Going Global 2018 session
Monday 01 June 2020 - 09:00 to Friday 31 July 2020 - 23:00
This is a virtual event

This event took place on 15 June at 10am, UK time.

Since the emergence of Covid-19, universities in the UK and globally have been grappling with multiple issues which are critical to ensure their viability and sustainability.  Foremost of these pressures in the post-pandemic climate revolve around funding and financial implications, managing digital teaching and learning, supporting student recruitment and maintaining research capacity and impact.

This high-level Policy Dialogue aims to bring together leaders from the UK, ASEAN and other globally relevant government agencies, sector bodies and universities to explore the appetite, capacity, challenges and future opportunities for UK-ASEAN Outward Mobility initiatives post Covid-19.

This session was chaired by Leighton Ernsberger, Director of Education and English for the British Council in East Asia.  Our speakers for this session were:

  • Usec. Jesus Lorenzo R. Mateo - Undersecretary for Planning and Governance, Department of Education, Republic of the Philippines and chair of ASEAN SOM-ED
  • Prof Julia Buckingham CBE - Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London, and President of Universities UK
  • Prof Alex Frino - Deputy Vce-Chancellor (Global Strategy), University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Prof Hang Le -  Vice-Provost of Duy Tan University, Vietnam and Co-founder of Passage to ASEAN (P2A) Association


Leighton Ernsberger

Director Education and English, British Council, East Asia

Leighton oversees work across Higher Education system partnerships, student mobility and the improvement of English language teaching and medium in the region. He is based in Singapore and working across ASEAN, North East Asia, Australasia and China. In previous roles he has worked across South Asia based in Delhi and Bangalore with the British Council and the British High Commission.

Usec. Jesus Lorenzo R. Mateo

Undersecretary for Planning and Governance, Department of Education, Republic of the Philippines

Jesus's current position at the Department of Education provides supervision over regional and field operations; guides strategic implementation of national policies; and exercises general supervision, direction, evaluation, and coordination of the operations and activities of the planning service and the bureau of human resource and organizational development, specifically for human resource and development, organizational effectiveness division and school effectiveness division.

Prof Julia Buckingham CBE

Vice-chancellor and president, Brunel University London

Professor Julia Buckingham, CBE, FMedSci, DSc, FRSB was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London in 2012. She was appointed a CBE in 2018 for services to Biology and Education and elected to a Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2019. She is President of Universities UK, a Director of Imperial College Health Partners, Chair of The Concordat Strategy Group, and Chair of the Steering Group undertaking the review of the Athena SWAN gender equality charter.

Prof Alex Frino

Deputy vice-chancellor (global strategy), University of Wollongong, Australia

Alex is a distinguished financial economist who fosters the interaction of business with academe. He is an alumnus of UOW and Cambridge University, and a former Fulbright Scholar. He is one of the best published financial economists in the world with over 100 papers in leading journals. He was previously CEO of the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre Ltd and has held visiting academic positions at leading Universities in Italy, New Zealand, the UK and the United States.

Prof Hang Le

Vice-provost, Duy Tan University, Vietnam

Prof. Hang Le is Vice Provost for Duy Tan University (DTU). Le is also the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of DTU, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of Washington State Board of Accountancy. She is a co-founder of the Passage to ASEAN Association (P2A), a network of over 80 ASEAN universities which provides a platform for Southeast Asian youth to improve global understanding, culture fluency and employability skills.


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