Global Trends in Media and Higher Education

Worldviews 2013: Global Trends in Media and Higher Education will take place in Toronto, June 19-21, 2013 on the University of Toronto campus. It is a unique international conference that brings together thinkers, academics, editors, students, journalists, and communication professionals to examine how media coverage of higher education —  including universities and colleges — is shaping the organization, operation and perceptions of these institutions.

The conference is a forum for those from media and higher education to engage one another and consider directions for the future. The impact of new and emerging forms of communication, the internationalization of higher education campuses, and the restructuring of media and academia in the context of financial constraints are some of the critical issues that those attending Worldviews will address.

Worldviews also aims to actively engage its audience and is designed to maximize the participatory nature of the event. Interviews, panels, keynote addresses, workshops, café conversations, a live twitter feed and engagement with other social media will allow participants to deliberate, network, and generate ideas in a unique setting.

The Themes of the 2013 Conference are:

  • Newsflashes from the global campus: Reporting trends, interpretations and relationships
  • Hooking up or a long-term relationship? Future depictions of the professoriate and of journalism
  • Unlocking the tower: How trends in media, citizenry, and government are altering higher education

And of particular interest are some of the following sessions:

The Age of Austerity for Higher Education: Public Reaction and Media Depictions

  • Student protests or civil society mobilization? Media depictions in Quebec, Chile, US, and UK
  • The under-reported story: The role of university campuses in the Arab Spring
  • Innovations bred by austerity: Crowd-sourcing in media and in higher education
  • Playing favourites? Media’s bent on the Social investment vs. Government austerity debate on the future of higher education.
Who Owns the Academy: Academic Freedom, Public Finances and National Security
  • Academic freedom and freedom of the press: Old tenets, new interpretations
  • National security, social media and the publicity of academic findings

The Internationalization of Universities

  • International students and campus integration: Institutional strategies and media interpretations 
  • The breadth, depth, and diversity of coverage in China and India as emerging (major) players in higher education
  • The cultural impact of western-centric hubs and branch campuses in Asia and the Middle East

Confirmed Speakers Include:
Adrian Monck, Head of Communications and Media, World Economic Forum
Sir John Daniel, former President of the Commonwealth of Learning
Phillip Altbach, Director of the Centre of Higher Education, Boston College
Teboho Moja, Clinical Professor of Higher Education, New York University and former advisor to the South African Minister of Education
Nicole Blanchett Nehili, Professor in Journalism Broadcast Program, Sheridan Institute of Technology
Gili Dori, professor of sociology and anthropology, Hebrew University
Tony Burman, Ryerson University journalism professor and Al Jazeera’s former head of strategy in the Americas
Andrew Keen, author of “The Cult of the Amateur”
Lynn Pasquerella, President of Mount Holyoke College
Goolam Mohamedbhai, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Mauritius
Pericles Lewis, President, Yale-National University of Singapore College
Chad Gaffield, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Shari Graydon, Founder, Informed Opinions
Mary Dwyer, Senior Editor, Maclean’s
Simona Choise, Education Editor, Globe and Mail
Scott Jaschik, Editor of Inside Higher Ed; and
Karen MacGregor, Global Editor of University World News.
Mark Kingwell, Philosopher, University of Toronto
Frank Furedi, Author and Professor Emeritus, University of Kent
Sheila Embleton, Distinguished Research Professor of Linguistics, York University
Vinita Srivastava, Professor of Journalism, Ryerson University, and former editor, New York Times Magazine

See the list of speakers confirmed to date on the World Views website.

Worldviews 2013 is organized by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations(OCUFA), OISE-University of Toronto, the Washington-based Inside Higher Ed and the London-based University World News. For more information or to register, please visit the World Views Conference website: You can also talk with them on Twitter (@worldviewscon) and on Facebook

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