Brought to you by BMI and Jackfruit Marketing18 November 2020London, EnglandA full day of learning and sharing best practices to facilitate partnerships between universities and scholarship organisations.
Making the right connections is an essential step in any international student recruitment strategy, but to really make those relationships blossom, you need industry knowledge, best practices and proven techniques. That’s exactly what the Scholarship Symposium delivers.
The day is designed to be highly interactive so delegates can talk together via a good mix of roundtables, group work, debates and open Q&A discussions around case studies, real life examples, challenges and potential solutions.
BMI has partnered with international education marketing experts Jackfruit Marketing to produce the programme and deliver an event that is both informative and engaging. As the Symposium Director and Jackfruit Marketing’s founder, Jackie Kassteen will guide delegates throughout the day as they join in discussions and debate best practices.
BMI Global Scholarship Symposium Programme
Please join us at The Stay Club in Kentish Town for a pre-Symposium Welcome Reception from 18:00 to 20:00 on 17 November 2020.
18 November 2020
8:30 - 9:00
Registration and Refreshments
9:00 - 9:15
9:15 - 10:15
Opening Keynote with Audience Q & A
10:20 - 11:00
Lightening Session - What's new with you?
11:00 - 11:15
11:15 - 12:45
Jigsaw Session - Problem solving with peers
12:45 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:00
Interactive Panel with Audience Q & A - A match made in heaven
15:00 - 15:20
15:20 - 16:20
Scholarship Providers Campfire - Creating a recipe for scholarship programme success
15:20 - 16:20
Education Providers Roundtable - How to engage effectively with government sponsors
16:25 - 17:00
Campfire - Creating customised programmes: Smart RFPs and proposals
16:25 - 17:00
Campfire - Solving the language puzzle: The end of language scholarships?
17:00 - 18:00
Campfire - Understanding and supporting international student mental health
18:00 - 18:15
Please note: The programme is subject to change in the run-up to the event.
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 nontraditional 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 day:
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.
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.
Scholarship Symposium Sessions
Lightening Session – What’s new with you?
Speakers from scholarship organisations and funding agencies will take to the stage for a maximum of 5 minutes each to give participants an update on new initiatives they’ve launched or changes to their programmes. They may also take this opportunity to share a new technique, tool, innovation or technological solution that has made a positive impact.
Three key programmes in Mexico
FUNED is a private operating foundation that promotes the professional careers of future Mexican leaders through higher education providing complementary financial aid and scholarships for Mexicans who wish to pursue a degree abroad. Throughout the years, FUNED has worked to build a strong ecosystem that allows scholars to have a full experience – from their application to a masters as well as during their studies and upon their return. FUNED has formed strategic alliances that have been key actors in the growth of the foundation such as their leader development programme, public-private partnerships, and volunteer programme.
Speaker: Paulina Bustos Alanis, Institutional Relations at FUNED (Fundacion Mexicana para la Educacion, la Tecnologia y Ciencia)
Talent development in Saudi Arabia
The talent war for high-achieving university graduates is at its peak in the digital telecommunications sector, creating a strain for companies to acquire, retain and develop highly talented employees. Cooperation with multiple education and training organisations as well as scholarships (short and long term) for students has led to the birth of a state of the art programme that delivers a strong return on investment in training and development. The Saudi Telecommunication Company programme particularly focuses around majors that are highly critical for the business, such as data and business analytics, cyber security, cloud computing, software development and engineering.
Speaker: Shaker Almahasna, Talent Program Manager at the Saudi Telecommunication Company
Promoting inclusive higher education in Colombia through new funding models
The state entity ICETEX is undergoing integral reforms to its portfolio of services and financing sources in order to generate opportunities for vulnerable students from different regions in Colombia. To complete this national government mandate, new options being considered include: the implementation of amortisation systems and income-contingent loans, a decrease in interest rates, programmes of quantitative easing and policies of credit management, the collaboration of higher education institutions to strengthen their management, and the strengthening of support and advocacy to users.
Speaker: Paula Andrea Henao Ruiz, Director of International Relations at ICETEX (Colombian Institute of Educational Credit and Technical Studies Abroad)
Speaker: Ruth Roberts, Director of International Scholarships at Department of Higher Education and Training, South Africa
Speaker: Drita Kadriu, Director of Higher Education Department at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Kosovo
Jigsaw Session – Problem solving with peers
This highly engaging session will see attendees work through three group settings over the space of 90 minutes. First, attendees will break into four core groups: institutions plus scholarship organisations and funding bodies from the Americas, MENA, and Asia. These core groups are given a variety of topics to work through. Next, participants are divided into new groups with 1-2 representatives from each core group, and they are given new topics to discuss. Finally, attendees return to their original core groups to report back and compare solutions.
A small sample of some of the topics will include the following:
Sharing best practises by region
Trends and changes seen over the years.
Predictions or cautionary advice for the years to come.
Goals, benefits and challenges for sending countries, governments and training organisations vs. those for host countries and institutions.
The scholarship landscape in your country
Compare/contrast the variations in scholarship programmes across countries and regions.
Share key deadlines by region or country or programme.
Explore different funding models, payment terms and tuition discounting.
Explain certain key requirements for either students or partners.
Managing and monitoring student success
What challenges might students face throughout the student journey and how can we help?
How can we manage students’ ever-rising expectations?
What tools are used to track performance or measure student outcomes and satisfaction?
How can scholarship organisations best work with universities to enhance the student experience?
Jigsaw Moderator: Jacqueline Kassteen, Symposium Director and owner of Jackfruit Marketing
Interactive Panel with Audience Q&A – A match made in heaven
A moderator will lead a panel of speakers from institutions as well as scholarship or funding organisations. The goal of this session is for attendees to hear different viewpoints from both sides of a scholarship-institution relationship in order to gain understanding and learn how to conquer the challenges each might face when working together.
Topics will focus on how to initiate and nurture relationships, best practices when working together, mistakes to avoid, lessons learned, practical advice, contingency planning, budget management, programme performance, selection process, criteria and structure, case studies for funding models, etc.
Panel Moderator: Jacqueline Kassteen, Symposium Director and owner of Jackfruit Marketing
Jeronimo Castro Jaramillo, Executive Director at COLFUTURO, Colombia
Hanh Thu Nguyen, Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam
Maha AlHarthi, Vice-Dean of Graduate Studies at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, Saudi Arabia
Donald Back, Director, Language and Culture Institute at Virginia Tech University, USA
Struan Robertson, Director, Global Engagement at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Michael Bissell, International Stakeholder Relations Manager and Deputy Head of International Recruitment at University of Birmingham, UK
Scholarship Providers Campfire – Creating a recipe for scholarship programme success
This session is designed to encourage peer-supported advice on today’s most pressing challenges in order to generate a variety of new ideas, solutions and suggestions. Dynamic conversations will centre around issues such as:
What are the key elements of a successful scholarship programme to maximise its impact?
What are the advantages or disadvantages of the return to country of origin requirement upon completion of studies?
What are the pros and cons of loans versus scholarships, or a combination of the two, to pay for studies? Is full funding the best option?
What are the advantages or disadvantages of restricting financial aid based on a set of priority areas?
What are the critical elements in the selection process?
What are the main components of a successful academic monitoring process?
Lina Sevillano, Manager at the Organization of American States (OAS), USA
Jeronimo Castro Jaramillo, Executive Director at COLFUTURO, Colombia
Education Providers Roundtable – How to engage effectively with government sponsors
To encourage dialogue amongst universities, this interactive session aims to teach institutions how to conquer the complexities they might face when working with scholarship and funding organisations. Main themes will include:
Statistics on sponsored students at a country and institutional level.
How to manage internal communications to create better understanding and a more positive view of sponsors.
Useful tips on processes like payment, applying discounts, progress reporting and GDPR compliance.
Working effectively with sponsors, including “quiet sponsors” (those who don’t require discounts or progress reports from institutions).
Different sponsor types and contact points.
Maintaining good communications with sponsors, managing problems and expectations.
Collaborative activities on sponsor engagement through regional groups.
Roundtable Presenter: Jo Power, International Recruitment & Partnerships, External Relations at University of Glasgow, UK
Interactive Campfires – Open to all attendees
Campfire – Creating customised programmes: Smart RFPs and proposals
Join us to learn how institutions and scholarship providers can work together to create, design and implement customised programmes and/or customised components to open-enrolment programmes. Scholarship providers will examine the vital details they should include in their request for proposals, and education providers will consider the importance of thorough research and documentation of details in their proposals. To illustrate, examples from both sides of the equation will be presented for discussion and resolution so that participants will leave with several new best practices in mind.
Campfire Moderator: Roxanne Nuhaily, Associate Dean, International and Academic Affairs and Executive Director, International Programs at the University of California, San Diego Extension
Campfire – Solving the language puzzle: The end of language scholarships?
With major scholarship bodies scaling back scholarships for English language programmes, this session aims to uncover the forces driving that trend and explore a future paradigm for educators and sponsors to work collaboratively on improving student outcomes. Discussions will take a deep dive into the concerns of the sponsors, with educators providing creative solutions. Attendees will have a better understanding of why language scholarships are being reduced, and how institutions can better respond to the needs of the sponsors.
Campfire Moderator: John Phillips, Director, Sponsor Projects at INTO University Partnerships
Campfire – Understanding and supporting international student mental health
The added stress and pressure of studying abroad can trigger mental health conditions or reinstate them. The trouble universities and other study abroad organisations have is ensuring that those who need support are coming forward to get it, and that organisations and universities can work together to ensure sufficient services are available throughout their journey – from pre-arrival and throughout their studies as well as pre-departure back home.
This campfire will include a group exercise to aid understanding of mental health conditions and through a variety of dialogues, attendees will explore topics such as:
Best practices by scholarship providers and universities throughout each stage of the student journey including mental health workshops, fairs, screenings and check-ups, online support, training, etc.
Nationality-specific trends in student mental health regarding stigmas, likelihood to report, reporting procedures, and student preferences of support mechanisms.
Managing GDPR compliance and understanding how disclosure can affect a mental health condition.
Campfire Moderator: Lucy Wigginton, Vice President of Global Partnerships at Studee and Mental Health First Aider
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Scholarship Organisations, University International Office Directors
New in 2020, universities and scholarship organisations will come together in London for a full day of learning and mutual exchange of information to facilitate partnerships which support fully-funded or government-sponsored students.
Hold private meetings with the world's largest scholarship organisations
While the Global Scholarship Symposium is only held annually, BMI also runs three Scholarship Summits throughout the year, giving you a chance to further strengthen relationships, plus find new scholarship and training organisations with a more regional focus across the Middle East or the western hemisphere.
Join the main event in London immediately after the Symposium, and mark your calendar for the Abu Dhabi and Bogota Summits, too.
At BMI's most prestigious event, we bring accredited institutions together with the heads of over 70 international scholarship organisations and senior staff who manage public and private training programmes to decide which education providers will receive their students and train their staff. No other event gives you this kind of access to such a powerful audience.
Hold one on one private meetings and network with the directors and senior staff from the most important outbound scholarship and funding organisations from across North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean.
This high-level networking event connects you with the heads of over 50 scholarship programmes from 7 countries across the Gulf so you can find new educational partners and sign agreements to receive funded students that best match your institution. The Summit is government-supported and serves as the grand finale to our series of student recruitment events that make up UAE International Education Week.