The Conference, which was hosted by the University of Ghana, in the capital, Accra, reunited approximately 50 speakers around the topic:
“Leadership for a changing public-private higher education funding landscape“
Speakers and participants were invited to reflect on the following concept:
“The 2017 IAU International Conference will focus on the role, responsibilities, expectations and needs of higher education leaders – rectors, presidents, but also deans and department heads in higher education in this new and shifting landscape when faced with the changing nature of higher education that comes with a more blurred notion of public and private. Speakers will be drawn from both mostly public, and mostly or wholly private higher education institutions. In addition, IAU will draw on institutions where the shift from predominantly one side of the spectrum (either public or private) to the other has taken place to learn about these transitions and transformations.”
Prof. Sabuncuoğlu joined the Conference in order to present the case study of the Abdullah Gül University, as the Pioneer of Hybrid Model Universities in Turkey.
AGU, as a pilot project of the Turkish Ministry of Development, is the first higher education institution in the country to be based on a hybrid status model, as a State university supported by a private, philanthropic Foundation.
After explaining how this unique model translates into a unique financial structure and win-win situation for it’s various stakeholders, Prof. Sabuncuoğlu also highlighted how this system allows AGU to apply a New Generation University model, multiplying the key foci of Education, Research and Societal Impact, built to produce graduates who can meet and solve the Global Challenges we face today.
The Conference was also the opportunity to broaden AGU’s international network and to re-connect with existing partners:
The conference is hosted yearly by IAU, the International Association of Universities. “Founded in 1950, [IAU] is the UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions. It brings together institutions and organisations from some 120 countries for reflection and action on common concerns and collaborates with various international, regional and national bodies active in higher education”.
Next year’s IAU International Conference will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in November 2018.