The role of universities amongst COVID-19 anti-globalisation sentiment: A discussion to mark ‘World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development’

Panel Discussion

The United Nation’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is celebrated each year on May 21st. The Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning is hosting a web-based panel discussion to reflect on the role of universities amongst COVID-19 anti-globalisation sentiment. Australian universities, like any other universities around the world, not only rely on funds from international sources, but also symbolise the ideals of globalisation—advocating for more inclusive future societies in all countries. What is the role of researchers and educators in Australian higher education sector in the recent resurgence of border control and anti-globalisation sentiments? To what extent are we ready to defend the values of diversity and inclusivity that we hold dear, especially under the pressure of budget cuts after this pandemic? The panel of university staff and students from diverse cultural backgrounds, will share their experience of living and working in Australia, while implementing social distancing. The panel will reflect on how the university can support internationalisation and inclusivity during these unprecedented times.

Date: Thursday 21st May, 12:00-1:00

Panellists: Quinghua Guo Professor Architecture; Ihnji Jon Lecturer International Urban Politics, Hemanta Doloi Associate Professor Construction Management, Haocun Gu Maser of Architecture student

Facilitator: Anna Hurlimann, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion