Education and Skills Committee

27 June 2007


Wednesday 4 July 2007, 9.30 am in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House

The Education and Skills Select Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from: Professor Alison Richard, Vice Chancellor, University of Cambridge, previously Provost at Yale University, USA, and Professor Georg Winckler, Rector, University of Vienna and President, European University Association.

Followed by at approximately 10.45 am, evidence from Tim Gore, Director of Education, British Council, India, and Head, UK India Education and Research Initiative and Professor Lan Xue, Executive Associate Dean, School of Public Policy and Management, and Executive Vice President, Development Research Academy for the 21st Century at Tsinghua University, China.

This evidence session is an important opportunity to hear experts from around the world giving their view on the changing world order in higher education. The Committee will be seeking their perspective on UK higher education, and how our universities can maintain their international reputation for quality and excellence in an rapidly changing global higher education environment.

Information about the Education and Skills Committee

The Education and Skills Committee is one of the House's Select Committees related to government departments: its terms of reference are to examine "the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Education and Skills and its associated public bodies". The Committee chooses its own subjects of inquiry, within the overall terms of reference. It invites written evidence from interested parties and holds public evidence sessions, usually in committee rooms at the House of Commons, although it does have the power to meet away from Westminster. At the end of each inquiry, the Committee will normally agree a Report based on the evidence received. Such Reports are published and made available on the Internet. Copies are sent free to those who give oral evidence. Reports usually contain recommendations to the Government and other bodies. The Government by convention responds to reports within about two months of publication. These responses are also published.