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Global Conference Content Submissions

Global Conference Themes 2018

Call for content

We are delighted to host the biennial Global Student Recruitment and Development Conference in association with the AAGE, NACE and SAGEA. The conference aims to bring together a cohort of employers, universities and suppliers who have a focus on student recruitment, development and education across geographies.

The one-day conference aims to have multiple plenary sessions with speakers across core themes, which have been identified and agreed by the global conference programme planning committee. There is also a requirement for regional specialists to host fireside chats during networking breaks throughout the day. The committee now invites submissions for the plenary session and fireside chats

Key points to note prior to making a submission

  • All presenters will have free entry to the conference but will need to cover hotel accommodation and travel. Should presenters wish to attend the Annual Student Recruitment and Awards (9-10 July), they will need to purchase a ticket to attend the event with the minimum of being a one-day conference pass.
  • All submissions must be able to show application/research/insight across multiple geographies
  • Sessions should be inspiring, potentially evidence-based and provide valuable take-aways. They should not be regarded as ‘sales pitches’.

  • Ideally at least one of the presenters for the session must be from an ISE/AAGE/SAGEA/NACE member organisation.

  • All submissions for the 2018 programme must be made via the online submission system using the links below.
  • Should your proposal be accepted for the conference, please expect a possible rehearsal/dry run before the actual conference to ensure accurate timekeeping and relevance of content.

  • Deadline for submissions: 5pm on Monday 30 April 2018.  


Overall conference theme is The Future Workforce 

What will the supply of global talent look like in the future and how are companies, public sector and educational institutions adapting to expectations of students and employers.

Key theme 1: What skills do we need to be relevant in the future?

  • What skills and behaviours do we need to develop and how do we need to change and adapt to be effective?
  • What will the world look like in the next few years and in the next generation?
  • How do we influence education to equip students to be employable?
  • Data/research to validate the content

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Key theme 2: The digital revolution – what does AI, robotics, machine learning, cyber security mean for the future of our work force?

  • Are robots really going to take over our jobs?
  • Will the workforce become irrelevant with advent of artificial intelligence
  • How will we need to adapt to the different skills set that we need to be relevant in future economies.
  • How do we anticipate the change and impact of technology on our lives (both personal and working)
  • To what degree will machine learning supplant social, creative and emotive skills?

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Key theme 3: Student expectations of flexibility and opportunities for entrepreneurship whilst being gainfully employed.

  • Students/new hires are looking for flexibility in the way they work Not only are they looking for work/life balance but they also want to explore entrepreneurial opportunities (side line businesses) whilst having the opportunity to work in corporates (for both security/consistent salaries as well as learning opportunities).
  • Students / new hires are looking for innovative ways of working with organisations including discussions on how to integrate a traditional career path with entrepreneurial ideas and starting their own business and the implications of conflicting priorities and competition on products and services.
  • Is this an emerging market trend or in the broader global context? What are the solutions to this e.g. sabbaticals/extended leave?
  • What does this mean for knowledge management and intellectual property?

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Key theme 4: Talent attraction and retention - large global corporates versus agile start-ups.

  • There is the challenge that corporates are struggling to attract student talent to their organisations as companies are not viewed as being agile and innovative owing to bureaucracy, governance issues and monopolisations of the markets. Start-ups are fast paced, provide breadth of experience and you can “start at the top”.
  • What evidence is there to show whether there is a trend of losing talent to start-ups
  • What are employers doing about it?

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Key theme 5: What is the impact of the growing trends of populism and nationalism taking place across the world e.g. USA narrowing its borders, Brexit implications, etc.

  •  How will multinationals ensure they have a mobile talent pool across borders as well as meet the needs of those students who want to operate in a global economy?

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Key theme 6: Has the MBA become irrelevant?

  • Is work experience the replacement of the MBA?
  • How do corporates ensure appropriate and useful learning opportunities in the workplace?
  • How do universities ensure the quality and relevance of education is useful for future working populations, changing technologies, and innovative companies.

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Key theme 7: Pipeline programmes

  • What pipelines should be put in place to ensure a mobile/global workforce and marketplace – apprenticeships, schools career programmes/guidance, work integrated learning internships, co-ops, etc.

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Key theme 8: Fireside chats with regional experts

  • During networking session, we aim to have fireside chats with regional experts talking about their approaches and experiences, lessons learnt and insight into successes and decisions.
  • Regions that we would like to cover include UK/Europe, Asia/Australia, Latin America, Africa and the USA/Canada. – submit a proposal if you would like to provide expert opinion on a region.

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Key theme 9: Wildcard topics

  •  We are open to other suggestions of topics – please feel free to submit a proposal on a topic that you feel is relevant in a global student recruitment and development context.

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If you have any queries contact Meryl Folb, ISE Consultant, at



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