Annual Conference & Annual General Meeting of ACHEA - 2009

Higher Education and Sustainable Development

Hyatt Regency Hotel 
Port of Spain, Trinidad 
July 8th – 11th, 2009

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The 2009 annual conference of the Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators will be held in Trinidad and Tobago from July 8 –11, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port-of-Spain

The theme of the conference is Higher Education and Sustainable Development. The United Nations has declared 2005-2015 as the Decade of Sustainable Development and as small islands states with economies and geography that make us vulnerable to global and natural forces, the issue of sustainable development is of critical importance. In times of economic turmoil and crisis such as we are experiencing today, human resource development and transformation are key components in any recovery strategy. 
As higher education administrators, we must be “ahead of the curve” on this issue in order to ensure that by 2015, Caribbean nations are well-positioned to take on the challenges of a new economic world order and global issues such as climate change, technology-driven development and the digital divide. The 2009 Conference proposes to explore this topic from two perspectives: our countries are well-positioned to take on the challenges of a new economic world order and of global issues such as climate change, technology-driven development and the digital divide. The 2009 Conference proposes to explore this topic from two perspectives:

SUB-THEME - The Sustainability of Higher Education Enterprise

  • Funding the higher education enterprise
  • Student Engagement: Access, retention and completion: Ensuring student success
  • Quality education as the ultimate sustainable advantage: Our students’ perspective
  • Strategic recruitment and human resource management: Can we compete?
  • Creating and maintaining sustainable campus communities
    • Facilities design and maintenance
    • ICTs: Can we afford to be on the cutting edge?
    • Safety and security: Making our campuses green

The Role of Higher Education in Promoting Sustainable Development

  • Breaking the cycle of poverty: Are our Institutions taking on the challenge?
  • Curricular relevance, innovation and opportunities
  • Beyond health promotion to wellness for campus communities
  • Male marginalization in higher education: A deeper analysis of the phenomenon, on the road to solutions
  • Respect for diversity: Are our policies, procedures and practices aligned?
  • Governance for sustainable development: What is and what should be?

We invite you to share your knowledge, experience, thoughts and plans on these themes with us by presenting at our 8th annual conference. The time allocated for each presentation is fifty (50) minutes. The abstract of your presentation should not 
exceed five hundred (500) words and should include a biography.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is May 15, 2009 and you will be notified byJune 5, 2009 if your abstract has been selected by the Conference Planning Committee.

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