The HELTASA 2017 conference theme provides opportunities to interrogate and respond to the current challenges to higher education well-being. It brings to the fore academic conversations on the greater purpose of higher education and the need to engender, revive and preserve the roles of higher education and for institutions, students, academics and researchers to look beyond themselves to a greater good. The theme allows for problematising the transformative public good that is beyond a narrowed, essentialist, ideological and politicised pursuit.

This conference encourages a disruption of current thinking about higher education and its connection to educational and social development and promotes transcending paradigmatic as well as disciplinary boundaries. This calls further for rethinking of traditional and limited orientation of learning and success and reframing excellence in higher education.

The conference includes workshops, oral papers, poster presentations, flipped paper sessions (a new format) and critical dialogue sessions. In presenting these, the conference organisers also encourage alternative and creative presentation modes that include poetry or drama.

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