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An exclusive format of the Academic Union events.


Special partnership and discussion platform for higher education professionals and experts in the field of regional and global education management.


Presentations of the recognized specialists in the field of higher education about how they see the university of the future, what changes in higher education are foreseen for their universities and the region, what innovations are required or have been implemented in their institutions, are of great value to educational professional audience. The opinions of speakers and experts on the future of universities and potential challenges in higher education may coincide or differ but they are always extremely interesting for educational sphere professionals. 

Advantages for Debate participants and viewers:

 - The debate is accompanied by live broadcast on the official channel of the Academic Union and is announced to professional audiences from 54 countries. 

- Speaking notes are published in a digest of scientific articles ‘University of the Future’ (ISBN).

 - The sessions are held in the VIP format (only 12 participants) which corresponds to the participants status and allows maximum comfort and attention to each participant. 

Event format: 

- In the Partner session, each participant gives a brief presentation of his/her educational institution and cooperation offers.

In the Discussion session, the participants share their opinions on the University of the Future and present their successful experience of innovations in their educational institutions.

The summarizing part of the meeting is devoted to award the participants by the Certificates 'Oxford Debate Expert'

For successful networking, a business dinner and an exclusive Oxford tour are offered.





Oxf deb 2020Oxford Debate ‘UNIVERSITY OF THE FUTURE’

December 15, 2020 Online Platform 'Achievements' 

Our exclusive format makes Oxford Debate a special partnership and discussion platform for regional leaders and sought-after experts in national and global education. 

There is an opinion that the sphere of higher education in its classical model is outdated and requires thorough transformation; universities are not a guarantee of a successful career any more, since business creates its own educational platforms, technologies are rapidly developing, and new professions are emerging. Does this statement question the relevance of higher education in its classical form? Is it necessary for today's high school graduates to enter the university? Are there alternative ways giving them more chances for professional success in the changing world? What is the intellectual and business model of the University of the Future? 

The Global Pandemic and quarantine restrictions in most countries issued a challenge to the education system and forced the acceleration of changes.

It’s time for a comprehensive understanding of what has happened in the global education system, as well as forecasts of dramatic short- and long-term changes.

Why is it so important to study and discuss successful ‘force majeure’ cases of universities and educational institutions worldwide? 

We have to accept a new reality - we are talking about a complete change of the education model, which should take into account new forms and create a balance between innovations and classical formats. What is the reasonable combination of classical approach and digital forms? 

Nowadays safety is an imperative and one of the main effectiveness criteria of educational institutions. How can we provide safety during the pandemic and not to reduce the pace and quality of the educational process? 

Global crises have dramatic social consequences. The world faces a ‘disaster of generations’ and thus reactivation of normal education process is the priority. It is vital to understand the importance of human capital investment. Should education become the priority for financing worldwide? 

These and a many other questions will be addressed at this event.


Participants benefits


  • Debate live broadcast on AU official channels and announcement in 54 countries.
  • Participants will receive Oxford Debate Expert Certificates and special awards in science, technology and education.
  • Speaking Notes from Debate participants will be printed in the scientific collection 'University of the Future’ (ISSN 2053-4736).
  • Institution promotional videos, photo gallery and presentations on the special online exhibition.
  • Online lounge for communications and networking.


Event Format

  • During the presentation session participants make a brief presentation of the educational institution and cooperation offers (time limit 3 minutes).
  • During the discussion session participants share their opinion about the University of the Future and pandemic lessons. They can also tell others about successful innovation cases in their institutions (time limit 10 minutes).
  • Debate participants join the discussion of the speakers’ topics (time limit 2 minutes).
  • A section of the event will be devoted to presentation of the Oxford Debate Expert Certificates, as well as prestigious awards in research, science and education.


Important dates and agenda

  • Speakers/experts accreditation before November, 10.
  • Participants accreditation before November, 20.
  • Deadline for presentation materials and promotional video November, 20.
  • Deadline for Speaking Notes : November, 30.
  • Publication of a scientific collection 'University of the Future’: digital version before Desember,30, printed version before April 2021.

Discussion topics

Session: University of the Future


  • Your concept and aims of the University of the Future. What is the University of the Future intellectual and business model? How pandemic and quarantine restrictions influence your vision of the University of the Future.
  • What has happened in the global higher education system due to the coronavirus pandemic? Your predictions about dramatic long- and short- term changes.
  • Universities have to cooperate rather than compete. Are you ready to start communications and joint projects with other colleges worldwide?
  • Successful ‘force majeure’ cases of universities and educational institutions worldwide.

Session: ‘Pandemic lessons. On the way to the education of the future’


  • What are in your opinion the key trends of educational transformation during pandemic?
  • The mission of schools and universities is not only education. What other roles proved to be impractical during quarantine? What are the ways to address this issue?
  • Is the pandemic exacerbating inequalities in educational opportunities? The dangers of educational inequality and measures against it.
  • Why education should become the priority for financing worldwide.
  • How to provide safety during the pandemic and not to reduce the pace and quality of the educational process?
  • What is the reasonable combination of a classical approach and digital forms?
  • How the role of professor in the educational process is being transformed. Importance of the professor’s role as a mentor and their abilities for student motivation, teaching them to work with information, search and find new solutions.



verdeModerated by Dr Rui Verde.

Doctor Rui Verde has a Doctor's Degree in Law (Newcastle University, the UK) and PhD, HC-Indian Institute of Management, Delhi, India. At the moment he is a fellow of the Academic faculty at the Oxford school of global and regional research at Oxford University as well as Honorary Professor at the Indian Institute of Management. He is also the Executive Programme Director of the AU. Recently he chaired and spoke at several colleges in Oxford, London, Birmingham. 

Previously Dr Rui Verde was a vice-chancellor, dean of the Law department, MBA programme coordinator at colleges in Portugal, Brazil, Angola; he was also a guest lecturer in the UK and Kazakhstan. 

Dr Verde is the author of a number of books and research papers, he is a regular presenter on the radio Deutsche Welle. He is an advisor on human rights, a member of the Royal African Society. ORCID 0000-0002-9646-5296.

Agenda (UK – Time) 

11.00 Debate opening

11.10- 12.40 Presentation session

12.30-12.40 Break

12.40-14.40 Discussion session ‘The University of the Future’ Q&A
Presentation of Oxford Debate Expert Certificates and special awards in science, technology and education

14.40-15.00 Break

15.00 -17.30 Discussion Session: ‘Pandemic lessons. On the way to the education of the future’ Q&A
Presentation of Oxford Debate Expert Certificates and special awards in science, technology and education 
Summing up





Oxf deb 2020 


On May, 22 the Debate ‘University of the Future’ organized by the Academic Union was successfully held in Oxford, UK 


GALLERY (Session 1) 

GALLERY (Session 2) 



On September, 27 the Debate ‘University of the Future’ organized by the Academic Union was successfully held in Oxford, UK   





Summit of Leaders 2019 was held on 17 December 2019 in ancient Oxford Townhall.


The seasonal atmosphere of the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays has brightened the Summit and provided for the wonderful vibes and the productivity to all event participants.

This year Summit of Leaders went under motto «Leaders Who Define The Future, Future That Defines Leaders». Traditionally the Summit agenda was focused on leadership and innovative advancements in many spheres, where modern life trendsetters and outliers operate and succeed.

C-level management had an opportunity to communicate and exchange opinions with peers in the cross-cultural environment.

Oxford Debate for academia became a benchmark of the Summit, too. It covered 4 major topics, that were challenging but interesting for 4 basic Summit audiences:

• «University of the Future» for higher education managers and scientists.
• Medicine of the Future for leading medical professionals and clinics.
• Social Role of Business in the Society for CEOs and seniors.
• How To Make a City Comfortable for Life, Desirable for Tourists and Attractive for Investors.

This topic touched city managers, government representatives, corporations aimed at global expansion, as foreign direct investors and community contributors.

In their speeches, multiple presenters highlighted the best practices that have helped them reach the number 1 rank in their regional industry niche. Prospective investors, businessmen, higher education institutions could network and discuss the recent challenges in the aristocratic background of the Oxford Town Hall rooms, richly decorated with old oil paintings and luxury antiques.

Well-known scientists from different countries made presentations at the Oxford debate:

• Gabija Skucaite, Chairwoman of SMK University of Applied Social Sciences, Lithuania
• Prof. Georgi Manolov, Rector of Higher School of Security and Economics - Plovdiv, Bulgaria
• Dang Thi Hoang Yen, President of Tan Tao University, Vietnam
• Luis Manuel Guerra, President of Instituto de Asistencia en Investigaciones Ecológicas, A.C., Mexico
• Prof. Patience Gandiwa, International Conservation Affairs of Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, Zimbabwe
• Acad. Prof. Dr Dan Mircea Enescu, Vice-President of Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences


The Socrates Ceremony added much to the upper-class atmosphere of the traditional British protocol function.

The Parade of Rectors, as well as a profound honoring of the best businesses, managers, academia representatives with prestigious European Awards, made the day for many outstanding personalities and advanced organizations. The high-end sitting dinner with black tie and exceptional gowns produced an unforgettable event atmosphere for all attendees.   



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