Open Space

The following Open Space Sessions will be offered at the Expert Meeting:

OS 1) Inclusion and equity

  • Why is inclusion and diversity management important in higher education? How can diversity management and equity be safeguarded in tertiary education and the science sector? What does the current situation look like? What good practices exist and what lessons can be learned from the field?
  • What inclusion and equity challenges do higher education institutions face as a result of digitisation?

Christoph Hansert and Lena Leumer, DAAD, Dr. Liz Marr, Open University, UK


OS 2) Financing higher education

  • What are the characteristics of the current financial situation in higher education?
  • How do higher education finance systems face the challenge of balancing quality and access
  • How do we enhance equity (e.g. through demand side financing, like stipends and student loans)?
  • What experiences have been gained with different financial instruments (public/private/individual, national budget/international partners)? What are good practices?

Ulrich Jahn and Dr. Detlef Hanne, KfW


OS 3) Enhancing quality, governance and relevance – the role of higher education management

Using the example of projects in Africa and South East Asia, the following questions will be discussed:

  • How can universities define and identify relevance in teaching and research? How can they anticipate future needs?
  • What mechanisms can universities put in place to enable them to practice a culture of continuous responsiveness?
  • How can universities collaborate with the labour market in curriculum development and QA processes to enhance the relevance of their degrees?
  • How can internal mechanisms be implemented in universities which are conducive to increasing and assuring the quality of educational offerings?
  • How can internal and external quality assurance mechanisms be combined efficiently?
  • What role does higher education management play in these processes?

Stefan Bienefeld, DAAD, Prof. Dr. Mike Kuria, IUCEA, Dr. Karola Hahn, GIZ


OS 4) Scholarships within the 2030 Agenda

Expanding the number of scholarships for developing countries is a means of implementation for achieving SDG 4.

  • What results can be expected from expanding the number of scholarships for developing countries? What kind of scholarship programmes are needed to support sustainable development in the long run? What are the main challenges for donors, implementing organizations and universities?
  • Where does the brain drain debate currently stand with regard to scholarships (brain drain vs. brain gain, brain strain, brain circulation, etc.)? What successful strategies exist for supporting graduates and scientists who studied abroad and plan to return to their home countries or regions?
  • How can we ensure that scholarships are reaching the best and not only the best connected? How can we improve outreach, selection and mentoring for students and scientists from disadvantaged backgrounds and LDCs?

Cay Etzold, DAAD, Dr. Daniela Kneißl, AvH, Henner Kirchner, GIZ, Maren Kröger, UNHCR, Prof. Turoop Losenge, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology


OS 5) Topic to be decided at the meeting


OS 6) Topic to be decided at the meeting


Please note: Further Sessions can be offered by any participant at the Expert Meeting.