with the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education and held May 2-4th at KLCC. For more information on the 2018 conference click here - (Global Matters 2017)