Global Partnership Conference

Join us online, 25 - 26 June 2020.

University of Sussex Business School

We invite you to join us for two days from 25 – 26 June 2020 for our upcoming conference which we are pleased to be delivering online.

Global sustainability is now at the forefront of agendas for all organisations, and higher education is no exception. In these challenging times, we value the relationships that we have with you, our partners and we hope this event brings us opportunities to engage, reflect and look forward with confidence.

We will debate the challenges that universities face in the race to build long term solutions to the global sustainability challenge. How can we balance international growth ambitions with our commitment to environmental sustainability?


Internationalisation and the Global Sustainability Challenge.

Key dates

Our event will take place online over the two days from 25 – 26 June 2020. We will examine internationalisation as a cross cutting theme as it intersects with the challenges of global sustainability, particularly in a post Covid-19 world.

Who should attend?

This event will be of interest to Vice Presidents, Directors and Heads of Internationalisation, and academics and university leaders working in the area of internationalisation and sustainability.

If you haven’t already done so, please register your interest in attending the conference to receive up to date information about the event and joining instructions. There is no limit to the number of representatives per institution.

We look forward to welcoming you online, in June.


Session One: Sustainability, Partnerships and Internationalisation

Thursday 25 June 2020, 09:00 – 10:00 (GMT+1)

What role can the SDG’s and partnerships play in overcoming the challenges of working globally and sustainably, and how might this change in a post-Covid-19 world.

Keynote: Professor Joseph Alcamo, Director of the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme.

Panel: Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor and President; Yong Zulina Zubairi, Associate Vice-Chancellor, University of Malaya and University of Sussex; Professor Richard Follett, Associate Vice President, University of Sussex

Session Two: Internationalisation and the Global Sustainability challenge: Student Initiatives

Friday 26 June 2020, 08:30 – 10:00 (GMT+1)

Virtual exchange is a great way to get students to develop intercultural competencies and encourage green internationalisation.

  • Students from Victoria University of Wellington, University of Sussex and University of California, Santa Cruz, debate the topic of Internationalisation and the Global Sustainability Challenge.
  • Physical mobility remains a key part of internationalisation. Students are conscious of their environmental impact and look for ways to be sustainable at home and abroad. Our students and alumni will reflect on some examples of their own efforts to be sustainable global citizens.
  • We invite the delegates to explore the relative importance between physical and virtual mobility with us in a post-Covid-19 world.

Session Three: The Role of Universities as Agents of Change

Friday 26 June 2020, 15:00 – 16:00 (GMT+1)

How can we as higher education stakeholders balance the benefits of internationalisation with the challenges of sustainability?

  • Is a green international strategy possible?
  • How do we enhance students’ global experience on campus?
  • How do we build global North-South higher education partnerships that deliver sustainable and long term change?

Panel: Dr. Suleiman Ramon Yusuf, Deputy Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Nigeria; Dr Joanna Newman MBE FRSA, Chief Executive, the Association of Commonwealth Universities; Celia Partridge, Assistant Director, Universities UK International; Andrew Wilks, Director Sustainability, Victoria University Wellington (video contribution); and Professor Richard Follett, Associate Vice President, University of Sussex

Optional extended session: TNE as a vehicle of change in internationalisation

Friday 26 June 2020, 16:15 – 17:00 (GMT+1)

What is the role of Transnational Education (TNE) in support of the higher education sustainability agenda? An interactive session with international higher education experts focusing on considerations of TNE as a vehicle of change in internationalisation.

Panel: Eduardo Ramos, Head of TNE, Universities UK International; Sirin Myles, International Higher Education Consultant; Leina Shi, Head of Global Engagement, University of Sussex

See the full programme of events [PDF, 1.23MB]


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