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Sunday,18 Mar 2018 11:25am GMT


Leadership in Higher Education: Senior Executive Programme -New Horizons 
9th -13th December 2014


From 9-13 December 2014, Oxford Academy for Education and Development hosted a ‘Leadership in Higher Education Programme: A Senior Executive Programme – New Horizons’. The event was held St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford and was attended by delegates from 10 nations including; Sweden, Nigeria, India, Libya, Sri Lanka, the Czech Republic, Greece, Malaysia, Slovenia and the UK.

The programme was led by a number of high profile speakers from UK universities and higher education institutions, who gave an overview of the latest trends and developments in the higher education sector and provided their insights on the best practice in UK universities.  The programme also included a number of integral workshop and networking sessions to enable delegates to share their own challenges and help offer solutions.

The programme commenced with Dr. Clark Brundin’s (Formerly Vice-Chancellor of Warwick University and Honorary Chancellor of Oxonia Network) key note address on, ‘University Effective Management’.   This was followed by sessions by Dr. Cliff Hancock from HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) on ‘Managing University Funding’ and David Palfreyman (Bursar of New College, the University of Oxford and Director of OxCHEPS) on ‘Higher Education Policy and Governance’.

Special visits to some of Oxford’s academic institutions and places of interest were also organised for the delegates in addition to the core programme. On the first afternoon, they visited the Bodleian Library, the main research library of the University of Oxford, and attended a special ceremony where they became members of the library for the duration of the programme.  This was followed by a guided tour of Blackwell’s the Booksellers renowned flagship store in Broad Street, which has been trading in Oxford for 135 years.

On day two, Dr. Heirani Moghaddam (OAED Chairman) delivered ‘The Future University’, with an integral workshop session. This was followed by an address from Michelle Lucas, Executive Coach from Greenfields consultancy, on ‘The Leadership Challenge: How to Engage and Influence your Stakeholders’.  In the afternoon, Oxford University Press opened their doors and treated the delegates to a guided tour of their museum and presentations on their academic services to the universities around the world.   This was followed by an insider’s tour of Oxford’s Balliol College.

Highlights from days three and four included engaging sessions on the ‘Evolution of Online Learning’ from Mr Guy Mallinson (Director of Strategy, The Open University), ‘Developing Internationalisation Strategies’, with the OAED’s Fiona Smart and an address on ‘Global Technology Transfer & Innovation Management’ from Dr. Nathan Pike of the ISIS Innovation University Of Oxford. Following OAED’s successful visit to the University Teknologi MARA in Malaysia in early December, Prof. Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar, Vice Chancellor of UiTM returned the compliment by delivering a session on ‘University Management: A Malaysian Case Study’.

The programme concluded with a Certificate Ceremony where each delegate received a Certificate of Attendance from Dr. Heirani Moghaddam, Chairman of OAED and Prof. Herman Bell, member of the OAED academic board. The delegates also took part in a short ceremony to celebrate the Oxonia University Network’s First Anniversary. As a final optional day, the OAED hosted a very enjoyable trip to London on a whistle-stop tour of the city’s sights and landmarks including, the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, Number 10 Downing Street and Westminster.

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