Global Engagement
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global engagement: global insights programme 2017

Washington DC and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 

Sunday, October 1st, – Thursday, October 5th, 2017

The Global Insights programme is an opportunity for leaders in UK education to work with their Australian counterparts as they jointly navigate across the changing landscape of higher education in the USA.

This immersive, two location event in Washington DC and Philadelphia, is being offered by a partnership between the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the University of Pennsylvania, Ranmore, a ‘niche’ provider of leadership development in higher education and the LH Martin Institute. It offers a real opportunity for you to ‘step back’ from operational matters and immerse yourself in another higher education system undergoing significant change.

Whether you are a regular visitor to the US and already have strong research or teaching links or you are seeking a means of understanding current issues facing HE in the US we believe you will gain much from the programme.

Over a five-day period, we will undertake a ‘deep dive’ into American higher education to gain insights into how different types of universities are responding to a changing context and positioning themselves for the future.

  • What will be the policy landscape for higher education under President Trump?
  • What does the funding landscape look like? How are national bodies such as the American Council on Education (ACE), and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) interpreting the current and future context and
  • What and how do are they doing to influence policy development?

Through visiting a fascinating range of institutions, such as Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, and University of Maryland, University College, among others, you will engage in discussions with fellow HE leaders - guided by two experienced programme leaders with extensive knowledge of higher education the pre-conditions for creating an intensive and informative event are all in place. The culminating event is a roundtable symposium involving program participants and leaders of select U.S. universities and colleges.


  • A unique opportunity to increase your knowledge of US higher education policy and practice;
  • A focused opportunity to build a wider network of connections in this region of the US as a springboard for future collaboration;
  • An opportunity to explore how universities are using technology and developing new business models as they respond to the changing environment;
  • Develop a deeper understanding of how teaching and learning in a range of HEI’s is adapting to the changing world of higher education;
  • A chance to engage with other senior level HE leaders in discussions about the shifts taking place in higher education; and
  • A space for you to gain new data and information to help shape the medium to longer-term direction of your institution.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is designed for those in leadership positions in HEIs and other agencies. Past participants have ranged from Chief Executive/Vice Chancellors to members of senior leadership teams (PVC’s, Deans, Head’s of School) as well as others with professional service responsibilities for aspects of the student experience, quality, HR and developments in relation to technology enhanced teaching and learning.

Further details about the programme and how to register your interest can be found here (UK VERSION).

Further details about the programme and how to register your interest can be found here (EU VERSION).

Further details about the programme and how to register your interest can be found here (AUSTRALIAN VERSION).

A full agenda and briefing notes can be found here.