All sectors Keynote Presentation

Connecting people to change the world: International education and protectionist global environments


Wed 23 August 2017 9:45 am - 10:30 am

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Dr Esther Brimmer

For decades the global international education community has helped millions forge connections, gain new experiences, and expand horizons. Yet our industry is facing new challenges to the movement of students, academics and professionals across borders and the acceptance of those individuals within our communities.

Against the context of global developments and media coverage, how can international educators continue to convey welcoming messages to prospective international students? How can we work within our communities to foster inclusivity, diversity and intercultural understanding? And how can we ensure we advance international education for the benefit of all – both now and for the future?

In this keynote address, Dr Esther Brimmer, Chief Executive of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, will explore the ways in which international educators must build bridges across professional and political lines to keep our societies open and welcoming. Drawing on recent developments in the United States, Dr Brimmer will outline the initiatives being undertaken by the NAFSA community to foster increased support for international education and will suggest a framework for action that can be applied by international educators the world over.

“We have overcome challenges before and we will persist. Working across our various fields of expertise and with a range of partners we will defend and advance international education for the benefit of students, scholars and society. Let’s establish connections, not borders.”