Internationalization Summit

The 2021 Internationalization Summit

Sustaining Internationalization: The Next Decade of Global Engagement

Friday 16 April 2021

10:00 AM TO 4:00 PM MDT // 16:00-22:00 GMT

The 2021 Internationalization Summit will be a free live-streamed online event on Friday, April 16, 2021.

Thank you to those who registered for the 2021 Internationalization Summit. We invite all who could not attend live or who wish to revisit to view the recordings of the sessions. Recordings of the sessions are available on the 2021 Internationalization Summit Playlist

About the Event


The Internationalization Summit is intended to be a forum for scholars, students, and members of the academic community to engage in meaningful conversation, connect, share practices, and present emerging research relating to the internationalization of higher education.

Registration & Attending the Summit

The 2021 Internationalization Summit will be a free live-streamed online event on Friday, April 16, 2021. All members of academic institutions and related academic community (faculty, staff, administrators, graduate, and undergraduate students) are encouraged to participate and attend the summit. Upon registration, you will receive access information.

With the event now passed, you may revisit the recordings of the sessions here.


Download the full program for the 2021 DU virtual Internationalization Summit.

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Schedule for April 16, 2021

Draft schedule subject to change

10:00 am - Opening Remarks & Welcome

  • Jeremy Haefner - Chancellor, University of Denver
  • Uttiyo Raychaudhuri - Vice Provost for Internationalization, University of Denver

10:10 am - Keynote Address


  • Himanshu Rai - Director, Indian Institute of Management Indore

10:40 am - Panel: Sustainable development - education in the face of global crises

2020 ushered in a novel and significant crisis for education in ways and speed that few systems, structures, and peoples were prepared to face. However, through the crisis of the pandemic, new opportunities or even imperatives come into focus; including those which address the ongoing global crises such as climate change, social injustice, and deepening political divisions. This panel will join experts in global higher education, inclusive and collaborative online international learning, digital student engagement, and international student trends to discuss how crises have brought new opportunities for sustainable development in education.


  • Anthony Ogden - Managing Partner at Gateway International Group
  • Samantha Martin - Founder & CEO, Via TRM
  • Lynette Jacobs - Professor, Comparative and International Education, University of the Free State
  • Rahul Choudaha - Director, Research Communications & Insights, GMAC

Moderator: Uttiyo Raychaudhuri

11:40 am - Break

11:45 am - DU Reflection: what does global learning look like for you?

11:50 am - Panel: Global Learning - A foundation for sustainable development

Global learning provides a foundation to understand and analyze complex problems that transcend national borders with collaborative solutions. By integrating global learning into curricular and co-curricular experiences, educators can support the development of a global mindset in students. Intended attributes of such a mindset include engaging collaboratively and ethically with humility toward promoting sustainable development, human rights, equity and inclusion. With experts in global and intercultural learning, indigenous knowledge systems, and entrepreneurship, this panel will explore how global learning can sustainably engage students in advancing scholarly inquiry, cultivating critical and creative thought, and generating knowledge within their various communities.


  • Stephanie Doscher - Director, Collaborative Online International Learning, Florida International University
  • Steven Duke - Associate Vice President, P-16 Initiatives, University of Nebraska
  • Nceba Gqaleni - Research Professor, African Traditional Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal; Faculty Member, Africa Health Research Institute
  • Joshua Ross - Assistant Professor & Director, Office of Entrepreneurship, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver

Moderator: Casey Dinger

12:50 pm - Break

12:55 pm - Leadership in Internationalization Award Recognition

1:00 pm - Keynote: University of Denver 2021 Margolin Distinguished Lecturer

Speaker: Karin Fischer, Senior Writer on Internationalization for The Chronicle of Higher Education

Moderator: Lynn Schofield Clark

1:45 pm - Break

1:50 pm - Partner Reflection: What is the future of internationalization?

1:55 pm - Panel: Where to now? Future directions for sustaining global engagement

This panel explores the key directions for the future of internationalization in the next decade. The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, deep political divisions, civil unrest, climate change, and the pervasive and ongoing inequities around the world has changed the landscape and drivers of truly comprehensive internationalization. Joined by experts in US immigration policy; international student mobility; sustainability; and Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, this panel will provide insight and inspiration on the future directions for sustainable global engagement in the 2020s.


  • Miriam Feldblum - Co-Founder & Executive Director, Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration
  • Scott Blair - Affiliate, Gateway Interational Group, LLC
  • Melissa Torres - President & CEO, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • Andrew Gordon - CEO & Founder, Diversity Abroad

Moderator: Levi Lindsey

2:55 pm - Closing Remarks

  • Mary Clark - Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor, University of Denver
  • Uttiyo Raychaudhuri - Vice Provost for Internationalization, University of Denver

3:00 pm - Breakout Discussion & Refection

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Related Reading

Following Hans de Wit and Fiona Hunter's amendment of Jane Knight's work, we define internationalization as: "the intentional process of integrating an international, intercultural or global dimension into the purpose, functions and delivery of post-secondary education, in order to enhance the quality of education and research for all students and staff, and to make a meaningful contribution to society" (source). 

Click here for an introductory reading on the broad concept of Internationalizing Higher Education through the lens of comprehensive internationalization as proposed by John Hudzik of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA, 2011).

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Past Internationalization Summits

2019: Decolonizing Internationalization: Critical Views on International Education & Global Narratives of Nationalism

Keynote speakers: 

  • Deepak Unnikrishnan, Author (Temporary People), New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Professor Langa Khumalo, University of KwaZulu-Natal
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2018: What’s with a border? Inter/national engagement in a troubled world

Keynote speakers:

  • Armando Vazquez-Ramos, California State University
  • Norma Zondo, University of KwaZulu-Natal
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2017: Refugees, Migration and the Internationalization of Higher Education

Keynote speakers:

  • Rasha Faek, Al-Fanar Media
  • Masha Gessen, Journalist and Author
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2016: Cultivating Multiple Perspectives at Home and Abroad

Keynote speaker:

  • Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, NPR International Correspondent
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2015: Internationalization @ Home

Keynote speaker:

  • David Fearn, University of Glasgow
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2014: Defining Internationalization for DU

Keynote speaker:

  • Richard Stenelo, Lund University
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