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New Era, New Horizon, New Frontiers: Singapore, Thailand, and Japan

Thursday, June 1
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
LACC, Room 518

This session focuses on Singapore, Thailand, and Japan, showcasing different approaches to international higher education. Hear from board members of the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education about new global trends that will affect the internationalization of higher education in this region. This session is presented by the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE).

Learning Objectives:

Anne Pakir

Director of International Relations Office
National University of Singapore

Anne Pakir has been Director of International Relations at the National University of Singapore (NUS) since 2008. She served as the IRO Deputy Director from 2001-2007 when NUS started seriously on its globalization thrust. Pakir was a TOEFL Board Member (2005-2009), a Fulbright scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and Cornell University, a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) scholar in Tokyo, and an ASEAN University Network (AUN) Distinguished Visiting Professor. She was conferred the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes academiques from France in 2010. She serves on the APAIE Board of Directors. Besides serving on editorial boards in her discipline of applied linguistics, she is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Studies in International Education (JSIE). She was Chair of the AILA World Congress of Applied Linguistics (2002) and President of the Fulbright Association (Singapore) from 2008-2011.


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Sansanee Chaiyaroj

Mahidol University


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Norimasa Morita

Vice President for International Affairs
Waseda University

Norimasa Morita is Vice-President for International Affairs at Waseda University since November 2014. He obtained his BA and MA degrees at Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences of Waseda University, majoring in English literature, and completed his second MA at University of Kent. Completing all course work for Ph. D. at Kent in 1985, he earned his Ph. D. in English in 1990. His specialty is literary theory, film theory and cultural theory. Morita served as dean of School of International Liberal Studies between 2010 and 2014, where he worked with the help of its faculty and administration staff to make it one of the leading liberal arts schools in Japan and Asia, developing innovative curriculum, expanding students exchange and promoting international research collaborations. Now as Vice-President for International Affairs, he is in charge of running international programmes and Waseda offices and research centre abroad, managing partnerships with institutions overseas, furthering research collaborations between faculty and Ph. D. students, and expanding the presence of international students at Waseda.


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