International Education Leadership (IEL)


International Student Mobility from Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico: Contemporary Developments

Friday, June 2
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
LACC, Room 150

Country representatives from Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico discuss contemporary and prospective student mobility programs in their respective regions. Presenters identify challenges and best practices in international academic collaboration given the current context and their implications for academic institutions around the world.

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Carlos Monroy

Quality Assurance Manager
World Education Services

Carlos Monroy has been evaluating international academic credentials at WES since 2006. He specializes in evaluations from Latin America and has presented his research at various conferences including NAFSA, NAGAP, CAIE, EAIE & CONAHEC. Carlos earned his bachelor's degree in international studies from Universidad de Guadalajara and his master's degree in international relations from City University of New York.


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José C. Freire

Associate Provost for International Affairs
Sao Paulo State University (UNESP)

Prof. José Celso Freire Junior has a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Joseph Fourier University, France. He is the Associate Professor of São Paulo State University, UNESP in Brazil. He is now the current Associate Provost for International Affairs at UNESP and the President of FAUBAI, the Brazilian Association for International Education, and as such has participated as a panelist in several international events like Going Global, EAIE, NAFSA, and AIEA.


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Paula Henao

NEXO Global - Director

Director of Internationalization at Colciencias (Administrative Department of Science, Innovation and Technology of Colombia).

She was Director of NEXO Global at COLCIENCIAS (NEXO GLOBAL is an international research internship program for excellent undergraduate students, in STEM + Ag and Social Sciences (post conflict oriented).

She was the Executive Director of the "Colombia, Challenge your Knowledge" Network for 3 years. The network promotes Colombia as a campus for quality education, research and projection abroad with allies like the Colombian Ministry of Education, the Colombian Foreign Affairs Ministry, Colciencias, Icetex, Proexport, and Country Brand Colombia.

Paula, as Head of the Internationalization Office at Universidad de Caldas, increased its indicators by 90% which led to representing the institution in academic and professional events in countries like the U.S., Canada, Mexico, China, Germany, Turkey, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and France, and was delegated by the CCYK Network to represent Colombia in events as Going Global, NAFSA, EAIE. She has been invited as a speaker to the capacity building workshop for Partners of the Americas since 2014, and to LACHEC, Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Internationalization of Higher Education. She has been an advisor on Internationalization for different institutions including the Ministry of Education of Colombia. She was the coordinator of the Coffee Triangle node of the Internationalization Colombian Network (RCI) where the Node was united in a consolidated strategy.

She provides consulting services on Higher Education Internationalization topics to HEI, and planning and projection consulting in organizational strategic management to private entities.

Background: Industrial Engineer from Universidad Nacional de Colombia with an emphasis in information systems; specialist in International Business and Marketing and MBA. She is a DAAD alumni UNILEAD program developed at Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, Germany, the only scholar representing South America in this program in 2012-2013.


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Irma M. Flores Alanis

Universidad Autonoma De Nuevo Leon

Full-time professor at the school of Education of Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL), since 1991. I was head of the Education Department from 1996 to 1999.

B.A in Education from UANL; M.A. in Human Resource Development and Training from UANL; Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction form Loyola University Chicago.

Specialist in: Learning and teaching strategies, International topics, and links between education and work


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