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DIT Conference: Higher Education in the 21st Century – Diversity of Missions

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Around the world, higher education and higher education institutions are changing rapidly. Traditional academic cultures and relationships are being challenged, bringing new social dynamics to higher education systems and increasing diversity and differentiation within and between institutions.

Against the backdrop of these changes, the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland (DIT) is hosting an international conference on the theme: Higher Education in the 21st Century - Diversity of Missions, from 25-27 June 2007.

The conference is sponsored by the OECD Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE), the International Association of Universities (IAU), Ireland's Higher Education Authority (HEA), and the Irish Universities Association (IUA).

Sessions will focus on questions of how the diversity of institutions is valued (or not) by Governments, funding agencies and society more generally by exploring such issues as: what are the appropriate incentives to enable institutions to relate research to mission; how to better measure and evaluate the contribution that HEIs make to national, regional and local economic and social development; and how are institutions facing up to the challenges of widening participation and cultural diversity, and how to support diversity without hierarchy.

The conference aims to create a better understanding of these issues and tensions, and will have particular significance for newer (broadly, post-1970) higher education institutions (HEIs) as well as for policy makers and funding agencies.


Participants will be institutional leaders and other senior decision-makers from around the world. Keynote speakers will come from universities and university organisations, such as the IAU, CONAHEC and ESMU, and inter-governmental organisations, such as the OECD. The conference will have an informal format, with an emphasis on dialogue and sharing 'good practice' through case studies and reflective practice in a relaxing environment.

Ireland is an attractive 'case study' for an international symposium exploring challenges facing higher education in the 21st century. The Irish government has shown a strong commitment to building a knowledge economy through investment in higher education and research.

Looking forward to seeing you in Dublin.

Prof. Ellen Hazelkorn

For further information, please contact:

Ms Gráinne O'Rourke
Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

Tel. +353 1 402 7829