Post event report

Friday, 7 February 2018 saw the conclusion in London, UK of another successful QS in conversation seminar. Organised by QS Asia and Effat University, the seminar addressed the theme “University Rankings and International Migrant Scholars”.

Through a series of presentations, panel discussions and debates participants considered the impact of university rankings and the internationalization of the faculty and student body on universities, and the societies that they serve. While university rankings and international mobility have become important features of global academia, their impact has not been wholly positive.Potentially excessive rankings competition, as students use rankings to choose universities, and the permanent loss of talent if large number of international scholars do not return to their home countries, are negative consequences of higher education internationalization. At the same time international exchanges offer tremendous benefits, including in intangible ways, such as promoting intercultural understanding and individual fulfilment.

Among the many speakers at the seminar were Lord David Howell, Chair of the House of Lords International Relations Committee (UK), Prince Turki Al Faisal, Chairman of the Board of King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies (Saudi Arabia), and Professor Mohamed M El-Gomati, Chairman of the Foundation for Science, Technology & Civilisation (UK), all of whom delivered keynotes.

The program included speakers from 11 different countries, and among speakers and participants were university presidents or vice chancellors from the United States, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Italy and Malaysia. The seminar as a whole was attended by more than 120 higher education professionals from 60 different institutions in 20 countries.

Future edition of QS in conversation is planned in Kuala Lumpur in August 2018 (Technical & Vocational Education & Training) and Singapore in October 2018 (University-Government Partnerships for Smart Cities).

What Our Delegates Say:

It has been very well organised, and the presenters were very well qualified. What I like the most was the overall presentations were in accordance with the topic” – Prof Sun-young Whang, Korea University Business School

The topic was just right timing when the Japanese version of university ranking is being made” – Prof Masako Iwano, Yamaguchi Prefectural University

The conference represents an opportunity to meet people from many universities all over the world. It is a space where you can get lots of ideas” – Prof Daniela Grandin, Ca’ foscari University Venice

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