Over the coming weeks, we hope to give you a taste of the Symposium activities and provoke some discussions and debates before the event itself.
First up is the issue of internationalisation. Dr Don Olcott is the Chief Executive of The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education in London, and the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United States Distance Learning Association. His keynote address is titled 'Rock n' on the International Stage: Global Universities and Cross-Border Higher Education'. In this talk, Dr Olcott will be posing a question to us: how do we define a global university?
I am going to put a question back to him: should universities attempt to fulfill both regional and international agendas (as you sometimes see in mission statements, along the lines of being 'a regional university with an international orientation'), or would they often be better off playing to their strengths regionally? Why the compulsion to 'go global'? Any thoughts?