Inaugural Research Conference on Digital Innovation and Transformation takes place downtown Vancouver

On September 28 and 29, 2022 the inaugural Global University Systems (GUS) Research Conference on Digital Innovation and Transformation took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. University Canada West (UCW) and the University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) co-hosted the conference.

The conference started with an Indigenous prayer led by Elder Rose Guerin of Musqueam First Nation. The keynote address was hosted by Sheldon Levy, President, UCW and Hossein Rahnama, CEO, Flybits. Following the keynote address, colleagues across GUS presented their research, collaborations and funding opportunities.

The GUS community had the opportunity to explore synergies and global impact by sharing expertise from our established researchers across GUS institutes during the conference. The GUS Research Conference is the first GUS-wide initiative to connect our global team in sharing and upscaling research.

More than 70 delegates across 15 GUS institutions attended online and in-person from five countries. The conference featured 15 presentations from delegates representing UCW, UE, ULaw, and LSBF.

The theme of this year’s conference was digital innovation and transformation. Researchers captured the current effects of digitization in their presentations and shared how it can be utilized have used to advance higher education. The conference allowed delegates to explore synergies and global impact through research.

Prof. Dr. Iris Lorscheid, Vice-Rector Research, UE, and Dr. Maureen Mancuso, Vice President Academic, UCW, co-chaired the planning committee for the conference. The conference would not have been possible without their leadership and dedication.

Global University Systems Canada acknowledges the traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, Haudenosaunee, Huron-wendat (Wyandot) and Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) on which our campuses are located.

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