International Education Leadership (IEL)


Preparing for the Future: Aligning Institutional Strategic Planning with Emerging Trends

Wednesday, May 31
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
LACC, Room 502A

The confluence of cost pressures, demographic shifts, and technological forces is shaping the context of global higher education. In this interactive session, senior international officers at diverse institutions share their perspectives on how they are preparing for the future and aligning their strategic plans with the emerging trends.

Learning Objectives:

Rahul Choudaha

EVP of Global Engagement & Research

Dr. Rahul Choudaha is Executive Vice President of Global Engagement and Research at Studyportals. Operating out of San Francisco Bay Area, Choudaha leads the thought leadership and institutional relationship with higher education institutions, professional associations, government bodies and related stakeholders. Previously, Choudaha worked for over seven years at World Education Services (WES) in New York City. As the Chief Knowledge Officer and Senior Director of Strategic Development, he raised organization profile, built research capabilities, deepened institutional relationships and launched innovative services.
Choudaha blogs and tweets as DrEducation. He is a recognized strategist with expertise in student mobility and enrollment, global engagement and transnational education. For over a decade, Choudaha has advocated for future-oriented, data-informed internationalization strategies through his presentations, consultations, and publications. He is also affiliated with the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, he has taught graduate courses on International Higher Education at New York University and Baruch College.
Choudaha has presented nearly 150 sessions at professional conferences including EAIE, NAFSA, APAIE, and AIEA, and has been quoted in over 300 publications including the BBC, Time, NPR and The Wall Street Journal. He was also the principal investigator of two national research reports commissioned by NAFSA and served on the chair-stream of International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (2014-2016). He is an elected member of the General Council of the European Association of International Educators (EAIE), Amsterdam and serves on the Board of Directors of InterExchange, New York.
Choudaha holds a doctorate in higher education administration, master’s in business management, and a bachelor’s in electronics engineering.


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Joe F. Chicharo

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
University of Wollongong

Professor Joe Chicharo was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) in February 2016. Prior to his current role, Professor Chicharo held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) from 2015-16, the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) from 2010-15 and previous to that, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) from 2008-10.

The role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) takes a leadership responsibility for providing services, programs and resources that support UOW staff and students and foster innovative teaching and learning, to enhance University-wide educational practice. The Academic portfolio also oversees Strategic Planning and Strategic Marketing & Communications at the University.

Professor Chicharo has also served as the inaugural President of the Australian Council of Deans of Information and Communication Technology. He served as the Chair of the Mathematical, Information and Computing Sciences, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2010 assessment exercise. He was Chair of the Australian Research Council - Mathematics, Information and Communication Sciences Panel (2005-2007).


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K. Jimmy Hsia

Vice Provost for International Programs and Strategy
Carnegie Mellon University

K. Jimmy Hsia is Vice Provost for International Programs and Strategy, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He received B.S. from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and Ph.D. from MIT. His research interests include deformation and failure mechanisms of materials, mciro/nanomechanics of nanoscale materials, and cell mechanics. He is a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and recipient of NSF Research Initiation Award, Max-Planck Society Scholarship, Japan Society for Promotion of Science Fellowship. Before joining CMU in 2015, he was W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). From 2005-2007, Hsia served as Founding Director of Nano and Bio Mechanics Program in the Directorate for Engineering at NSF. He served as Associate Dean of Graduate College and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research for New Initiatives at UIUC. He is a co-Editor-in-Chief of a newly launched Elsevier journal, Extreme Mechanics Letters, whose announcement on iMechanica attracted more 10,000 hits within a week.


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Cheryl Matherly

Vice President/Vice Provost International Affairs
Lehigh University

Cheryl Matherly is Vice President and Vice Provost for International Affairs at Lehigh University, where she has responsibility for the strategic leadership of the university's portfolio of international education programs. Dr. Matherly’ special area of interest is with the internationalization of science and engineering education, specifically as related to workforce development. Dr. Matherly received four NSF grants for projects related to the preparation of science and engineering graduates for the global workforce. She is the recipient of two Fulbright grants for International Education Administrators, in Japan and Germany. Dr. Matherly has written extensively on the relationship between employability and education abroad, including two book chapters that examined this topic in context of comparative national policies.


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