Time Session
09:00 Registration and exhibition opens
09:30 – 10:00 Welcome remarks
10:00 – 10:20 Opening keynote and address
10:20 – 11:20 Opening panel: The state of education in the Americas

The landscape of higher education across the Americas is undergoing significant transformation. This opening panel will set the stage for a comprehensive discussion on the current environment of higher education across North, Central, and South America. We will explore the key challenges and opportunities facing institutions, students, and faculty in the region. The panel will delve into issues of access, affordability, curriculum development and the evolving needs of the workforce. Through insightful dialogue, the panel will examine how higher education can best serve the diverse populations of the Americas and contribute to a prosperous and equitable future.

11:20 – 11:50 Coffee/ tea break
11:50 – 12:20 Fireside Chat
12:20 – 13:10 Panel 1: Propelling students to new heights

Today’s students have shown that they desire genuine engagement in their educational experiences and want to have a voice in shaping their journeys. This panel explores innovative strategies for empowering students to reach their full potential. The discussions will delve into groundbreaking examples of institutions that actively include student perspectives in decision-making and institutional planning. The panel will also explore the role of authentic leadership, transparency, and ethical practices in building trust and fostering a supportive environment. Join us as speakers share the challenges and opportunities of maximising the potential of the most valuable asset: students.

13:10 – 13:40 Keynote
13:40 – 14:40 Networking Lunch
14:40 – 15:30 Panel 2: Igniting a green renaissance in higher ed

Higher education institutions in the region face a critical task in preparing students for a world coping with environmental challenges. This panel explores how institutions are driving sustainability efforts and strategies in creating innovative curriculums which integrate sustainability principles. Conversations in the panel will also touch on how educators can equip students with the knowledge and skills to tackle environmental challenges, as well as sharing of practical examples on universities in the region and beyond in embedding sustainability in academics, research, and operations.

15:30 – 16:20 1Mentor
16:20 – 16:50 Coffee/ tea break
16:50 – 17:20 QS Latam Rankings
17:20 – 17:50 QS Rankings Session
Time Session
09:00 Registration and exhibition opens
09:00 – 09:50 Panel 3: Redefining student attraction

Universities are revolutionising their approach to attracting top talent to their institutions. Experts in this panel will discuss the current trends of recruitment and how to engage students with impactful initiatives, with the power of mentorship programmes, alumni networks, and student ambassadors. The panel will also share success stories and challenges on how institutions can future-proof their recruitment strategies while also helping to provide a successful student journey.

09:50 – 10:30 Fireside Chat
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee/ tea break
11:00 – 11:50 Panel 4: Championing mental and emotional health among the youth

Student mental health concerns have become a pressing challenge for universities, as more students demand institutions to provide better support and resources. This panel focuses on innovative approaches to prioritising mental and emotional health on campus. Discussions will delve into empowering students to flourish in a supportive environment, and touch on collaborative initiatives that can cultivate a campus culture of emotional health.

11:50 – 12:40 Roundtable hosted by ENAE Business School
12:40 – 13:10 Keynote
13:10 – 14:10 Networking lunch
14:10 – 15:00 Panel 5: Future-proofing pedagogical innovation – adapting to thrive

Educators in the classroom are expected to balance pedagogical innovation with the needs of the current student generation, considering today’s digital era. This panel discussion brings together leading minds to explore strategies for navigating the current landscape of pedagogical innovation. Speakers will share their experiences in embracing new technologies, catering to the unique needs of the current generation, and preparing students for the demands of the evolving job market.

15:00 – 15:30 QS Stars Ceremony
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee/ tea break
16:00 – 16:30 Closing keynote
16:30 – 17:00 Closing ceremony
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QS Higher Ed Summit: Americas 2024