Critical Thinking: The Galway Symposium on the Future of Universities, June 5/6, 2008

Critical Thinking: The Galway Symposium on the Future of Universities
5-6 June 2008, NUI Galway

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This symposium will bring together key commentators on higher education in order to pose a fundamental question: What is the purpose of the University in the 21st Century? The symposium will include keynote speakers and a series of workshops led by facilitators who are experts in the field. Participants will also be able to engage in discussions in the workshops on specific themes, including civic engagement, globalisation, and the links between research and teaching.

This event is aimed at anyone working in or with an interest in higher education. The questions being raised and discussed are broad ranging and of a wide interest. Academic and administrative staff, as well as students should find this event of use and can choose workshop themes to suit their own interests. The main presentations are aimed at such a general audience and this is not a specialist research conference.

Speakers and Workshop Facilitators:

Dr. James J Browne, President, NUI Galway

Mr. Michael Kelly, Chairman, Higher Education Authority Ireland

Professor Mary Evans, London School of Economics
Emeritus Professor of Womenís Studies and author of Killing Thinking: The Death of the Universities.

Professor Michael Shattock, Institute of Education, London
Former Registrar of the University of Warwick, and author of Managing Successful Universities and Managing Good Governance in Higher Education.

Dr. Don Olcott Jr, Observatory on Borderless Higher Education
Chief Executive of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, and past President and current Chairman of the Board of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).

Dr. Rajani Naidoo, University of Bath
Director of Studies of the DBA in Higher Education Management, and an expert on higher education in developing countries.

Professor Alan Jenkins, Oxford Brookes University
Emeritus Professor at Oxford Brookes, consultant for the Higher Education Academy (UK) and also to QAA Scotland on the links between teaching and research, and Fellow of the Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research at Oxford Brookes and the University of Warwick.

Professor Alison Phipps, University of Glasgow
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and editor of Arts and Humanities in Higher Education.

Professor Kathleen Lynch, University College Dublin
Chair of Equality Studies, founder of the UCD Equality Studies Centre in the School of Social Justice, and lead scientist for a Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge Award on Creating an Egalitarian and Socially Inclusive Europe.

Professor Ronaldo Munck, Dublin City University
Theme Leader for Internationalisation, Interculturalism & Social Development (Presidentís Office) and Director of the Civic Engagement Strategy, DCU.