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The Future of Global Higher Education
A Penn Global & University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) Conference
March 17, 2023  |  9:00 AM  | Perry World House

Event Coverage

Thanks to everyone who joined Penn Global and Penn GSE for the Future of Global Higher Education confernece on March 17, 2023 at Perry World House. Check out the following coverage from the day:

Higher education conference emphasizes importance of international collaborations
Louisa Shepard | Penn Today
Penn Today covered the conference keynote featuring MIT President Emeritus L. Rafael Reif. Read More

Photos from the Conference on the Future of Global Higher Education
Eddy Marenco
Check out photos from all three panel discussions and the afternoon keynote. View of Flickr

At a time of great global disruption, the need for international partnership and cooperation in higher education is more apparent than ever before. Cross-border collaborations are the basis for developing and sustaining tolerance and understanding between different peoples, cultures and academic traditions. They can inspire innovation, increase opportunities for mutual endeavors and be the basis for the pursuit of shared solutions to pressing global problems. Opportunities for collaboration have broadened and diversified with new technologies and new communication platforms. But building partnerships between institutions is often challenging because there are sometimes competing cultural values and social practices. There are also often stark differences in resources and short-term objectives. While there have been notable and praiseworthy successful partnerships between institutions that can inform future joint work the challenges ahead are formidable. At the same time, tensions between nations have increased, while constraints on trade and the free movement of people continue to emerge and have been amplified by COVID pandemic, among other phenomena. In combination, these factors signal the importance of taking stock of existing partnerships and a strategic rethink of the nature and direction of global partnership development for higher education institutions.   

As the University celebrates the tenth anniversary of Penn Global and develops its strategic priorities for the next era of global engagement, it is time to critically appraise cross-border higher education partnerships. Penn Global and Penn GSE will examine the pillars of global partnership in higher education through an event that will draw out both lessons learned from the past decade plus of Penn’s international engagement as well as possible solutions to future challenges.

Conference Agenda

8:30 AM  |  Registration

Academic Program

9:15 AM  |  Welcome Remarks

Dean Pam Grossman, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) 

9:30 AM  |  Panel I: The Future of International Research Collaborations

  • Rebecca Keiser
    Chief of Research Security Strategy and Policy
    National Science Foundation

  • Abhilash Mishra
    Director, Kevin Xu Initiative on Science, Technology, and Global Development
    University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

  • Boon Thau Loo
    RCA Professor of Computer and Information Science
    University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science

  • Julie Wollman (Chair)
    Professor of Practice, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
    President Emerita, Widener University

10:15 AM  |  Panel II: The Future of International Student Mobility and Exchange

  • Themis Christophidou (Virtual)
    Director General for Education
    Youth, Sport, and Culture, European Commission

  • Tymofii Brik (Virtual)
    Rector, Kyiv School of Economics
    Executive Team Member, Ukrainian Global University

  • Joan Kaufman
    Senior Director of Academic Programs
    Schwarzman Scholars Program

  • Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein (Chair)
    Perry World House Professor of Practice of Law and Human Rights
    University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

11:00 AM  |  Panel III: The Future of International Academic Capacity-Building and Knowledge-Sharing

  • David Norris
    Vice Chancellor
    University of Botswana

  • Mauricio Rodas
    Former Mayor of Quito, Ecuador
    Schlager Visiting Fellow at Perry World House 

  • Nadeen Spence
    Student Services and Development Manager, University of the West Indies (UWI) at Mona, Jamaica
    Visiting Fellow at Perry World House

  • Martine Haas (Chair)
    The Lauder Professor & Professor of Management, The Wharton School
    Anthony L. Davis Director, The Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania

11:45 AM  |  Lunch

Penn Global GSE Conference Keynote Graphic


Celebrating 10 Years of Penn Global

Penn Global 10-Year Anniversary Logo2022 marks 10 years since the inception of Penn Global - a decade since the adoption of the University’s first global strategic framework. To commemorate this pivotal milestone, Penn Global is hosting a series of events for the Penn community throughout the year to highlight the transformative impact of Penn Global on the University, and celebrate Penn’s long-standing commitment to global engagement. 

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