Going Global 2017

The conference for leaders of international education

Going Global is an annual conference hosted by the British Council, offering an open forum for global leaders of international non-compulsory education to discuss issues facing the international education community.

Since its inception in 2004, Going Global has grown from a biennial event in the UK to an annual event alternating between the UK and major international cities such as Hong Kong, Dubai and Miami. We are taking the conference to Africa for the first time in 2016 – 3-5 May, Cape Town, South Africa.

Each year Going Global attracts more than 1,000 registered delegates from across the tertiary (further and higher) education sectors and a variety of other industries with perspectives on international education.

Going Global 2017, London

Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 May 2017, London


We live in an era characterized by both globalisation and urbanisation with more than half of the world’s people living in cities and towns. Universities and colleges are the global connectors among the world’s fast-evolving knowledge economies and cities are the beating hearts of innovation. This urban-global age provides tertiary education institutions with unprecedented opportunities to mobilise their expertise, prepare young people for the future and drive forward research and policy agendas at the city, national and global levels. Yet the urban-global age also poses challenges for universities and colleges and the cities and towns of which they are a part, not least because of the changing nature and locations of tertiary education delivery.

Going Global 2017 explores how universities and colleges support city-regional economies and social and civic engagement, connecting the world's cities to global knowledge and talent and addressing global challenges.

We examine this through four lenses:

  • Research and innovation
  • Talent development and flows
  • Societies and communities
  • Leadership

Read the full description of Going Global 2017 conference themes

Call for proposals 

We are seeking innovative, agenda-setting proposals that will facilitate the sharing of knowledge and insights across borders.

We welcome challenging perspectives, and are especially interested to hear from thought leaders anticipating and driving future agendas.

You are invited to submit one of the following proposals:

  • speaker
  • poster.

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