November Speaker Series
International Education in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond
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International education programs, such as study abroad programs and student exchanges, expanded out of a growing need for cross-cultural understanding and a rapidly globalizing society. Increasingly accessible and appealing to students around the world, these programs attempted to bridge cultural gaps and expose students to new languages, foods, and cultural norms. However, these types of immersive international education opportunities have been significantly disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
New travel limitations and restrictions, coupled with the onset of a worldwide economic crisis, have severely impeded students’ ability to participate in international education programs. In the near term, students can no longer travel to foreign nations, and immerse themselves in the rich histories, traditions and peoples of other countries. However, significant opportunities still exist for students to learn and explore cultures throughout the world. The questions surrounding the future of international education are plentiful, complex, and provide opportunities for creativity, critical thinking and problem solving. A panel of speakers will discuss the present challenges, and future opportunities of these important programs, and will address some of the most prominent questions in international education systems.
Jeffrey Scott Conradi, Associate Director, Center for International Business Education -Temple University
Jeffrey joined the Fox School of Business International Programs team in January of 2015. His primary role in the office is to manage activities associated with the CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research) program hosted at Fox, which is supported by a grant from the United States Department of Education. The grant funds research and programming to promote US economic competitiveness. Jeffrey studied abroad in both Mexico and Costa Rica and as undergraduate. In his career working in higher education spanning over 13 years, Jeffrey has supported thousands of students to pursue their dreams of studying abroad. Specifically at Fox, Jeffrey has been the administrative leader for programs in Israel, Western Europe, and Australia. Jeffrey has also served as adjunct faculty for a graduate course titled “Sustainable Tourism Development” at Temple University’s School for Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management. Jeffrey is a Board Member for Profugo, a community development non-profit which partners with the population of rural Valat, Kerala, India.
Stephanie Vogel, Director of Programs, Citizen Diplomacy International
Stephanie Vogel is the Director of Programs for Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia where she designs and implements exchange programs that connect Philadelphia with the world. These programs include the International Visitor Leadership Program, Philadelphia’s Sister Cities Program, Fulbright Program, and the Mandela Fellows Program, among others. In the summer of 2020, Stephanie helped to create and implement an international virtual student exchange called How to Succeed as an Innovator. Having been raised on three continents, including Philadelphia’s Sister City of Frankfurt, Germany, Stephanie is eager to make a global impact. She has a background in international sports marketing and building coalitions in social movements.
4:20 p.m. Registered Guests Asked to Log-on
4:30 p.m. Welcome Remarks and Opening Remarks from Panelists
4:55 p.m. Moderated Discussion
5:15 p.m. Audience Q&A
5:30 p.m. Conclusion