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Global Higher Education Forum (GHEF) 2009

Current Trends, Future Perpsectives

13 ‐ 16 December 2009

Sub - Themes

  1. HE regionalisation and harmonisation: One model fits all?
    • Diversity of HE models, either existing or that existed in recent past
    • Current trends in regional harmonisation of HE systems
    • Challenges and trends in regional harmonisation of HE systems
  2. HE in a globally competitive world – From a tradable to a competitive commodity
    • Should HE be a tradable commodity?
    • Cross‐border HE and internationalisation: Are there losers? 
    • Global ranking and benchmarking of HE institutions: Who benefits?
  3. HE in times of global financial and economic turbulence
    •  Repercussions of the economic crisis on the HE sector: Funding, student enrolment, quality, etc.
    • Will HE in the South be affected in the same way as in the North? What will be the impact on national growth and development?
    • How can the challenges be overcome? Are there avenues for North‐South HE collaboration?
  4. Scenarios for HE futures
    • HE to serve local or global needs, or both? 
    • Alternative models of HE futures
    • Embedding values and service to humanity in the HE futures

Keynote Speakers

  1. Prof. Jomo K. S.
    United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs


  1. Student Loan Schemes: Experiences of New Zealand, Australia, India and Thailand and Way Forward for Malaysia (Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia & IPPTN)
  2. Quality Assurance and University Rankings in Higher Education in the Asia Pacific: Challenges for Universities and Nations (Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia & IPPTN)
  3. 50 Years of Higher Education Development in Malaysia (1957 - 2007) (Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia & IPPTN)



  • Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MoHE)
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
  • World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF)


  • International Association of Universities
  • Association of African Universities (AAU) 
  • Right Livelihood College (RLC)


  • National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN)