Global Engagement to host Global Partnerships Conference 2021
By: Louise Duthie
Last updated: Monday, 14 June 2021
Building on the great success of our virtual Global Partnerships Conference 2020, we are pleased to announce our second conference to bring together our valuable partners from across the world. This year, we will explore how we can support and learn from each other in rebuilding the post-pandemic international education sector.
Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic, looming economic crisis, new social movements, climate emergency, and the search for racial justice have transformed our institutional and political imperatives. And in these turbulent times, internationalism, agility, adaptability, and personal resilience have never been more important. Covid has taught us that scientific collaboration is a truly global endeavour and that long-term action on climate change are possible. As university leaders – committed to international higher education – we walk the tightrope between building impactful global collaborations and the challenges of the global pandemic.
In so doing:
- We choose between status quo and innovation.
- We choose between caution and courage.
- We choose between control and collaboration.
- We choose between transactional and values-based internationalism.
The University of Sussex Global Partnership Conference is a forum and platform to learn with, and from, our partners. We will explore what is possible by working in partnership during and after the pandemic and we ask: what values and attributes do university leaders, educators, and professional service teams require to collaborate in the coming years. Our sessions blend international strategic discussions, case studies and workshops, to present to and engage with partners on the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to build back better.
We aim to bring together international education professionals from our 329 partners in 59 countries.
Values-based international engagement
23 June 2021; 13.00 – 13.45 (GMT+1)
In a keynote address, Professional Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Sussex, will outline the importance of respectful collaboration and knowledge diplomacy in international education and research partnerships.
Professor Richard Follett, Associate Vice President International, will talk about the University’s perspective on our value based international engagement. At Sussex, we embrace a set of institutional core values: kindness, integrity, inclusion, collaboration and courage. They influence how we work and interact with each other, and our approach to internationalisation.
Professor Robin Banerjee, Professor of Developmental Psychology, runs the Sussex Kindness Research network, and is a prominent thought-leader on the subject of kindness. Robin will share his reflection on the nature and impact of kindness and wellbeing in different parts of society.
Building back better with shared purpose
24 June 2021; 09.00 – 10.15 (GMT+1)
A conversation with:
- Professor Blair McRae - Deputy Vice Chancellor Engagement, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
- Professor Madhushree Sekher - Chairperson, Office of International Affairs, Dean of the School of Vocational Education, The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), India
- Jennifer Cosgrave - Country Director British Council Netherlands
- Maryam Taher - University of Sanctuary
to offer their insights in a changed and changing world.
Reflections on implementing a global hub strategy
25 June 2021; 09.00 – 10.15 (GMT +1)
Reflections from University leaders from the University of Sussex, Zhejiang Gongshang University, China and Mahidol University, Thailand, we share our experience in establishing transnational education programmes and explore the elements that build up regional impact and contribute to a global hub strategy.
- Professor Jin Yanghua - Vice President, Zhejiang Gongshang University
- Associate Professor Dr. Kanyaratt Supaibulwatana - Director, School of Bioinnovation and Biobased Product Intelligence, Mahidol University
- Professor Richard Follett - Associate Vice President, University of Sussex
- Celia Partridge - Assistant Director, Universities UK International
Our interactive workshops
Developing international focus and awareness in staff
23 June 2021;14.00 – 15.30 (GMT+1)
- Leina Shi, Head of Global Engagement, University of Sussex
- Sirin Myles, International Education Consultant, Co-founder the IC Café; and
- Charlene Allen, International Education Consultant, Co-founder, the IC Café
This session will explore what global literacy means for academic and professional service staff. You will discuss the benefit of utilising this skill as part of your toolkit for internationalisation and explore how it should be employed to better your institution and how it can support you in your role.
Building a personal resilience strategy
24 June 2021; 14.00 – 15.30 (GMT +1)
- Martin Hookham-Simms, Head of the International Office, University of Sussex;
- Leina Shi, Head of Global Engagement, University of Sussex
In this workshop, we aim to help you to understand your own strengths, build supportive practices and develop greater resilience.
We will explore different tools and strategies that enable you to develop an awareness of how you are perceived, understand what motivates you, and how you manage your own stress levels. These actions are key in ensuring your effectiveness in the workplace.
Partnering with international alumni for global impact
25 June 2021; 14.00 – 15.30 (GMT+1)
- Dr Marina Pedreira-Vilarino; Director of Development and Alumni Relations, University of Sussex;
- Robert Yates, Head of Development, University of Sussex
In this workshop, we explore what role alumni play in building institutional reputation worldwide, and how partnering with international alumni can make a real difference for individuals through alumni connections, skills and resources.
Virtual meeting hub
Attendees are welcome to connect with the University of Sussex staff via a virtual meeting hub, where partners can discuss current collaboration or explore new opportunities.
The events will be held fully online over three days, with networking opportunities available through our online platform.