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. 

Thematic Sessions

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, Standards and Academic Excellence

Thematic Session 4

The Idea of the University during and 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, Social Impact and Philanthropy for the University

Thematic Session 8

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

Thematic Session 9

Beyond the Ivory Tower: Research and University Social Responsibility

Thematic Session 10

Policy, Regulation and Governance for University Sustainability

Thematic Session 11

Internationalization at Home and Global Partnerships

Thematic Session 12

Gender and Empowerment

Thematic Session 13

Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice as the University Mission

Thematic Session 14

Employability, Entrepreneurship and Socio-Economic Mobility

Thematic Session 15

Pursuit of Access, Equity and Excellence in the University

Distinguished Speakers

Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank

Union Cabinet Minister for Human Resource Development, Government of India

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

Professor (Dr.) Pankaj Mittal

Secretary General, Association of Indian Universities, India

Professor (Dr.) Michael Crow

President, Arizona State University, USA

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

Dr. Joanna Newman

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

Professor (Dr.) Ratna Ghosh

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

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. Rajesh Tandon

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

Prof. Rajani Naidoo

UNESCO-Chair in Higher Education Management University of Bath

Prof. Maresi Nerad

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

Dr. Edward J. Valeau

Vice President of Executive Innovation and Workforce Development, STAR Network

Reimagining & Transforming the University

Confluence of Ideas During & Beyond COVID-19

Faculty Coordinator :

Ms. Nandita Koshal