The World Universities Forum is one of the most-hyped forums, held annually in different locations around the world. The second World Universities Convention will be held in conjunction with the Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay, Mumbai, India, one of the leading higher education institutions in India. The Forum examines the role and future of the University in a changing world. The 2009 Forum is following its highly successful inaugural conference in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2008. The Forum is ambitious in its intellectual and practical, agenda-setting scope, and broad in its themes. The conference will provide a platform to bring together university leaders and administrators, academics with an interest in higher education, research methods and processes, scholarly knowledge systems, teaching and learning, disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity, and the past, present and future of the University, research students and public administrators. The program for the World Universities Forum 2009 will be structured around five keynote sessions that will deal with the following topics:
Indian Higher Education in the Global Context, Issues of Development, Higher Education and the Global South, Global Initiatives in Higher Education, Higher Education in East Asia and the Contribution of the United States to the Global Systems of Higher Education.
The theme of the conference is:
1. In the Interest of the Academy: Perspectives on the Nature, Purpose and Working of the University and includes following Knowledge Designs, Learning Designs, Organisational Designs and Designs on the World.
2. Academic Interests: Setting Intellectual and Practical Agendas and includes following Sciences, Technologies, Cultures, Identities, Humanisms, Resources and Welfare and Governance.