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Global Education Forum

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Internationalization of Higher Education | Spring 2016 Panel Photo by Jeff Watts

Please join us for the next Global Education Forum on October 19, 2016 at American University. The topic will be Migration and Education.


About the Global Education Forum

The Global Education Forum (GEF) has two aims. First, we focus on identifying the most pressing issues in education globally, as reported by renowned experts from academia, public policy, government and the non-profit sector across the globe. Second, we examine whether and how undergraduate and graduate student education and training should change in order to prepare students to address these issues.

The GEF defines education broadly—including formal, informal, and experiential settings in schools and outside the classroom. We focus on traditional educational topics such as access, equity, and achievement, and also on education as it relates to such global concerns as public health, extremism, and the environment.  

Each semester, the GEF hosts a panel discussion of 4-5 renowned experts in the field of education, broadly defined. The panelists are asked to share their expertise and opinions each in response to two questions:

  1. What do you think is the most pressing issue or challenge in education globally? and
  2. What do universities need to do to prepare graduates to better address this issue or challenge? 

Over time, the GEF aims to become a place where conventions are challenged and innovations are born.

Fall 2016 Panelists | Migration and Education

Jesus Cisneros

Jesus Cisneros

Jesus Cisneros is an assistant professor of College Student Personnel Services and Administration at the University of Central Arkansas. He was born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, and migrated to the U.S. at the age of six. He earned his Ph.D. in Education Policy and Evaluation from Arizona State University, a M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University, and dual B.A. degrees in Journalism and Mass Communications and Foreign Languages from New Mexico State University.

Jesus currently serves on the board for United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization, and is cofounder of DREAMzone, a socially embedded knowledge mobilization initiative that provides higher education professionals, school leaders, and pre-service educator training programs with knowledge, skills and resources for effectively responding to the presence and needs of undocumented students at institutions of higher education. Through research and practice, he has taken a visible stance to increase awareness of LGBT immigrants’ experiences within the context of the U.S.

Johanna Schuster-Craig

Johanna Schuster-Craig

Johanna Schuster-Craig is an Assistant Professor of German and Global Studies at Michigan State University. Her research looks at German integration policies which aim to incorporate immigrants and refugees into the nation, and uses fieldwork methods with social work organizations in Germany to observe how local residents negotiate these policies.

Suzana Velasco


Suzana Velasco

Suzana Velasco is a Brazilian journalist with a Master in International Relations from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro. She is a former German Chancellor Fellow (2014-2015) of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation with the project "Narratives of Turkish Migration in Berlin", which is going to be published as a book in Brazil in 2017. Her Master's work about the securitization of migration in the European Union was awarded as the best thesis of 2011 by the Brazilian Association of International Relations (ABRI) and published as a book in 2014. Suzana Velasco has worked for ten years at the daily newspaper O Globo and currently researches about new refugees in Brazil.

Chengzhi Yin

Chengzhi Yin

Chengzhi Yin is the executive director of Master's of Development Practice (MDP) Program and an associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University, China. He teaches the course of Urbanization & Social Development for MPA and MDP students. He is also the Tsinghua faculty who is responsible for the Global Classroom: Foundations of Sustainable Development Practices. His research interests include urban and regional planning as well as town and country planning management. He is particularly interested in development regulation in urban and rural development. Mr.Yin holds two Ph. D. degrees. One is Ph.D. in human geography from Peking University, China. The other is PhD is in urban planning from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He is also a German Chancellor Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.


Please contact:

Ms. Ophira Bansal
ITEP Program Coordinator
School of Education

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The Spring 2016 panel brought together practitioners, academic scholars, and students to discuss issues of race and inequality in primary, secondary and higher education in the US and globally. Click here to view the video from February 23, 2016.

Internationalization of Higher Education

Panelists who work and conduct research comparing global aspects of higher education systems in Germany, the US, Canada, Luxembourg, and Qatar discussed pressing educational challenges related to the global impact of internationalization of higher education, October 27, 2015.

Education and Extremism

The Spring 2015 GEF focused on Educational challenges in confronting extremist groups and movements, March 19, 2015.

Gender, Violence and Education

The Second Global Education Forum discussed a range of settings where gendered violence persists and help strategize ways that we might all address these challenges, October 6, 2014.

Global Education Community

The Inaugural Global Education Forum focused on traditional educational topics, such as access, equity, and achievement, and also on education as it relates to such global concerns as public health, extremism, and the environment, April 22, 2014.