10 - 13 May 2021.

Bringing the world together to create scholarship and training partnerships.

Special online private video meeting edition.

Discussing the big issues facing scholarship organisations, their students and partner institutions

In a time of unprecedented flux, the BMI Global Scholarship Symposium will provide both scholarships organisations and institutions with a platform to come together to discuss the issues of the day. During this unique, interactive event, we will feature different panel sessions covering topics of mutual interest that are vital to this specific sector of international education.

Topics and opportunities include:

  • Facilitated panel sessions that will bring together both sides of the funded student equation to discuss a range of issues.
  • Breakout discussions for more focussed, topical conversations.
  • Updates on specific scholarship programmes by the organisations themselves.

All participating institutions will have the opportunity to submit a pre-recorded 15-minute introduction to their institutions with a welcome message describing how they are uniquely geared to receive funded students and how they can add value to their sending partners.

There has never been a more important time to share and learn

The Symposium programme conveniently takes place during the same week as the Summit’s private meetings.

This your chance to have your views heard and to learn from colleagues and partners as you engage in dialogues and participate in panel sessions (available live or on-demand depending on the session format).

There is no extra charge to access the Symposium; it is included with every Summit delegate pass.

BMI Global Scholarship Symposium 2020 Programme

To get a sense of the topics we explored at the inaugural 2020 event, you can refer to the programme below.
Please note: All times listed below are in GMT.

Monday 2 November 2020

14:00 - 14:05 Symposium Welcome:
Samir Zaveri, President and CEO, BMI
Jackie Kassteen, Owner and Managing Director, Jackfruit Marketing and Symposium Director
14:05 - 14:40 Opening Keynote with Audience Q & A
Jonah Kokodyniak, Senior Vice President, IIE, USA
14:40 - 15:30 Panel Discussion with Audience Q & A:
Jonah Kokodyniak, Senior Vice President, IIE, USA
Jerónimo Castro Jaramillo, Executive Director, COLFUTURO, Colombia
Maria Elisa Rojas Coello, Executive Director, FUNED, Mexico
Donald Back, Director, Language and Culture Institute, Virginia Tech University, USA
Jo Power, International Recruitment & Partnerships, External Relations, University of Glasgow, UK
15:30 - 15:45 Break
15:45 - 16:05 Spotlight Session: The link between work experience abroad & scholarship programmes:
Chelsea Ljutic, Trade Commissioner, High Commission of Canada
Andrew Champagne, Manager, Mobility Programs, Colleges and Institutes Canada
16:05 - 16:35 Panel Discussion with Audience Q & A:
Chelsea Ljutic, Trade Commissioner, High Commission of Canada
Andrew Champagne, Manager, Mobility Programs, Colleges and Institutes Canada
Timea Tiboldi, Head of Unit Language Programme, Tempus Public Foundation, Hungary
Ronnie Mugoiri, Assistant Director of Education, Ministry of Education, State Department for University Education & Research, Kenya
16:35 - 16:40 Closing Comments

Wednesday 4 November 2020

09:00 - 09:05 Symposium Welcome
Jackie Kassteen, Owner and Managing Director, Jackfruit Marketing and Symposium Director
09:05 - 09:55 Panel Discussion with Audience Q & A:
Dr Shaker Almahasna, Talent Program Manager, Saudi Telecommunication Company
Joe de Pasquale, Senior Manager: Government and Scholarship Engagement, Monash University, Australia
Dr Joel Tyndall, Associate Professor and Associate Dean International (Health Sciences), University of Otago, New Zealand
09:55 - 10:00 Closing Comments

Friday 6 November 2020

15:00 - 15:05 Symposium Welcome
Jackie Kassteen, Owner and Managing Director, Jackfruit Marketing and Symposium Director
15:05 - 16:05 Panel Discussion with Audience Q & A:
Paula Andrea Henao Ruiz, Director of International Relations, ICETEX, Colombia
Lina Sevillano, Chief of Unit, Rowe Fund Program, OAS, USA
Ruth Roberts, Director of International Scholarships, Department of Higher Education & Training, South Africa
16:05 - 16:10 Closing Comments

Opening Keynote with Audience Q & A

The Global Scholarship Landscape – How is it changing? How well is it working?

Governments, corporations, foundations and universities have used scholarships for decades to support access to education, develop talent and grow their economies. In recent years, however, there has been not only a growth in the number of international scholarship programmes but also in the models that sponsors are using, the tools and processes they are using to implement them, and the goals they are seeking to achieve.

Scholarships are now central to efforts to modernise economies; advance cutting edge research in AI and related fields; build strong trade relations; establish new universities and higher education hubs in non-traditional locations; and reinvent companies for today’s economy.

This keynote will use data and analysis to address a number of key questions and lay the foundation for key themes to be discussed subsequently throughout the event:

  • Where are students coming from? Where are they going?
    Utilising data from IIE’s Open Doors and Project Atlas projects, we will look at the recent increases and decreases in sponsored student flows within major hosting/sending countries. We will also look at the amount of money being invested globally in scholarship programmes.
  • What fields/sectors are scholarships prioritising?
    By reviewing the priority fields from large scholarship programmes, we can see a shift in emphasis in the goals scholarship sponsors are seeking to address – from the traditional focus on advancing cultural understanding to very specific efforts to develop talent and advance research in new areas of economic priority.
  • What impact are scholarships having?
    IIE and other organisations regularly conduct impact evaluations to measure the short- and long-term impact of international scholarship and capacity-building programmes. Since scholarships are major investments, we will discuss what these evaluations tell us about the ROI of scholarships.
  • How is the practice of scholarship management changing?
    Today’s scholarship recipients study in more countries than ever before, are preparing for an increasingly complex labour market and expect immediate responses and access to information. We will look at some best practices for how providers and universities are best supporting scholarship recipients to succeed personally, academically and professionally.
  • How are scholarships adapting in the wake of Covid-19?
    We’ll explore how some major international scholarships have continued despite the challenges of 2020 and we’ll discuss the use of new solutions such as hybrid or virtual models.

Keynote Speaker

Jonah Kokodyniak, Senior Vice President, Institute of International Education

Jonah Kokodyniak plays a leadership role at IIE developing and managing scholarship and higher education programmes with foundations, corporations, and government agencies. He supervises IIE’s programme development efforts; corporate and foundation-funded work; offices in China, India, Thailand and Mexico; and serves on the board of its affiliate in Indonesia.

During his career, Mr. Kokodyniak has developed new, large-scale education initiatives with leading multi-national companies including Microsoft, Cargill, Time Warner, Hilton Worldwide, Alcoa and Goldman Sachs, among others; private foundations including Carnegie, Ford, MacArthur, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and numerous U.S. government agencies and other governments around the world.

Live Panel Discussion with Audience Q & A - Wednesday

Best practices in scholarship management around the world

Our esteemed panel of international speakers will explore the following:

  • What are some examples of scholarship-related, Covid-induced changes your institution/organisation made this year which you think might stay in place going forward, or had a positive impact?
  • With travel restricted, how are institutions using on-the-ground resources in sending countries (embassies, alumni, branch campuses, etc.)?
  • How can scholarship organisations best work with universities to enhance the student experience in the Covid era?

Live Panel Discussion with Audience Q & A - Friday

Forward-thinking strategies, flexibility and innovation

Our esteemed panel of international speakers will explore the following:

  • How has disruption in travel enabled your institution/organisation to adapt your programme requirements or funding models?
  • The new student journey – How can we prepare students before, during, and after their international education experience to help them adapt and thrive?
  • How can we create an engaged community of scholarship alumni ambassadors?

Interested in being a speaker at our 2021 event?

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