Bridging Global Collaboration and Local Engagement: Going Global Conference

I recently participated in a panel presentation on the theme of More than two to tango: bridging global collaboration and local engagement at Going Global conference in Kuala Lumpur. The conference attracted over 1,000 attendees.
I shared the key elements of the global engagement framework and how four segments of institutions–defenders, adapters, challengers and innovators–must prepare for a different future and balance the tension between local priorities and global expectations.

Here are some of the questions explored during the panel discussion:

  • What are the shifting delivery models that will shape the future of global higher education and can they benefit local communities?
  • How can universities’ internal structures support new styles of partnership involving international communities?
  • What challenges does a broader and fully international engagement of social and community objectives present?
  • How can universities manage an extended international community engagement alongside research and teaching pressures?


  • Dr Joanna Newman MBE, Chief Executive and Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities, UK (Chair)
  • Linda Chang, Director for Global Alliances – Office of International Affairs, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  • Winnie Eley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor – International and Advancement, The University of Newcastle, Australia
  • James Gardner, Pro Vice-Chancellor – Strategic and International Partnerships, De Montfort University, UK
  • Dr Stuart Perrin, Dean of International Affairs, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, USA
  • Nordin Yahaya, Pro Vice-Chancellor – International, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia