About the webinar:

As the U.S. enters the second year of the new administration, we will provide an update on shifting international education trends, policies affecting universities' internationalization goals and how to support students in a challenging sociopolitical climate.

Gain insights into:

  • How nationalism is affecting international student flows
  • Case studies in the campus response to a shifting geopolitical climate
  • Current and future impact on cross-border partnerships



Hans De Wit

Director, Center for International Higher Education at Boston College (CIHE)

Hans is the Founding Editor of the ‘Journal of Studies in International Education’, and Associate Editor of International Higher Education. He has (co)written several books and articles and publishes a monthly blog in University World News. He is a founding member and the past president of the European Association for International Education (EAIE).


Dan Ferguson

PhD Candidate, Oregon State University

Dan has worked in international education for over 25 years, having taught at colleges and universities in Japan for 12 years, and in international enrollment management at U.S. universities and colleges for over 13 years. He is a PhD candidate in higher education administration where his research and dissertation focus is the impact of national geo-political trends on U.S. higher education partnerships with cross-border educational institutions. Dan is deeply interested in the development of higher education cross-border institutional partnerships and sees them as vital to the future success of comprehensive internationalization in U.S. higher education.


Amir Reza

Vice Provost, International and Multicultural Education, Babson College

Dr. Reza has held numerous positions in academic affairs, student affairs, and international education during the past 15 years at Babson College. He is currently Vice Provost for International and Multicultural Education, responsible for providing leadership for collaborative advancement of the college’s internationalization and efforts designed to create a more inclusive campus for students. Amir’s expertise includes international education, global competency, academic advising and personal support, and higher education administration. He holds a BA and MA from the University of Maine. He earned his PhD at Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education.


Silje Immerstein (Moderator)

Associate Director of Institutional Outreach and Training, WES

Silje has been with World Education Services (WES) since 2012, holding positions of Research Assistant, Research Associate, Project Manager, and now Associate Director of Institutional Outreach and Training. In her current position, she plans, designs and oversees webinars and workshops for higher education professionals on topics such as best practices in credential evaluation, and international student mobility and recruitment trends. Silje holds a BA in pedagogy from the University of Oslo, and a MA in international education from New York University's Steinhardt School of Education, Culture and Human Development.

The views and opinions expressed in this webinar are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of World Education Services (WES).