2018 Global Forum Dubai

The 2018 Global Forum, held by the OBHE with the knowledge partner Knowledge and Human Development Authority of Dubai (KHDA), examined how to define and promote student success. Few dispute the value of higher education, but there is little consensus around the world on what value means or how to demonstrate it. Student satisfaction and engagement, happiness and well-being, graduation rates and graduate employment are just some of the measures available. Yet the ultimate goal - clear, agreed arrangements and metrics that support student success - still seems out of reach.


The forum was interested in students of all kinds, especially international, TNE and distance learners, and had over 30 in attendance. Student experience, life satisfaction, engagement and well-being, graduation rates, time to completion, skills acquisition, value for money, employment, salary, and alumni civic participation were some of the specific constructs explored. Outcomes of online learning and TNE were a special focus in the context of broader debate about global higher education performance. Photo highlights from the conference are here, and selected presentations are accessible here

The Global Forum is held each year for policy makers, analysts, regulators, and HE administrators/faculty from around the world. Dubai was the ideal host of the 2018 Global Forum as it is home to a highly international mix of education and is at the forefront of TNE policy and practice. It offered the perfect setting to observe TNE in action and explore how to define and improve student success.