What Does the Future Hold for International Higher Education? A Conversation with Educators in Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, and the United States

Posted November 3, 2020

What Does the Future Hold for International Higher Education?

A Conversation with Educators in Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, and the United States

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 Australia, Fiji, New Zealand 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.

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 Fulbright Finland Foundation, and the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). 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.

The webinar will be recorded and made available after the event.

This 90-minute conversation will be moderated by Dr. Darla Deardorff, Executive Director, AIEA


  • Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice Chancellor USP (ISEP Member)
  • Melissa Banks, Head of International Centre of Excellence, Austrade
  • Lisa Futschek, General Manager. Education New Zealand
  • Gil Latz, Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs, Ohio State
  • Joanna Regulska, Vice Provost and Dean, Global Affairs at UC Davis

Moderator & Speaker bios:

Dr. Darla K. Deardorff

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

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.

Derrick Armstrong

Professor Derrick Armstrong is Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, Innovation and International at the University of the South Pacific. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of London together with a Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Lancaster. He also holds a Graduate Certificate awarded by the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Prior to coming to USP in May this year he held senior management roles at The University of Sydney where he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Registrar) (2008-2013); Deputy Provost and Pro-Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching (2006-2009); and, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work (2005-2008). Before moving to Australia he was Professor at the University of Sheffield in the UK where he co-directed the University Centre for Childhood and Youth and was Director of the national Research Priority Network ‘Pathways Into and Out of Crime’. Between 1996 and 2001 he was Director of the University of Sheffield’s Caribbean Programme, spending a significant time working in that region. In 2013 he was awarded the position of Professor Emeritus at the University of Sydney. During his career he has held positions on a number of Company Boards as well as national advisory roles in higher education. Professor Armstrong has published 9 books as well as 150 journal articles and papers.

Melissa Banks

Melissa Banks is the Head of International Education Centre of Excellence, Austrade, providing national industry leadership and stakeholder engagement to drive innovation, collaboration and capability development.

An experienced leader, Melissa brings a rich background in international education spanning 30 years and including multiple education sectors. She was most recently the Pro Vice Chancellor International at James Cook University.

Throughout her career she has contributed to international research forums to advance the international education sector in Australia, including as the most recent antecedent President of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA).

Melissa is a recipient of the prestigious Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of International Education (IEAA) and was recently identified as a key influencer of change and innovation in the Australian Higher Education sector.

Lisa Futschek

Lisa joined ENZ in 2013 after an 18-year diplomatic career with MFAT which included five years as the Deputy Head of Mission at the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin, and three years as First Secretary and Consul at the New Zealand Embassy in Santiago.

At ENZ Lisa has spearheaded initiatives such as the Generation Study Abroad and Go Overseas scholarships, Game on English, and she has championed the development of local language and tailored marketing materials. Her 40-strong team leads ENZ’s internationalisation efforts through influence, insights and reciprocal partnerships.

One thing many people don’t know is that she is a trained television director and a graduate of the University of Otago and the University of Auckland. Lisa and her husband Regan are based in Wellington (NZ) and have two teenagers, a son and a daughter, studying at high school.

Gil Latz

Gil Latz is vice provost for global strategies and international affairs and professor of geography, The Ohio State University. This appointment includes serving as President, Ohio State University Global Gateway Network overseeing offices in Shanghai, Mumbai and Sao Paulo.

Latz is broadly interested in the internationalization of higher education in the United States and Asia. His research career has focused on comparative study of regional development and resource management policy in East Asia, North America and Europe. He currently researches the role played by philanthropy and civic leadership in Japan’s modernization process.

Latz holds a BA (1974) from Occidental College, majoring in Religious Studies and English Literature. He earned graduate degrees (MA (1978); PhD (1985) in geography from the University of Chicago. He was a graduate research student at the University of Tokyo as part of his dissertation field work on 20th century agricultural development policy (1980-84). In 2001-02, he was a Fulbright research affiliated scholar at the University of Florence studying the conservation of cultural landscapes.

Latz’s national leadership includes service as: president, Association of International Education Administrators (2015-2017); senior associate for internationalization, American Council on Education (2016- ); and advisory board member, US-Japan Higher Education Engagement Study (2019-21).

Joanna Regulska, Ph.D.

Joanna Regulska is the vice provost and dean - Global Affairs at the University of California, Davis, where she also is a professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.

For more than three decades Regulska has led large-scale programs that have transformed institutions, established collaborative partnerships, and substantially improved globally focused services for students, faculty, and staff—and has raised more than $9 million in public and private project support.

At UC Davis, Regulska oversees Global Affairs, the university’s central global office, where among several initiatives, she is leading two visionary priorities: striving to provide all students with valuable global learning experiences before graduation through a campus goal of Global Education for All; and strengthening the university’s global research, education and engagement efforts through Global Centers. In 2019, she was honored as the first-ever recipient of the Senior International Officer (SIO) Award from the Institute of International Education (IIE).

As Rutgers University’s first vice president for international and global affairs, Regulska led a major effort to build the first centralized office: the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs. In 2014, Rutgers earned NAFSA’s Senator Paul Simon Award for comprehensive internationalization. In 2013, Regulska received the Fulbright U.S.-Korea International Education Administrator Award. Regulska founded the Local Democracy Partnership Program and serves on the Founder Board of The Foundation in Support of Local Democracy, the largest NGO in Poland. In recognition of her work, the President of Poland awarded Regulska the Cavalier Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (1996), the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Restitution of the Republic of Poland (2004), and the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2014).

A respected scholar, Regulska’s research concentrates on women’s political activism, grassroots mobilization, decentralization, democracy and democratization, with a focus on Europe and the Caucasus. She is the author or co-author of eight books, author of over 100 articles, chapters and reviews, and member of numerous advisory boards.

A commitment to diversity, social justice, and the empowerment of women led Regulska to establish graduate degree programs in gender studies at the Central European University (Hungary) and Tbilisi State University (Georgia).

Regulska earned her master’s degree from the University of Warsaw, Poland and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received a Doctor Honoris Causa from Tbilisi State University, Georgia (2011).

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