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"What Works" Conference on Internationalization for
Job Creation and Economic Growth

Increasing Coherence of Government and System Policies
at a Time of Global Crisis

April 12-13, 2012

SUNY - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Conference

In keeping with the State University of New York’s strategic planning focus on leveraging the power of “systemness,” this event promoted discussion of the internationalization of higher education at the system level. SUNY Global and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government at the University at Albany worked with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to examine the roles that multiple actors play in tackling the effects of the global financial crisis and fostering recovery policies — especially job creation, innovation and wealth generation.

This event was part of the OECD What Works conference series. Discussions examined how internationalization can be leveraged to support economic development in the 21st century. Creative and effective approaches were highlighted against the urgency of a global economic crisis, with job creation, economic recovery policy, human capital development and, above all, innovation at the core of the discussion. The interplay between public policy, academia, and business and industry is key. Follow the link to learn more about the series: OECD What Works.

Conference Info

Conference sessions are listed below in chronological order, with links to papers, slide presentations, and audio and video files, as available, accessible from the corresponding session.

Thursday, April 12

8:00-9:00 AM       Registration
9:00-9:45 AM       Welcome and opening remarks       (Video)
Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York, United States
Don Siegel, Dean, School of Business, SUNY at Albany, United States
Mitch Leventhal, Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs SUNY, United States
Fabrice Hénard, Analyst, IMHE, OECD, France
Tom Gais, Rockefeller Institute of Government, SUNY, United States
9:45-10:30 AM       Plenary session       (Video)
Setting the scene – Inter-linkages between government, industry and academia

Moderator: Jason Lane, Director of Education Studies & Associate Professor, Rockefeller Institute of Government, SUNY, United States
Gilles Bousquet, Vice Provost for Globalization, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Memduh Karakullukçu, Vice Chairman and President of the Global Relations Forum, Turkey - Remarks
11:00-12:30 PM       BREAKOUT SESSION#1: Challenges and new paradigms under focus
Group 1 – Re-engineering governance models for effective partnerships

Moderator: Kevin Kinser, University at Albany, United States
Steve Cannon, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom - Presentation
Geof Tomlinson, Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre, Malaysia - Presentation

Group 2 – Ethics and values as determinants underpinning internationalization
Moderator: Taya Owens, University at Albany, United States
Christiane Druml, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Ulla Gjørling, Aarhus University, Denmark - Presentation

Group 3 – Determining the added value of internationalization to economic growth
Moderator: Stephen Dunnett, University of Buffalo, United States
Heinz Fassman, University of Vienna, Austria - Presentation
Kees Kouwenaar, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands - Presentation
Alf Rasmussen, Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU), Norway

Group 4 – Internationalizing programs to spur innovation and best equip students
Moderator: Ellis Rubinstein, President, New York Academy of Sciences
Uwe Muus, Göttingen University, Germany
Marijke Wahlers, German Rectors Conference, Germany
Seo Young In, KEDI, Korea - Presentation
2:00-3:30 PM       BREAKOUT SESSIONS#2: Lessons learned from the ground
Group 5 – Supporting globally engaged, student-centered, teaching approaches

Moderator: John Fowler, Center for Collaborative Online and International Learning, SUNY, U.S.
Axel Aerden, NVAO, the Netherlands - Presentation
Norah Lynn Paddock, Association of Universities and Colleges Canada (AUCC), Canada
Jon Rubin, Center for Collaborative, Online and International Learning (COIL),SUNY, U.S.
Piet Van Hove, University of Antwerp, Belgium - Presentation

Group 6 – Co-operating in a competitive environment: managing and maximizing brain circulation and the effects of the globalization
Moderator: Joan Kanlian, Director, Westchester Export Assistance Center, U.S. Department of Commerce
Britta Baron, University of Alberta, Canada - Presentation
Tracey Bradley, Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, U.S. - Presentation
David Sweeney, Higher Education Funding Council for England, U.K. - Presentation

Group 7 – Achieving internationalization through government and industry support and participation
Marina Casals Sala, Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Spain - Presentation
Katharina Cortolezis-Schlager, Member of Austrian Parliament, Austria - Presentation
Akiyoshi Yonezawa, Nagoya University, Japan - Presentation

Group 8 – Quality assurance of internationalization as a catalyst for policy coherence
Jeff Belnap, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Mark Darby, Embassy of Australia, United States - Presentation
Karma El Hassan, American University Beirut, Lebanon - Presentation
4:00-5:00 PM       Plenary session: Linkages between internationalization, economic development and citizen engagement       (Video)
Moderator: Karma El Hassan
Internationalization of Higher Education in MENA: Policy Issues Associated with Skills Formation and Mobility
Adriana Jaramillo, World Bank
Jeff Belnap, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates

Friday, April 13

9:00-10:00 AM       Plenary session: Overview of System Level Internationalization in the United States       (Video)
Moderator: Lori Thompson, Director of the Office of International Programs, SUNY
Jason Lane, Rockefeller Institute of Government - Presentation
Mitch Leventhal, Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs, SUNY
James Breece, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, University of Maine System
Paul Primak, Director of International Programs, Oregon University System
2:00-2:30 PM       BREAKOUT SESSION - Feedback: Prospective/new trends to bear in mind       (Video)
This session reported the summary of small-group break-out sessions in which conference participants discussed several questions related to the conference theme.
2:30-3:00 PM       Final roundtable session: Foreseeable policies and approaches to internationalization       (Video)
Susan Christopherson, Professor, Cornell University, United States
Fabrice Hénard, IMHE, OECD, France
Lars Haikola, The University Chancellor, Swedish National Agency for Higher Education
3:00-3:30 PM       Closing Remarks       (Video)
Mitch Leventhal, Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs, SUNY, United States
Fabrice Hénard, Analyst, IMHE, OECD, France
Jason Lane, Rockefeller Institute of Government, SUNY, United States

Conference co-sponsors and partners:
SUNY Global Rockefeller Institute of Government OECD