Global Applied Higher

Education Summit


Dubai, United Arab Emirates     21-23 February 2023



The Global Applied Education Network (GAEN), founded by the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), and the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) are proud to convene the first Global Applied Higher Education Summit (GAHES), to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from February 21-23, 2023. As the first global applied, higher education network, GAEN was launched in October 2018 to create an international community of higher education institutions, committed to excellence in applied education. The member institutions share educational best practices in the fields of science, technology and innovation, graduate employability and development of industry partnerships. They also foster collaborative in applied research and related topics, on a global level. In May 2022, HCT signed a Memorandum of Understanding with EURASHE in order to build a common vision within applied higher education and develop better ways to assess and benchmark performances. As part of that MoU, HCT and EURASHE will collaborate to implement developmental and transformative projects, share best practices in applied higher education.

About The Summit

Applied higher education focuses on employability, integration with the world of work, intense cooperation with industry, user-driven innovations, and high socio-economic impacts. Similar concepts employed across the world are professional, technical or practice-based higher education. This Summit brings together a vast array of institutions, from around the globe, with an interest in this mode of higher education, to share practices and knowledge on assessment and benchmarking in the field of applied higher education. As the 4th Industrial Revolution gathers momentum, following the Covid-19 pandemic, governments are endeavouring to understand and develop the necessary human capabilities, while harnessing concomitant technologies, adapting to resulting technological disruptions and addressing major challenges - from…

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Summit Theme

This first dedicated global summit will bring together high-level leaders, researchers, and practitioners from higher education, together with government and business to frame a common response to the challenges posed by the 4th Industrial Revolution.

The main, overarching Summit theme is Outcome-based Assessment and Benchmarking of Applied Higher Education, particularly in reference to its contribution to the following thematic areas:

Economic & social Wellbeing in Cities & Regions

One of the main objectives of Applied Higher Education (AHE) is enhanced employability, with the aim to positively affect human wellbeing. The OECD identifies three…

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Career-oriented Pedagogy & Regulatory Frameworks

Combining the development of both generic and discipline-related competences, AHE is expected to closely interact with industry, and display agility in providing the right skillsets…

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Demand-led Research and Innovation

Applied research is typically demand-led, since it seeks to solve a specific problem or provide innovative solutions to issues affecting an individual, group, or society.…

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Entrepreneurship & Support to Start-ups / Scale-ups

The velocity of technology change emphasizes necessity of establishing new, innovative enterprises and generating new work places in advanced industrial sectors. The role of AHE…

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Green & Digital Transitions

AHE has a specific responsibility to support enterprises and government to embrace the green and digital transitions that the global economy is facing. This includes…

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Call For Contributions

Contributions are sought from interested practitioners and institutions to organise and deliver Summit Breakout Sessions to address the five specific thematic areas, as they relate to the overarching summit theme. Those selected may attend the Summit free of charge. The Summit Program Committee will choose the best contributions in each category to receive a special award, alongside recognised thought leaders who inspire applied higher education.

Breakout Session contribution submissions

should be made before the deadline of September 30, 2022,

Submit Here

The Summit Program Committee will assess all contributions and
provide feedback by the end of October 2022.

Important Dates


September 01,

Deadline for

September 30,

Decision on

October 31,


November 30,


January 31,

Summit in Dubai
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February 21-23,