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ACE2019 to Highlight Global Perspectives

February 04, 2019


​Higher education leaders from across the globe will gather at ACE2019, ACE’s 101st Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, to engage in open dialogue and share solutions for tackling higher education issues. ACE2019 sessions and speakers will cover a wide range of topics, and a number will be of particular interest to higher education internationalization leaders.

The nation’s premier higher education event, ACE2019 will take place March 9-12. Register today to participate in these and many other sessions: 

International Welcome and Networking Reception
Saturday, March 9, 5-6:00 p.m. 

This reception, open to all attendees and sponsored by the International Association of University Presidents, will welcome international participants and kick off the meeting’s internationally focused sessions. 

International Students: Institutional Strategies in Difficult Times
Sunday, March 10, 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Sponsored by Navitas, this concurrent will explore the myriad ways international students enrich our campuses, including contributing to a vibrant, diverse campus culture and offering a global perspective to our classrooms. However, the United States has experienced a decline in new international student enrollments for three consecutive years. This session will examine the latest enrollment data for international students, discuss the federal efforts around security and changes to visa policy, and show how colleges and universities can respond to this challenge.

The concurrent will be moderated by Brian Stevenson, CEO and president of University Partnerships, North America, Navitas. Panelists include: 

  • Edward Ramotowski, deputy assistant secretary of state, U.S. Department of State
  • Rajika Bhandari, senior advisor, research and strategy, Institute of International Education
  • Timothy Killeen, president, University of Illinois

Democracy, Civic Engagement, and Citizenship in Higher Education: A Global Perspective
Sunday, March 10, 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Colleges and universities are essential for building a culture of civic participation, providing a forum for balanced political debate, and supplying evidence-based solutions to the most pressing problems facing society. At the same time, in a global comparison across democracies, The Economist has downgraded the United States from a “full democracy” to a “flawed democracy.” During a time when higher education is under pressure to meet twenty-first-century workforce needs, strong leadership is critical for reigniting the public mission to strengthen democracy worldwide. This session will recount how our institutions are working toward achieving this goal and is sponsored by USA-UES.

Moderated by ACE Senior Vice President Philip Rogers, the concurrent will also feature the following panelists: 

  • David Wilson, president, Morgan State University (MD)
  • Jonathan Alger, president, James Madison University (VA)
  • Katrina Rogers, president, Fielding Graduate University (CA)
  • Lesley Wilson, secretary general, European University Association

See here for a full list of concurrent sessions.

For the sixth consecutive year, a large delegation of presidents and other senior executives from Mexico and other parts of Latin America will attend ACE2019. Their participation is being sponsored by Santander Universidades/Universia as part of a strategic partnership with ACE.

Visit the ACE2019​ website for additional information and to register. Join the conversation on Twitter at #ACE2019Philly.

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