Brought to you by BMI and Jackfruit Marketing15 April 2020London, EnglandA full day of learning and sharing best practices to facilitate partnerships between universities and scholarship organisations.
Making the right connections is an essential step in any international student recruitment strategy, but to really make those relationships blossom, you need industry knowledge, best practices and proven techniques. That’s exactly what the Scholarship Symposium delivers.
The day will start with an inspirational keynote to lay the foundation for future collaborations, offering participants an introduction into the world of scholarships, explaining the variations in scholarship programmes across countries and regions, describing different funding models and sharing data on the impact of scholarships around the globe.
While the plenary and panel dialogues will be open to all attendees, in other sessions, delegates will be split up into two groups, with topics dedicated exclusively to either scholarship providers or institutions. This enables scholarship organisations and funding agencies from around the world to compare and contrast their programmes’ performance, selection process and structure.
Meanwhile, to encourage dialogue amongst universities, the BMI Global Scholarship Symposium programme will also consist of break out sessions to teach institutions how to conquer the complexities they might face when working with scholarship and funding organisations.
The Symposium is designed to be highly interactive so delegates can talk together via a good mix of roundtables, group work, debates and open Q&A discussions around case studies, real life examples, challenges and potential solutions.
Call for Proposals is open
BMI has partnered with international education marketing experts Jackfruit Marketing to produce the programme and deliver an event that is both informative and engaging. As the Symposium Director and Jackfruit Marketing’s founder, Jackie Kassteen will guide delegates throughout the day as they join in discussions and debate best practices.
The programme is currently in development and our Call for Proposals is open. Contact us if you are interested in speaking or moderating a session.
BMI Global Scholarship Symposium - Tentative Programme
The full programme and venue details will be announced in early February. Many sessions will be open to all delegates but in some cases, we will offer breakout sessions only open to institutions and others only open to scholarship organisations and funding agencies.
Below is an overview of what to expect based on our Call for Proposals.
The Global Scholarship Landscape – How is it changing? How well is it working?
Governments, corporations, foundations and universities have used scholarships for decades to support access to education, develop talent and grow their economies. In recent years, however, there has been not only a growth in the number of international scholarship programmes but also in the models that sponsors are using, the tools and processes they are using to implement them, and the goals they are seeking to achieve. Scholarships are now central to efforts to modernise economies; advance cutting edge research in AI and related fields; build strong trade relations; establish new universities and higher education hubs in nontraditional locations; and reinvent companies for today’s economy.
This session will use data and analysis to address a number of key questions and lay the foundation for key themes to be discussed subsequently throughout the day:
Where are students coming from? Where are they going?
Utilising data from IIE’s Open Doors and Project Atlas projects, we will look at the recent increases and decreases in sponsored student flows within major hosting/sending countries. We will also look at the amount of money being invested globally in scholarship programmes.
What fields/sectors are scholarships prioritising?
By reviewing the priority fields from large scholarship programmes, we can see a shift in emphasis in the goals scholarship sponsors are seeking to address – from the traditional focus on advancing cultural understanding to very specific efforts to develop talent and advance research in new areas of economic priority.
What impact are scholarships having?
IIE and other organisations regularly conduct impact evaluations to measure the short- and long-term impact of international scholarship and capacity-building programmes. Since scholarships are major investments, we will discuss what these evaluations tell us about the ROI of scholarships.
How is the practice of scholarship management changing?
Today’s scholarship recipients study in more countries than ever before, are preparing for an increasingly complex labour market and expect immediate responses and access to information. We will look at some best practices for how providers and universities are best supporting scholarship recipients to succeed personally, academically and professionally.
Sharing best practises by region – The Americas, MENA, Asia
Using a “World Cafe” session format, experts from each region will serve as hosts to lead and moderate themed discussions on topics including:
Trends and changes seen over the years.
Predictions or cautionary advice for the years to come.
New strategies for fundraising, sustainable development and funding models.
Goals, benefits and challenges for sending countries, governments and training organisations vs. those for host countries and institutions.
Led by 1-2 speaker(s), these sessions will begin with an informal presentation of a key topic, and then invite participants to share comments, insights and questions. Campfires are designed to encourage peer-supported advice on an individual’s most pressing challenges and generate a variety of new ideas, solutions and suggestions.
Managing and monitoring student success
Dynamic conversations will centre around questions such as:
What challenges might students face throughout the student journey and how can we help?
How can we manage students’ ever-rising expectations?
What tools are used to track performance or measure student outcomes and satisfaction?
How can scholarship organisations best work with universities to enhance the student experience?
Key issues to be addressed include: mental health, GDPR, safety, accessibility, under-represented populations, the link between education and employment, work experience, skills gaps, adjusting when returning to home country, etc.
What to do when you’re not Oxbridge
This session would be open to only institutions and be particularly suitable for those who have never attended a BMI Scholarship Summit, with attendees sharing advice on how to get on the approved list of institutions for scholarship agencies or kickstart effective partnerships.
Successful case studies of how to work with scholarship providers
Dialogues will focus on how to nurture and build relationships to facilitate the flow of funded students or create new joint initiatives around research or training. We encourage Campfire moderators and attendees to share examples of present-day challenges, cautionary stories of things that can go wrong, and lessons learned.
Interactive Panel with Audience Q&A
A match made in heaven
A moderator will lead a panel of 2-3 speakers from institutions as well as 2-3 speakers from scholarship or funding organisations.
The goal of this session is for attendees to hear different viewpoints from both sides of a scholarship-institution relationship in order to gain understanding and learn how to conquer the challenges each might face when working together.
Topics will focus on how to initiate and nurture relationships, best practices when working together, mistakes to avoid, lessons learned, practical advice, contingency planning, budget management, programme performance, selection process, criteria and structure, case studies for funding models, etc.
Speakers from scholarship organisations and funding agencies will take to the stage for a maximum of 5 minutes each.
We are planning to run two lightening sessions along the following themes:
What’s new with you?
Speakers give participants an update on new initiatives they’ve launched or changes to their programmes. They may also take this opportunity to share a new technique, tool, innovation or technological solution that has made a positive impact.
Top 10 questions everyone asks me
To maximise time during meetings at the subsequent Scholarship Summit, we’re inviting scholarship organisations and funding bodies to give delegates the answers to questions they often get asked by institutions.
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Asia, Brazil & Latin America, Middle East
Scholarship Organisations, University International Office Directors
New in 2020, universities and scholarship organisations will come together in London for a full day of learning and mutual exchange of information to facilitate partnerships which support fully-funded or government-sponsored students.
Hold private meetings with the world's largest scholarship organisations
While the Global Scholarship Symposium is only held annually, BMI also runs three Scholarship Summits throughout the year, giving you a chance to further strengthen relationships, plus find new scholarship and training organisations with a more regional focus across the Middle East or the western hemisphere.
Join the main event in London immediately after the Symposium, and mark your calendar for the Abu Dhabi and Bogota Summits, too.
Asia, Brazil & Latin America, Middle East
At BMI's most prestigious event, we bring accredited institutions together with the heads of over 70 international scholarship organisations and senior staff who manage public and private training programmes to decide which education providers will receive their students and train their staff. No other event gives you this kind of access to such a powerful audience.
This high-level networking event connects you with the heads of over 50 scholarship programmes from 7 countries across the Gulf so you can find new educational partners and sign agreements to receive funded students that best match your institution. The Summit is government-supported and serves as the grand finale to our series of student recruitment events that make up UAE International Education Week.
Hold one on one private meetings and network with the directors and senior staff from the most important outbound scholarship and funding organisations from across North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean.