Call for Proposals: 2nd International Conference on Higher Education

Event Date(s): 28/04/2010 - 20/10/2010

Location: Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Conference Centre, Barbados

The Barbados Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development will host its 2nd International Conference on Higher Education, in collaboration with Erdiston Teachers’ Training College, Barbados Community College, Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, Caribbean Knowledge Learning Network and Coppin State University. The conference is scheduled to take place from October 17th-20th, 2010, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Conference Centre.

The theme of the conference is The Global Education Meltdown: Solutions for Sustainability, and was chosen in light of the current multinational economic realities which have created significant debate related to funding and efficiency of Education delivery. As small developing states manage the external pressures and opportunities afforded by the current trends in the internationalisation of education, it is becoming clear that programming cycles must be sustainable and more focused on efficient execution. The purpose of this conference is to bring together keynote speakers and researchers from all walks of life to explore and share solutions underpinning excellence in higher education.

This is a multi-disciplinary conference planned around the following sub themes: 

  • Boys to Men: Recovering the male student presence on campus
  • Education attainment in under-performing institutions
  • Leveraging technology in austere economies
  • 21st century leadership for public education
  • Personal and professional empowerment in the educational arena
  • Education for sustainable economic and social development
  • 21st century solutions for health sciences education
  • Going Green: Innovations in environmental sustainability


Proposal Guidelines:

The planning team is inviting you to share your research, knowledge, experience, thoughts and plans on these themes by presenting at our conference. 

  • You may submit abstracts for consideration to be handled on a rolling basis until June 1st, 2010.
  • Replies will be made promptly upon evaluation of your proposal.
  • Proposal abstracts should not exceed 350 words and presentations for concurrent sessions will be allocated 55 minutes.


The 2010 conference format is designed to facilitate discussion among delegates and to share solutions and strategies relative to best practices in higher education. The Programme Committee strongly encourages proposals that:

  • Provide research-based and practical strategies that address emerging best practices across the education landscape 
  • Provide varying viewpoints by multiple presenters on a specific issue(s)
  • Facilitate interaction and dialogue among delegates
  • Demonstrate practical application in a solution focused environment

Please note: The Programme Committee reserves the right to combine similar proposals. 


Description of Presentation Formats

  • Panel Sessions: 75-minute presentations by 2-4 presenters that provide diverse perspectives and viewpoints on the topic.
  • Concurrent Sessions: 50-minute presentations by 1-2 researchers who present a theoretical or applied research study on the topic.


Presenter Registration

All presenters for sessions selected by the Programme Committee must fully register and pay the 2010 conference registration fee.


Submission Guidelines

Proposals must be received by June 1st, 2010.  Proposals should be submitted by post to Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Higher Education Development Unit, “Anselm House” Government Hill, St Michael, Barbados BB11066, or e-mailed to conference2010@hedu.edu.bb.


Important Notes

  • Presenters should select a subtheme under which their proposals may be allocated
  • Presenters whose proposals are accepted will be notified within 15 days of receipt
  • Presenters whose proposals are accepted must submit a full paper by September 01, 2010 to be published as conference proceedings



Open to: | General Public | Staff | Student | Alumni |


  • Barbados Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Higher Education Development Unit

  • Email: conference2010@hedu.edu.bb