IIE and UC Davis Series Brings University Leaders Together, Explores the Future of International Education

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This June 18- July 16, the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the University of California, Davis, presented The Future of International Education: Leadership Perspectives from Around the World, a five-part series of leadership conversations about the future of international education, including the role internationalization has in advancing university missions.

Hosted by the 
Institute of International Education (IIE) and UC Davis Global Affairs and the UC Davis Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, online events brought together prestigious senior leaders in academia across 16 countries as well as more than 1,100 attendees across more than 70 countries for critical global and regional discussions on the consequences of COVID-19 and what they mean for global engagement and the future of both international education and higher education, in 2020 and beyond. 

The series started with a global panel followed by regional panels, focusing on the responsibility of higher education and international education in times of global crisis and post-crisis. Leadership panels explored conditions, challenges, and approaches being taken, how universities are working with partners to tackle immediate needs and longer-term challenges, and how global engagement and partnerships are making a difference.

The Future of International Education: Global Leadership Perspectives

Moderated by IIE President Allan E. Goodman, this panel featured Executive Board of Wageningen University & Research President Louise O. Fresco; American University of Beirut President Fadlo R. Khuri; and UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. MayRead panelist biographies.

 

The Future of International Education: Leadership Perspectives from Africa

Moderated by UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May, this panel featured Ashesi University President Patrick Awuah; University of Rwanda Chancellor Patricia L. Campbell; and Stellenbosch University Rector and Vice-Chancellor Wim de VilliersRead panelist biographies.


The Future of International Education: Leadership Perspectives from Asia and Oceania

Moderated by IIE President Allan E. Goodman, this panel featured University of Otago Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne; O.P. Jindal Global University Vice Chancellor C. Raj Kumar; and Kansai University Vice President Yutaka MaedaRead panelist biographies.

 

The Future of International Education: Leadership Perspectives from Europe

Moderated by IIE President Allan E. Goodman, this panel featured Sorbonne Université Vice-President Serge Fdida; Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Vice Rector Matilde Sánchez Fernández; University of Helsinki Rector Sari Lindblom; and University of Edinburgh Principal and Vice-Chancellor Peter MathiesonRead panelist biographies.

 

The Future of International Education: Leadership Perspectives from Latin America

Moderated by UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May, this panel featured Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Rector Ignacio Sánchez Díaz; Tecnológico de Monterrey President David Garza; and Universidade Federal de São Paulo Rector Soraya Soubhi SmailiRead panelist biographies.

 


 

About UC Davis

UC Davis is one of the top-ranked universities in the world, and its experts are helping address the pandemic and other global challenges. Through Global Education for All, the campus is implementing an ambitious plan to provide all students with international or intercultural experiences — whether on campus or one of the seven continents. Recently, UC Davis shared the top ranking among U.S. universities for diversity and internationalization, and the university was named a recipient of the 2020 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.

About the IIE

The Institute of International Education administers the world’s most prestigious and innovative programs in international education and exchange, including the Fulbright Programs of the U.S. Department of State, The Language Flagship of the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Ford International Fellowships Program. Founded in 1919, IIE promotes the exchange of scholars and students; rescues scholars, students, and artists from persecution, displacement, and crises; conducts research on international academic mobility; and administers more than 200 corporate, government and privately-sponsored programs. 

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