Friday 20 April 2018


Going Global, the world’s largest open education conference, will open in less than a month in Kuala Lumpur - the first time the conference is being held in the ASEAN region. This year’s conference, starting on 2 May, will be co-hosted by the British Council and the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia.

Going Global is an annual conference offering an open forum for global leaders of tertiary education to discuss and debate issues facing the international education community.

This year’s theme is ‘Global Connections, local impact: Creating 21st century skills, knowledge and impact for society-wide good’ and will be discussed across 40 sessions over three days.

Danny Whitehead, Director, British Council in Vietnam said: ‘Vietnam will be strongly represented at this year’s Going Global, and this is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate to the rest of the world the work that is happening in Vietnam, and to learn from global expertise. The British Council is proud to be able to deliver this year’s conference with the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, and the ASEAN Secretariat as supporting partners. This is a very fitting way to celebrate 70 years of continuous British Council presence in Malaysia, and 25 years of British Council engagement in Vietnam.’

'In 2018, Going Global will be organised in ASEAN for the first time. This is an important education event for the region. I, therefore, encourage Vietnamese universities to attend and contribute to the conference. This is also the opportunity for Vietnamese universities to set up partnerships with international universities to learn from experiences in university governance, quality assurance, etc.', Prof. Dr Bui Van Ga, Former Vice Minister, Ministry of Education and Training shared.

Minister of Higher Education Malaysia YB Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh said: ‘This year’s theme is timely as it reflects the importance of establishing global connections in the higher education space in order to effect meaningful, beneficial and sustainable change within our respective local communities. This is especially so as we prepare to face the challenges of the fourth Industrial Revolution. Going Global 2018 will enable important discussions to take place on these issues’.

Up to 150 expert speakers will address questions around how leaders and policy-makers can develop a well-understood role for institutions, what the priorities are in ensuring national tertiary education is fit to shape societies of the future and how they can meet the future needs of students, employers and communities. 

Since 2004, Going Global has become an annual event alternating between the United Kingdom and major international cities, including Dubai, Miami and Cape Town.

More than 800 education leaders, government ministers and chief executives from around 75 countries are expected to convene in Kuala Lumpur to attend the conference and other fringe events. 

The conference programme features keynote speeches, plenary and panel discussions, workshops and masterclasses from leading experts in the tertiary sector, industry and government agencies. Students will also feature in parts of the programme and fringe events to provide an opportunity to engage in wider discussions outside of the main conference or for delegates to enjoy Malaysian and ASEAN cultural activities.

For more information and early bird registration please visit: #GoingGlobal2018 @HEGoingGlobal

The British Council has been working with Vietnam since 1993. In 2018, we are marking this 25th anniversary with a series of events celebrating cultural relations and exchange between the UK and Vietnam.

Notes to Editor

Hanh Le (Ms.)
Communications Manager
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