Singapore to Host Inaugural OECD Conference on Higher Education Futures

Published Date: 06 August 2015 12:00 AM

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1. A two-day conference on Higher Education Futures that gathers leaders and experts in academia and public policy to discuss trends and challenges in global higher education will be held in Singapore from 14 to 15 October 2015. The first of its kind among conferences organised in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the conference will also explore ideas to meet these challenges and leverage opportunities in higher education.

2. There are four themes for the OECD-Singapore Conference on Higher Education Futures:

  • Mapping and meeting future demand for higher education;
  • The rise of higher education in Asia and the impact on the global landscape;
  • Technology, disruption and the 'unbundling' of higher education: challenges to traditional modes of education; and
  • Two sides of the same coin: resource challenges, the drive for quality and imperatives for relevance.

3. The conference comprises four plenary sessions and accompanying parallel sessions in a seminar/workshop format, which features Ministers, academics and senior practitioners who are internationally recognised and well regarded in their respective fields.

4. Minister for Education, Singapore, Mr Heng Swee Keat, and Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD, Mr Stefan Kapferer, are slated to deliver opening addresses at the conference. Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education, Singapore, Ms Indranee Rajah, is also scheduled to speak at the first plenary session. The line of speakers includes:

  • Professor Tyler Cowen, Professor of Economics, George Mason University, USA;
  • Professor Bertil Andersson, President, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore;
  • Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE, Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for England, United Kingdom;
  • Professor Simon Marginson, Professor of International Higher Education, UCL Institute of Education, University College of London, United Kingdom; and
  • Professor Ka Ho Mok, Vice President (Designate) and Chair Professor of Comparative Policy, Lingnan University, Hong Kong


5. For more information about the programme, speakers and registration, please visit The closing date for registration is 9 October 2015.

6. For queries on the conference, please contact:


Ms Lian Hui
Senior Officer, International Relations
Planning Division

Ms Wang Jiehui
Senior Head, Policy
Higher Education Division


Professor Peter Coaldrake
Chair, Institutional Management in Higher Education Governing Board
Queensland University of Technology

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