International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building

Global Virtual Conference on

Reimagining & Transforming the University

Confluence of Ideas During & Beyond COVID-19

For the first time in our living memory, we are dealing with a health crisis with such magnitude and devastation. The COVID-19 crisis has affected all walks of our lives. Higher education institutions around the globe had to react swiftly to minimize the disruptions caused by COVID-19. Educational leaders, faced by multiple challenges, had to simultaneously cater to the needs of all stakeholders on their campuses and show immense resilience to the unprecedented crisis. As we are still in the midst of the pandemic, there are more questions than answers about future trajectories of higher education globally. 


Being on the optimistic side, some educationists share the belief that the current pandemic will become an opportunity to ‘right the pre-existing wrongs’ and shift the paradigm of global education. If this is the case, then how it will be shaped in the post-COVID-19 scenario? The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the theory and practice of global education. The scope of pandemic indicates that there is no going back to the ‘old normal’, and creative solutions are needed to solve the emerging challenges. The universities will need to become more responsive to unexpected changes and, not afraid to experiment and promote innovation.

The Conference aims at bringing together Vice-Chancellors, Presidents, and experts from the field of higher education from different regions across the globe. This event will provide an opportunity to share diverse perspectives and new insights on future contours of global education. 

Programme Schedule

06 August, 2020

Inaugural Session

Thematic Session 1

Educational Leadership, Institutional Resilience and Innovative Initiatives

Thematic Session 2

Institutional Support, Social Engagement and Emotional Well-being

Thematic Session 3

Quality Assurance, Academic Standards & Institutional Excellence

Thematic Session 4

Idea of the University During & Beyond COVID-19 Disruption

Thematic Session 5

University Rankings, Accreditation and Benchmarking

Thematic Session 6

International Mobility and Exchange for Education and Research

Thematic Session 7

Public Funding, Philanthropy and Social Impact

Keynote Address I

Challenges and Possibilities for the University During and Beyond COVID-19 Pandemic

Thematic Session 8

Globalization & the Future of Universities Post COVID-19

Thematic Session 9

Digital Transformation of Higher Education & the Future of Online Teaching & Learning

07 August, 2020

Thematic Session 10

Beyond the Ivory Tower: Research and University Social Responsibility

Keynote Address II

The Idea of a University

Thematic Session 11

Policy, Regulation and Governance for University Sustainability

Thematic Session 12

Internationalization at Home and Global Partnerships

Special Dialogue I

Women's Leadership at the University

Thematic Session 13

Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice as the University Mission

Special Dialogue II

The Future of Universities in Asia

Thematic Session 14

Employability, Entrepreneurship and Socio-Economic Mobility

Keynote Address III

The Future of Internationalization: Implications for India

Thematic Session 15

The Pursuit of Access, Equity and Excellence in the University

Founder's Day Lecture & Valedictory Session

Distinguished Speakers

Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank

Honourable Union Cabinet Minister for Education

Dr. Shashi Tharoor

Member of Parliament for Thiruvananthapuram, Lok Sabha

Professor (Dr.) D.P. Singh

Chairman, University Grants Commission, India

Professor (Dr.) Virander S. Chauhan

Chairman, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), India

Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan

Vice Chairman, University Grants Commission, India


Dr. Rajesh Tandon

UNESCO Co-Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education India

Richard levin

Professor (Dr.) Richard Levin

President Emeritus Yale University, United States Of America

Professor (Dr.) Philip G. Altbach

Founding Director & Research Professor, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College, USA

Professor (Dr.) Hans de Wit

Professor and Director, Center for International Higher Education, Lynch School of Education and Development, Boston College, USA

Professor (Dr.) Simon Marginson

Professor of Higher Education, University of Oxford, UK

Dr. Francisco J. Marmolejo

Education Advisor, Office of the Chairperson, Qatar Foundation, Qatar

Professor (Dr.) Hassan Al-Derham

President Qatar University, Qatar

Rocky S Tuan

Professor (Dr.) Rocky S. Tuan

Vice Chancellor & President The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

Professor (Dr.) Budd Hall

Professor Emeritus, University of Victoria, Canada and UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, USA

Professor (Dr.) Fazal Rizvi

Emeritus Professor, The University of Melbourne, Australia


Dr. Alice Prochaska

Former Principal, Somerville College Oxford, UK

Professor (Dr.) Pankaj Mittal

Secretary General, Association of Indian Universities, India

Maresi Neradnew

Prof. Maresi Nerad

Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (CIRGE), University of Washington

Professor (Dr.) Ratna Ghosh

Distinguished James McGill Professor & William C. Macdonald Professor of Education, McGill University, Canada


Professor (Dr.) Liz Jackson

Associate Professor of Education, President, Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


Prof. Rajani Naidoo

UNESCO-Chair in Higher Education Management University of Bath


Professor (Dr.) Uttam Gaulee

Associate Professor, Higher Education, Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership and Policy; President, Society of Transnational Academic Researchers(STAR), Morgan State University, United States


Professor (Dr.) Krishna Bista

Vice President of Education Services, STAR Scholars Network, Associate Professor, Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership and Policy, Morgan State University, United States


Professor (Dr.) Marcelo Knobel

Rector, University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil


Professor (Dr.) Denise Pires de Carvalho

Rector of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil

Dr. Joanna Newman

Chief Executive & Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities, UK

DAR Photo, July 2020

Professor (Dr.) Tan Sri Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Bin Razak

Professor Emeritus & Rector International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)), Malaysia

Professor (Dr.) N.V. Varghese

Vice Chancellor National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, India

Ed Valeau Anew

Dr. Edward J. Valeau

Vice President of Executive Innovation and Workforce Development, STAR Network

Photo - Prof Chandrika Wijeyaratne, Vice Chancellor, UOC

Professor (Dr.) Chandrika Wijeyaratne

Vice Chancellor University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Reimagining & Transforming the University

Confluence of Ideas During & Beyond COVID-19

Faculty Coordinator :

Ms. Nandita Koshal