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MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork - Student Centre, Nexus Hall

EVENT Details

Recognising the rapidly changing societal landscape, the Leadership in Higher Education Summit sets out to provide some valuable leadership insights to the emerging challenges and opportunities that now confront us while also providing a platform to connect with peers to explore how best to move forward together.

The summit will feature a range of national and international voices as well as a series of parallel sessions on topics pertinent to the higher education landscape today and into the next decade.

Event Speakers

  • Dr Catherine Finneran Andersen - University of Baltimore
  • Philippa Collin, Drs - Inholland University of Applied Sciences
  • Professor Manuel Joao Costa - University of Minho
  • Professor Maggie Cusack - Munster Technological University
  • Thomas Estermann - European University Association
  • Professor Peter Felton-  Elon University
  • Professor Christian Harrison - University of Bolton
  • Isobel Kavanagh - Munster Technological University
  • Senka Rebac - Inholland University of Applied Sciences

Download the agenda and biographies of the above contributors now!

Parallel Sessions

Starting at 1:45pm, participants can then choose to attend one of the four parallel sessions as follows:


  1. A Day in the Life: Empowering through Participative Leadership – presented by Professor Manuel Costa

Explore narratives from an institution experiencing transformative change as it pertained, in this case, to the fabric of teaching and learning. Engage in reflections on these stories to glean valuable lessons for enhancing leadership in dynamic educational environments.


  1. Inner Development Goals – presented by Phillipa Collin, Drs

This workshop will give you an opportunity to explore the IDGs through arts-based activities. From an awareness of your inner compass, through complexity to creative courage.


  1. Leadership in the 21st Century – presented by Professor Christian Harrison

Elucidate the concept of leadership, critically reflect on leadership development needs for the 21st century and identify potential areas for leadership skill development.


  1. Students as Partners (SaP)-Radar Method – presented by Senka Rebac

Gain insights into the Students as Partners (SaP)-radar method and its role in shaping focused discussions about partnership.


‘Learning Architecture’ Exhibition

Following the summit, participants are invited to a special viewing of the ‘Learning Architecture’ exhibition, a retrospective exploring the work of a group of architects who were among the first full-time students of architecture in Cork, beginning in 1956 at the Crawford Municipal School of Art. An exhibition of drawings, plans, and paintings they each produced, capture the cultural, artistic, and intellectual energy formed by their education at the Crawford. The exhibition connects our current students of architecture with these inspiring urban leaders and highlights the importance of architectural education in training the leaders of the future. Some of the architects involved will be present at the event. James Barry Exhibition Centre.

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