Speakers: Simon Marginson (University of Oxford) and Jinghuan Shi (Tsinghua University)
Chair and Moderator: Gerard Postiglione (The University of Hong Kong)
This session sets the framework for the 2021 annual conference of the Consortium for Higher Education Researchers (CHER; https://cher-highered.org/). The two keynote speakers and the chair will engage in an interactive examination of the major achievements, challenges, issues and possibilities for Euro-Asia academic and educational exchanges, cooperation, and intellectual debate. Universities in Europe and Asia have a greater responsibility than ever to ensure that their institutions of higher education attract the best minds without borders and guarantee the free exchange of ideas to enrich their intellectual vitality to address the global challenges including climate change, health care, and rising inequality. In a global world where competition reigns, the promotion of cultural and social ties and understanding, complementing a need for further intellectual stimulation and collaboration ought to be part of the social mandate of universities in both regions to ensure a peaceful world and the continuation of the promotion of global public goods.
The session will be a keynote interchange between the speakers over several key questions, which will kickstart the discussion:
1. What have been key achievements of Euro-Asian cooperation in higher education?
2. What have been the main challenges and limits of Euro-Asian cooperation? Has one partner benefitted more than the other, or have there been balanced and mutual gains?
3. Has Western influence in East Asian higher education been a positive force in East Asia? How much learning in the reverse direction has there been?
4. What are the key issues facing the future of Euro-Asian cooperation in higher education? What are the best opportunities for future cooperation?
5. Does the university dynamism make a difference in Euro-Asian cooperation in higher education and how to keep and encourage the dynamism?
The audience will be invited to send questions during the event. Each question can be accompanied by a name and affiliation.
The session would take overall 1 hour and 30 minutes. It can start with 10 to 15 minutes bringing up these questions (or others that the keynote conversationalists prefer) and debating them, and after that the conversation continues between the conversationalists, the chair, and the audience.