Co-hosted by the British Council and the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, this annual event offers an open forum for global leaders of tertiary education to debate international higher education issues and challenges, and discuss collaborative solutions.

Under the theme “Global connections, local impact: Creating 21st century skills, knowledge and impact for society-wide good”, it will be discussed across 40 sessions over three days with the participation of more than 800 education leaders, government ministers and chief executives from around 75 countries.

“Vietnam will be strongly represented at this year’s Going Global, and this is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate to the rest of the world the work that is happening in Vietnam, and to learn from global expertise. This is a very fitting way to celebrate 70 years of continuous British Council presence in Malaysia, and 25 years of British Council engagement in Vietnam”, said Mr Danny Whitehead, Director, British Council in Vietnam.

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According to Prof. Dr. Sc Bui Van Ga, former Deputy Vietnamese Minister of Ministry of Education and Training, this important education event is a good opportunity for Vietnamese universities to set up partnerships with international universities to learn from experiences in university governance, and quality assurance.

The conference features keynote speeches, plenary and panel discussions, workshops and master classes from leading experts in the tertiary sector, industry and government agencies. Students will also feature in parts of the program and fringe events to provide an opportunity to engage in wider discussions outside of the main conference or for delegates to enjoy Malaysian and ASEAN cultural activities.

Minister of Higher Education Malaysia YB Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh said: “This year’s theme is timely as it reflects the importance of establishing global connections in the higher education space in order to effect meaningful, beneficial and sustainable change within our respective local communities. This is especially so as we prepare to face the challenges of the fourth Industrial Revolution. Going Global 2018 will enable important discussions to take place on these issues”.

Up to 150 expert speakers will address questions around how leaders and policy-makers can develop a well-understood role for institutions, what the priorities are in ensuring national tertiary education is fit to shape societies of the future and how they can meet the future needs of students, employers and communities.

Since 2004, Going Global has become an annual event alternating between the UK and major international cities, including Dubai, Miami and Cape Town./.