On 21 October the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), in conjunction with the Institute of International Education (IIE), hosted the first North American Regional Forum of Education Without Borders at IIE’s New York City headquarters.
The day-long forum brought together an impressive group of leaders from North American colleges and universities to discuss the issues and challenges of globalization that face educators today.
With the theme ‘Reframing Higher Education: North American Perspectives on Internationalization and Globalization’, college and university presidents participated in high level panel discussions on such topics as:
- branch Campuses in the Middle East;
- preparing students for employment in the global marketplace;
- trends in the recruitment of international students; and
- accreditation processes and transfer ability across countries.
The panels were moderated by journalists who specialize in international and education issues.
The opening address was given by His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, United Arab Emirates, and Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology.
Keynote speakers included Dr George Rupp, President, International Rescue Committee and President-Emeritus, Columbia University and Rice University, and Dr John Sexton, President, New York University.
The forum is a regional follow-on to the prestigious biennial Education Without Borders World Forum established by His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan of the United Arab Emirates in 2007.
The next World Forum will be held in 2009 in the UAE, in conjunction with the Education Without Borders International Student Conference.