SGroup Think Tank Academy Web Conference: 20-21 May 2021

3 May 2021

The SGroup Think Tank Academy Web Conference on Responsible International Higher Education 2021 - transformative modes for sustainable and hybrid engagement’ will take place, online, on 20-21 May 2021. The event is public and free of charge. It targets senior leadership, academics, administrative staff and students from higher education institutions, as well as representatives from NGOs.

You can register here until 19 May. 

Adel El Zaim, Associate Vice-President International from the University of Ottawa and former AIEA president, will be the keynote speaker on the first day, presenting his views on the main topic. The agenda will also include slots for our regional Think Tanks (Australia, China, Latin America and Africa).

The second day will focus on presentations about ‘Innovative practices in Doctoral Education’ in the morning, followed by an afternoon workshop on ‘The Social Mission of Universities’.

The final programme will be updated online all the time, but we can already share a preliminary version below. Please note that all times in the schedule are in CEST (Central European Summer Time).

Final programme  (online)


20 May 2021

Regional Think Tanks
10:00 -11:00 CEST: An Australian perspective with Stacey Farraway, La Trobe University

11:00 - 12:30 CEST: Bridging European-Chinese HE Cooperation. Perspectives for confident, responsible and sustainable relationships with Dr Joy Y. Zhang, MBBS, MSc, PhD, Director of Studies, Sociology at the University of Kent

14:00 -15:00 CEST:  Keynote speech by Adel El Zaim, University of Ottawa

15:00 - 16:30 CEST:
The Central Africa platform of the University of Liège - Concept, objectives, results by Dr Raoul Sambieni
ERAIFT: Capacity building through international collaboration by Prof. Jan Bogaert, University of Liège
The AUDA NEPAD Centre of Excellence in Science, Technology & Innovation - Collaborative efforts for the upscaling of home-grown solutions for the African continent by Dr Nico Elema, Manager: Centre for Collaboration in Africa, Stellenbosch University International

16:30 - 18:00 CEST: Virtual Student Mobility – Implications for Access, Equity and Quality by Dr Emma Sabzalieva, UNESCO Policy Analyst

21 May 2021

10:00 - 12:00 CEST: Innovative practices in Doctoral Education

10:00 – 10:10: Welcome and introduction to the speakers
10:10 – 10:45: Presentation by Ms Claire Morel, Head of Unit Head for international cooperation and programmes, European Commission
10:45 – 11:20: Motivation, effectiveness and performance – How young researchers and supervisors can survive the impacts of COVID by Dr Isabelle Halleux, Director for Research at the University of Liège
11:20 – 11:55: Doctoral education through interdisciplinary, (inter)national and societal collaborations by Professor Malin Ideland, Director of the Doctoral School at Malmö University

14:00 – 16:30 CEST: Workshop on The Social Mission of Universities

14:00 – 14:05: Welcome and introduction to the project
14:05 – 14:20: Presentation of the report on Equality, Diversity and InclusionMariana Sousa, former SGroup Projects Manager

14:20 – 15:20: Case studies 
14:20 – 14:40: From Rhetoric to Practice: Embedding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Our         Everyday Life by Professor Dibyesh Anand, Head of the School of Social Sciences at the           University of Westminster and Professor Alexandra Hughes, Deputy Vice Chancellor Global          Engagement and Employability at the University of Westminster
 14:40 – 15:00: Mapping students’ journey through the educational system – A university –             municipality collaboration aiming to increase the transmission to HE and work by Anna                 Singhateh, Project Manager at the City of Malmö
 15:00 – 15:20: Building Inclusive Universities: role and activities of Student Support Office at          the University of Sarajevo by Rd. Sandra Bjelan-Guska, Assistant Professor, University of  Sarajevo

 15:20 – 16:05 Group discussion

        16:05 – 16:15: Next steps and closing

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