University Leaders Symposium is an initiative of the International Institute for Education Advancement (IIEA), a division of RITE Education Associates, in response to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative.
Our goal is to provide the conditions for reflective discussion between and among university leaders that can catalyze concerted action on the issues and challenges of our turbulent times, thus contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goal agenda. Our aim is to do so by encouraging university leaders to examine their actions, reactions and responses to these issues and challenges, through the tripartite lens of their legacy, their voice and their ethical choices.
This is why we have chosen the medium of a ‘symposium’ as the platform to achieve our objectives. Through this medium we can provide a psychologically safe environment for open, honest and heart-felt opinions and views to be expressed freely, uninhibited by the structural norms of other forms.
The symposium – or Greek συμπόσιον symposion from συμπίνειν sympinein ‘to drink together’ – dates back to ancient Greece with Plato’s Symposium being the most noteworthy. The symposium was a key Hellenic social institution, a forum for men (of those times) of respected families to debate and converse (or to strategize) about issues, happenings and events of the times. The symposium was a relaxed gathering with good food and drink to encourage expression of thought, ideas, and uninhibited views of the world.
Today, the University Leaders Symposium is a collective of the world’s finest minds coming together to resolve key issues affecting universities today.
International Institute for Education Advancement
The International Institute for Education Advancement (IIEA) is a division of RITE Education Associates, the leaders in international education development. Our policies and programmes are built on four pillars – Research, Innovation, Transformation, and Empowerment – that enable us to Do It RITE!®
Our networking and membership platform is a meeting place for the world’s best education experts and professionals. Our consulting and development platform is an entrepreneurial hot spot for schools, colleges, universities and NGOs from around the world. Our education and advancement platform is home to our innovations in the the education space – like our Schools of the Future Think Tank, our Young Visionaries Academy, our Global Online Academy, and of course, this initiative – the University Leaders Symposium.
Our mission is to provide university leaders with a conducive environment for productive thought, discussion and reflection on their response - in terms of legacy, voice and ethics - to the challenges of our current turbulent times.