IAU 2017 International Conference
Global Meeting of Associations (17-18 October)
About the GMA:
Global Meetings of Associations (GMA) are held every two years. They are organized exclusively for leaders of national, regional and international associations/organizations of higher education institutions. They offer a unique opportunity for these leaders to meet as a relatively small group of peers to exchange ideas, practices and to network.

Target audience:
The GMA is exclusively open to senior representatives from national, regional, sub regional and international higher education associations, organisations and networks.

The GMA will start with a panel to frame the theme and discuss implications for higher education associations. The participants will then breakout into groups to debate and exchange views and experiences on a series of questions. At the end of the day any conclusions reached, contrasts and similarities found and trends uncovered will be highlighted and discussed in plenary.

IAU GMA 2017, Accra, Ghana. 


The presentations are now available online. Click on the link 'Presentation' near the name of the presenter in the programme.

Thank you to all for your participation in the Global Meeting of Associations (GMA)!

Leadership for a changing public-private higher education funding landscape:

implications for higher education associations

The impacts and challenges that result from the shifting and often blurring lines between publicly and privately funded higher education and the pressure to change the funding mix are manifold. At the system level, these transitions raise questions of the very definition of what is a public or private university, questions about the regulatory and accountability frameworks that govern each of these categories of institutions, questions with regard to quality and recognition.

For students, the issues are about accessibility, participation, retention and also recognition. As well, this changing public – private landscape can influence the profile of individual institutions and the disciplinary mix or curricula they offer, what academic knowledge and skills they emphasize, the students they wish or are able to attract, the relationship they build with communities and potential employers.

But what about the impact this has on the national and regional university associations? How are they experiencing the changing nature of higher education that comes with a more blurred notion of public and private?

The Global Meeting of Association (GMA) seeks to provide a forum for examining the answers and additional questions from the perspective of membership associations and university networks.

GMA Programme

17 October 2017 (Venue: Hotel Fiesta Royale)

17:00   Registrations

18:00-20:00     Opening of the Global Meeting of Associations (GMA) and Welcome Reception
                Opening keynote: Ernest Aryeetey, Secretary General, African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and Former IAU Board                               member (download presentation)

                Words of welcome: 
                Pam Fredman, IAU President, Sweden
                Etienne Ehilé, Secretary General of the Association of African Universities (AAU)

18 October 2017 (Venue: University of Ghana)

08:00-09:00     Coffee/tea and registrations

09:00-09:30     Introduction and welcome remarks

                             Hillgje van't Land, IAU Secretary General
                             GMA facilitator - Eva Egron-Polak, Former IAU Secretary General

09:30-10:45     Plenary panel

                             Changing public-private higher education funding landscape: what are the implications for associations?

                             Chair: Eva Egron-Polak, Outgoing IAU Secretary General
                             Helge Schwitters, President, European Student Union (ESU), Belgium
                             (download presentation)
                             Etienne Ehilé, Secretary General, Association of African Universities (AAU), Ghana
(download presentation)  
                             Michael Gaebel, Director of the higher education policy unit, European University Association (EUA), Belgium                                                         (download presentation)
                             Elaine Meyer-Lee, President of the Board of Directors, NAFSA, USA
                             (download presentation)

11:00-12:30    Discussions in groups - Series I

                            Q.1 What membership trends do you see in terms of private or public higher education institutions?
                            Moderator:Irina Ferencz, Deputy Director, Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), Belgium

                            Q.2 Is the changing funding landscape bringing more risks such as corruption; unfettered competition and shift in                                   values? What about new opportunities?
                            Moderator: Sijbolt Noorda, President, Magna Charta Observatory, Italy

                            Q.3 Public-private: same or different leadership capabilities required? Same or different services needed?
                             ModeratorGeorges Malamoud, Conseiller stratégie du RecteurAgence universitaire de la francophonie

                            Q.4 New funding realities: what is the impact on quality assurance, accreditation and on other regulatory                                                   mechanisms?
                            Moderator: Roberto Escalante, Secretary General, Association of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean                                                     (UDUAL), Mexico

12:30-14:00     Lunch break and networking

14:00-15:30    Discussions in groups - Series II

                             Q.5 How does private HE funding of higher education impact on calls for social responsibility, how does it                                                      influence research choices?
                             Moderator: Sultan Abu-Orabi, Secretary General, Association of Arab Universities (AArU), Jordan

                            Q.6 What impact do increased competition, rankings and other ‘market’ forces have on your association?
                            Moderator: Furqan Qamar, Secretary-General, Association of Indian Universities, India

                            Q.7 Does the diversification of funding sources bring changes in the mission and purposes of higher                                                           education?
                            Moderator:Marita Hilliges, Secretary General, Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF), Sweden

                            Q.8 What are the expectations and the place of the student in this changing landscape?
                            Moderator:Fred Awaah, Director, Student Services of the Africa Regional Office of GUNi-Africa, Ghana
15:30-16:00     Coffee/tea break and networking

16:00-17:00    Report to plenary

                             GMA facilitator - Eva Egron-Polak, Former IAU Secretary General
                             Group moderators

17:00-17:30    Closing and harvesting topics for the next GMA

Hillgje van't Land, IAU Secretary General
                             Pam Fredman, IAU President, Sweden
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18:00 - 20:00   Inauguration of the IAU 2017 International Conference (click here for the Conference programme)