We are honoured that the two keynote speakers, whose talks will open each day (actual titles to be confirmed) are:
Emeritus Professor Ronald Barnett (University College London, UCL)
Ronald Barnett is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at University College London Institute of Education (where he was both Dean of Professional Development and (subsequently) Pro-Director for Longer Term Strategy). He is the inaugural President of the Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education Society. In his academic work, he has been leading the development of a new sub-field, the philosophy of higher education. He has characterised his position as that of a social philosophy of the university, at once realist, critical, imaginative, and practical, in which he has been attempting to identify concepts and principles that offer ways of enhancing universities and higher education in an uncertain age
Keynote address title: Only Connect: Designing University Futures (outline, pdf)
Professor Peter Maassen (University of Oslo).
Peter Maassen is professor in higher education studies at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo (UiO), Norway. In addition, he is extraordinary professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and research fellow at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy, New York University, USA. His main research interests are in the area of the governance of higher education and science, and the relationships between higher education and society. Before moving to Norway in 2000, he was acting director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente, the Netherlands. He has participated in many national and international expert committees and panels in higher education, including an international panel assessing the higher education reform in Denmark, a Norwegian government committee for higher education, and OECD panels reviewing higher education in Japan and Finland. He has been a member of the Executive Board of University College Oslo (now Oslo Metropolitan University), and is currently, amongst other things, member of the executive board of the Barratt Due Music Academy in Oslo. He is the editor of the academic book series Higher Education Dynamics (Springer), and has produced over 250 international articles, books, and reports.