What Does the Future Hold for International Higher Education? A Conversation with Educators in Greece, Portugal, Spain and the United States

Monday, November 30, 2020

9:00-10:30 Washington, DC
14:00-15:30 Lisbon
15:00-16:30 Madrid
16:00-17:30 Athens

At this exceptional moment in time, what does the future hold for international student mobility and international education more broadly? Where should higher education professionals focus current efforts and best prepare for the ‘new normal’? This conversation between higher education leaders and/or government officials from Greece, Portugal, Spain and the United States will focus on practical ways that we, together, can shape the future international education space and increase collaboration between our countries and higher education institutions.

Watch the recording of the event below:



Dr. Darla K. Deardorff, Executive Director, Association of International Education Administrators

Darla K. Deardorff is Executive Director of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). In addition, she is a research scholar at Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute and holds faculty positions at universities in several countries, including as a research associate at Nelson Mandela University (S. Africa), Meiji University (Japan), Shanghai International Studies University (China) and adjunct faculty at North Carolina State University. She is on the faculty of Harvard University’s Global Education Think Tank and has served as faculty for Harvard’s Future of Learning Institute as well as the Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication in Portland, OR. With over 20 years of experience in international education, she has also held national leadership positions with NAFSA and with Forum on Education Abroad. Author/editor of 8 books and over 60 book chapters and articles, her publications include The Sage Handbook of Intercultural Competence (Sage, 2009), Sage Handbook of International Higher Education, (Sage, 2012), Building Cultural Competence (Stylus, 2012), Demystifying Outcome Assessment for International Educators (Stylus, 2015), Intercultural Competence in Higher Education: International Approaches, Assessment and Application (Routledge, 2017), and Leading Internationalization: A Handbook for International Education Leaders (Stylus, 2018). Her most recent publication is an open access book entitled Manual for Developing Intercultural Competencies: Story Circles (Routledge/UNESCO, 2020) available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Russian at https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000370336. She regularly gives invited talks, trainings and workshops around the world on intercultural competence, international education assessment, and global leadership and serves as a consultant and trainer on these topics, including with UNESCO and OECD. The intercultural competence models developed from her research are being used in numerous countries, and she is the recipient of several awards related to her work. Founder of ICC Global, her areas of specialty include cross-cultural training, assessment and evaluation, teacher/faculty preparation/development, curriculum internationalization, global leadership, and intercultural coaching. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees from North Carolina State University.


Shannon P. Márquez, PhD, MEng, Dean of Global Engagement, Columbia University

Dr. Shannon Márquez is the Dean of Global Engagement and Director of the Columbia University Center of Undergraduate Engagement (UGE). UGE enhances access and support for undergraduates to global opportunities and brings students and faculty together in a central location that creates a hub of global activity at Columbia, allowing students to better connect and learn about potential programs; faculty and staff to share their global and regional expertise and advice; and for the collaborative development, implementation and assessment of new and existing global programs and opportunities for global engagement across Columbia; leveraging the Columbia Global Center networks in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East; and with partners around the world.  Prior to joining Columbia University, Dr. Márquez was the Vice Provost for International Development and a Professor of Global and Environmental Health,  Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science at Drexel University, where she provided leadership in developing international partnerships and exchange programs working closely with NGOs and higher education partners around the world; served as the Founding Director of the Drexel Global Health Initiative and the Dornsife Global Development Scholars Program which supported 3 to 6 month international development, study abroad, co-op/internship, and field-based research experiences in 36 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia; and developed and launched CHE—community health and environment in Cuba—a faculty-led intensive field course taught in Cuba, in partnership with the University of Cienfuegos and CIVITAS Global Education Services. An experienced senior international officer, global health scholar, “public health engineer” and environmental scientist, she has garnered international recognition for her work on achieving the SDGs in low- and middle-income countries with a particular focus on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); the global water crisis and impacts on global health; and the environmental burden of disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Márquez has held distinguished international faculty appointments at The University of The Gambia and Gambia College School of Public Health; the Université Gaston-Berger de Saint-Louis in Senegal; as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique (or EHESP, The French School of Public Health), and the University of Sheffield (UK) School of Health and Health Related Research (ScHARR); and as an Associate Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine-Center for Global Health. She holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Prairie View A&M University; a master’s in civil engineering from Texas A&M University; and a PhD in environmental sciences and engineering from the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.


Michael A. Brzezinski, Dean, International Programs, Purdue University

Dr. Brzezinski joined the Purdue team in 1993.  Prior to joining the Boilermakers Brzezinski studied and worked in China, two years as an exchange student and five years as an administrator and teacher for an American educational company, Educational Services Exchange with China, Inc. (ESEC). Brzezinski also worked at the University of Houston (UH) for five years as an international student counselor.  He received his educational doctorate at UH in Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies in May 1993.

As Purdue’s Director of International Students and Scholars (ISS) Brzezinski helped create and then implement an international student recruitment strategy that increased undergraduate enrollment from abroad from less than 700 students to more than 4,000.  In 2005 he was promoted to associate dean with additional duties leading to an expansion of educational collaborations in China.

Brzezinski served as interim dean for International Programs from 2009-11 before being appointed dean in 2011.  As dean he expanded the Study Abroad Intercultural Learning grant program and spearheaded a multi-year, multi-million dollar study abroad scholarship program that led to a near doubling of undergraduate student study abroad participation.  In 2016 Brzezinski launched the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR).  CILMAR has not only successfully infused intercultural learning (ICL) outcomes and assessment into all aspects of study abroad, but is also beginning to integrate ICL into on-campus curricula.


Prof. Pericles A. Mitkas, President of the Hellenic Authority for Higher Education (HAHE)

Prof. Pericles A. Mitkas is the President of the Hellenic Authority for Higher Education (HAHE), appointed by the Greek Parliament on Feb. 7, 2020. HAHE is an independent administrative authority and its mission is to ensure high quality in Higher Education.

In 2014, Prof. Mitkas was elected as Rector of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), one of the largest and most prestigious Universities in Greece, where he served until 2019. During his term in office, one of his main goals was to strengthen the international programs and collaborations of AUTH. In 2017-18, Prof. Mitkas served in the Presidency of the Greek Rectors Synod. In 2018-19, he served as President of the Balkan University Association and he is currently serving a three-year term (2018-21) as the President of the Black Sea University Network.

Prof. Mitkas received his Diploma of Electrical Engineering from AUTH in 1985 and an MSc and PhD in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University, USA, in 1987 and 1990, respectively. Between 1990 and 2000 he was a faculty member with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University in USA, where he directed the Optical Computing Laboratory.

Since 1999, Dr. Mitkas has been a faculty member with the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at AUTH, where he has served as Director of the Laboratory for Information Processing and Computing, Associate Head, and Head of the Department. He has also served as the Director of the University IT Department.

From 2001 to 2014, he collaborated with the Information Technologies Institute (ITI) at the Centre of Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), and served as its Deputy Director for 7 years. Prof. Mitkas has been the coordinator of numerous research projects in Greece and the US, several of which involved industrial partners.


Daniel Traça, Dean and Full Professor of Economics at Nova School of Business and Economics (Nova SBE)

Daniel Traça is Dean and Full Professor of Economics at Nova School of Business and Economics (Nova SBE), in Lisbon. He is also Visiting Professor at INSEAD, in France and Singapore. Previously, he was Assistant Professor at INSEAD, and held the Marie et Alain Philippson Chair in Managing for Sustainable Human Development, at the Solvay Business School, in Brussels, where he was Vice-President and Director of the MBA Program. Daniel was Visiting Professor in the KDI School of Management and Policy, in Seoul, and in the Graduate Institute of International Economics, in Geneva. Daniel graduated from Nova School of Business and Economics and obtained his PhD from Columbia University, New York. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the European Commission and published his scientific research in several leading international academic journals in the field of Globalization and Economic Development.


Sebastián Bruque, Executive Secretary of the Internationalization Section of Spanish Conference of Rectors (CRUE-Spanish Universities)

Sebastian Bruque is a full professor at the Departament of Management, Marketing and Sociology, University of Jaén. Sebastian Bruque has been developing teaching activities primarily at the University of Jaén. He has also been teaching Technology Management and International Management courses in 10 universities in Europe, the Americas and Asia (i.e. Glasgow Caledonian University, UK; Demonfort University, UK; Radboud-Nijmegen University, The Netherlands; Chitkara University, India; Maribor and Ljubljana Universities, Slovenia). He has been carrying out research in the fields of International Management and Technology Management, publishing more than 50 research papers in International Journals, most of them listed in International rankings such as JCR. He has been acting as the Vice-President for Internationalization, University of Jaén, Spain, from 2015 onwards and President of the Internationalization Group of the Spanish University Association -CRUE- between 2018 and 2019. He is now, starting in April 2020, the Executive Secretary of the Internationalization Section of the Spanish Conference of Rectors. Prof. Bruque has been working as an external advisor for several international organizations such as the EACEA-European Commission or the European Council for Business Education.


The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be made available after the event. Please note that by submitting the registration, you agree that the information you provide will be sent to the organizers and you will receive informative emails about the event.

This webinar is part of the “Internationalization of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era” series jointly organized by the Department of State’s USA Study Abroad branch, the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), U.S. Embassy Athens, U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Embassy Lisbon and Fulbright Portugal. These activities support U.S. study abroad and are funded by the U.S. Government through a Study Abroad Engagement Grant from USA Study Abroad within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.