The Impacts and Implications of COVID-19 on Global Higher Education

When: May 28, 2020, 10:00 AM Eastern Time (the US and Canada)
Topic: STAR Webinar: The Impacts and Implications of COVID-19 on Global Higher Education

This event is part of the webinar series: Public Health and Education in Transnational Society

During this panel, Drs. Cárdenas, Mendoza and Oleksiyenko will discuss the impact of the Covid-19 on higher education in Colombia, the U.S. and Hong Kong. Panelists will discuss the specific effects of the pandemic on their home institutions as well as how these institutions are coping including new initiatives and plans for the rest of the academic year.

Key questions:

  • What are the most pressing immediate challenges facing higher education?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities to re-open in the fall?
  • What are lessons from this experience likely to change higher education in the future?

Speaker Bios

Dr. Pilar Mendoza

Dr. Mendoza is an Associate professor in the College of Education and Director of the International Research Center for the Development of Education (CIIDE) at the University of Missouri. She holds a doctorate in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Mendoza has led research projects for the development of higher education in Colombia funded by USAID, the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright Program, and the US Embassy in Bogotá. Her research interests include decolonization, neoliberalism, globalization, and academic capitalism.


Dr. Fredy Cárdenas Riaño

Dr. Cárdenas is the Director of the International Research Center for the Development of Education (CIIDE) and Director of Student Affairs at La Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios – Main Campus, in Bogotá Colombia. He is a Doctor of Education from Universidad Central in Nicaragua. He has more than 25 years of experience teaching education, human development, and ethics. He also has more than 15 years of experience developing initiatives for academic success in higher education in Colombia. He has been part of CIIDE since its inception.


Dr. Anatoly V. Oleksiyenko

Dr. Oleksiyenko is an Associate Professor in Higher Education at the University of Hong Kong. He contributed to the internationalization of R&D programs at the University of Toronto while pursuing his PhD degree at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). His research interests include the internationalization of higher education, research capacity building, and innovative practices in an academic organization. Oleksiyenko has succeeded in securing competitive grants from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council and has been leading research teams to advance studies on the de-Sovietization of higher education and intellectual leadership in post-Soviet spaces.



Dr. Shuning Liu (Moderator)

Dr. Liu is an Assistant Professor in Curriculum Studies at Teachers College, Ball State University. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Liu has been highly engaged with the study of international student mobility, globalization and education, comparative and international education, global education policy studies, and curriculum reforms
since she was a PhD student at UW-Madison. Her current research projects involve the role of international education in the formation of social elites. Her recent research work has been published as a book Neoliberalism, Globalization, and “Elite” Education in China: Becoming International (Routledge, 2020). Her research has also been published in Educational Policy, Annual Review of Comparative and International Education, Curriculum Inquiry, and Journal for Multicultural Education.

Mauricio Izquierdo

Mauricio Izquierdo serves UNIMINUTO developing International Projects between the USA and Colombia. With over 13 years of experience in higher education, he has accomplished significant achievements in conducting training programs, seminars and workshops; developing, leading and implementing successful educational projects between South-American institutions and Universities and Colleges in Canada, the United States of America, Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, and Africa. Mauricio Izquierdo holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Politécnico Grancolombiano University, Colombia, and a master’s degree in International Relations from Javeriana University, Colombia. He is the winner of the Scholarship for the Program ELAP – Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (Canada) and the DAAD Program of Management of Internationalization at the Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany). Mauricio has been an active member of the Foundation in Colombia for the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE) and is the former coordinator of the Colombian Network for Internationalization. He has volunteered in NAFSA in the poster fair and has been a reviewer for the sessions in the annual conference committee. Currently, he is a Doctoral student of the EdD program in Educational Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Missouri.

This webinar is promoted in India by the International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building, a STAR affiliate.