Call for Proposal

Higher education in the Asia Pacific has been building on its current successes and, despite the massive challenges from the pandemic, creating new learning opportunities for students from within the region and abroad. The 2022 Higher Ed Summit: Asia Pacific explores what the next big thing for higher education is in the region, what lessons were learnt from and despite of the pandemic, strategies for dealing with and pre-empting unknowns, addressing new and pre-existing challenges and shifting perceptions away from oversimplified generalisations.

How do institutions remain forward-thinking as they search for the next big thing in the global high education environment, and how do they remain visible as they form strong and sustainable partnerships within the sector?

The deadline to submit your proposal is 30 September 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 October.

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

Recent events have shown the importance of being agile and adaptable, after the pandemic forced both educators and students in the region to adjust to virtual and remote learning. As institutions plan their futures, which can be uncertain and unknown, it is difficult to plan and prioritise for the next undetermined crisis. At the same time, when opportunities present themselves, institutions must be ready to adopt new practices.

This track also looks at:

  • What were the biggest lessons from COVID-19 and how are institutions currently transitioning to the “new normal”?
  • What are institutions doing to improve access to education, given the lessons learned?
  • How can institutions respond to escalating crises like demographic shifts in their societies and how are they currently tackling it?

Countries within the Asia Pacific each have their own unique characteristics, with some similar traits that unify them as a region. However, the region is also commonly stereotyped with examinations, assessments, and schools engaging in rote-learning, memorisation, and repetition.

This track aims to explore how universities shift from such oversimplified generalisations and focus instead on producing well-rounded student leaders. It also explores:

  • How have universities shifted their focus away from conventional exams and towards authentic assessment?
  • What kind of pedagogies have been adopted during and after COVID-19 for active and critical learning?
  • How do institutions ensure that students can show their competence in assessments, given different abilities to access education?
  • How should universities focus on developing core competencies in students so that graduates are ready for the job market?

The discussion on climate change has picked up increasingly in the region with universities accelerating sustainability research and education in their curriculum. As territories in the region feel the impacts of climate change, with 57 million people affected by climate-related disasters in the Asia Pacific in 2021 alone, the region is at the centre of addressing this global challenge. Overlapping priorities, as well as differing levels of influence, power, and funding, pose a challenge to deliver impact-driven research that meets community and academic needs.

This track investigates the best practices universities should adopt when carrying out research on the topic.

  • What is the current consensus within the region on its shared responsibility of addressing climate change? How can consensus be achieved?
  • Is climate education and research a peripheral topic in the region’s school syllabus?
  • How can neo-colonialist tendencies be avoided in co-produced research papers and projects by the region?
  • How do universities engage with partners outside the region on level terms?

University partnerships are key in providing huge opportunities for students and faculty when it comes to research prospects, international exchanges and networking. In recent years, the region has also seen a rapid increase of private universities in the sector, which may offer more specialised programmes.

The track, which looks at the dynamics and role of public and private universities in the region, also looks at:

  • How should universities go about forming strong and sustainable partnerships?
  • How do they ensure that the partnerships within the region, as well as those outside, are equitable and collaborative?
  • More importantly, how are students benefitting from such partnerships?

Graduates are entering a job market where it is becoming more and more common for employees to switch jobs several times in their career lives. Universities are also realising the need to provide quality and accessible education that are lifelong, as well as beneficial and desirable to any potential employer. The track also investigates:

  • How do universities maintain their relevance in teaching students essential skills that are still applicable in 10 years’ time?
  • What can be learned from the success of countries within the region and elsewhere?
  • How are institutions collaborating with industry to ensure their students have access to quality research and opportunities?

Diversity and inclusivity in a classroom provide an important opportunity for students to have a more enriching learning experience. There are countries within the region where accessibility is a huge challenge, which was exacerbated even more during the pandemic.

The track looks at how institutions attempt to provide high-quality education, while also tackling accessibility issues. This track also delves into:

  • What are institutions doing to create a more equitable society and improve accessibility to education?
  • How are universities ensuring that classrooms are inclusive, welcoming, and meet the diverse academic, social, emotional, and communication needs of all students?
  • How has COVID-19 affected gender representations in research?

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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