The dynamic ecosystem of higher education involves interaction between and among higher education stakeholders (e.g. academics and students) and their environmental elements such as policy and governance. Competition and collaboration are inevitable in any ecosystem, and these two elements are influenced and affected by the ideas and changes in global higher education. The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), massification of higher education, quality assurance, issue of equality and equity, gender imbalance, financial resources, developments in technology, learning innovations and ranking systems frame such ideas and changes. In such complex contexts, competition and cooperation are some of the challenges confronting higher education ecosystems. Some would argue that it is important for HEIs to maximise collaboration while minimising competition. How then do we create collaboration in what may be viewed to be a highly competitive environment?
The 6th Global Higher Education Forum 2018 (GHEF6.0) provides just such a platform for academics, students, policymakers, and other stakeholders to debate and discuss the issues confronting such a complex landscape. This is an avenue to consider concepts, experiences, practices and research findings from diverse countries and contexts.