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  • Glimpse of University Presidents Forum


Theme                    : International Collaboration in Research and Academic Programs

Discussion topics :

  • Internationalization of Academic Programs
  • Internationalization Research and Development in Higher Education Institutions
  • Developing International Competitiveness in Globalized Higher Education
  • Challenges to Free Knowledge in Global Higher Education
  • Academic Mobility Programs
  • Sustaining Institutional Diversity in a Global Higher Education
  • Critical Success Factors in Strategic Higher Education Alliance
  • Development of Global Ready Graduates with High Ethics and Integrity
  • Research-Led Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Institutions
  • Role of Higher Education Institutions in Satisfying the Global Employment Needs – To Educate or To Train?

20 universities from eleven countries have attended this event


5 Key Themes:

  • Positioning University Focus in Innovation-led Economy
  • University Stewardship in Combating Climate Change – Developing Sustainable Technology
  • University of the Next Generation – Creation of Sustainable Campus
  • Strengthening Academic-Industry Partnership
  • Future Internationalisation Policy & Direction

30 universities from 13 countries have attended this forum in 2010.


Theme                    : Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Challenges for Universities

Discussion topics :

  • Strengthening innovation towards sustainability;
  • Fostering entrepreneurial culture in academia; and
  • Global networking towards value driven internationalisation in universities

28 University Presidents and top academics have attended University Presidents Forum 2011


5 – 6th May 2015

Theme                    : Innovative. Entrepreneurial. Global

Discussion topics :

  • Innovative
  • Intrepreneurial
  • Global

42 participants from 21 universities attended this forum in 2012


4 – 7th May 2013

Theme                    : CO2 Reduction, Innovation and Sustainability

Plenary Speakers :

  • Professor Anthony J. Sisnkey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.“Sustainable High-Value Bio-Based Industry for Feedstocks to Fuels, Chemicals and Materials”
  • Professor Nick Collings, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. “Reducing transport CO2 Emissions through Novel Engine Technology”
  • Professor Gustaf Olsson, Lund University, Sweden. “Water & Energy: Threats and Opportunities”
  • Dr. Akio Takemoto, Director of Asia-Pacific Network (APN), Japan. “Low Carbon Policy in Japan and Asia-Pacific Region”

University Presidents and top academics from 13 countries attended this event.


21 – 23rd May 2014

Theme                    : Global Collaboration Opportunities in Knowledge Creation and Innovation

Plenary Speakers :

  • Prof. Ir. Dr. Wahid Omar, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia. “Partnerships in Knowledge, Creation & Innovation”
  • Prof. Mark Spearing, Southampton University, United Kingdom. “The University as the Engine of Innovation & Entrepreneurship”
  • Prof. Duck Ho-Lim, Hanyang University, Korea. “Knowledge Partnerships in a Globalised World: Driving the Future of Asia’s Research & Innovation Landscape”
  • Prof. Michael Adewumi, Pennsylvania State University, USA. “Universities, Research and Innovation: Changing Dynamics for the Knowledge Society”

University Presidents and top academics from 15 countries attended this event.


12 – 14th May 2015

Theme                    : Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Nation Building

Keynote Speakers :

  • Prof. Dr. Caroline McMillen, The University  of Newcastle, Australia
    “Building Collaborative Partnership between Universities, Government, Industry and Communities”
  • Prof. Dr. Caroline F. Benton, University of Tsukuba, Japan
    “Creation of a Flexible Education and Research Structure for the Making of a Future Society”
  • Prof. Ji-Beom Yoo, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea
    “Academia-Industry Collaboration in Knowledge Creation and Innovation – Lesson from South Korea”
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Adebola Adewumi, Pennsylvania State University, USA
    “Research & Development as Drivers of Sustainable Economic Development”

University Presidents and top academics from 13 countries attended this event.


8 – 10th August 2016

Theme                    : Innovation and Sustainable Development

Keynote Speakers :

  • Professor Gee-Woo Bock, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea. “Pursuing Innovation and Services for Nation Building”
  • Prof. Dr. Wahid Razzaly, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Malaysia. “Championing Higher Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) for Developing Countries”
  • Professor Dr. Ir. Kadarsah Suryadi, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia. “Promoting Green Technology for Sustainable Development”
  • President Hiroyuki Ukai, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan. “Seizing Regional Opportunities: Best Practices for Accelerating Innovation within the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Professor Peter G. R. Smith, University of Southampton, United Kingdom. “Innovation and Sustainable Development Through Connected University”
  • Professor Ir. Dwikorita Karnawati, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. “Community Based Impact Innovation”
  • Professor Jane den Hollander, Deakin University, Australia. “Lessons Learned from Global Connection & Innovation”

University Presidents and top academics from 59 countries attended this event.


8 – 10th August 2017

Theme                    : Ranking Strategies for Improving University Performance

Keynote Speakers :

  • Y.Bhg Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Tapsir. “Institutional Sustainability : Meeting Challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution”
  • Prof. Dr. Ying-Yao Cheng, President, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan. “Facing future learners: Challenges of Transforming Universities”
  • Prof. Dr.  Mika Hannula, President, Tampere University of Technology, Finland. “How should University 4.0 collaborate with the industries and global partners to foster innovative ecosystems?”
  • Prof. Dr. Colin B. Grant, Vice President (International), University of Southampton, United Kingdom. “Impact of 4th Industrial Revolution on Globalization”
  • Prof. Dr. Chitoshi Miki, President Tokyo City University, Japan. “Cultivating Human Resource Capacity and Internationalization for Future Universities”
  • Prof. Dr. Wahid Razzaly, Vice-Chancellor Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM). “Developing High End Technical Workforce to Address Industrial Revolution 4.0

A total of 97 participants from 54 universities from 19 countries attended this event.


22 – 22nd November 2021

Theme                    : Brave New World of Higher Education: Realities and Vision

Keynote Speakers :

  • Prof. Dr. Sukarno D. Tanggol, DPA, Chancellor, Mindanao State University-Illigan Institute of Technology, Philippines. “Brave New World of Higher Education: Realities and Vision (View from the Philippines)”
  • Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. “IIT Bombay 3.0: A Vision”
  • Prof. Dr Elizabeth Treasure, Vice Chancellor, Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom “Working Together”
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Ismid Md Said, Executive Director, Asia Technological University Network (ATU-Net). “Reshaping Internationalization of Higher Education in The Post- Covid-19 Era: Challenges And Ways Forward for ASEAN Higher Education Institutions”
  • Dr. E. Randy Collins, Chair, Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E3). “Global E3: A Resilient International Consortium for Fostering Student Mobility”
  • Dr. E. Randy Collins, Chair, Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E3). “Global E3: A Resilient International Consortium for Fostering Student Mobility”
  • Dr. Valerie Barbosa, Co-Director (France), Malaysia-France University Centre (MFUC). “Improving Student Preparedness in STI Through International Collaboration”

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1-3rd November 2022

Theme                    : Reshaping Ideas and Practices in International Higher Education: Towards Sustainable Development for the World and Humanity

Keynote Speakers :

  • Prof. Dr. Ir. Mochamad Ashari, Rector, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Indonesia. “Global Research Trends for Sustainable Development Goals Empowerment”
  • Datin Paduka Professor Dr. Dayang Hajah Zohrah Haji Sulaiman, Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Teknologi Brunei, Brunei. “The Role of University Leadership in Driving Societal Impact and Protecting Sovereignty of Higher Education”
  • Professor Dr. Refik POLAT, Rector, Karabuk University, Turkiye. “Creating Synergies through International Partnerships and Cooperation in Higher Education”
  • Professor Banchong Mahaisavariya, M.D., President, Mahidol University, Thailand. “Creating Synergies through International Partnerships and Cooperation in Higher Education”

A total of 97 participants from 35 universities from 12 countries attended this event.