On 21 March 2019, UNU will host “Brexit, Soft Power, and Education” a conversation with Sir Tim Hitchens, President of Wolfson College, University of Oxford. This event will start at 18:30 on 21 March 2019 in the 1F Annex Space at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.
On 23 June 2016, 51.9 per cent of voters of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) elected to leave the European Union (EU). This decision has had serious ramifications across several sectors of British society, including higher education. Since the vote, academics and students have grown increasingly sceptical about undertaking study or employment in the UK, citing numerous uncertainties around pay, tuition, and the culture of welcome. This disruption of long-standing ties with universities and students around the globe is sure to impact one of Britain’s most strategic assets: its ability to project soft power.
Sir Tim Hitchens will join Dr David Passarelli, UNU Executive Officer, a mere eight days before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU to discuss the impact of ‘Brexit’ on the UK’s global soft power and the reputation of its universities.
The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.
Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 20 March 2019) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.
Sir Tim Hitchens is President of Wolfson College at the University of Oxford. Previously he served as Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Summit Unit of the UK Cabinet Office. Sir Tim has over 30 years of experience as a diplomat and has held various positions, including Director, Africa; Director, European Political Affairs; Minister, British Embassy in Paris; and Deputy Private Secretary to the Queen. He most recently served the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office as the Ambassador to Japan from 2012–2016.
Sir Tim graduated from Christ’s College at the University of Cambridge with a degree in English Literature and speaks fluent Japanese and French.
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