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Webinar to launch the report: Moving minds: Opportunities and challenges for virtual student mobility in a post-pandemic world

28 February, 2022 hora: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Date and time: Monday 28 February 2022, 10:00 – 11:30 (UTC -4, Caracas)

Format: Zoom webinar.

Open to all; prior registration is required.


Languages: English/Spanish/International sign language, with simultaneous interpretation


Webinar objectives

This webinar is being organized to launch a major new UNESCO IESALC report on the future of student mobility. The report lays out how the incredible creativity and innovation that has been shown in higher education during the pandemic to ensure students can continue to benefit from cross-cultural exchange using technology could be harnessed and further developed so that student mobility becomes possible not only physically but through virtual modalities.

The report being launched is informed by 14 case studies of virtual student mobility activities that have been implemented by 73 higher education institutions and higher education alliances across 38 countries in all world regions. Based on the case studies, the report offers a series of recommendations for incorporating virtual student mobility as an additional form of student mobility that can play a critical role in reshaping higher education internationalization in the post-pandemic landscape. 

This series of practical recommendations is targeted at the different groups for whom virtual student mobility should be an important consideration: students; those who develop and implement virtual student mobility (e.g., faculty members, International Office staff); decision-makers (e.g., HEI leaders, HE alliances, governments); and funders (e.g., governments, NGOs).


Monday 28 February 2022

Times shown are UTC -4 (Caracas); please check your local time zone

10:00 – 10:10 Welcoming remarks

Francesc Pedró, Director, UNESCO IESALC

10:10 – 10:25 Launch of the report Moving minds: Opportunities and challenges for virtual student mobility in a post-pandemic world

Emma Sabzalieva, Takudzwa Mutize and Clarisa Yerovi, Research & Analysis team, UNESCO IESALC

10:25 – 11:05 Virtual student mobility in practice

A global conversation with universities, colleges and higher education alliances implementing virtual student mobility programs

  • Gabriela Gerón Piñón, Director of Partnerships, Innovation, and Communications, Hemispheric University Consortium
  • Janine Knight-Grofe, Manager, International Education, Durham College, Canada
  • Phuong Nguyen, International Relations Coordinator, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam/Passage to ASEAN Association
  • Neelakshi C. Premawardhena, Director, Centre for International Affairs, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
  • Miguel Rodríguez, Director, Internationalization, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina
11:05 – 11:25 Question and answer session (English/Spanish)
11:25 – 11:30 Closing and participant photo



28 February, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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