This year’s annual conference of the Society for Higher Education Research (GfHf) is being organised by two UFN members: Prof Eva Cendon from FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany, in cooperation with Prof Mpine Makoe from University of South Africa (UNISA). 

The conference theme is: The Future of the University: Global, Sustainable and Inclusive | Die Zukunft der Hochschule: Global, nachhaltig und inklusiv.

The conference will take place from 23-25 September 2024 at the FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany – participation is possible both on site and online.

The conference aims to encourage participants to submit contributions that focus the future of universities within the context of globalisation, sustainability and inclusion. This includes a critical valuation of how universities are currently positioning themselves towards these aspects. Additionally, it is about envisioning universities to proactively explore design options and develop visions, and not to only react to existing challenges. Universities are undoubtedly key global players in shaping an inclusive and sustainable future.

These topics will not only shape the programme, but are also reflected in the concept of the conference. The cooperation between FernUniversität as the only public Distance University in Germany and UNISA, one of the largest distance learning universities in the world, will bring a global perspective to the conference. A mixture of German and English-language contributions and formats is planned, which will be offered online, hybrid and on-site. Future-orientation will also be practised in the formats themselves, such as in the “FutureLab”, where concepts can be worked on together or visions can be developed cooperatively. Contributions can also be submitted as a paper, poster or symposium. All submissions undergo a double-blind review process. 

Submissions are welcome until 5 May!

Click here for conference website and Call for Papers:

And here is the link for submitting contributions:

Doctoral students working on higher education research topics also have the opportunity to participate online or on site at Day of the young researchers (HoFoNa-Tag) on 23 September. The programme will be published soon.