While higher education and research are widely recognised as crucial for social and economic development, those responsible for planning and delivering these vital services will face formidable challenges in coming years. These include scarcity of public funding, demographic changes, heightened competition for students and research funds, growing expectation of cost containment of higher education, and challenges to the traditional modes of education delivery.
To address these challenges, the joint OECD-Singapore Conference on Higher Education Futures will explore forward-looking themes in the global higher education landscape. Plenary sessions and parallel discussions will focus on mapping and meeting future demand for higher education, the rise of higher education in Asia, challenges to traditional modes of education, and how higher education can stay relevant in the face of resource challenges. The Conference brought together some 500 participants from over 40 countries, representing senior government officials, higher education administrators, academics and practitioners, for an engaging exchange of ideas and best practices.
Pico provided turnkey event management service for this conference from event conceptualisation, management, set up, execution to co-ordination of the entire event. Our team has not only performed the required tasks quickly and professionally, but also added a personal touch for the foreign participants (e.g. arrangement of tour guides during the trip to Gardens by the Bay to provide a brief history of Singapore and introduction to Singapore’s famous sights and landmarks, arrangement of guided tours of the Flower Dome for VIP guests). Our holistic support provided to our client and the warm welcome given to the participants were well received and very much appreciated.
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