Global Applied Higher Education Summit – GAHES


February 2023

Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

GAEN, the Global Applied Education Network, hosted by the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), and EURASHE, the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education, are delighted to announce the first Global Applied Higher Education Summit (GAHES). The Summit will take place in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on the 21-23 of February 2023.

The event aims to bring together all types of institutions interested in employability, integration with the world of work, intense cooperation with industry and innovation.

The fourth industrial revolution is here, and it’s reshaping the world of work. Institutions worldwide are trying to understand how the latest disruptions will affect economies and societies. Things are changing faster than ever, and it can be hard to keep up. New jobs are replacing old jobs with different skill requirements. Therefore, we will need an approach that adapts applied education to meet the exact needs of the fast-changing society.

This first global conference will bring together high-level leaders, researchers, and practitioners from higher education alongside government and business to frame a common response. The main overarching theme is Outcome-based Assessment and Benchmarking of Applied Higher Education.

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Summit Themes

This first dedicated global summit will bring together high-level leaders, researchers, and practitioners from higher education, together with government and business to frame a common response to the challenges posed by the 4th Industrial Revolution. 

The main, overarching Summit theme is Outcome-based Assessment and Benchmarking of Applied Higher Education, particularly in reference to its contribution to the following thematic areas:

One of the main objectives of Applied Higher Education (AHE) is enhanced employability, with the aim to positively affect human wellbeing. The OECD identifies three key pillars of wellbeing as: material living conditions, quality of life defined through non-monetary attributes, and the sustainability of social, economic, and natural systems. Contributions should emphasize how curricula, innovation and engagement by AHE institutions may provide positive socio-economic impact at the local / regional as well as global level.

Combining the development of both generic and discipline-related competences, AHE is expected to closely interact with industry, and display agility in providing the right skillsets for future jobs. Pedagogies that integrate the classroom with the workplace require adequate treatment and support by policymakers and regulators. Submissions should focus on various stakeholders’ engagement, innovative curricular models including micro-credentials, and well-tailored inclusive regulatory frameworks that provide tools for the recognition and integration of learning outcomes.

Demand-led Research and Innovation

Applied research is typically demand-led, since it seeks to solve a specific problem or provide innovative solutions to issues affecting an individual, group, or society. It is often referred to as a scientific method of inquiry or contractual research because it involves the practical application of scientific methods to everyday problems. Contributions shall explain how demand drives innovation, showcase successful interactions between AHE and other stakeholders in the research process, and discuss solutions and innovation policies that stimulate such interaction.

The velocity of technology change emphasizes necessity of establishing new, innovative enterprises and generating new work places in advanced industrial sectors. The role of AHE is seen in stimulating entrepreneurship and providing support through the full cycle of start-up development, as well as in helping established enterprises grow through innovation. Contributors are sought to provide examples of successful AHE-driven start-up developments, in new and existing enterprises, and innovative ideas for integrating entrepreneurship within pedagogy.

Green & Digital Transitions

AHE has a specific responsibility to support enterprises and government to embrace the green and digital transitions that the global economy is facing. This includes the development of skills and competences as well as a renewed emphasis on external engagement with stakeholders. The European Green Deal is an example of how environmental challenges are being incorporated into economic development strategies. Contributions should focus on how AHE can help industry to adapt, innovate and become competitive for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.



GAHES Programme will be announced soon. 

Call for contributions

Contributions are sought from interested practitioners and institutions to organise and deliver Summit Breakout Sessions to address the five specific thematic areas, as they relate to the overarching summit theme. Those selected may attend the Summit free of charge. The Summit Program Committee will choose the best contributions in each category to receive a special award, alongside recognised thought leaders who inspire applied higher education.

Breakout Session contribution submissions should be made before the deadline of September 30, 2022. The Summit Program Committee will assess all contributions and provide feedback by the end of October 2022.

Registration and fees

Registrations will open on the 1st of September 2022.

More information will come soon.