Online Proceedings of the 2017 Global Summit: Graduate Education 2030

    ​We invite you to explore the electronic proceedings of the 2017 Global Summit, Graduate Education 2030: Imagining the Future. Panel summaries provide an overview of the papers and discussion, with individual papers accessible at the links below.


    ​Summit Program and Compilation of Papers*

    *Individual papers below have been updated and edited for the electronic proceedings.



    The 2017 Strategic Leaders Global Summit, co-hosted by CGS and the Educational Testing Service (ETS), was held in Alaska from September 10-12. Senior graduate leaders representing 16 different countries met to discuss the theme Graduate Education 2030: Imagining the Future


    Attendees contemplated the potential future(s) of graduate education, and how individually and collectively we might help influence these forces for the benefit of students, universities, and broader communities.


    Participants included many delegates from CGS international members and international groups of graduate education leaders.



    Panel 1: Global and Regional Demographic Shifts

    Brenda Brouwer, Queen's University
    Denise Cuthbert, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
    Nancy Marcus, Florida State University
    Shireen Motala, University of Johannesburg
    Adham Ramadan, American University in Cairo

    Panel 2: Trends in Technology

    Jacqueline Briel, Educational Testing Service (ETS)
    Luke Georghiou, University of Manchester
    Joe Luca, Edith Cowan University Australia
    Eiríkur Stephensen, University of Iceland - Háskóli Íslands
    Henriëtte Van den Berg, University of the Free State

    Panel 3: Generational Perspectives

    Karen Butler-Purry, Texas A&M University
    Mark J.T. Smith, The University of Texas at Austin
    Lisa Young, University of Calgary

    Panel 4: Globalization

    Philippe-Edwin Bélanger, University of Québec
    Jani Brouwer, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
    Mee-Len Chye, The University of Hong Kong
    Barbara Dooley, University College Dublin
    Jongryn Mo, Yonsei University

    Panel 5: Workforce Demands

    Pat Buckley, University of South Australia
    Lucy Johnston, The University of Newcastle, Australia
    Susan Porter, University of British Columbia
    Christopher Sindt, Saint Mary’s College of California
    Rachel Spronken-Smith, University of Otago

    Panel 6: Conceptualizing the University

    Hans-Joachim Bungartz, Technical University of Munich
    Liviu Matei, Central European University
    John Mo, University of Macau
    Sally Pratt, University of Southern California
    Lesley Wilson, European University Association
    Shinichi Yamamoto, J.F. Oberlin University

    Practical Actions

    At the conclusion of the meeting, summit participants developed “A Proposal of Practical Actions” designed to help graduate education leaders plan for and influence the future of graduate education. These recommended actions are intended to serve as a menu of options for graduate institutions seeking to better prepare themselves and their students for the evolving doctorate.


    CGS contributions to the 2017 Summit were generously supported by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).




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