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IAU Webinar Series on the Future of Higher Education


The International Association of Universities, in collaboration with several partners and Members, is pleased to offer a series of free webinars on the Future of Higher Education.

UPCOMING WEBINARS

➨ A QUESTION OF QUALITY: WHAT IS A GOOD UNIVERSITY?

Tuesday, 13 April 2021 | 2:30 pm CET (Paris time, UTC +2)

Quality in higher education is a blurred concept that can be interpreted in different ways. Next to quality in research and teaching, one may ask for instance about the quality of a university in relation to the community it serves. What about the social, democratic, ethical quality of a university? How do you define the quality of a curriculum? Is it the breadth and integration of local and global knowledge? In what ways does the university lend quality to the socio-economic and cultural context it operates in? What about the university’s capacity to respond to that context?
Reaching beyond a debate on rankings and the indicators they employ, this webinar asks university leaders how they define quality for their own universities and make it part of their leadership agenda.

- Panelists:

- Moderator:

  • Andreas Corcoran, Deputy Secretary-General, IAU.

- Q&A and Closing Remarks:

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➨ HIGHER EDUCATION’S RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: BUILDING A MORE SUSTAINABLE AND DEMOCRATIC FUTURE

Wednesday, 21 April 2021 | 2:30 pm UTC (4:30 pm CET)

As higher education across the world begins to think of life after COVID, we need to rethink what the purpose and philosophy of our universities are, or should be, because a return to the status quo ante is neither possible nor desirable. ’Business as usual’ will not be adequate to deal with the weaknesses shown up in our systems, nor will it really be able to rise to the challenges posed by a post-COVID world.

On the positive side, the response by universities to the pandemic has demonstrated the deep well of creativity, engagement, and solidarity that exists within them. We need to capture that emerging spirit and create the conditions for a new, more democratic, inclusive and networked university to emerge. Just like the pandemic, that project will necessarily be an international one; it will also need to involve all university stakeholders, not only managers but also all staff and, of course, the students.

- MC:
Joanna Ozarowska, Programme Manager, DCU in the Community.

- Introduction of Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris, by DCU President Prof Daire Keogh.
- Address by Minister Harris.
- Symposium facilitated by Prof Ronnie Munck.

- Panellists:

- Q&A

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WEBINAR RECORDINGS

➨ CHANGING DYNAMICS IN ACADEMIC PUBLISHING | 30 March 2021

Session co-hosted by IAU and Center for International Higher Education, Boston College.

This webinar will focus on the “practical” impact of the dramatic changes affecting academic publishing in recent years (e.g. "open access” and its implications, changes to the role and composition of editorial boards and peer reviewers, increased competition and commercialization, and the resulting rise in predatory journals). The panel will discuss these changes from the perspective of editors, publishers and researchers, with a particular focus on those located in the global south.

- Panellists:

  • Jeroen Huisman, Editor, Higher Education Policy.
  • William M. Breichner, Journals Publisher, Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Ibrahim Oanda, Senior Program Officer, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).

- Moderator:

  • Gerardo Blanco, Associate Professor & Academic Director, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College.

- Q&A:

  • Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, HE and Internationalization Policy and Projects, IAU.


➨ TAKING CHARGE NOW: A PIVOTAL YEAR FOR HIGHER EDUCATION AND AGENDA 2030 | 23 March 2021

Universities are the key to healthier, greener, fairer and more inclusive societies – in short, to ensuring a better future for us all. Their response to the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the crucial impact they have through teaching and research on key issues, and their engagement with local communities.

2021 is a critical year for higher education. As nations start to plan their recovery from the pandemic, there is a danger that higher education budgets will be cut – putting at risk not just an inclusive and sustainable post-COVID recovery, but also the entire education ecosystem and progress against the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In times of crisis, cooperation is more crucial than ever. The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), and the International Association of Universities (IAU) are working in partnership to advocate for higher education and its role for sustainable development at the highest levels.

This coalition of three global associations – representing more than 2,000 institutions across more than 140 countries – is calling on the sector to come together to champion, defend, and support higher education. Watch this session to find out more about how higher education institutions are engaged with sustainable development.

- Association Perspectives:

- University Perspectives:

  • Myriam Moïse, Secretary-General, Universities Caribbean; Associate Professor, Université des Antilles, Martinique.
  • Francis Aduol, Vice-Chancellor, Technical University of Kenya.


➨ HIGHER EDUCATION’S RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: BUILDING A MORE SUSTAINABLE AND DEMOCRATIC FUTURE | 16 March 2021

Session co-organised by the Council of Europe, the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy, and IAU.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a watershed. Higher education had to react rapidly and make daunting decisions on how to reorganise teaching, learning, and research, as well as other activities. Institutions needed to take account of the health and safety of students and staff as well as of the approach established by public authorities for addressing the sudden health crisis. Beyond this immediate response, higher education must play a major role in helping to shape a better, more equitable and just post-COVID world.

To better understand “Higher education’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic”, the Council of Europe has published a book, co-edited by representatives from the Council, the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy, and the IAU, describing the various ways in which higher education is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is designed to help universities, specifically their staff, students, and partners, contribute to a more sustainable and democratic future. Authors who contributed to the book are the webinar panelists. Learn More and get a copy of the book.

- Panellists:

  • Ligia Deca, Presidential Adviser to the President of Romania, Department of Education and Research.
  • Paul Pribbenow, President, Augsburg University, USA.
  • Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor, Makerere University, Uganda.
  • Naoto Yoshikawa, Vice Chancellor for Global Initiatives, Tokai University.

- Moderator:

  • Sjur Bergan, Head of the Education Department, Council of Europe.

- Q&A:

- Closing Remarks:

  • Ira Harkavy, Associate Vice President and Founding Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania; Chair, International Consortium.

Please read the closing remarks here.


➨ THE DIGITAL DIMENSION: INNOVATIONS IN TEACHING AND LEARNING | 9 March 2021

The pandemic has unexpectedly accelerated the digital transformation of higher education around the world. Is the increased use of digital technologies a temporary measure to curb the spread of the virus or are we discovering new opportunities to enhance the quality of teaching and learning? This session discusses the lessons learnt in the past year, and how teaching and learning models are likely to evolve in the future.

- Panellists:

  • Laura Czerniewicz, Professor and Director, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Francisco Cervantes Pérez, Rector, International University of La Rioja (UNIR), Mexico.
  • Li Yan, Professor and Director, Department of Curriculum and Learning Sciences & Director of Research Center for AI in Education, Zhejiang University.

- Moderators:

  • Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary-General, IAU.
  • Trine Jensen, Manager, HE & Digital Transformation, Publication and Events, IAU.


➨ IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON HIGHER EDUCATION: LAUNCH OF THE SECOND IAU GLOBAL SURVEY | 16 February 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the entire higher education sector around the world; HE leaders and stakeholders reacted by showing resilience, adaptability, and spirit of innovation. More than a year into the pandemic, the world is still in a state of emergency. Even as the development of vaccines provides hope to overcome the crisis, the number of infections and resulting deaths remains high, while the new virus mutations threaten further disruption.

Despite these challenges, the global higher education community is already thinking about the post-pandemic scenario and planning for the future. To understand the effects of the pandemic, and to learn more about how universities and higher education institutions have transformed the way they operate, the International Association of Universities has launched a second edition of the Global Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education.

This webinar presents the key topics covered in the Survey, while also underlining the importance of data-driven decision-making.

- Panellists:

- Moderator: Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary-General, IAU.


➨ WHAT NEXT? WILL UNIVERSITIES NEED A NEW BUSINESS MODEL FOR THE FUTURE? | 9 February 2021

The pandemic has accelerated and prompted new questions on universities’ place in society. This session kicked off the IAU Webinar Series on The Future of Higher Education for 2021, with a discussion on actions university leaders must take to address the institutional and societal needs of the future.

At the institutional level, university leaders are asked to do more with less. At the systems level, university leaders are asked to create synergies and share resources, as well as convincingly demonstrate how their institutions will actively contribute to shaping a post pandemic recovery and development processes.

What can leadership do to reaffirm the role of universities as crucial places of knowledge and solutions to global problems? In what ways will system-wide leadership across the higher education sector emerge, organise, and help spin the good across society? What are the challenges and opportunities for higher education institutions globally in the context of massive economic disruption, digitised education, and trust deficits? In short, how do university leaders reimagine the university and its business model in these transformational times? Watch the recording to find out.

- Panellists:

  • Lakeesha K. Ransom, Visiting Faculty and Enterprise Engagement Director, Asian Institute of Technology.
  • Peter Maassen, Professor in Higher Education Studies, University of Oslo.
  • Michael Hölscher, Professor of Higher Education Management and Management of Science, German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer.

- Moderator: Andreas Corcoran, Deputy Secretary-General, IAU.

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➨ BUILDING SOCIAL IMPACT AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | 27 January 2021

Universities play a crucial role in creating new knowledge and educating the people who can apply this knowledge to benefit the society. This webinar explores how universities, through civic engagement and development of social impact and young change leaders, can become a leading force for positive change both locally and internationally. The session was hosted by University World News and Mastercard Foundation.


➨FOSTERING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: THE ROLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION – PLANS, PROGRESS AND VALUES | 15 December 2020

Universities have a vital role to play in building more sustainable societies and, in particular, achieving all of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set in the context of the UN Agenda 2030: Transforming our World. What does that mean in practice for universities and how might they review, modify, and improve their efforts towards this goal? Find out in this joint IAU and Magna Charta Observatory (MCO) webinar.

Click here for the background document.

- Speakers:

  • Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary-General, IAU.
  • Eva Wiberg, Rector, Gothenburg University.
  • Sijbolt Noorda, President of the Governing Council of the Magna Charta Observatory.

- Moderator: David Lock, Secretary General of the Magna Charta Observatory


➨SPECIAL WEBINAR: CELEBRATING 70 YEARS OF HIGHER EDUCATION COOPERATION WITH THE IAU | 9 December 2020

Join us for a Special Celebratory Webinar marking the 70th Anniversary of the International Association of Universities (IAU). The virtual celebrations feature contributions from IAU’s Members and Partners, reflecting on these 70 years of HE collaboration at the global level ever since the historical signing of the IAU Constitution by the founding members on 9 December 1950 in Nice, France. This is followed by a discussion on the Future of Higher Education with university leaders. Programme available here.


➨ LEADERSHIP IN AN EVOLVING CONTEXT: LOOKING BACK, CURRENT REALITIES AND FUTURE THINKING | 24 November 2020

In these fast-changing times, it is often difficult to step back, make sense of the situation, and learn from the experience of leading in and through a crisis. Join our panel of experts for an insightful webinar, which will help you re-imagine the ways in which current and future trends may shape higher education, both locally and globally.

- Panellists:

  • Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa and incoming Director of SOAS, University of London in the UK.
  • Mirta Martin, President of Fairmont State University, West Virginia, US.
  • Tom Kennie, a Director of Ranmore in the UK and a Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne

- Introduction: Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary-General
- Moderator: Andreas Corcoran, IAU Deputy Secretary-General


➨ THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION - DIGITAL DIMENSION: NO ACCESS! - IN A DIGITAL WORLD | 17 November 2020

The IAU Global report on the impact of Covid-19 on higher education demonstrated inequalities between universities - some already had the appropriate infrastructures in place prior to the pandemic and could shift fully online in an easier manner. Other institutions do not own the necessary infrastructures. In some cases teachers and students do not have access to the devices needed and to a proper internet connection from their home.
During this webinar experts will explore how this unprecedented situation impacts higher education institutions including teachers and students and consequently, the right to education. Education is a human right - should connectivity become one as well in the 21st century?

- Panellists:

  • Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
  • Paul Zeleza, Vice-Chancellor, United States International University-Africa, Kenya
  • Claudio Rama, Academic Director, Universidad de la Empresa, Uruguay

- Moderators: Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary-General and Trine Jensen, Manager, HE & Technology, IAU


➨ THE FUTURE OF INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION AND ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIPS , in collaboration with Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education | 12 November 2020

During this webinar panelists discuss how international collaboration and academic partnerships have changed in the context of the disruption due to COVID-19 and how it might evolve in the future. We explore the impact of travel restrictions - will they trigger increased collaboration within regions and with neighbor countries or will the increased development of online/virtual cooperation weaken the regional partnerships to the benefit of collaboration at global scale instead?
Higher education experts from different regions of the world will share their views and analysis of the situation.

- Chair: Hans de Wit, Director, Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education

- Panellists:

  • Kalyani Unkule, Associate Professor, JGLS and Director & Head of the Office of Alumni Relations, O.P Jindal Global University
  • Orla Quinlan, President, International Education Association of South Africa
  • Susan Buck Sutton, former President of Association of International Education Administrators; Senior Advisor for Internationalization, American Council on Education

➨ HIGHER EDUCATION UNDER EXAMINATION: ARE WE READY TO TRAIN THE FUTURE HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE?
PERSPECTIVES FROM THE IAU SDG 3 SUBCLUSTER
, in collaboration with Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
| 27 October 2020

The current global health emergency is essentially leading to a collective awakening of the need to rethink our economic and health system towards a more sustainable one, adapted to our century’s challenges. Higher education institutions have a pivotal role to play as educators of the health workers of today and tomorrow. However, how health is taught in higher education will need to radically transform, both in format and content to meet these challenges. To contribute to the conversation, The IAU Global Cluster on SDG 3 wishes to hold an open discussion and debate on the future of how Health should be taught in higher education in a post Covid-19 context. It will bring together experts from all continents to share their views on the current context and a vision for a more sustainable future.

- Panelists:

  • Marta Aymerich, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Research, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
  • Maria Niemi, Associate Professor, Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)
  • Virginia Schmeid, Professor of Midwifery in the Nursing and Midwifery and Health and Well-being Theme Champion at Western Sydney University
  • Titi Savitri, PhD, Associate Professor in Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, Universitas Gadjah Madah (Indonesia)
  • David Serwadda, Professor of Public Health, Makerere University (Uganda)

- Presenter: Pam Fredman, President of the International Association of Universities
- Moderator: Albert Barberà, director of the eHealth Center (UOC)


➨ THE FUTURE OF HE: DIGITAL DIMENSION - THE WAY FORWARD |20 October 2020

The speakers in this webinar were already advocating for innovation and change in teaching and learning prior to the pandemic. Here they present their views on the future of teaching and learning and discuss whether the remote teaching experience will drive innovation forward or whether it is simply a temporary measure before returning to "traditional" education .

- Panelists:

  • José Antonio Bowen, Senior Fellow, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
  • Sharron McPherson, Co-Founder & Executive Director, The Centre for Disruptive Technologies, and Senior Lecturer, University of Cape Town

- Moderators: Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary-General and Trine Jensen, IAU Manager, HE & Technology


➨ THE UNESCO GLOBAL CONVENTION ON THE RECOGNITION OF QUALIFICATIONS CONCERNING HIGHER EDUCATION:
TOWARDS A GLOBAL & MOBILE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY?
|13 October 2020

The Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education, adopted in November 2019 at the UNESCO General Conference, has been hailed as a multilateral milestone, a collective move towards democratizing knowledge, and an enabler of a fluid circulation of talent and global trust in higher education.
This webinar wishes to discuss the potential of the Global Convention within the current political, cultural and economic context and explore the implementation process and data provision needed for its successful application on a global scale.

- Panelists:

- Moderator: Andreas Corcoran, IAU Deputy Secretary-General


➨ LEADING UNIVERSITIES IN AN AGE OF UNCERTAINTY | 6 October 2020

In these turbulent times, university leaders around the world have to make decisions based on rapidly changing variables that make it difficult to make meaningful predictions. This webinar reflects and exchanges on principles of leadership that have helped mitigate the present challenges and shape the future. The panelists will speak about the financial, systemic and educational ramifications of the pandemic and share their experiences and decision-making process during these times.

- Panelists:

- Moderator: Andreas Corcoran, IAU Deputy Secretary-General


➨ INTEGRATING THE SDGS IN HIGHER EDUCATION - NO "ONE SIZE FITS ALL" | 29 September 2020

This webinar look at the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) initiatives undertaken by universities worldwide and present examples of how they integrate the SDGs at their institutions using a Whole Institution Approach (WIA). UNESCO ESD for 2030 and the synergies with the IAU Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) work will be discussed. The IAU Global Cluster on HESD serves as an example of how the IAU fosters engagement of universities with SDGs and monitors developments with reports and surveys.


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- Panelists:

  • Alexander Leicht, Chief of Section, Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO
  • Dr. Shakuntala Laskar, Senior Professor, Assam Don Bosco University, India (IAU HESD Cluster SDG 7)
  • Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability, York University Toronto, Canada (IAU HESD Cluster SDG 4)

- Moderators: Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary-General and Isabel Toman, Programme officer, Sustainable Development, IAU



THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION : DIGITAL DIMENSION - EXPLORING THE DIFFERENT MODES OF LEARNING | 15 Sep., 2020
This webinar discusses the lessons learnt from the experience of remote teaching and learning from the perspective of different types of higher education institutions. What are the opportunities deriving from this experience in the context of COVID-19 and how could it contribute to innovation in teaching and learning?

- Speakers:

  • Dr. Àngels Fitó, Vice-President for Competitivity and Employability, Open University of Catalonia
  • Dr. Kamila Ghazali, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International), University of Malaya
  • Prof. Liz Johnson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education at Deakin University

- Moderators: Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General and Trine Jensen, Manager, Technology and Higher Education, IAU


THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: PERSPECTIVES ON REOPENING STRATEGIES AT UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE WORLD | 07 July, 2020

The webinar discuss the strategies envisaged for the reopening of universities for the new semester/academic year in different parts of the world in the context of the pandemic of COVID-19, which is developing asymmetrically in different parts of the world and therefore implies different challenges for universities.

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- Speakers:

  • Ahmed Bawa, Chief Executive Officer, Universities South Africa
  • Brad Farnsworth, Vice President, Global Engagement, American Council on Education, U.S.A
  • Robert Napier, President, European Student Union
  • Dr. Sylvia Schmelkes, Deputy Rector, Iberoamericana university in Mexico
  • Suchatvee Suwansawat, President, Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning

- Moderators:

  • Pam Fredman, President, International Association of Universities
  • Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities

THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: INTERNATIONALIZATION STRATEGIES POST- COVID-19, in collaboration with the Boston College Centre for International Higher Education | 30 June, 2020

A panel of higher education experts from different regions of the world discuss the impact of COVID-19 on internationalization and the kind of internationalization strategies that higher education institutions may have to develop in the post COVID-19 era.

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- Speakers:

  • Chika Seehole, Pretoria University, South Africa, on perspectives from Africa
  • Vidya Yeravdekar, Symbiosis University, India, on perspectives from Asia
  • Irina Ferencz, Academic Cooperation Association, on perspectives from Europe
  • José Celso Freire Junior, UNESP, Brazil, on perspectives from Latin America
  • Robin Helms, American Council on Education, on perspectives from North America

- Moderators:

  • Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities
  • Hans de Wit, Director, Centre for International Higher Education, Boston College
  • Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, HE and Internationalization, International Association of Universities


THE FUTURE OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM, in collaboration with CHEA/CIQG | 17 June, 2020


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- Speakers:

  • Robert Quinn, Scholars at Risk
  • Marcelo Knobel, Rector, University of Campinas, Brazil
  • Sjur Bergen, Head of Education Department, Council of Europe


THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: COVID-19 IMPACT ON HIGHER EDUCATION AROUND THE WORLD | 9 June, 2020


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- Speakers:

  • Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, HE & Internationalization, International Association of Universities
  • Hans de Wit, Director, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College
  • Michael Gaebel, Higher Education Policy Director, European University Association
  • Marta Losada, Dean of Science, New York University Abu Dhabi


THE FUTURE OF INTERNATIONALIZATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION: SHORT, MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM PERSPECTIVES in collaboration with the Boston College Centre for International Higher Education | 19 May, 2020


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- Speakers:

  • Marta Losada, Dean of Science, New York University in Abu Dhabi
  • Saburo Aoki, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba
  • Eva Egron-Polak, IAU Senior Fellow and former Secretary General


THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: SHORT, MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM PERSPECTIVES IN MID- AND LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES in collaboration with the Boston College Centre for International Higher Education | 12 May, 2020


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- Speakers:

  • Marcelo Knobel, Rector, University of Campinas, Brazil
  • Eden Woon, President, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • Wondwosen Tamarat, President founder, St. Mary University, Ethiopia


THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: SHORT, MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM PERSPECTIVES AROUND THE WORLD, in collaboration with the Boston College Centre for International Higher Education | 5 May, 2020


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- Speakers:

  • Roberta Bassett, World Bank Group
  • Ahmed Bawa, CEO of Universities South Africa
  • Ellen Hazelkorn, Partner at BH Associates Education Consultants

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