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Malaysia To Be The First ASEAN Country To Host British Council’s Going Global Conference

Malaysia reached another milestone when it was chosen as the first ASEAN country to co-host the Going Global 2018 conference with British Council in Kuala Lumpur from May 2-4, 2018.

This will be the first time Going Global will be held in South East Asia as the conference that is held primarily in London. Since its inception in 2004, the annual event had alternated with other cities since 2011, namely Hong Kong (2011), Dubai (2012), Miami (2014) and Dubai (2016).

“Malaysia is the first country in ASEAN to be chosen as venue of Going Global and this is an acknowledgement of the Ministry’s efforts and Malaysia’s achievements in improving the delivery of higher education.

“Further, it will also provide a platform for higher education experts, practitioners and stakeholders on how best to work together to respond to the changing higher education landscape and in support of economic and social developments,” said Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, Secretary General of the Ministry of Higher Education, who represented Malaysia at the closing session of Going Global 2017 and handing over ceremony of Going Global 2018.

Going Global is British Council’s annual international education conference that attracts delegates from further and higher education sectors which include, governments, ministers, policy makers, institutions and senior education leaders from across the world and offers an open forum to discuss perspectives and issues within the international education community.

In an Instagram posting yesterday, Noorul Ainur proudly shared:"Eleven countries did the bidding for the event; Malaysia won it," as she posed next to Rebecca Hughes, Director of British Council during the official handing over ceremony of Going Global 2018.


This year’s conference, which was held in London, from May 22-24, with the theme Global Cities: Connecting Talent, Driving Change explored how universities and colleges are key drivers of sustainability, aside addressing global challenges.

The conference held at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster, attracted more than 1,000 delegates from over 80 countries.

Taking the opportunity of their presence in this year’s conference, the Malaysian delegation led by Noorul Ainur, promoted Kuala Lumpur as the venue of Going Global 2018 that will see the Ministry of Higher Education working together with the British Council to host the Conference, supported by the ASEAN Secretariat.