University Invited To Give Keynote At The International University Presidents Meeting In Alcala

25th May 2016

The International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) gathered at the historic University of Alcala on the 20-22 May to review global progress and trends in higher education as well as to discuss how Universities can leave a lasting legacy in the communities that they serve. Professor Daniella Tilbury, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gibraltar, was one of three keynote speakers invited to advise on how University’s plans need to reoriented so that they can make a meaningful contribution to the sustainable future of regional communities. She called for stronger stakeholder consultation processes to inform these plans as well as an increase in opportunities for undergraduate students to experience the world of work as part of their formal degree studies. In her call for higher education to be more relevant to the social, economic and environmental needs of the communities they are situated in, Prof Tilbury showcased the role that the University of Gibraltar is playing, through research and professional education, in future-proofing its community. She spoke of how the University is seeking to make a contribution by addressing some of the issues underpinning climate change, urban expansion, intercultural dialogue as well as by challenging socio-economic inequalities faced across the Mediterranean. Other speakers included Prof Fernando Leon Garcia, President (Vice-Chancellor) of CETYS, Mexico and Prof Carmen Z. Lamagna, Vice-Chancellor of the American International University of Bangladesh.