GEx – Global Education and Global Employability and more . . .
The UniFair 2017 event commenced with our 3rd annual GEx Dialogue Conference as the Learning without Borders UK team gathered together various educationalists and sector-leading professionals for a session intent on the exchange of ideas and examples of current excellence in practice across the global engagement agenda - being excellent by being global.
We would identify and celebrate the shared need to ensure the continued development of the relevant and necessary attributes, knowledge and skills within all our UK graduate students.
We were delighted that UniFair 2017 was officially opened by The Lord Clement-Jones CBE, at 11am on Saturday 7th October at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, London.
His Lordship is the current Chair of Council at Queen Mary, University of London and the Co-chair of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on China and together with Lord Bilimoria, both are enthusiastic champions of international higher education.
Lord Clement-Jones is also the London Managing Partner at DLA Piper UK Ltd - a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning them to help companies with their legal needs anywhere across the globe.
So it seems entirely fitting that our opening event should also lead directly onto a Dialogue Seminar looking at excellence practice in Global Engagement strategic developments with the world-leading UK Higher Education system.
There is a direct correlation between the two themes of Global Engagement – Global Employability, both of which the UK Higher Education sector excels in and enjoys a worldwide recognition for their world class provision.
We feel that it is crucial to ensure the all employers value and welcome the skills development that is provided across the University campuses right across the UK.
Collaboration is greater than competition. Our guests on the day also included:
- Lalage Clay - Head of Education, London & Partners
- Julie Dass and Stephanie Limuaco from the External Relations Directorate at King’s College, London
- Martin Barrow, CBE – Director of Jardine
- Prof. Vince Emery, Senior Vice-President, University of Surrey
- Philip Hao – CEO, Learning without Borders and UVIC Ltd
In summing up, Lord Bilimoria, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Students and Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, confidently stated, “Our universities produce more world leaders than any other country and are the top in world-leading research.” He continued, “We have got this perception that international students are not welcome in this country. This is the wrong perception. That is not what our universities feel at all.”
Lord Bilimoria qualified, “International students are not just about money. They enrich the experience of our domestic students. They make lifelong friendships.”
The United Kingdom is clearly open for world class education to students from all over the globe.
We wish to recognise the UK Higher Education sectors continuing efforts on ensuring that all our graduates lead the world on their own academic attainment and their preparedness for employment and to be fully engaged with friends and business partners from across the planet.