Join us from 15 to 17 June for Going Global 2021

Going Global is a conference for leaders in international education to debate the future of further and higher education. Every year, it attracts over 1,000 particpants world-wide.

As the uncertainty around the ongoing pandemic persists, we want to continue to offer a platform for higher education leaders to discuss the pressing issues facing the sector today without compromising the health and safety of staff and delegates. Therefore Going Global will be hosted virtually 15-17 June 2021 and will offer all the same benefits as attending in person.

Our virtual platform will allow delegates to engage and connect with other education leaders from around the world. You will be able to:

  • attend live events delivered by sector experts where you'll hear about the latest knowledge and trends affecting the higher education sector;
  • get involved in participant-led interactive sessions where you can make your voice heard, and exchange knowledge and best practice;
  • network with other delegates and make mutually beneficial connections;
  • move in and out of conference sessions just like a face-to-face event;
  • visit expo booths, engage with our sponsors, and more.

About Going Global

The conference provides a unique platform for knowledge sharing, as well as:

  • connecting local, national, regional and global agendas
  • providing a global network for policy makers and practitioners working in the field of international education
  • supporting evidence led policy decisions deriving from research and regional policy dialogues
  • and supporting global thought leadership.

2021 themes

The Going Global team is now accepting innovative, agenda-setting proposals from sector experts from around the world based on the conference themes. This year we will be reimagining international higher education for a post-pandemic world through three lenses:

·       The changing student body;

·       Serving the post-pandemic society;

·       Protecting the planet.


Take a more in-depth look at the conference themes and sub-themes

Get involved

There are four types of proposal which can be submitted:

·       Individual contributors - propose a response to the Going Global 2021 themes in order to be placed in one of the sessions as a presenter, panellist, table host, or chair.

·       Full sessions - propose an innovative and interactive online and digital session with a diverse range of speakers from around the world.

·       Workshops - delivered entirely online, propose an innovative and interactive workshop session with relevant and applicable outputs for practical use.

·       Posters - propose a poster to be displayed online at the conference to discuss with delegates. 

The Going Global team will work with successful applicants on designing and delivering an excellent, interactive and high-quality virtual session.

2020 themes and Covid-19 update

In 2020 we focused on the global learner of the future, their journey to becoming a global innovator and how this shapes global learning institutions.

Here are some of the questions we explored: 

  • As the student body across the world changes and evolves, what will its future profile and nature be? What will be the aims and expectations of its different members?
  • What type of learning and learning environment will be needed to develop and support a future generation of global innovators? Will it require very different forms of global learning institutions?
  • What is the global context in which those learners must become innovators? How will global challenges evolve and what kinds of innovation will be required to tackle them?
  • How should governments respond and support global learning?

Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19, the British Council made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Going Global conference which was due to take place on 29 – 30 June in London.  Read our full Covid-19 update here.

In the absence of a conference this year, we are sharing a limited amount of digital content throughout June and July which explores the theme 'Global learners, global innovation'.  This will include live virtual events, blog posts and posters.

Watch the recorded sessions of all the live events which took place in June.

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