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Friday,22 Oct 2021 21:37pm GMT
The June 2015 Leadership in Higher Education Programme: A Practical Approach - Shaping the University of the Future was attended by delegates from 8 countries - Turkey, Jordan, Sweden, Nigeria, India, China, Malaysia and Azerbaijan.  The key themes hinged around the topics of HE leadership, entrepreneurship, employability and research.
The practical week began at the prestigious Said Business School with presentations on New Trends and Challenges in University Leadership by Keith Burnley, CEO of the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship and the Oxford University system by David Palfreyman, Bursar of New College, University of Oxford.  James May, President of Oxford Entrepreneurs also popped in at the beginning to welcome everyone to Said and to give an overview of his organisation which is headquartered at Said.
Day two, Wednesday 10th June saw a visit to world leading science and Technology park, Harwell near Oxford with presentations in the morning from Prof. Paul Hannon, Director, LEAD Wales Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership on different aspects of entrepreneurship and the importance of it in teaching and learning. This was followed by a very informative tour of some of the research facilities at Harwell including the Research Complex, Central Laser Facility and the European Space Agency Business Innovation Centre.
On Thursday 11th June delegates were transferred to the University of Reading Campus at Whiteknights, Reading to hear an interesting range of presentations on the university itself, managing the university of today, English language capacity development in Higher Education (HE) and the structure and funding that supports the UK HE system.  We were made to feel very welcome by the staff and students at Reading and rounded off the day with a visit to their beautiful botanic gardens located on campus.
The final formal day of the programme on Friday 12th June,  was held at New College, the University of Oxford where Dr. Nathan Pike from Isis Innovation shared information about the commercialisation of research and innovation; followed by Karen Fraser from the Higher Education Academy who presented on the topic of employability  in HE.  The afternoon concluded with the Oxonia AGM and Certificate Ceremony.  
During their stay the delegates were able to enjoy Oxford in the sunshine on most days including visits to local restaurants and a boat trip on the River Thames. Overall, it was a very enjoyable week for the delegates and the team, with many new friendships forged. 
We hope that a number of the delegates will be able to join us in August at the Oxonia University Network International Conference. Details can be located at http://conference.oxonianetwork.org.uk  (special concessions are applicable for June 2015 LHE delegates).
Further information about the Oxonia University Network  can be located at: www.oxonianetwork.org.uk  where universities may also register to join the Network.