HEPA Forum 2024: Call for Participation


The HEPA Forum provides a platform for senior university planners and administrators across Asia Pacific to come together to interact, share best practices, and network. It will feature keynote sessions, panel discussions, interactive sessions and networking opportunities. This year, the organising committee is pleased to announce that the Forum will be convened under a theme: Opportunities Emerging Technologies Provide for Strategy, Planning and Operation of Institutes of Higher Learning.

Date: 10 - 11 April 2024 (Wednesday to Thursday)
Venue: University of Auckland, New Zealand

Emerging technologies such as AI, blockchain, AR/VR/MR, etc, are poised to impact significantly on the operation of institutes of higher learning on many fronts, be it teaching methodologies, learners experience, security (both physical and digital), and operational excellence. 

While blockchain technology can be leveraged for verifications and secured storage of academic credentials, data analytics and AI can be utilised for better informed decision making in many areas such as admissions and student performance monitoring while IoT (Internet of Things) can play a critical role in enhancing energy savings and security for an institute.  In fact, there are myriad ways how emerging technologies can be employed in the operation of institutes of higher learning. 

The theme for this year’s Forum is to explore how universities may embrace emerging technologies to enhance their

  • Learner’s experience including technologies associated with teaching and student support
  • Planning for the future including physical, digital, data and biological worlds
  • Operational efficiency of IHL

while mitigating the risks brought about by these technologies. The data governance required for decision-making. The ethical and societal implications that may arise from the deployment of emerging technologies are also to be addressed. 

The organizing committee would like to invite talks related to the 2024 HEPA Forum’s theme on “Opportunities Emerging Technologies Provide for Strategy Monitoring, Planning and Operation of Institutes of Higher Learning”. Should you wish to present a paper or to be a moderator, please fill up the Expression of Interest form and email it to the secretariat (hepanetwork@gmail.com) before 31 October 2023.

For more details and updates, please visit website.

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