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March 4, 2021
17:00 GMT+8 | 12:00 GMT+3

Future needs are shifting, and providing an education that covers all is becoming more difficult. If 2020 was a year of reaction to disruption, 2021 is the year to prepare for future changes. How can institutions adapt their models for students today and tomorrow? Is there a method to prepare a student for a lifetime and what does it look like?

Our Speakers


Executive Director Centre for Quality Assurance and Accreditation
Ahlia University

Holds a Doctorate from Brunel University London, in the area of Strategic decisions and quality in the context of Higher Education, currently an Executive Director of Quality Assurance and Assistant Professor at Ahlia University Bahrain. appointed external reviewer and conducted various QA reviews as part of Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA) and Bahrain Quality Assurance (BQA) for Programme and National Qualification Framework validation. An expert in strategic planning, measurement and evaluation for higher education including assessment of internal and external environment. Published various research in the area of strategy, teaching and learning and quality management. As an expert in curriculum review, design and mapping to the National Qualification Framework, enabled AU to place its qualifications on NQF Bahrain, which leaded the university for a promising future.

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Quality expert
Université Saint Joseph

A Lebanese national, Ursula El Hage is also honorary citizen of Ecuador. She is EDBA candidate at Paris Dauphine-USJ and holds an MBA from IDE Business School, Ecuador. Besides being a quality expert at the Saint Joseph University (USJ) and lecturer on innovation and quality management, she is the former vice-president of CODEFE, the Ecuadorian partner of EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management), wherein she is a Trainer and Award Lead Assessor. Ms. El Hage co-founded the European Management Center in Ecuador and worked at IDE Business School (IESE group) as the Entrepreneurship Center’s founding director. At the Presidency of the Republic of Ecuador, she has headed the Innovation Office responsible for the conception of the National E-government Plan and the National Program for Excellence.


Deputy Vice Chancellor & Head of Campus Singapore
James Cook University

Chris is responsible to the JCUS board for the strategic leadership of the Singapore campus of James Cook University and is a member of the JCU Executive Board.

Prior to joining to James Cook University, Chris was Provost and CEO of University of Nottingham, Ningbo China (2015-19) where he led a campus of 8,000 students and 900 staff, delivering UK degree programmes in China’s first sino-foreign University and building a series of new research institutes in China to connect with local and international industry. His previous UK roles include Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement (2007-15), leading on business engagement and philanthropic fundraising and Dean of Nottingham’s Engineering Faculty (2003-7). Chris was a board director of the China-Britain Business Council from 2011-17.

In addition to his academic career Chris served as sea-going engineer with P&O Steam Navigation Company (1977-81) and a research engineer at GKN Technology Ltd (1985-86). He has collaborated widely with industry in Europe, USA and Asia and has held guest professorships in Canada, USA and China. He is currently a guest professor at Jilin University and at the National Level International Science and Technology Cooperation base in Advanced Composite Materials hosted by AVIC in Beijing. He received the Ningbo Government’s highest honour for foreigners – the Camellia Award in 2017 and Zhejiang Province West Lake Award in 2018 and a Changbaishan (长白山友谊奖) Scholar in 2013. He was awarded the 48 Group Club Icebreaker Laureate prize for services to Sino-UK relations and led Nottingham Confucius Institute to Model status, awarded by Vice-Premier LIU Yandong in 2015. He was admitted to the Order of the British Empire in the UK 2018 New Year Honours list for services to Higher Education and UK-China relations.

Chris is an active researcher and holds grants and contracts with several international organisations for his research in engineering materials and lightweight structures. His team have contributed to the introduction of new materials and processes in the automotive, aerospace and medical devices industries. He has successfully supervised more than 60 PhD projects and has published > 175 journal articles with around 6500 citations and an H index of 43.

Outside his professional activities Chris enjoys outdoor activities, traditional music and dance and continues to study Mandarin at intermediate level.

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Deputy General Manager

A turnaround specialist accomplished strategic leader, and entrepreneurial team player with a global experience in providing strategic, fiscal and operations leadership in different specialty areas particularly in Telecommunications, Oil & Gas, Real Estate Development, Regulatory Affairs, and Management Organization. Carla Saba is currently the Deputy General Manager of Berytech, managing Operations and Sites, and co-delivering the Design Thinking & Innovation course for Engineering students @ Saint Joseph University of Beirut, being part of the collaboration projects between the university and Berytech.



Editor and Program Designer
QS Quacquarelli Symonds

Anton John Crace is Editor and Program Designer in the QS Intelligence Unit in Singapore. Through his role, he edits QS’ university news and rankings supplements. He has worked within international education for almost a decade including within an education provider, education agent training platform and media.

He was the Asia Pacific Editor of The PIE News, an international education media outlet, and broke stories including the decision of some universities to pay Indian agents GST and the New Zealand government’s decision to scrap a review into in-study work rights for international students. For many years he was also a familiar face on the conference circuit throughout the Asia Pacific through live tweeting – follow him on Twitter @antoncrace.

Anton was recognized as the Universities Australia Higher Education Journalist of the Year in 2019 at the National Press Club of Australia, and received the Excellence Award for Professional Commentary from the International Education Association of Australian in 2018.


Past Episodes

Students and graduates face new challenges in the education and job markets. We discuss what skills students in Asian Pacific need to prepare for tomorrow.

– Raghav Gupta, Managing Director, India & Apac, Coursera
– Joyce Teo Siew Yean, Assistant Vice Chancellor And Vice President (Global Affairs), Universiti Brunei Darussalam
– Sandeep Sancheti, Vice Chancellor, Srmist, Chennai
– Atty Lily Freida T Macabangun-Milla, Officer-in-charge, Office Of The Deputy Executive Director; And Director, International Affairs Staff, Commission On Higher Education, Philippines
– L SS Reddy, Vice Chancellor, KL Deemed to be University, Vijayawada, India

Students and graduates face new challenges in the education and job markets. We discuss what skills students in Eastern Europe need to prepare for tomorrow.

– Nayeli Wild, Director, University Partnerships. Coursera
– Olga Mamaeva, Deputy Head Of Elearning, Hse University
– Peter Szakal, Director, Directorate For Academic Affairs, University Of Szeged
– Ekaterina Lyubimova, Director Of Digital Content Service, University 2035

As the world changes, the skills graduates and workers require for employment are also changing. We look at the findings of QS’ Global Skils Gap report and discuss with employers.

– Sean O Ferguson, Associate Dean, Asia School of Business (ASB)
– Esra Aldhaen, Executive Director, Quality Assurance and Accreditation, Ahlia University Bahrain
– Alex Chisholm, Head of Analytics, QS Quacquarelli Symonds

Many students expect they will be able to find a job after their studies and undertake an internship during it. How are universities engaging with employers and how can they continue to do so during a period of social distancing?

– Beverley Oliver, Emeritus Professor and Principal Consultant, EduBrief
– Kym Nguyen, Director, Global Market Development, QS Enrolment Solutions
– Gordon Scott, Managing Director, Successful Graduate Pty Ltd

Partnerships are integral for growth and innovation. Private sector and education provider collaboration has driven excellence, but creating that collaboration is not straightforward. This episode considers how reputation can be used to foster partnerships for the future.

– Andy Free, Head Of Partner Markets, Impero Software
– Ann Gabriel, Senior Vice President For Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier
– David Reggio, Frsa, Global Head Of Consulting, Qs Quacquarelli Symonds

The traditional classroom model is in many ways a controlled environment which eliminates many distraction. Online, however, removes control from lecturers and tutors. How can institutions maintain student engagement online and avoid losing to other distractions?

– Dr Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer, Coursera
– Alex Chisholm, Head of Analytics, QS Quacquarelli Symonds
– Dr Gog Soon Joo, Chief Futurist, Chief Skills Officer, Chief Research Officer, SkillsFuture Singapore