Monday 01 June 2020 - 09:00 to Friday 31 July 2020 - 23:00

This event took place on 5 June at 2pm, UK time.

You can re-watch the recordings below:

In timescales which we would not have thought possible prior to Covid-19, universities around the world have done remarkable things to prepare for new ways of teaching and learning, and new systems of research and innovation - without compromising quality.  In the UK, universities have focused on ensuring that international students’ physical and mental health remain the top priority, whilst continuing to deliver access to high quality teaching and learning. Alongside this, the UK government has announced a series of measures to keep the number of transmissions in the UK as low as possible. 

At national, institutional, and individual level the UK is pulling together to ensure it remains a first-choice study destination.

Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan, will share with global stakeholders the UK's response to the crisis. Outlining the measures that the UK has taken to support both current and prospective international students studying at the UK’s world class institutions. Reiterating the message that the UK has never closed its borders to international students and continues to welcome them.

Will this be enough to incentivise international students to choose the UK in September 2020 and beyond? How is the UK perceived by our international partner countries and what approaches are they taking to respond to the pandemic? The distinguished international panel representing Nigeria, Germany and Mexico will respond by exploring the short, mid and long-term impact that Covid 19 will have on higher education systems, institutions and students around the world.

Our other speakers are:

  • Christian Müller - Deputy Secretary General at DAAD
  • Dr Suleiman Ramon-Yusuf - Deputy Executive Secretary (Academics) of the National Universities Commission, Nigeria
  • Jaime Escobedo Valdez - Academic Exchange Director at AMEXCID
  • Prof Colin Grant - Vice Principal (International) at Queen Mary University of London, and Chair of the British Council’s Education Advisory Group


Michelle Donelan MP

Minister of State for Universities, Department of Education

Michelle Donelan was appointed Minister of State for Universities at the Department of Education on 13 February 2020.

She was previously Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from 29 July 2019 to 13 February 2020. She was also an unpaid Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education covering the maternity leave of Kemi Badenoch MP from 4 September 2019 to 13 February 2020.

Christian Müller

Deputy Secretary General, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

Christian Müller works at the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) since January 2002. Currently he is Deputy Secretary General and oversees, as well, the DAAD Berlin Office. From 2014 until June 2018, he was Director of the newly created department of strategy at DAAD head office. He served at DAAD Brazil from 2009 to 2014, as director of the DAAD branch office in Rio de Janeiro. Simultaneously, he was President of the Board of the German Center for Science and Innovation (DWIH), São Paulo.

Dr Suleiman Ramon-Yusuf

Deputy Executive Secretary (Academics), National Universities Commission, Nigeria

Dr Suleiman Ramon-Yusuf currently serves as the Deputy Executive Secretary (Academics) at the National Universities Commission. He was formally responsible for Quality Assurance of Open and Distance Learning, and cross-border Higher Education provisions. In 2017 the Department of Information and Communication Technology merged with the Department of Research and Innovation. He was appointed Director of the new Directorate.

Jaime Escobedo Valdez

Academic Exchange Director, Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID)

Jaime is currently Director of Academic Exchange at AMEXCID, where he manages bilateral and multilateral academic cooperation. He also coordinates programs in this area with countries and institutions to strengthen ties. On repeated occasions he has been part of the Mexican delegation to the United Nations, on important issues such as Human Rights and Migration, obtaining a broad vision of the international cooperation between its various actors.

Prof Colin Grant

Vice Principal (International), Queen Mary University of London

Prof Colin Grant BA, PhD, FHEA, FRSA is Vice Principal (International), Queen Mary University of London, Chair of the British Council Education Advisory Group and a Trustee of the Council for At Risk Academics (CARA). He has served on the DAAD Strategic Partnerships Committee since 2012, was Inaugural Chair of the Russell Group International Forum until early 2019 and UUK lead for Latin America. He has extensive leadership experience in Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa.

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