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Our online UK NARIC GlobalEd Forum, featuring global perspectives on current issues and which ran from 30 November to 10 December, attracted more than 1000 delegates from 59 countries, at the final count. There were more than 60 speakers and session chairs, from 12 countries, sharing their knowledge and expertise across the sessions.
Live discussion panels, running across time zones, were presented from the UK, Australia, China, and India. Delegate feedback has been very good, and hundreds of online messages were sent and received as delegates posed questions to the panels and took part in the virtual discussion.
If you registered for the GlobalEdForum, then you can still view recordings of the live sessions, and the pre-recorded 'Bites', on the Whova platform and app.
We are grateful to our principal sponsors: the GlobalEd Forum was presented in association with Cambridge Assessment English and Europass.
The GlobalEd Forum was also supported by: Dialexy, ETS TOEFL, Fragomen, International Baccalaureate, LanguageCert, Oxford University Press, Sinorbis, Skills for English, and Trinity College. We thank them for working with us on this event.
We are grateful to the many expert contributors from around the world who took part, including: Pankaj Mittal, Secretary General, Association of Indian Universities; Kayode Odedina, Deputy Director, National Universities Commission, Nigeria; Nadia Tahir, Managing Director, QAA, Higher Education Commission, Pakistan; Matt Durnin of British Council China; Caryn Nery, Director, TNE Partnerships, Victoria University, Australia; Jude King of University of Liverpool; Shalini Bharat, Vice-Chancellor/Director of Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India; Sohail Bajammal, Executive Director, National Centre for Academic Accreditation and Evaluation, Saudi Arabia; David Pilsbury, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International Development), Coventry University; Lee Bartlett of University of Wales Trinity Saint David; Helen Vella Bonavita, Edith Cowan University, Australia; Kamlesh Misra, Vice-Chancellor, Rishihood University, India; and Libing Wang, Chief, Section for Education Innovation & Skills Development, UNESCO, Bangkok, Thailand.
The pre-recorded 'Bites' - pre-recorded 15-minute video briefings and mini-training sessions - are still available for viewing by those who registered for the Forum, and cover a wide range of subjects, such as digital credentials; confirming GCSE English and Maths from other school awards; hints on detecting and combating fraud; India Standard XII and state boards; qualification verification; finding your way around the UK NARIC databases; and refugee skills evaluation.
This was the first time UK NARIC has organised a large-scale online event running over multiple days. The GlobalEd Forum is a mark of the extent and importance of UK NARIC's global community in education and skills.
2021 will see us run more online events, discussions, and training and development, to further strengthen our global community. Look out for updates in future editions of this newsletter and on our social media channels.