- THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPEAKERS, SPONSORS AND TO EVERYONE WHO JOINED THE SUMMIT.
A reminder that we can continue the conversation at the LinkedIn discussion group.
Recordings from the CANIE summit and presentations and videos from the speakers as well as other resources are now available on our Links and Resources page here.
You can also check out individual videos from the summit on the CANIE YouTube channel.
A virtual event to catalyse climate action by the international education sector.
The event will be held entirely online and is free to attend.
Organised by CANIE: Climate Action Network for International Educators, a grassroots initiative launched in October 2019.
What is the purpose of IECAS 2020?
The number of globally mobile students is growing each year (more than 5 million students in higher education alone). The CO₂-e emissions associated with this mobility are estimated at 14-39 megatons per year and students around the world are increasingly keen to make more sustainable study choices. The purpose of this Summit is to explore what these developments mean for international education and to build the capacity of practitioners in the sector to respond to the climate challenge.
We will explore the implications for policy, business models and operations, and showcase initiatives by institutions and educators around the world. We will look at opportunities to reduce emissions from your international operations, to incorporate climate action into your strategy and to build climate literacy among students and staff.
Our aim is that this summit will spark a larger conversation and become the first step on the journey to harnessing our sector’s reach, influence and purchasing power to make the business of international education more sustainable and to respond more effectively to the defining challenge of our time.
Call For ProposalsTHE CALL FOR PROPOSALS IS NOW CLOSED - THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUBMITTED THEIR IDEAS!
Are you interested in contributing to the summit? Do you have a case study to share or other ideas you would like to put forward for the sector to consider? We are calling for presenters and contributors to be part of the International Education Climate Action Summit 2020.
The call is open until midnight, 17 April AEST (14:00 UTC, 8 April).
We invite submissions from people around the world who are involved in international education. Your case study or contribution may be used during the summit or may be added as a resource on the CANIE website.
CATALYSING CLIMATE ACTION IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
- How international education and climate change intersect
- Reducing emissions from international operations
- Educating international students on climate action
- Ethical investment and supply chain
- Strategy and leadership to drive climate action
Within those larger themes we are interested in several relevant sub-themes, including:
- Measuring/reducing emissions related to international student travel or staff travel (e.g. systems for tracking emissions, emissions reduction targets, offsetting, travel policy)
- Measuring/reducing emissions related to international marketing/recruitment activities (including virtual events and digital marketing materials)
- Policy drivers geared towards low carbon recruitment or mobility, e.g. levies on flights or incentives to reduce travel
- Low-carbon international education delivery modes
- Teaching climate action to international students
- Climate action literacy as a graduate attribute
- Climate action in study abroad and experiential learning for students and alumni
- Student-led sustainability initiatives
- Environmentally sound investment and supply chains
- Low carbon recruitment events and conferences in international education
- Sustainability or climate innovation funds
- Leading climate action and driving change in your institution or organisation
- International education in climate-neutral institutions
- Being an effective ally to your sustainability office
- Internationalisation at home/at home in the world
- Building the evidence base (research and data on the carbon footprint of global education, international student attitudes and behaviour, digital vs paper-based marketing collateral)
- Using the SDG framework or international networks to accelerate climate action.
We welcome both innovative and traditional ways of presenting your ideas! You can send us a video (3-7 minutes of length), poster, a digital artwork, infographic or a written description (500-2000 words). All submissions must be in English.
If you would like your submission to be considered for inclusion in the summit, the deadline is midnight on 5 April 2020. We also welcome submissions after that date which may be added to the CANIE resources page or featured during future CANIE events.
Please also provide a profile picture and a short bio (max 100 words).
If you have questions or ideas you would like to discuss before submitting, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips for making good videos: The Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI) at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) has produced two brief videos with tips on how best to film and upload talks.
ProgramThe program for both sessions of the Summit is now available:
Session 1: Thursday, 21 May 2020
The program for Session 1 is available here.
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm AEDT (Melbourne/Sydney)
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm New Zealand Standard Time
To check the time of the sessions in your time zone, click here.
Session 2: Thursday, 21 May 2020 10:00am - 1:00pm PDT
The program for Session 2 is available here.
10.00 am to 1.00 pm Pacific Daylight Time (San Diego/Vancouver)
12.00 noon to 3.00 pm Central Daylight Time (Mexico City/Bogota)
1.00 pm to 4.00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York/Toronto)
To check the time of the sessions in your time zone, click here.
SpeakersCANIE would like to thank all the wonderful speakers and panel chairs who contributed their expertise to the Summit.Karin Fischer
Chronicle of Higher Education Correspondent
Karin Fischer is a journalist who focuses on higher education and a research associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California at Berkeley. She focuses on international education, including American colleges’ activities overseas, the globalization of the college experience, and study abroad.
Her extensive reporting on international-student recruitment and the experience of foreign students in the United States has been collected in a special publication, Chinese Journey: Student Migrations, Family Dreams and What Happens Next. She also writes about U.S. higher education policy and the relationship between colleges and the economy. Her work has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, EdSource, the Washington Monthly, and University World News. She publishes a weekly newsletter on global education, latitude(s).Professor Hans De Wit
Director of the Center for International Higher Education
A globally renowned scholar, Hans de Wit has made his name studying the internationalization of higher education. His research focuses on national and institutional policies, internationalization strategies, misconceptions, and differentiators in postsecondary education around the world. In 2019 he is provided the honorary title of Senior Fellow of the International Association of Universities (IAU), Paris, France.
Before joining the Lynch School as a professor and Director of the Center for International Higher Education, de Wit was Director of the Center for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI) at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy, and taught at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. He served as founding member and president of the European Association for International Education and as founding editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education. He was vice-president International affairs at the University of Amsterdam.Rebecca Hall
Global Lead - International Education, Austrade
Rebecca Hall leads Austrade’s engagement in promoting Australia’s international education sector.
As the Global Lead for Global Education, Rebecca forms part of the Trade and Investment Senior Leadership team, engaging across the Austrade global network and sector.
Prior to joining the Australian Government Rebecca led international education strategy for both the Queensland and Victorian Governments.Corey Peterson has worked at the University of Tasmania since 2009 as the Sustainability Manager charged with advancing a holistic organisational sustainability agenda. He has been on the University of Tasmania Council since 2012 and is President of Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS).
He has also served on the Board of several community organisations, including Sustainable Living Tasmania for ten years (five as President), is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program and has joint Masters Degrees in Environmental Science and Public Administration. He also worked in a science support role over 16 years in Antarctica both on continent and in the marine environment.Thi Nguyen is a Master’s candidate in the International Education Management program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, the USA.
Her interests include internationalization of higher education, international student services, and the intersections between education, migration, and development. Before coming to Middlebury,
Thi studied and worked at the University of California-San Diego as a facilitator of international student support programs, a teaching assistant in first-year academic writing courses, and an undergraduate researcher for a binational education project in Baja California, Mexico. Daniel Obst is President and Chief Executive Officer of AFS Intercultural Programs a global not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with operations in more than 60 countries. AFS provides study abroad, volunteer and intercultural learning opportunities in 98 countries, for 12,000 young people and 10,000 host families annually, supported by 55,000 volunteers around the world. Under Daniel’s leadership, the 100+-year-old organization has developed a transformative new global strategy focused on three mission-driven impact goals: developing active global citizens, globalizing schools and other institutions and expanding access to intercultural education to young people in underserved communities.Anne C. Campbell is an Assistant Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, USA. She conducts research and teaches classes on scholarship programs, international higher education, student mobility, social change, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She also consults for several large international scholarship programs. Before coming to Middlebury, Anne worked at the Open Society Foundations as a scholarship program manager and for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders as an administrator in Haiti. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota (USA) and an M.A. from the University of Nottingham (UK). Professor Robin Shields, Professor of Education, University of Bristol, UK
Robin's research and teaching interests focus on applying new forms of quantitative data collection and analysis (e.g. social media datasets, social network analysis) to study global trends and processes in education. He publishes research across several substantive areas, including higher education internationalization, climate change and higher education, international aid to education, technology and education, and education in conflict-affected contexts. Robin is currently principal investigator on an ESRC-funded study of school management, accountability and learning outcomes in Mumbai and Kathmandu.
He is also co-editor of the Comparative Education Review and has served on the Executive Committee of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE). He received his PhD in Education from UCLA in 2008 and is Professor of Education at the University of Bristol.
In 2019 Robin published a groundbreaking study on greenhouse gas emissions associated with international student mobility on greenhouse gas emissions associated with international student mobility. As the Head of Program Development at Academic Experiences Abroad (AEA), Jamie Andrew has managed, run, and grown AEA’s number of faculty-led programs in 95 countries over the last 5+ years.
With a background in Cultural Sustainability, the Arts, and Education, she loves nothing more than to come up with creative solutions to new challenges.
Her previous professional experience in the non-profit field has instilled in her a commitment to mission-driven work, whether in the private or public sector.Dr Allanah Ryan, Director of Sustainability at Massey University, New Zealand.
She has an academic background in sociology and previously undertook research around the socio-technical aspects of sustainable domestic architecture.
Allanah is interested in finding new ways for the social sciences to work alongside the natural sciences, and design and planning professionals in sustainability-related projects that engage key external stakeholders. Allanah is also keen to pursue new ways for university staff to connect across the Colleges and service units with the aim of creating cross-disciplinary teaching and research that addresses the 'wicked problems' facing the planet and its peoples.Melissa Buerkett is the Director of Partnership Development for Global Experiences. She is a licensed professional counselor and lecturer with a masters degree in Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. Melissa has been working in higher education for several years, counseling, teaching and supervising the internships of college students in New York City and London.Brooke Matta is an Admissions Counselor for Global Experiences.
She has studied abroad in Costa Rica, taught English in Spain and Colombia, and now resides in Maryland.
She holds B.A.s in International Affairs and Sociology, and developed a passion for international education during her time in Costa Rica.Dr Sal Lampkin, Project Manager/SME, Massey University, New Zealand.
Sal has been working with Allanah since August last year. She has been involved in effecting sustainability transformations of culture and practices in private and public sector organisations and communities overseas since 2005.
Her research interests in co-creation, behavioural economics and critical marketing have spanned health, education and sustainability sectors and will be central to the success of embedding approaches bespoke to Massey and cultivating new ways of embracing the opportunities and challenges in the international education arena.
Will van de Pol is the asset management campaigner at Market Forces. Through research, analysis and engagement, Will works with shareholders and super fund members to shift finance away from fossil fuels in order to support the low-carbon transition required to avoid runaway global warming.Dr Hannah McCann is a Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. Hannah’s research is predominantly focused on gender and sexuality, but she has a keen interest in environmental justice and the nexus between the environment and labour movements. She is also an active member of the University of Melbourne National Tertiary Education (NTEU) branch committee, and is one of the co-coordinators of the Climate Justice Network Subcommittee in the union. Janet Ilieva is founder and director of Education Insight, a research consultancy specialising in international higher education. Janet’s research focus is on national policies for higher education engagement, global student mobility and transnational education.
Janet is an advisor to the Philippine - UK Transnational Education Programme run by the British Council and the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines and a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Richmond, The American International University in London.Stephen Connelly is Director of i-graduate Australia, managing that company’s activities in Australia through his independent consulting firm, GlobalEd Services, which specialises in international education.
Stephen has worked in international education for 30 years, including at La Trobe, Swinburne and RMIT universities in senior and executive roles. He studied in Germany in the 1980s and worked in Malaysia in the 1990s.
Stephen was President of IEAA for four years and is Chair of the Finance Committee of the ISEP board of directors, based in Arlington, Virginia. He received the IEAA Distinguished Contribution Award at the 2016 Australian International Education Conference.CJ Tremblay, Global Marketing & Instructional Products and Programs at Paragon Testing Enterprises, Vancouver, Canada
I'm a passionate international education and English-language testing marketer with more than 7 years in the industry (and some years before that working in sports and printing!) and I am an unapologetic supporter of women and of action on climate change.
I’ve spent the last several years of my career in complete awe of the privilege I have in traveling the world and supporting individuals with dreams of studying in and immigrating to Canada. I’m trying to reconcile the immense carbon footprint of those activities with my commitment to leaving the planet in better shape than when I got here and supporting the movement of the Canadian international education industry to do the same!Brett Berquist leads the international team at the University of Auckland, ranked #1 in THE Global Impact ranking measuring universities on SDGs. He has over 25 years’ experience in the sector and has worked in France, the UK, United States, South Korea, and New Zealand leading internationalisation strategies. Brett is enjoying his current flightless life and struggling with the rhythm of zoom meetings. His most recent publication is, Crawford, P. & Berquist, B. (Eds.) (2020). Community Engagement Abroad: Perspectives and practices on service, engagement, and learning overseas. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press. @bberquistEric Leise, Director, International Relations, Black Hills State University. Eric joined Black Hills State University in July 2018 after having served in similar roles at University of Oregon and University of South Dakota. Eric has been active in international education and international mobility since beginning his undergraduate studies at Univ of Calif., Los Angeles, where he studied the politics of European immigration and integration. He carried this interest through to his graduate studies at Georgetown University and again at UCLA where he continued work in comparative immigration laws and policies. Within international education, Eric has led study abroad programming, international student and scholar services, international enrollment management, and English learning programs, and has particular interest in access, equity, and sustainability across these areas. In his free time, Eric lets his dachshunds walk him, hikes, bakes and cooks, reads, and gardens.Dan Smidt, Director, Channel Services & Partnerships, Education New Zealand, NZ. Dan Smidt is Education New Zealand’s Director, Channel Services & Partnerships. He is responsible for leading and managing ENZ’s agent and event teams to increase their impact and to meet the changing needs of students, industry and agents. Additionally, Dan explores and facilitates channel partnership opportunities with third parties.
Dan has previously worked for Immigration New Zealand (INZ) at their Mumbai office where he had day to day responsibility for the management of student visa applications from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh. He has also had roles with INZ based in South Africa, Singapore and Thailand.In his role as Director of Marketing Platforms and Campaigns at Education New Zealand (ENZ), Euan Howden has been a powerful advocate for ENZ’s digital transformation, shifting the government agency from promotional activity to a strategic business focused on data-driven marketing.
In 2019, ENZ won big against New Zealand’s top corporates at the New Zealand Direct Marketing Awards, winning the Nexus Supreme, Grand Prix and Organisation of the Year awards – the first time an organisation won all three top awards in the event’s 33-year history.
Euan was also awarded the prestigious Marketo Global Fearless Marketer for 2019 as well as one of the 2020 Marketo Fearless 50 global marketers and continues to look for new ways to help the New Zealand Education sector compete on the world stage.Jessica Barlow is a Professor in the School of Speech, Language and Hearing at San Diego State University (SDSU), and she is the Executive Director of the SDSU Center for Regional Sustainability, which houses the Sage Project, BrightSide Produce San Diego, and the Social and Economic Vulnerability Initiative. Within the Center, Barlow founded and directs the Sage Project, which partners with local governmental and community organizations in the greater San Diego-Tijuana region via replication of the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) Model. Barlow has led curricular workshops to help faculty in higher education across the US to incorporate concepts of sustainability into their courses. Barlow also serves on the university’s senate sustainability committee and climate action planning council, and she co-leads a study abroad program in Finland that focuses on sustainability and culture. She is a founding board member and currently serves as the Vice President of the EPIC Network.Keiko Ikeda is a Professor in the Division of International Affairs, and KU-COIL Coordinator at Kansai University. Recently, she has taken the role as the principal project manager for the Inter-University Exchange Project funded by MEXT, 2018-2022 ("COIL Plus Program to Develop Global Career Mindset").
She is Vice-Director for the newly established organization at KU, Institute for Innovative Global Education (IIGE). She has a Ph.D. from University of Hawai'i at Manoa, specializing in Japanese linguistics, foreign language education, and conversation analysis.
Her interests in the international education field are internationalization at home, constructing active learning programs collaborating with universities overseas. Keiko also plays a key role in another line of on-going government-funded project, SUCCESS-Osaka Project (2017-2021). It promotes employability of international students who have studied in Japan.Daniel Ponce-Taylor is the Director of Operations and International Development at Intercultural Outreach
Initiative (IOI). For over 15 years Daniel has been deeply involved in the international education field, developing and managing overseas operations in more than 15 countries. As a concerned and committed conservationist, Daniel
has worked to ensure that his involvement in international education
initiatives tackle key local and global conservation and development issues.
As the co-chair for the NAFSA
Sustainability SIG, Daniel hopes to engage NAFSA members in productive, critical, and innovative discussions to ensure the field of International Higher Education and Global Student mobility take into account sustainability issues as a critical and central part of their design and implementation.Ailsa Lamont is a co-founder of CANIE. and Director of Pomegranate Global, a company dedicated to helping the education sector to operate more sustainably.
She has 30 years of experience in international education, economic development, and social innovation. She has led international office teams as Pro Vice-Chancellor International and Social Innovation at CQUniversity Australia, as Executive Director International at RMIT University in Melbourne where she headed up Australia’s largest international student program and in various roles, including International Director at James Cook University in Queensland.Eddie West, Assistant Dean, International Strategy and Programs, San Diego State University, USA, World Campus
I've worked the better part of 20 years to promote international student mobility. But in recent years I've found myself reckoning with serious cognitive dissonance, knowing full well that student, faculty and staff air travel whose CO2 emissions aren't offset are exacerbating the climate crisis humankind faces.
I'm thankful to be a part of CANIE's work to raise awareness about the need for bold action.Dr Pii-Tuulia Nikula, Senior Lecturer, EIT, New Zealand
Kia ora! I am an international education management & policy scholar from New Zealand. Besides academic publishing and teaching, I engage actively with practitioners in order to enhance the research-practice dialogue. Lately, I have focussed on the climate crisis and its solutions.
By collaboration, we can initiate more climate action across the international education sector. By 2025, I am hoping to see reduced emissions, climate savvy learners and a commitment from the sector and institutional leaders to tackle climate crisis.
RegistrationsRegistrations to participate in the virtual International Education Climate Action Summit 2020 are open now. Please note: you will need to create an account with Zoom to be able to register. Zoom is the technology platform that will be used, and we are managing registrations using it.
Session One has been timed to fit into standard business hours in most parts of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and Asia. It will run for 3 hours on Thursday, 21 May:Click here to register for Session One.
Session Two has been timed to fit into standard business hours across the Americas. It will run for 3 hours on Thursday 21 May:
Sponsors and Partners
SponsorsCANIE acknowledges with thanks the support of our event sponsors: Education New Zealand, the University of Auckland, and the Climate Reality Collaboration Fund which is a collaborative initiative between The Climate Reality Project Australia and Pacific and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (Melbourne).
PartnersCANIE also acknowledges with thanks the support of our event partners and supporters: Swinburne University of Technology, IEAA, The International Education Association of Australia, EduKudu and CAPS-I/ACEP-I, the Canadian Association of Public Schools - International/Association canadienne des écoles publiques - International.