Eurasian Higher Education Leaders’ Forum 2018
June 7 and 8, 2018, Astana, Kazakhstan
The 7th Eurasian Higher Education Leaders Forum 2018 will be held on June 7-8, 2018 at Nazarbayev University (Astana, Kazakhstan). The theme of this year’s Forum is ‘Innovating Higher Education in the Age of Disruption’. This annual event will reframe the technological and social changes which simply cannot be ignored including intense debates on the future of higher education, i.e. whether higher education institution should develop skills for the labor market or primarily focus on generating and dissemination new knowledge. This fundamental debate leads questions about curriculum design, modalities of how degrees are awarded (e.g. stacked?), what constitutes credit bearing courses; but also emerging new approaches to teaching of MOOCs and used for lifelong learning. It is obvious that disruption is upon us and we have to adjust. The Forum aims to unite all stakeholders in education by exchanging viewpoints and opinions and by participating in lively discussion of the technical and societal changes which face higher education leaders around the world.
This year, we have come up with a series of interesting sessions geared to the theme of “Innovating Higher Education in the Age of Disruption”. The plenary session will discuss issues related to the new approaches in teaching and learning, the emergence of second generation MOOCs, lifelong learning and demographic changes, stacked credentials and social media. The plenary sessions aimed to create a platform for open dialogue where international and local experts have an opportunity to discuss and through dialogue exchange practical knowledge and share their experiences.