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Education Seminar – June 2014

Universities Minister the Rt Hon David Willetts MP addresses a packed lecture theatre

"An informative and stimulated event that promotes tertiary education in the UK and discusses issues concerning access to universities and other educational institutions in the UK. Designated people from different countries all over the world involved in education have the opportunity to interact and exchange their experiences in a friendly environment"
Embassy of Greece

Stephen Minchin, Claire Hawkins and Alaric Campbell Rae of Birmingham University

Hayet Bahri (London Academy of Diplomacy) chats to Emily George (BVI)

Embassy Group director Kerry Low talks to Alex Broughton (Bristol University)

Alison Miley introduces Tania Kader (Iraq), Mohamed Shane and Mohamed Al Bawab (Yemen) to the Dwight School

Dr Abdelbasit Gadour (Libya) asks the Minister a question

Charles Hamilton (PTE Academic) in conversation with Dr Ismail Al-Mullah (Iraq)

"An excellent platform not only for conventional networking (although it does offer that!) but also for direct, frank and meaningful discussions between various stakeholders in the UK-Overseas Higher Education interface"
The University of Manchester

Mamica Toska (Albania) talks to Nelly Purcell (King’s College London)

The Ambassador of Kosovo Mr Lirim Greiçevci listens to the questions

Courtney Cokely (University of Reading) talks to Yusra Al-Ismaily (Oman)

Maria Felix (Angola) meets Christopher Morgan and Alejandra Vicencio of Northumbria University

Dr John Law (British Council) leads discussions in the Middle East North Africa group

Amy Baker (The Pie News), Beth Shotton (University of St Andrews) and Neil Austin (Edinburgh Napier University) network over a glass of wine

"An excellent opportunity to catch up with existing contacts and establish new relationships with Embassy colleagues. Also chance to meet with colleagues from within the sector. Great organisation"
University of Reading

Matthew Virr (University of Warwick) meets Rachid Aggasim (Morocco)

Kaye Hales (Embassy Group) welcomes delegates from the Thai Embassy

Maxwell Howells (University of Kent) and Anthony Manning (Centre for English and World Languages) talk to Corinne Hamlet (Queen Mary University of London)

Peter Shelley and Sue Webb (University of Surrey) meet Dr Khalid Al-Muharami (Oman)

Dr Shaden Jaradat (University of Manchester) makes an observation during the plenary session

Andrew Mandebura and Elena Nikoulina (Huddersfield University) meet Mirjam Veenhoof (Netherlands)

'Overall, a really good and useful event. It is pleasing to see how the event continues to go from strength to strength each year and no doubt provides a cost-efficient way for Embassy staff and educationalists to come together in one place"
Castle Education Consultancy

Angeline Ward (UCLAN) in discussion with Lauren Harris (Netherlands)

Ernest Chernukhin (Russia) participates in the Q&A

Mr Maker Ayeul Deng (South Sudan) meets Caroline Halling and Anda Sadinova-Vivas (both University of Essex)

Mary Langford (TASIS) meets Tenda Kealeboga (Botswana)

Anne Marie Graham of the UK Higher Education International Unit leads the Outward Student Mobility workshop

Bobby Mehta and Sally-Anne Awcock chat to Mohamed Al-Ansari (UAE)

"A compact and useful networking day, useful both for universities and embassy reps"
Kings College London

Claire McIntyre and Hilary Colvey of Arts University Bournmouth discuss options with Vivienne Siva (Jamaica)

Cyrille van Effenterre (France) talks to Nicola Dandridge (UUK)

Nikki Padget and Christopher Dean (Exeter University) talk to Bennett Yeboah (Ghana)

Bold-Erdene Yadamsuren (Mongolia) meets Lorna Campbell and Victoria Wilson of Glasgow Caledonian Univeristy

Delegates enjoy a well-earned lunch put together b Capital People

Liz Dempsey (British Council) gives an overview of the Asian region

"I find the Embassy event very useful as a networking opportunity for embassies and institutions"
University of Central Lancashire

Delegates have informal discussions at the networking reception

Waddah Salih and Uvaish Kagdi (Global for Education & Training) in conversation with Dr Nora Bawazeer (Saudi Arabia)

Matthew Burgess (ISC) outlines how independent schools can assist in higher education enrolment

Barbara Fennell (Aberdeen University) talks to Beatriz Alfaro (El Salvador)

Julian McFarlane-Watts (Regent’s Language Training) talks to delegates from the Greek Embassy


The Rt Hon David Willetts explains the UK’s International Education Strategy

Education Conference
Record numbers of diplomats representing more than 80 missions flocked to BPP University for a day of debate and discussion at the Embassy Education Conference – the final conference before the 2015 elections.

Outgoing Universities Minister David Willetts explained his department’s International Strategy for Higher Education, while Nicola Dandridge, the Chief Executive of Universities UK, looked to the main debates that would surround higher education in the upcoming campaigns and outlined the sector’s priorities for a future incoming government.

Attendance at the conference was further boosted by news of the latest measures to curb student visa abuse. Home Office Director of Immigration Policy John Thompson was on hand to take questions from concerned consuls and education attachés and to explain that the Home Office’s actions were aimed at protecting genuine students and maintaining high standards. Delegates also heard from UKCISA chief executive Dominic Scott about the detrimental impact these measures could have on students and privately funded colleges and universities.

Examining the opportunities and challenges of globalising education were hot topics in themed and regional discussion groups. Diplomats could find out more about the benefits and drawbacks of trans-national education from Professor Christopher Costigan (BPP University), while Anne Marie Graham (HE International Unit) explained UK’s drive to encourage more UK students to study overseas in outward student mobility programmes. Simon Nelson of Futurelearn, the UK’s major provider of MOOCs (massive open online courses) outlined the potential of this medium of education.

The day ended with a networking reception where diplomats were able to put forward their suggestions to create a brandnew Education network in London.


Elizabeth Stewart (Embassy Group) welcomes delegates

Heather Mulkey (International School of London Group) meets Inge De Feyter (Belgium)

Rafal Siemianowski (Poland) asks how a potential UK exit from the EU will affect the international education strategy

Niall Browne (BVS Education) meets Guoqiang Li (China)

The Universities Minister the Rt Hon David Willetts takes a question from the audience

Neil Herrington of Regent’s University London meets Akiko Tamura (Japan)

Universities UK Chief Executive Nicola Dandridge looks ahead to higher education policy in the upcoming general election

Hayk Khemchayan (Armenia) in conversation with Alex Boughton (University of Bristol)

Dr John Kirkland (Association of Commonwealth Universities) talks to the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific group

Aida Toumi (Tunisia) meets Kwame Asabere (Ravensbourne)

David Tumilty and Daniel Rolfe (both SOAS)

UKCISA Chief Executive Dominic Scott outlines the impact on new Home Office actions against universities and colleges

Glen Hardwick (Christie’s Education) and Tamba Ngegba (Sierra Leone)

FutureLearn CEO Simon Nelson gives a presentation on MOOCs

Hayk Khemchyan (Armenia) checks out the day’s agenda

Dr Dan Shah (Higher Education International Unit) gives an overview on Europe

Dori Donald (Embassy Group) welcomes a delegate

Kevin van Cauter (British Council) leads discussions with the Latin American group

Karin Purcell (Marymount) talks to Emad Fam (Bahrain)

John Thompson (Home Office) updates delegates on student visas

Kaye Hales (Embassy Group) assists Mohammed Al-Bawab (Embassy of Yemen)

Professor Christopher Costigan (BPP University) talks about the opportunities of Trans-National Education

Janice Grant (Abertay University) and Angeline Ward (University of Central Lancashire)

Will Archer (i-Graduate) in discussion with the Anglophone group

Chris Taylor (Worcester Univeristy) meets Voltaire Mauricio (Philippines)

Assistant Vice Chancellor of BPP University Amanda Blackmoor gives her opening remarks

Laura Thompson (International Community School) meets Lt Cdr Marthe Tsogo (Cameroon)

Shu Zhu (BPP University) talks to Dr T A Fauzi Soelaiman (Indonesia)

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