2018 Global Forum Dubai

Register by 15 October for Early Bird Rates!


The 2018 Global Forum, held by the OBHE with the knowledge partner Knowledge and Human Development Authority of Dubai (KHDA), is about 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.

 A draft of the agenda can be found here


Our interest is in students of all kinds, especially international, TNE and distance learners. Student experience, life satisfaction, engagement and well-being, graduation rates, time to completion, skills acquisition, value for money, employment, salary, and alumni civic participation are some of the specific constructs that will be explored. Outcomes of online learning and TNE will be a special focus in the context of broader debate about global higher education performance.

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

A draft programme is coming soon. Content of the Global Forum will address the following questions:

Leadership. How are countries or institutions defining, reporting and improving student success and well-being?

- Models. Which approaches, metrics and arrangements characterize the most powerful and innovative approaches to supporting student success and well-being?

- Modalities. How are different forms of higher education, such as models of TNE and online learning, visible in student success data?

- Utility. How are individuals, institutions, employers and governments using student success data?

Get £200 off your fee by registering by 15 October!

For sponsorship opportunities please email richard.garrett@obhe.org.