Education Abroad


The Employability Value of a Global Experience: An International View

Thursday, June 2
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Room: CCC, 501-502

Presenters share best practices to help students communicate the value of global experiences to potential employers. Explore the benefits of global experience and learn how to help students understand and articulate the transferability of the skills developed to the job market as well as convey these skills in a convincing career statement.

Learning Objectives:

Nannette Ripmeester

Expertise in Labour Mobility
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Nannette Ripmeester is director of Expertise in Labour Mobility (ELM). She is passionate about customizing solutions for international labour mobility.
Ripmeester holds extensive knowledge on what makes graduates internationally employable through assignments for large corporate clients and higher education institutions across the globe. She is considered an expert on global mobility trends, is regularly invited to speak at international conferences (EAIE, AIEC, DAAD, WES, OECD) and has written extensively on international job-hunting practices. With her double-sided knowledge on what makes people mobile, Ripmeester advises various stakeholders how to further increase the connection between recent graduates and their future job opportunities. One of the initiatives to make the link between education and the world of work is the educational gaming app
Ripmeester combines her work for ELM with her role as Director Client Services Europe for i-graduate – a leading benchmarking organisation responsible for the International Student Barometer (ISB). With over 20 years of advising employers, universities and governments on graduate mobility, Ripmeester is one of Europe's leading experts on mobility for study and work.


Charlotte West

Academic Coordinator
Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
Camano Island, WA

Charlotte West is the academic coordinator of the Broward College program at the Center for Global Education at Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Lima, Peru. She has previously worked as coordinator for the Northwest Community College Initiative Program (NWCCI), a cultural exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department at Edmonds Community College in Washington state. In addition to working with communications and marketing, she advises students on resumes, internship placement and university transfer. Charlotte West is also a frequent contributor to NAFSA's International Educator Magazine and a former Fulbright fellow to Stockholm University in Sweden.


Edilio Mazzoleni

Director, UCSC International
Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore
Milano, Italy

Edilio Mazzoleni is Director of UCSC International – Cooperation, Mobility and Internationalization at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Italy. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Centre for Higher Education Internationalization at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. He sits on the Board of ISEP (USA) and the Confucius Institute at Università Cattolica, of which he formerly held the position of Director.
He served as International Policy Advisor to the Italian Ministry of Culture from January 2012 to May 2013. Other previous appointments include Board member of the Spe Salvi Foundation, Board member of the EAIE's Professional Section “International Relations Managers”, member of the EAIE Conference Programme Committee and elected member of the ISEP Council of Advisors.
He has served as a technical advisor for the TEMPUS Tacis and Phare projects at the European Training Foundation and has worked as both trainer and presenter for EAIE Training Sessions and at professional conferences such as APAIE, AIEA and AIEC.
Edilio holds a Master’s degree in Arts and Philosophy awarded by Università Cattolica and is currently working towards a Doctorate in Business Administration at the University of Bath (UK).


Brett Berquist

Director International
University of Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand

As Director International, Brett Berquist leads the team charged with implementing the University of Auckland’s strategic internationalization goals – aiming for a student body with 18% international students and 25% outbound participation by 2020. The impact of international learning on employability is central to our strategies. Previously, Brett led one of the largest mobility programs in the U.S. at Michigan State University. After growing up on the American plains, his first foray abroad was to France, a country which finally granted him dual citizenship. He has more than 25 years experience working in international education in the United States, United Kingdom, France, South Korea, and New Zealand. He received his undergraduate degree in music and French from the University of Missouri Kansas City, a master's degree in Linguistics from the University of Kansas, and undertook doctoral studies in psycholinguistics in France. He also chaired foreign language departments in Europe for eight years. Berquist has served on internationalization taskforces in four universities and has given numerous conference and workshop presentations on intercultural programs and learning



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