7th International Conference of the Association for the Global Advancement of Universities and Colleges (AGAUC)

New Initiatives for Private Higher Education Development

October 14-15, 2016, Xi’an International University, China

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“In our increasingly globalized society, effective institutional management requires expanded focus on institutional context that transcends the immediate geopolitical environment of the institution. After all, the mission of higher education, which entails the pursuit and dissemination of truth, is inescapably transnational. Educating for the global society must, therefore, become the enterprise for educators without borders—with borders defined conceptually and contextually!”


Dr. Steve O. Michael, AGAUC President


The Association of Global Advancement of Universities and Colleges (AGAUC) is committed to education without borders as the cardinal foundation for preparing global citizens and leaders. The AGAUC promotes transnational cooperation and collaboration among colleges and universities, excellence in global education and research, and integration of the global community of scholars. Through its emphasis on relationship building, the AGAUC provides a platform for leveraging participating institutions' unique strengths across the globe.



The Association for the Global Advancement of Universities and Colleges (AGAUC) is pleased to invite you to an extraordinary international conference opportunity bringing private and public higher education leaders, students, and scholars from countries around the world together in historic city of Xian, China.


Higher education is in a state of profound change globally. One aspect of this change is the increasing social acceptance of the private higher education sector and the roles that this sector plays within the broader context of education in general. The proliferation of private colleges and universities in particular provides an opportunity to explore anew how these institutions are governed, funded by governments, engaged with community, and organized to embrace and promote quality assurance. These considerations impact the private higher education sector’s overall rankings, resources, number and quality of students, number and quality of faculty, research productivity, and degree to which the sector contributes to societal transformation. In continuation of transnational academic deliberations on these issues, the 7th Annual International Conference on Global Advancement of Universities and Colleges (AGAUC) will explore new initiatives for private higher education to expand institutional resources, ensure institutional transformation and promote global public-private collaborations.

7th Annual GAUC Conference

October 14-15, 2016

Xi’an International University, China


Conference Themes:

  • Internationalization of Quality Assurance

  • Accreditation and Management of Higher Education

  • Entrepreneurial Higher Education

  • Higher Education Globalization

  • Quality Assurance and Accreditation in a Globalized Society (Pros and Cons of American Higher Education Approach)



Topics of relevance include but not limited to:
1). Internal and External Governance of Private and Public Universities and Colleges.
2). Internationalization of Higher Education.
3). Professors’ Role in the Administration of Private Higher Education Institutions.
4). Government Role and Interest in Higher Education (Public and Private).
5). The Role of Private and Public Higher Education Institutions in Community Engagement and Economic Development.
6). Learning in Higher Education (including technology-mediated, culturally mediated, experiential, and traditional pedagogy).
7). Entrepreneurial Higher Education.
8). The Role of Student Affairs Administration in Student Education and Growth.
9). Student Recruitment, Enrollment and Demographic Changes
10). Public and Private Higher Education Partnership
11). Accreditation and Quality Assurance of Private Higher Education, and internationalization of Accreditation.

Sponsoring Institutions

We would like to give our special thanks to the following sponsoring organizations that provided their support to our conference:

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