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Trends and Issues in Internationalization Around the World

Thursday, June 1
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
LACC, Room 515A

Join in this interactive world-cafe type session to engage with international education leaders from Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America. Dialogue with representatives from regional international education associations around the world about hot topics and current trends in internationalization. This session is presented by the Network of International Education Associations (NIEA).

Learning Objectives:

Darla K. Deardorff

Executive Director
Association of International Education Administrators

Darla K. Deardorff, EdD, teaches cross-cultural courses at Duke University, Middlebury Institute of International Studies and the Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication. She has been a visiting professor at North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Shanghai International Studies University, and at Harvard's Future of Learning Institute. She is also executive director of the Association of International Education Administrators, a national professional organization based at Duke. She has conducted cross-cultural training for universities, companies, and nonprofit organizations for the past 20 years and has given talks and workshops by invitation at national and international conferences, including recent engagements in Slovenia, S. Africa, and China. Her intercultural competence models are used worldwide in a variety of institutions and programs. In addition, she has published numerous articles and book chapters on intercultural competence and assessment. She is editor of the “Sage Handbook of Intercultural Competence,” featuring leading intercultural scholars from around the world, co-editor with Hans de Wit of the “Sage Handbook of International Higher Education,” along with four other books.


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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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Nico J. Jooste

Senior Director and immediate past President of IEASA
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Office for International Education

Nico Jooste, PhD, is an experienced international educator, directing the Office for International Education at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University for the past 12 years and providing strategic leadership in the field of international education at a senior level. As a member of the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) he is also responsible for steering internationalization systemically throughout South Africa. The focus of Jooste's research and adovocacy is the promotion of internationalization throughout the developing world. He was responsible for the publication of "Study South Africa," an annual report on internationalization in the country for the past ten years. He presents regularly on internationalization within South Africa and globally. Jooste holds a PhD in history and is still active in the field, participating in the reconstruction of society in the newly founded democracy in South Africa.


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Markus Laitinen

European Association for International Education (EAIE)

Markus Laitinen is President of the European Association for International Education (EAIE). He is currently the Head of International Affairs (SIO) at the University of Helsinki, Finland and has more than twenty years of experience in various roles related to higher education internationalisation. Markus Laitinen holds a Master's degree in Social Sciences (Political Science) from the University of Helsinki. He is an advocate of "embedded internationalisation" both institutionally and beyond.


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Sean Manley-Casimir

Executive Director

Sean Manley-Casimir is executive director of the not-for-profit Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) which now connects over 170 member institutions. CONAHEC helps higher education institutions in North America and around the world collaborate to address humanity’s most important challenges; internationalize while strengthening local roots; and provide high quality and continuously improving study, teaching and research opportunities to diverse, interconnected people. As Director for Latin American Collaborations for The University of Arizona, he is also fortunate to represent this top-tier research oriented university and make good on its commitment to engaging with high quality Latin American partner institutions. He speaks English, French and Spanish and has worked, studied and traveled extensively in Latin America.


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Sarah Todd

Vice President (Global)
Griffith University

Professor Sarah Todd took up the position of Pro Vice Chancellor (International) - now Vice President (Global), at Griffith University in 2013, having previously been Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at Otago University in New Zealand for seven years. Professor Todd is Deputy Chair of the Universities Australia International Committee, and Chair of the Innovative Research Universities’ International Committees, as well as being on the board of the Asia Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE). Before moving to Australia, Professor Todd chaired Education NZ’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee, was previously a trustee of Education NZ and on the board of Education Dunedin, as well as chairing the NZ Women in Leadership Steering Committee for Universities NZ.

In her current role, Professor Todd leads the development and implementation of Griffith University’s internationalisation strategy, as well as providing executive leadership of Griffith International, which incorporates the International Office, Griffith English Language Institute and the International Business Development Unit. She is responsible for the University’s global partnerships, international student recruitment, student mobility, international student support, strategic planning, pre-University, degree and concurrent English language programs, and international policy and development.

Professor Todd's academic expertise is in the area of consumer behaviour, with a particular focus on lifestyles and values research, consumers’ use and understanding of information, children as consumers and sustainable consumption.


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