Francis Petersen

Rector & Vice-Chancellor University of the Free State

Francis Petersen is the Rector & Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State in South Africa. He has formerly been Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, Dean: Engineering & the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town, the Executive Head: Strategy at Anglo American Platinum and Executive Vice-President: Research and Development at Mintek (mineral technology company)

He is a non-executive director on the boards of companies in the mining, infrastructure and technology sectors. He has extensive experience of management at various levels within the university and industry sectors, and is serving on various national and international technical, editorial and advisory boards.


Full Agenda. Sessions

Future-proofing Higher Education in Middle East & Africa: Building a culture of disruptive education

This year has highlighted several key considerations and measures Higher Education institutions must address in order to thrive in the face of disruption.
In this session we will discuss how you can future proof your institution, considering the following areas of development:

  • Accounting for both the context-specific and regional challenges that are currently limiting the sustainability of Higher Education
  • Understanding the importance of experiential learning and micro credentials
  • Exploring how we measure success in education and what steps we can take towards new forms of assessment
  • Planning for education policies which support change
  • Understanding new forms of personalised learning and considering neurodiversity

Wednesday 09 December 15:20 - 16:00 Room 1

Add to calendar 12/09/2020 15:20 12/09/2020 16:00 Future-proofing Higher Education in Middle East & Africa: Building a culture of disruptive education This year has highlighted several key considerations and measures Higher Education institutions must address in order to thrive in the face of disruption.
In this session we will discuss how you can future proof your institution, considering the following areas of development:
  • Accounting for both the context-specific and regional challenges that are currently limiting the sustainability of Higher Education
  • Understanding the importance of experiential learning and micro credentials
  • Exploring how we measure success in education and what steps we can take towards new forms of assessment
  • Planning for education policies which support change
  • Understanding new forms of personalised learning and considering neurodiversity
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