British Council – Going Global 2015

British Council - Going Global 2015

Every year the British Council hosts the Going Global conference, where global leaders in International Education get together to discuss issues facing the international education community.

This year the event took place over two days from 1 – 2 June at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London. Each year Going Global attracts more than 1000 delegates from across tertiary education sectors.

Highlights from Day 1

  • British Council Chief Executive Ciarán Devane welcomed delegates and introduced Jo Johnson, the UK’s new universities minister, who gave his first public address in his new role.
  • Jo Johnson announced new measures to protect international students from fraud in the UK and told of his personal commitment to overseas study.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, gave a pre-recorded video address.
  • The British Council launched new research showing that a degree in social sciences plus international study or work experience are the two most commonly shared characteristics of professional leaders around the world.
  • A new manifesto for improving global access to higher education was launched.

Further information and highlights from Day 1 can be found here.

Highlights from Day 2

  • The British Council launched new research that shows that a third of UK students are interested in studying abroad, with study at undergraduate level becoming more popular.
  • The British Council and the Quality Assurance Agency launched a project to look at the extent to which a quality assurance culture affects quality development in nine counties.
  • Speakers and delegates debated the role of education in reducing the impact of radicalisation and the likelihood that it will lead to violent extremism and acts of terrorism.
  • David Willetts, the UK’s former Minister of Universities and Science, suggested that the UK Government should free student loan restrictions to allow British students to take their fee loans and spend them at overseas universities.
  • Dr Jo Beall, the British Council’s Director of Education and Society, closed the conference with news that the next Going Global will be in Cape Town, South Africa, in May next year.
  • Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education and Training, Republic of South Africa, extended a warm welcome to delegates travelling to Cape Town for the 2016 Going Global, and promised that controversial issues would be debated there.

Further information and highlights from Day 2 can be found here


Further information regarding the 2015 Going Global conference can be found on the British Council website by following this link.