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Global Higher Education Forum (GHEF) 2011

Global Higher Education: Reflecting on the Past, Designing Sustainable Futures

13 ‐ 15 December 2011

Sub - Themes

  1. Reflecting on past discussion
    • Higher education access and equity
    • Effects of global recession on higher education
  2. Taking stock of plans constructed/abandoned
    • Higher education regionalisation and harmonisation
    • Staff/student mobility
    • Attracting global talent
  3. Sustainable futures
    • Indigenous knowledge
    • Advance civilisation
    • Priority on humanity and nature
  4. Education for rapid global socio‐cultural change‐beyond “business‐as‐usual”
    • “The truly strategic of the 21st century”
    • Futures in higher education: Futures studies courses‐ cases and designs
    • Futures of higher education: Diverse alternatives from around the globe
    • Inclusive higher education for the “bottom billion” and the most vulnerable
  5. Education for rapid global socio‐cultural change‐beyond “business‐as‐usual”
    • “Welcome to postnormal times”
    • Complexity, creativity, imagination, innovation
    • Transdisciplinary, integral studies, postnormal studies
    • Role of media and civil societies in creating new knowledge and learning
  6. Higher education to sustain a fragile planet
    • “Pedagogy for sustainable futures”
    • Impact of climate change on higher education futures
    • Eco‐logical education
    • Higher education in climate‐change vulnerable regions

Keynote Speakers

  1. Prof. Sohail Inayatullah, Tamkang University


  1. Quality Assurance and University Rankings in Asia (Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia & IPPTN)
  2. Higher Education and Human Capital Development between Malaysia and CLV Countries: Towards Strategic Partnership and Alliances (IPPTN)
  3. Development of Higher Education and Its Future (IIUM Press & IPPTN)
  4. Diversity of Higher Education Models (IIUM Press & IPPTN)



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

Intellectual Support

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


  • National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN)