Call for Proposals

Mission-led Universities: Elevating higher education in the Americas
22-23 September 2022

Universities throughout the Americas aim to provide quality education and research that meet local, regional, and global needs. As they open access for students, collaboration and the community, their ability to do so effectively is often tied to the advantages and opportunities available to both them and those they seek to help. Institutions and regions that face more barriers may be required to exert additional effort in achieving their goals.

The QS Higher Ed Summit: Americas 2022 explores the many layers of assistance and collaboration needed in regional and global contexts. Delegates will discuss the opportunities for growth and solutions to ongoing barriers for access, collaboration and partnerships, diversity and inclusion, and research excellence.

How can higher education provide students with the resources they need to succeed? What are some examples of partnerships with equal outcomes? What is the future of higher education in the region, and how are institutions in the region working towards that future?

The deadline to submit your proposal is 31 August 2022.

Proposals will be evaluated on how well they fit within the theme and applicants will be informed about the outcome of the evaluation by early September.

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Below are the following Tracks and Topics available for the event.

There are important differences within the Americas that distinguish it in a global context, but also within the region itself. Geography, history, culture, and many other factors shape the way in which institutions operate. This track aims to explore how universities plan for the community, its local students, as well as its impact within the Americas and globally.

It will also investigate:

  • How are barriers and borders in the region being overcome?
  • What are the priorities of universities, and what should such priorities be?
  • How can universities within the region prepare for the future?

Universities in the region face several complex challenges as they strive to strengthen their levels of research and innovation and make a substantial impact on both local and regional levels. How is research throughout the Americas being used for the benefit of those in the community and beyond?

This track will also focus on:

  • Why and how should universities change their mindset on research?
  • How do universities engage with funding sources and what policies should be considered to ensure impartial provision and outcomes?
  • What are the processes to transfer knowledge and research from academia to organisations?

Education 5.0 stresses that the future of education should focus on humans, despite the rising presence of technology. Universities are also realising the importance of an overall holistic approach toward education with the aim of making students more resilient and emotionally intelligent. What are the next big things for education in the region after Education 5.0?

This track will examine:

  • Why does the region consider the development of new research methods and pedagogy important?
  • How is edtech and other technologies being implemented in the curriculum and how is it benefiting disadvantaged students?
  • What else, aside from edtech, should universities employ and look out for, in their courses?

The collaboration between universities and industry is increasingly perceived as a means to develop innovation through knowledge exchange. Within the region, different universities have varying capabilities, support, and strategies to collaborate with companies. But where do issues lie in terms of Global North and Global South institutional partnerships?

This track will explore:

  • How can all partners involved be on equal footing?
  • What opportunities exist within the Americas for such collaboration?
  • What work is being done and what is recommended, particularly when it comes to public-private partnerships?

Student mobility into and out of the region is starting to regain its stability as schools have reopened, face-to-face classes have resumed, and travel restrictions eased. How does the region shift from a specific country focus to a regional mobility emphasis?

The track aims to discuss:

  • What is being done to increase access to students from underrepresented groups?
  • Where are students coming from and what are the new sources markets?
  • What can be learned from other regions’ success?

Information for Presenters

The below policy has been put in place to ensure the delivery of a varied informative and well-tailored presentations by diverse prominent presenters of the global higher education sector.

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Submissions By Non-Academic Institutions

Kindly note that there has been a revision in our submission policies. If a non-academic institution would like to present a paper at our conferences, please send in your enquiry to [email protected] and we will forward this to our conference chair for their consideration.

*Do note that there will be presenter fee applicable for non-academic institution.

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Multiple SUBMISSIONS BY Academic Institutions

All proposers of the said event are to abide to the following:

  • Each approved presenter will only be scheduled to a single presentation slot in the program
  • Each institution is allowed up to three approved presentation slots, of which are to contain three different presenters.

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QS Higher Ed Summit: Americas 2023