Internationalization: A Critical Antidote to Global Disruption Cultivating Global Collaborations and Partnerships in Our New Normal

Posted August 11, 2021

Internationalization: A Critical Antidote to Global Disruption

Cultivating Global Collaborations and Partnerships in Our New Normal

Participants and Viewers Can Use Our Collaboration Tool to Find Potential Exchange Partners in the Pacific

Notes from the Breakout Rooms

After a year of no travel, the introductions of vaccines, and glimpses of upcoming mobility, uncertainty still persists for educational exchange in the Pacific region. Yet many institutions are pioneering programs and strategies that can help students, schools, and businesses of all types who want to reap the benefits of international exchange. There are new opportunities for collaboration and concrete ways to blaze a new path. But who can you collaborate with? Come join the session to find potential partners and learn new ways of collaboration.

This session will pair attendees based on a questionnaire with a representative from an institution that works in the region. These institutions, The University of Auckland, The University of Hawaii, and Northern Arizona University, fit a compatible profile and have had great success in building exciting exchange opportunities in the Pacific region. Launching quickly into a breakout session, attendees will have the opportunities to see examples of strategies for collaboration and cutting-edge programs. Right then and there we will begin a conversation to see how collaboration can happen. After this targeted incubation session, we will gather together to discuss what we learned. The session will be followed up with a survey, a networking tool, and an online guide to help guide and continue the collaboration that begins in this webinar.

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.


Samantha Juster

Samantha Juster took up her posting as the Head of Public Engagement at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia in June 2021. Prior to Australia, Samantha completed tours as a consular officer in Accra, Ghana and in Shanghai, China. Before joining the State Department, Samantha was an analyst at the Asia Group. Samantha is a graduate of American University and is a Fulbright Taiwan alumna.

Tarcisius Kabutaulaka

Tarcisius Kabutaulaka is an associate professor at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He was educated in Solomon Islands, Fiji and Australia and previously worked at the East-West Center and the University of the South Pacific. He is from Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands.

Ainslie Moore

Ainslie Moore is the Deputy Director International for the University of Auckland. She has over twenty years’ experience in international education in universities, peak bodies and government in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. She holds degrees in public policy and public relations and is passionate about the benefits of international education for students and society.

Holly Wheeler

Holly Wheeler is the Assistant Director of Education Abroad at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. She advises students on study abroad opportunities in Asia, manages faculty-led programming, and has recently focused on diversity in study abroad through increasing Indigenous and Asian American student mobility. Prior to joining NAU, she was a Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistant to New Delhi, India (2016-2017). She graduated with an B.A. in Anthropology and Psychology from the University of Wyoming and an M.A. in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University researching second language acquisition and intercultural competence during study abroad.

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