Going Global Imagining the Asian Century
Monday 01 June 2020 - 09:00 to Wednesday 30 September 2020 - 23:00

This event took place on 23 June at 10am, UK time.

The global international education landscape has dramatically changed in the last few months. As we continue to work in a challenging and ever-changing situation brought on by COVID-19, the education industry is faced with the mounting task of figuring out if this is temporary, semi-permanent or a change of course that will shift and shape the entire international education ecosystem.

Join our panel of international education leaders for this live discussion as they weigh in on the future of international education and how we navigate the challenges and aftermath of COVID-19.

Leading the debate was Matt Durnin, Head of Research and Consultancy for the British Council in East Asia.  Joining him on the panel were:

  • Nancy Rothwell - President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Manchester
  • David Pilsbury - Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Coventry University
  • Laurie Pearcey - Pro Vice-Chancellor, UNSW Australia
  • Dr Elizabeth Lee - CEO, Sunway University Malaysia
  • Xi Youmin - Executive President, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University China


Matt Durnin

International Education Services, British Council

Specialising in the economics of higher education, Matt leads a team of global British Council analysts to provide UK institutions with the data, analysis and insights required to succeed in the rapidly changing international education industry. Since joining the British Council in 2015, Matt has played a coordinating role in establishing more than 30 academic and research partnerships across 15 countries and has helped numerous universities form or revise their international strategies.

Prof Dame Nancy Rothwell

President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Manchester

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell became President and Vice-Chancellor in 2010, the first woman to lead the University. Prior to this she held several University roles, such as Vice-President for Research, and Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. She is currently co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, and Chair-elect of the Russell Group.


Dr David Pilsbury

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International Development), Coventry University

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr Pilsbury leads international engagement for the University through the International Office, Academic Partnership Unit and Centre for Global Engagement. He is responsible for the University’s international campuses, joint-ventures and transnational learning. David led establishment of the University’s London campus and has embedded and developed international outreach programmes across the University.


Laurie Pearcey

Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), The University of New South Wales

Laurie is responsible for international student recruitment, developing pathways education and advancing global business development at the University. Laurie was appointed as CEO of UNSW Global on 1 July 2019. Laurie’s priorities as CEO include expanding UNSW’s transnational education activity globally, building transformative partnerships internationally, and continuing UNSW Global’s reputation as a leader of high-quality pathway programs by providing a world-class student experience.


Dr Elizabeth Lee

CEO, Sunway University Malaysia

Since Dr Lee’s appointment in 1992, the Sunway Education Group has developed from one institution with a student population of less than 1,000 to a dynamic group of sixteen institutions, catering to more than 26,000 students. A veteran in the field of private higher education provision, Dr Lee also serves on National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN) and sits on the Board of Trustees of MERCY Malaysia.

Prof Xi Youmin

Executive President, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China

Professor Xi is experienced in the fields of strategic management and policy analysis, education management and management engineering. Professor Xi also established HeXie management theory, an indigenous theory widely recognised in academic circles. He currently serves as Chairperson of the Business Administration Education Steering Committee in China, Rotating Chairman of Chinese Academy of Management and Vice President of the Chinese Institute of Business Administration.

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