HETD Leader Speaks at a Global Conference in Miami
Leader of Higher Education Training and Development (HETD) at UKZN, Professor Damtew Teferra, was part of a panel at the Going Global 2014 Conference for Leaders of International Education: Inclusion, Innovation, Impact, held in Florida in the United States.
The Conference was attended by more than 1 000 participants - including ministers, senior government officials, policy makers, senior institutional leaders, academics, and researchers – from 70 countries.
The British Council invited Teferra, along with four other panellists - Presidents of a North American university and an Asian university, a Presidential Advisor at a national educational body in the United States and a senior official at the British Council.
Discussions were on the global role of Higher Education diplomacy and the kinds of relationships that fall within its broader purview. Stemming from that meeting, Teferra recently published an article titled: “Treacherous Ambivalence on World View-Inside Higher Education”.
Teferra also attended a special roundtable meeting which included ministers of education from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan and other senior government officials, institutional leaders, and staff of multilateral agencies.
Sponsored by the British Council, the meeting deliberated on prospects and challenges of countries with large academic systems in the world.
At the final deliberation, the meeting named Professor Philip Altbach to lead the team and take the conversation forward. Altbach, who was a key note speaker at the 7th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference in Durban last year, is an internationally renowned Higher Education expert who directs the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. HETD has a strong affiliation with the Centre through the International Network for Higher Education in Africa which is headed by Teferra, its founder.