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About the Global Festival of Learning 2017

Our Global Festival of Learning builds on our popular UK-based Festival which is now in its fifth year running from 8–12 July 2017. The Festival of Learning is a celebration of learning and it has showcased BU’s research and expertise to a wide and varied audience of more than 5,000 people over the years. In recognition of our home-grown Festival’s growing popularity and reputation, and following a highly successful pilot in 2016, we will be taking the Festival of Learning global again this year. The main objectives of the global Festival of Learning are to:

  • showcase and disseminate global Fusion within an overseas context;
  • enhance global access to and engagement with BU’s research activities;
  • inspire learning and enrich our offer on global talent and employability;
  • encourage new thinking and nurture creativity and innovation; and,
  • bring back global learning and experience to our region to inform future developments.

As part of last year’s Global Festival of Learning, over 50 BU staff and students travelled to China and Malaysia. Across a week-long series of events, they attracted a visitor base of over 600 staff, students and international employers, reaching more than 200,000 Twitter users.

Whilst last year’s pilot events in China and Malaysia were a huge success, our plans for 2017 were even more ambitious. This year the Global Festival of Learning will took place across three weeks of events showcasing Global Britain and Global BU in Malaysia and Indonesia (27–31 March), India (18–21 April) and China (15–19 May). To showcase Global BU in 2017, around 30 members of staff and students were travelling to each location.

The Global Festival of Learning ASEAN 2017

This took place this year in Indonesia, one of the largest economies in Southeast Asia (Jakarta, 27 and 28 March), and Penang, Malaysia – the Silicon Valley of the East and a UNESCO World Heritage site (30 and 31 March). The overarching theme of this year’s ASEAN Festival was Sustainability and Development and it opened in Jakarta with academic, government and industry speakers from Business, Media, Communication, and Hospitality. The Festival also featured an opportunity for Indonesian students to learn more about BU and attend Master Classes from a range of experts. The Festival  then proceeded to Penang where issues around Heritage, Health, Tourism and Hospitality were explored by a range of experts from industry and education. The Festival concluded on the final day with a networking event and roundtable discussion on Investing in Skills & Talent: Spotlight on Tourism and Health.

Download the Global Festival of Learning ASEAN programme (pdf 5.2mb)

Please take a look at the our videos from Indonesia and Malaysia.

The Global Festival of Learning India 2017

This took place in Pune (April 18 and 19), and in New Delhi (April 20 and 21). Our theme this year was ‘Inspiring Change’, and a range of presentations, panels and exhibits were taking place. We had a panel of educationists, including several VCs, and employers discussing ‘Envisioning 2050’. A second panel of media personnel took stock of ‘Media and Innovations’. Other presentations touched on changes/innovations in cybersecurity, post-disaster reporting, digital storytelling, political campaigning, and empowerment of rural women, among others. The Festival will concluded on April 21 with an evening event, with Indian and UK dignitaries and keynotes. For more information please download the programme (pdf, 8.5mb).

Please have a look at our Global Festival of Learning India 2017 video.

The Global Festival of Learning China 2017

This took place in w/c 15 May for one week and across three cities: Zhuhai (15 May), Guangzhou (16 May) and Beijing (18 and 19 May). The theme of 2017 was ‘Innovation’, which is the key driver for creating a sustainable economy. China aims to become a leading power in science and technology by 2050 and has made huge inroads in developing its innovation capacities in technology, education, health, culture and social development. The week-long programme helped participants to engage with peer educators, practitioners, entrepreneurs and innovation policy makers from China. The sub-themes in each city were: ‘Belt & Road’ regional economic strategy; Inspiring Global Talent; Developing Sports and Cultural Industries and Understanding China’s Innovation Model.

For more information please download one of the following programmes:

Finally, to conclude our 2017 Festival series, we were hosting a fully dedicated global day at the Bournemouth Festival of Learning on its last day on Wednesday 12 July 2017. It was a celebratory closing day with an evening event that showcased the activity which took place around the globe in the preceding months. The evening event was be a high-profile pinnacle event with a range of regional and national VIPs from industry and the sector followed by a networking reception.

To find out more and register for updates, visit the main Festival of Learning website or email: