6th ICA Rectors and Deans Forum 2016

The Life Science University in the 21st C Global World


Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 October 2016

to be held at The Pand, Ghent University Onderbergen 1, Gent, Belgium


This annual Forum aims to provide university decision makers from ICA's member universities with the opportunity to meet, to discuss current issues in life science universities and to exchange views on these issues with relevant stakeholders in industry, government and NGOs. This Forum follows the successful Forums from 2011 to 2015.

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Following the keynote presentations, panel comments and the roundtable discussions the Forum identified the most important challenges for life science universities in delivering the future leaders for the 21stC global world.

This Summary of the discussions was prepared by Alex Evans, Dean and Head of School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin on behalf of the ICA Board.


The Forum discussed how life science universities should respond to the global drivers for change in agriculture, and the food and non food value chains to deliver graduates who have the knowledge, skills and competences to be the leaders in their future careers. How should the higher education role of life science universities adapt to the needs of the 21st Century?

Life science universities need to respond not only to these global drivers but also to the opportunities for the greater use of digital instruments, new teaching methods, upcoming transnational education, distance learning, internationalisation at home and globally in the delivery of education. In the final session we will focus on how the management of our life science universities should respond to be resilient in the face of ever changing demands in the delivery of their education role.

The three Forum themes were:

  • Challenging Life Science Universities to Deliver Leaders for a Global World
  • Preparing the Student for the Global World
  • Leadership and University Management in the Global World

Forum Format: Each Forum theme was addressed by two keynote speakers followed by a panel of ICA members giving their experience, and then round table discussions in the conference room (5 - 8 people around a table) with a report back from each table.

See the programme & presentations and the Forum Themes