university leaders symposium

University Leadership in Turbulent Times - A European Perspective

  • Greek island of Lesvos
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  • 2-6 May, 2018

Our European continent is facing numerous challenges on several fronts – on the political/economic front, on the migration/human rights front, on the security/terrorism front. It is within this context, this environment, that university leaders are called upon to ensure that their own, as well as their institution’s legacy is sustainable; that their own, as well as their institution’s voice is heeded; and that their own, as well as their institution’s ethical choices are unconditional.

This is a university leadership symposium.  The goal of the symposium is not to solve the challenges faced by the European continent; it is, rather, to use these challenges as the context to discuss the leadership challenges of university leaders in these turbulent times – the challenges of legacy, voice, and ethics.

Our University Leaders Symposium, ‘University Leadership in Turbulent Times – a European Perspective’, will be scaffolded on three vertical pillars – politics/economy, migration/human rights, and security/terrorism – and interlaced with three horizontal threads – legacy, voice, and ethics.

The programme will take the format of a 3-hour morning session and a 3-hour afternoon session.  The morning sessions will focus on one of the vertical pillars, where invited experts will discuss one-on-one with our Symposium Leader in an open forum, while space will also be available for open discussion and questions.  Each morning session will focus on a different pillar. The afternoon sessions will focus on the horizontal threads that will link all 5 days of the Symposium and will require university leaders to discuss in groups the issues of legacy, voice, and ethics, from the perspective of the morning’s topic (or vertical pillar) and to reflect on their own personal responses to the issues, as well as those of their institution.  These group discussions will be guided by our specialist facilitators.

During lunch and dinner, university leaders will exchange views and opinions with other group members, over good food and plentiful drink.

The symposium is open to university leaders (Rectors, Vice Rectors, Vice Chancellors, Pro Vice Chancellors, Deputy Vice Chancellors, Presidents, Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors and other senior leaders or aspiring senior leaders).  The language of the symposium is English.

The objectives of the Symposium are:

  • To canvass the challenges faced by the European continent within which universities are required to operate
  • To interrogate the legacy, the voice, the ethical choices of university leadership
  • To approach university leadership from an innovative and thought-provoking perspective
  • To empower university leaders with commitments for the sustainability of their institutions
  • To transform the way university leaders envisage their leadership mission