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QS WORLDWIDE 2019: Journey to Global Prominence: Harmony of Human Heritage and Advanced Technology

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.

Here are some of the events highlights who have missed this informative conference:

The conference kickstarted with the keynote address by Professor Jan Sadlak, President of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, 2009-2018 where he discussed on 4th Industrial Revolution: Characteristics and Policy Implications for Higher Education. Professor Sadlak mentioned that the game-changing dimension of those changes, foremost associate with artificial intelligence (AI), big data, advanced 5G internet, robotization, allows us to talk about 4th Industrial Revolution. This new technological order made inroads into number different areas, which will require new thinking and adequate policy initiatives in education and research.

A series of informative and insightful discussions were shared during the first plenary session of the University Congress “Youth contribution to the realization of Sustainable Development Goals-2030”, and at the QS Open Clinic under the theme of “Universities and Sustainable Development: From Vision to Implementation”, with Mr Vlastemil Samek, UN Department of Global Communications Representative acting as the moderator.

Finally, the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020 was launched at the event by Mr. Ben Sowter, Senior Vice President, QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd, United Kingdom. The QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020 included 758 institutions in the evaluation, ranked 682 institutions and results for the top 500 were published. This ranking shed light on the underlying performance of universities focusing a more critical lens on employment rates, employer engagement and employability initiatives.

Korea University
University of Indonesia
Ritsumeikan University