The International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd), OP Jindal Global University, virtually hosted the Society Of Transnational Academic Researchers (STAR) Network’s annual 3-day global conference in collaboration with Association of Indian Universities.
The theme of this year’s conference, Higher Education for the Common Good: Leadership and Institutional Resilience, focused on leadership, resilience and equity in a post-pandemic world. During the inaugural session, the founding Vice-Chancellor of OP Jindal Global University and Director of IIHEd, Professor C. Raj Kumar said: âWe could not have chosen a better theme for the conference of this year because the global pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we have lived and this has challenged the entire world of higher education. One of the unsung heroes of the pandemic are the educators of the world, who have made extraordinary contributions to ensure that the learning project runs smoothly. “
The World Conference is an academic conference and the premier annual event of the Society of Transnational Academic Researchers (STAR) scholarship network. The conference travels to a new country every year. The conference aims to help academics, academics, researchers and students expand their academic and social networks by establishing human-to-human relationships with academics around the world, celebrating cultures, facilitating critical conversations, making connections global research partnerships and forming lifelong relationships.
India’s National Director of the STAR Academic Network and Deputy Director of IIHEd, Professor Mousumi Mukherjee, added: âWe have also seen a lot of resilience and innovation emerge from this time of crisis. As the entire medical fraternity, social workers, teachers, students, parents and various professionals learned to adjust to the ânew normalâ, we realized the value of higher education for the greater good.
The conference program included over 50 research presentations, 5 panel discussions and over 10 thematic forum discussions. There are over 300 members from universities, NGOs, think tanks and government sectors from over 37 countries. One of the main attractions of this conference was the A Noam Chomsky Global Connections Award Ceremony, where seasoned scholars and promising young scholars are awarded annually by the STAR Academic Network, followed by an opening speech by A. Noam Chomsky. Professor Shaun Star, professor at Jindal Global Law School, received one of the Rising Star Emerging Scholar certificates.
Other distinguished speakers included Dr Baburam Bhattarai (former Prime Minister of Nepal), Dr Joseph Burke (Senior Consultant, Association of Universities and Colleges Governing Boards, USA), Dr Pankaj Mittal (Secretary General, Association of Indian Universities), Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe (President, All India Council for Technical Education), Dr. KK Aggarwal (President, National Board of Accreditation), Dr. Rajesh Tandon (UNESCO Chair in CBR and Social Responsibility in Education Superior), Dr. Joanna Newman (Managing Director and Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities), Dr. Philip Altbach (Research Professor, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College, USA), Dr. Lynn Pasquerella (President, Association of American Colleges & Universities), Dr. Dwan M. Whitehead (Vice President, Campus Global Citizenship Office, AACU), Mr. Kurt Larsen (Senior education, World Bank) and Dr Glenda Prime (dean, School of Education & Urban Studies, Mo rgan State University).
The conference program also included a virtual art exhibition and daily virtual cultural performances celebrating various Indian cultural traditions for an hour in the evening.