Session 03.11

Higher education diplomacy: joining forces to tackle global challenges

Knowledge diplomacy has always been an effective tool of soft power, strengthening the ties between nations by empowering foreign students, building long-lasting bonds between future leaders, and promoting the countries’ credentials in education and research. However, higher education diplomacy may play an even more significant role when intended to serve as a global public good. Is it time to place it at the service of the international community to address the most pressing global issues?


  • Leadership & strategy
  • Partnership & networks


  • Josep Maria Vilalta, 
    Association of Public Universities of Catalonia (ACUP), Spain


  • Alexis Roig, 
    SciTech DiploHub, Spain
  • Christiane Schmeken, 
    DAAD, France


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