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The QS WORLDWIDE 2019 conference and exhibition took place over a two-day period from 19 to 20 September 2019 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The annual higher education conference was prefaced by a welcome dinner where welcome remarks were delivered by Professor James Stuart Pounder, Chair of QS WORLDWIDE International Academic Advisory Committee, Pro Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), Fiji National University and Mr Ben Sowter, Senior Vice President, QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd, United Kingdom. It was then followed by the delivery of welcome addresses from Dr Inchul Kim, Chairman of the General Assembly and Board of Directors, Silk-Road Universities Network (SUN) and President of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and Professor Jan Sadlak, President of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, 2009-2018. A series of enlightening cultural performance also graced the event.

This year’s conference gathered a total of 211 academics from 108 institutions in 36 countries. It not only allowed participants to gain a better understanding of the higher education sector inside and outside of the Central Asia; but it also provided them with the chance to share some of their best practices, network and establish partnerships between universities. In addition, a total of 41 papers were presented during plenary and parallel sessions and 13 exhibitors had the opportunity to showcase their universities’ offerings to participants at the QS Hub – Exhibition.


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