ACU Conference of University Leaders 2016

Defining the responsible university: society, impact and growth

Accra International Conference Centre, Ghana, 27-29 July 2016

Higher education is increasingly target driven. Universities compete for rankings, student numbers, and research funding, and need to balance complex budgets.

In this environment, what kind of underlying ‘responsibility’ do they have to wider social and economic objectives? What does a responsible university look like, and how do institutions achieve this distinction? Where most universities have a statement of responsibility, how is this practically applied to the direction and management of these institutions?

About the conference

The ACU Conference of University Leaders is a biennial conference for international leaders in higher education. Hosted in partnership with Vice-Chancellors' Ghana, this year's conference will provide a platform for senior university staff to debate key issues in higher education and explore shared solutions with a diverse range of international colleagues. It will be one of the most high profile higher education events in Africa this year and the ACU's first event in the region since 1971.

The three-day conference will engage members and non-members alike in discussions focussing on the impact of universities on innovation, research and development, civil society, funding and access, employment, and the role and place of government and the corporate sector in building the skilled leaders of tomorrow.

Keynote speakers

The conference will bring together top academics and high-profile speakers to discuss the role universities play in social and economic development, with the aim of helping delegates to better understand, promote and build strong partnerships, and manage change within higher education.

The ACU is delighted to have Baroness Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, and Mr Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, founder of the Kofi Annan Foundation and Chancellor of the University of Ghana, deliver the conference's keynote addresses.

Who should attend?

This conference is for those responsible for the leadership and management of higher education institutions: vice-chancellors, deputy/pro-vice-chancellors, directors of research, directors of international offices, registrars, and heads of departments, as well as senior policymakers and others with an interest in the HE sector.

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Source and further details: 'ACU Conference of University Leaders' website