BCCIE: Megatrends and Global Issues in International Education

Conference theme for British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) Summer Conference for 2018 is “Things we should be talking about in International Education.” This theme prompts us to reflect on “what we think we are doing, and why, by poking holes in some of the assumptions embedded in International Education, by looking at things we are talking about, by suggesting things we should be talking about.”

It asserts that “Our sector casts a long shadow and there may be other things we should be talking about:…our culling of the top economic strata from the global South’s burgeoning middle classes (our emerging markets) to fill our classrooms, quotas and coffers; our wilful ignorance of the demography and elitism of study abroad, building programs and pedestals for the 1% to springboard their careers. There are uncomfortable conversations to be had to be sure.”

I am will be presenting a Thought Leadership session on “Preparing for the Impact of Megatrends on International Education.” It will focus on the impact of megatrends on higher education institutions, especially in high-income countries, and how they approach global education strategies.

I am also honored to join a Global Issues Panel on emerging issues and solutions in internationalization of higher education with following leaders:

  • Randall Martin, Executive Director, BC Council for International Education (moderator)
  • Markus Badde, CEO, ICEF GmbH
  • Darla Deardorff, Executive Director, Association of International Education Administrators
  • Markus Laitinen, President, European Association for International Education


Glad to part of the Global Issues panel with thought-provoking questions from #intled #globaled professionals @BCCIE #BCCIE2018 –discussed big themes of immigration policies, access, diversity, capacity, and demand-supply mismatch #highered #highereducation https://t.co/pWP40mr18k

— Rahul Choudaha, PhD (@DrEducationBlog) June 19, 2018

– Rahul Choudaha