Senate House, London,
16 – 18 October 2013

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Wednesday 16 October




Registration and refreshments | Crush Hall and Macmillan Hall, Senate House



Opening Ceremony | Beveridge Hall, Senate House

Welcome address from:

Keynote address from:

  • Sir David King, UK Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change and ACU Centenary Speaker


Refreshments | Macmillan Hall



Plenary 1 - Future forward: taking charge of change | Beveridge Hall

Chair: Professor Jan Reid, Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Sydney, Australia

  • Professor Stephen Toope, President, University of British Columbia: ‘I love you, you’re perfect, now change: the new relationship between universities and the world they serve’ | Abstract
  • Dr Theuns Eloff, Vice-Chancellor, North West University: 'The emerging university market: prepared to take on the BHAGs' Abstract

  Group photo ǀ Crush Hall


Lunch | Macmillan Hall






Plenary 2 - Governance and leadership | Beveridge Hall

Chair:  Dr Idris A Rai, The State University of Zanzibar, Tanzania

Announcement of the Commonwealth Residential School 2014


Refreshments | Macmillan Hall


ACU Centenary book launch - 'Universities for a New World: Making a Global Network in International Higher Education, 1913-2013' | Beveridge Hall


Plenary 3 - The international student: the next phase | Beveridge Hall

Chair:  Professor John Hearn, Chief Executive, World Universities Forum and Professor of Physiology, University of Sydney, Australia

  • Dr Christopher Hill, University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus: ‘The international student: the next phase of higher education?’ | Abstract


Launch of the ACU Beyond 2015 campaign | Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London

Reception kindly hosted bySchool of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London


Thursday 17 October





Plenary 4 - Civil society and social engagement | Beveridge Hall

Chair:  Professor John Wood, Secretary General, The Association of Commonwealth Universities

  • Professor Prabhu Guptara, Professor of Global Business Management & Public Policy, William Carey University, India: ‘Universities, civil society and social engagement’ | Abstract


Refreshments | Macmillan Hall


Parallel discussion sessions on topics related to Plenaries | First floor breakout rooms, Senate House

 Civil society and social development ǀ Senate Room

Chair: Dr David Atkinson, President of Grant MacEwan University, Canada

  • Alida Van Dyk, Director, Centre for Community Engagement and Cuzette Du Plessis, Academic Manager, University of Fort Hare, South Africa: 'The "engagement trap": moving beyond water treading, gimmicks and window dressing towards ethical, sustainable, community engagement practices in higher education' | Abstract

  • Ger Graus, Chief Executive, Children's University, UK: 'With a little help from higher education: a university for children' | Abstract


Employability and economic growth ǀ Holden Room

Chair: Professor Jan Thomas, Vice-Chancellor, University of Southern Queensland

  • Professor Andrew Downes, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning & Development), University of the West Indies, Barbados:The university and economic growth in a developing region: the case of the University of the West Indies| Abstract


Governance and leadership ǀ Torrington Room

Chair: Professor Robin Middlehurst, Professor of Higher Education, Kingston University


Universities and the innovation cycle ǀ Court Room

Chair: Professor Juanitu Camilleri, Rector, University of Malta

  • Professor Domwini Dabire Kuupole, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Coast, Ghana:African universities’ contribution to innovation drive: an indispensable requisite for economic transformation’ | Abstract
  • Professor Roy Crawford, Chair, Universities New Zealand and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waikato: New Zealand's universities - driving innovation and the nation's development’ | Abstract
  • Professor Ranbir C Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, India:Role of universities in innovation cycle: cultivating new technologies and innovation ecosystems and encouraging universities to serve as a ‘Intellectual Growth Hub’ | Abstract


The future of research | Chancellors Hall

Chair: Dr Garry Aslanyan, Manager, Partnerships and Governance, World Health Organisation

  • Karrine Sanders, Programme Manager Development Research Uptake in sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA), Association of Commonwealth Universities,and Diana Coates, Managing Director, Organisation Systems Design CC, and Programme Co-ordinator, DRUSSA: 'Getting sub-Saharan African university research into use by policymakers and practitioners: research uptake management; a new university research management specialisation' | Abstract
  • Ann Weston, Director, Special Initiatives Division, International Development Research Centre, Canada; Prisca Mbura Kamungi,  PhD candidate and UPeace Scholar, University of Witswatersrand, South Africa; and Dr Chidozie Mbada, Lecturer, Obafemi Anolowo University, Nigeria: 'The future of research: supporting early career researchers' | Abstract


Lunch | Macmillan Hall




Plenary 5 - Future of international research: getting the relationships right | Beveridge Hall

Chair: Dr John Kirkland, Deputy Secretary General, The Association of Commonwealth Universities

  • Dr Val Snewin, International Activities Manager, Wellcome Trust, UK, and Hannah Akuffo, Leading Policy Advisor, Sida and Chair, ESSENCE: 'Capacity building in African institutions' | Abstract

  • Dr David Rampersad, Executive Director, Central Office of Regional and International Affairs, The University of the West Indies: 'Pitfalls in the management of research partnerships: a developing country perspective' | Abstract

  • Professor Philip Diamond, Director General, SKA Organisation: ‘The square kilometre array: a study in complex international collaboration’ | Abstract


Refreshments | Macmillan Hall


Plenary 6 - Universities and the innovation cycle | Beveridge Hall

Chair:  Dr Junaid Zaidi, Rector, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan

  • Dr Srikumar Banerjee, Former Chair, Atomic Energy Commission of India: 'The diversity of innovation objectives in Indian universities' | Abstract
  • Anne Glover, Chief Executive and Co-Founder, Amadeus Capital Partners 
  • Professor Low Teck Seng, CEO, National Research Foundation, Singapore: 'Capabilities and collaborations - driving growth through research and innovation' | Abstract


Coaches leave Senate House at 18.15 for dinner at Kia Oval Cricket Ground




Centenary Gala Dinner | The Kia Oval: Surrey County Cricket Ground, London

Introductions: The Rt Hon the Lord Howell of Guildford, UK

Chair of the ACU Council to present:

  • PR Awards; celebrating the achievements of PR and Communications professionals in HE
  • Symons Medal; outstanding contribution to the ACU and/or Commonwealth universities
Post-dinner speaker: Mihir Bose, Journalist and Author

Toast: Professor Sir Graeme Davies, Chair of the ACU Development Advisory Board


Friday 18 October




ACU Annual General Meeting (ACU members only) | Beveridge Hall


Visit to Buckingham Palace (strictly by invitation only)

Coaches leave from Senate House at 0930h sharp.


Visit to the British Library for an exclusive tour of the collections

Departing by foot at 10.30 from Senate House


Lunch | Macmillan Hall




Centenary Debate | Beveridge Hall

'This house believes that societies expect too much from universities'


  • Professor Brenda Gourley, Director, companies and trusts, and former Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer, Open University, UK



Closing Remarks | Beveridge Hall


Refreshments | Macmillan Hall


Former ACU staff reception | Macmillan Hall


Saturday 19 October




Post-conference tour of Oxford

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