The Hart House Debates & Dialogues Committee presents this online panel, bringing together both Canadian and American perspectives to discuss the future of higher education – a future complicated both by long-term trends like rising tuition, evolving employer expectations and widening socioeconomic disparities, as well as short-term disruptions catalyzed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our moderator, Xine Yao, co-host of the podcast, PhDivas, and Lecturer at University College London, will lead our accomplished panelists through three overarching themes within this dialogue: Accessibility vs Exclusivity, Globalization vs Localization, and The Value of a University Degree.

After the panel, please join us for a collaborative discussion surrounding issues brought up by the panelists in which we will brainstorm potential improvements for the future of higher education.

This event is part of World Access to Higher Education Day 2020.


  • 12:05 – 12:15 Welcome & Opening remarks
  • 12:15 – 12:35 Panelist remarks
  • 12:35 – 1:10 Moderated discussion
  • 1:10 – 1:25 Audience Q & A
  • 1:25 – 1:30 Closing remarks
  • 1:30 – 2:00 Optional public policy brainstorm

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  • Date: Tue, Nov 17, 2020
  • Time & Duration: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (EST) (2h)
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  • Venue: Online - Zoom
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