THE BRICS & emerging economies universities summit 2016

1 December 2016

The summit, hosted by University of Johannesburg, was attended by leaders, experts and decision-makers from around 25 countries across the world.

 

The delegates participated in discussion and debate on topics ranging from the pillars of a new flagship university, the role of online learning in emerging economies, how global networks can lift national performance, and the role of industry partnerships in producing employable graduates.

 

It was also the venue for the launch of the THE BRICS University Rankings 2017, and exclusive in-depth masterclass.

Watch closing video here:

 

Day 1 - 01 Dec 2016

08:30
Opening remarks

H.E. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson, African Union Commission
 

Welcome remarks

Ihron Rensburg, vice-chancellor and principal, University of Johannesburg

Phil Baty, editor, THE  World University Rankings


09:00
Keynote: Reimagine the future university

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate and professor, Wole Soyinka Foundation


09:30
Full reveal of the THE BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2017 and masterclass

Phil Baty, editor, THE  World University Rankings

Wim Meester, head of product management for content strategy, Elsevier

Duncan Ross, data and analytics director, THE


11:15
Keynote: The flagship university

John Aubrey Douglass, senior research fellow in public policy and higher education, Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley


12:00
Panel discussion: How does higher education manage for the future?

Rajani Naidoo, director, International Centre for Higher Education Management, University of Bath

Maryanna Abdo, director of emerging markets education practice, Parthenon-EY

Adam Habib, vice-chancellor and principal, University of the Witwatersrand

Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela, vice-provost for international affairs and global strategies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mikhail Strikhanov, rector, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI


14:30
What do students want from a 21st-century education?

Chris Landsberg, SARChI chair of African diplomacy and foreign policy, University of Johannesburg

Laroslav Golubev, student, ITMO University, Saint Petersburg

Tshepo Mvulane Moloi, student, University of Johannesburg

Nupur Patel, student, University of Johannesburg

Keyang Peng, student, Beijing Normal University

Vítor Ribeiro, student, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)


15:15
Panel discussion: Is online learning an opportunity for BRICS and emerging economies universities?

Fredric Michael Litto, president, Brazilian Association of Distance Education

Deirdre Carabine, co-founder and director of programmes, Virtual University, Uganda
Johannes Heinlein, vice-president, strategic partnerships, edX
Craig Mahoney, principal and vice-chancellor, University of the West of Scotland
Rory Ryan, executive director of academic development and support, University of Johannesburg


16:15
Keynote: BRICS research performance and rankings and how they are tied together

Wim Meester, head of product management for content strategy, Elsevier


Day 2 - 02 Dec 2016

09:05
Vice-chancellors panel: Can the BRICS build greater higher education links with Africa?

Ihron Rensburg, vice-chancellor and principal, University of Johannesburg

Raj Kumar, founding vice-chancellor, O. P. Jindal Global University
Marta Losada, president, Antonio Nariño University
Adebayo Olukoshi, Africa regional director, IDEA
Mikhail Strikhanov, rector, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI


10:05
Global academic networks and future of the universities: national excellence projects and international associations

Maxim Khomyakov, vice-rector for international relations, Ural Federal University


11:00
Panel discussion: The place of global networks in reimagining the future

Maxim Khomyakov, vice-rector for international relations, Ural Federal University


David Monyae, co-director, University of Johannesburg Confucius Institute

Godwin Murunga, former director, African Leadership Centre, Nairobi

Bairbre Redmond, provost, Universitas 21


12:00
The pact between society and higher education in the BRICS

Simon Schwartzman, senior researcher, Institute for Studies on Labour and Society (IETS)

Denis Paul Ekpo, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

John Gill, editor, Times Higher Education


13:45
Panel discussion: Innovative practice: what part do industry partnerships play in preparing students for employment?

Fayé Briggs, adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering, Rice University

Marta Losada, president, Antonio Nariño University

Mike Teke, managing director of Masimong Group Holdings Proprietary Limited

Qing-Guo Wang, distinguished professor, Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg

Tim White, director in the president’s office, research strategy and co-ordination unit, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)


14:45
Closing forum

Phil Baty, editor, THE World University Rankings

Thoko Didiza, former minister of agriculture and public works, Government of South Africa
Buti Manamela, deputy minister in the Presidency, Government of South Africa
Christopher Mushohwe, minister of information, media and broadcasting services, Government of Zimbabwe
Ihron Rensburg, vice-chancellor and principal, University of Johannesburg


15:30
Closing remarks

Phil Baty, editor, THE World University Rankings

Ihron Rensburg, vice-chancellor and principal,University of Johannesburg