The Illuminate Consulting Group (ICG) is an international science, research, and academic strategy consulting firm advising the leadership of teaching and research institutions, foundations, governments, and public agencies on policy,  development, and competition issues (download the ICG Introduction PDF document here).

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in March 2014:

 

  • On 19 March, ICG presented on Global Trends and Best Practices in Attracting International Students on behalf of the Conference Board Canada.

 

  • ICG is pleased to announce the addition of two new Advisory Board members:
  • Tracey McNicol, Deputy Director, Planning and Performance Measurement, Australian National University, Australia.
  • Douglas Proctor, Ph.D. student at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), University of Melbourne, Australia.

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in February 2014:

 

  • At the Languages Canada annual conference in Toronto from 20 to 22 February, ICG presented at three sessions:
  • A panel on The Future of Canadian Language Teaching: The Need for Competitiveness, Innovation and Value.  Co-panelists included Sherry Yuan Hunter from the University of Toronto, Tina Bax from CultureWorks, and David Parkinson from the University of Saskatchewan.
  • An Update on the BC Ministry of Education’s Pathways Project.
  • Language Learner Profile Research Project.

 

  • At the AIEA annual conference in Washington, DC, from 16 to 19 February, ICG presented on:
  • Sustainable International Enrollment Growth: Insights from Canada.  This session was jointly presented with Paul Bailey from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in January 2014:

 

 

  • ICG is pleased to announce the addition of seven new Advisory Board members:
  • Dr. Nello Angerilli, Associate Vice President International, University of Waterloo, Canada.
  • Joachim Ekström, Project Manager in the Division for Communication and External Relations, Uppsala University, Sweden.
  • Prof. Peter Frappell, Pro Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement, University of Tasmania, Australia.
  • Lars Holberg, Director International, Linköping University, Sweden.
  • Bob Korzeniowski, Director International, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
  • Dino Roppo, Manager International and Intergovernmental Relations, Enterprise and Advanced Education at Government of Alberta, Canada.
  • Ted Vaughan, Director Universities and Colleges, Nova Scotia Department of Education, Canada.

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in December 2013:

 

 

  • ICG is pleased to announce that Bianca Mulaney will join ICG as a 2014 January intern.  Bianca is currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at Harvard University.

 

 

 

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in November 2013:

 

 

 

  • On 17 and 18 November, ICG ran three sessions at the CBIE Annual Conference in Vancouver (please note that presentations are only being made available to ICG clients and Canadian stakeholders having attended the below sessions):
  • A professional development workshop on Achieving Your International Strategic Enrollment Goals: From Competition Dynamics To Channel Management.
  • An invitation-only session on Canada’s International Recruiting Markets 2014-16 for senior stakeholders from federal and provincial governments, national associations, crown corporations, and representatives from universities, colleges, languages schools, and the K-12 sector.
  • A briefing for DFATD's trade commissioners on market trends and Canada's competitive position.

 

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in October 2013:

 

  • On 31 October, ICG and the German American International School (GAIS) in Menlo Park, CA, announced a third major research cooperation on Bilingual Language Learner Profiles.  Between November 2013 and June 2014, ICG will observe early stage language learners in GAIS classrooms in order to design individualized Language Learner Profiles.  This project is part of ICG's international student academic learning development practice.

 

 

  • ICG is pleased to announce the award of one co-op internship starting in January 2014:
  • Miguel Arias Rozo, a fourth-year international relations student at the University of British Columbia.

 

 

 

  • At the 2013 AIEC Annual Conference in Canberra from 8-11 October, ICG contributed two sessions:
  • Tuition Fees-based Competition: Australia in Perspective.  Nicole Brigg from Griffith University (Australia) co-presented.  The presentation can be downloaded here.
  • Benchmarking International Student Success across Countries.  Nicole Brigg from Griffith University (Australia) co-presented.  The presentation can be downloaded here.

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in September 2013:

 

 

  • ICG is pleased to announce the addition of two new Academic Advisory Board members:
  • Tina Bax.  Ms. Bax serves as the founder and CEO of CultureWorks, an intensive English language for academic purposes and pathways provider.  CulureWorks operates on-campus schools at Carleton and Western Universities, as well at smaller universities and university colleges. 
  • Francis Little.  Ms. Little serves as the International Director at the Auckland University of Technology.  She has represented AUT and New Zealand for many years around the world.

 

  • At the 2013 EAIE Annual Conference in Istanbul from 10-13 September, ICG contributed two sessions:

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in August 2013:

 

  • ICG finalized a research report on Fraud and Deception in International Education.  The report was jointly commissioned by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Canada.  An advance copy of the report is available on request.

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in July 2013:

 

  • ICG is pleased to annouce the launch of ICG Placement Strategies (ICGPS).  ICGPS offers student placement and study outcome analytics to secondary schools, school districts, associations, and education ministries.  Key services include the Global Academic Placement Index, the Global Outcome Performance Index, and the Student Academic Success Tracking models. 

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in June 2013:

 

  • ICG is pleased to annouce that Nelson Furtado joined ICG as an Analyst.  Mr. Furtado served with the Secretariat of the Canadian International Education Strategy Advisory Panel, with Edu-Canada (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Canada), and with the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (MTCU) in Ontario.  He will graduate shortly with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Communication Studies from Carleton University.

 

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in May 2013:

 

  • At the 2013 NAFSA Annual Conference in St. Louis from 27-31 May 2013, ICG offered eight research and policy sessions (a detailed program can be downloaded here):

 

  • ICG presented twice at the 2013 ICEF North America Workshop in Toronto from 9-11 May 2013:

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in March 2013:

 

  • ICG is pleased to welcome Ms. Sonja Knutson as a new Academic Advisory Board member.  Ms. Knutson serves as the Acting Director of the International Centre as well as the Manager of the International Student Advising Office at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.  She is a Member of the Board of Directors at the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), and served for six years as the President of TSEL, Newfoundland.  Ms. Knutson holds a Masters in Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Bachelors in Education from Concordia University.

 

  • ICG is pleased to welcome Ms. Carolyn Russell as a new Academic Advisory Board member.  Ms. Russell serves as the Director of Student Recruitment at the University of Victoria (British Columbia).  She previously served as the Director of Student Sucess & International Operations at the University of Northern British Columbia.  Ms. Russell holds a Masters in Political Science from the University of Northern British Columbia and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Victoria.

 

 

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in February 2013:

 

  • ICG will contribute to three sessions at the Languages Canada conference in Halifax, NS from 20-23 February:
  • Saudi-Arabian Students in North America: Emerging Change Scenarios.
  • The Relevance of Language: Debating the Future Role of Language Programs within Higher Education Institutions.
  • Measuring Student Preparedness and Study Success: Insights from PRISM (Release 3).

 

  • On 22 February, ICG will hold a Nova Scotia Department of Education-sponsored seminar on International Education: An Update on Salient Data, Emerging Trends, and Strategies to Succeed.

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in January 2013:

 

  • ICG is pleased to announce the recruitment of three January Interns from Harvard University: Mr. Arturo Elizondo, Mr. Jay Po, and Mr. Alydaar Rangwala.

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in December 2012:

 

  • ICG is pleased to announce that Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco has joined ICG's Academic Advisory Board.  He currentlys serves as the Executive Vice President of the Ernst Reuter Gesellschaft (ERG), and as a consultant in international education matters.  Previously, Dr. de Vivanco served for fifteen years as the Dean of International Affairs at the FU Berlin.  Prior to that, he represented the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in London and as Director of the New York office.  In 2001, Dr. de Vicanvo was elected President of the European Association of International Educators (EAIE).  He holds a doctoral degree from the LMU Munich.

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in November 2012:

 

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in October 2012:

 

 

  • At the Forum on Restoring the Global Economy in Atlanta on 4 October, ICG's Managing Director, Dr. Daniel J. Guhr, presented on talent attraction, innovation, and America's future competitiveness.

 

  • At the American Association of Universities (AAU) annual meeting in New Orleans from 30 September to 2 October, ICG's Managing Director, Dr. Daniel J. Guhr, presented on the Internationalization of Graduate Education.

 

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in September 2012:

 

 

 

 

 

  • ICG is pleased to have contributed the following sessions at the 2012 EAIE Annual Conference in Dublin from 12-14 September:

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in August 2012:

 

  • ICG is pleased to annouce the recruiting of Mr. Robert Jackman.  Mr. Jackman will join ICG from Stanford University where he obtained a MPP in Public Policy and a MA in Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies.  He also holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia.

 

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in July 2012:

 

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in June 2012:

 

  • Thought Leader Dialogues: Marketing, Recruitment & Admissions.
  • Benchmarking Academic Performance – Second Language as a Factor (together with Gonzalo Peralta, the Executive Director of Languages Canada).

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in May 2012:

 

  • At the 2012 NAFSA Annual Conference in Houston from 27-31 May 2012, ICG will offer seven sessions (all sessions take place in the Highland Room, Four Seasons Hotel):
  • ISAFM Version 3 Release Session, Tuesday, 10:30 to 11:30 am.  The Session features 2012-14 international student flows forecasts for Australia, Canada, the UK, and the United States based on ICG’s International Student Analytics and Forecasting Model (ISAFM). 
  • PRISM Launch Session, Tuesday, 1:00 to 2:15 pm.  PRISM assesses the success and performance of international students from a cross-institutional and cross-national perspective. The session shares insights from institutions based in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, followed by a panel discussion with participating institutions and experts. 
  • 2nd Nordic International Education Outlook Session, Tuesday, 3:00 to 4:15 pm.  The session discusses the international strategic outlook for Nordic higher education institutions.  Co-chaired by Dr. John E. Andersen (University of Copenhagen) and Gudrun Paulsdottir (Mälardalen University and EAIE President).  Open to institutions from the Nordic Region. 
  • Quality Assurance in International Education Session, Tuesday, 4:30 to 5:30 pm.  The session discusses findings from globally-scoped research ICG has undertaken on behalf of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.
  • 2nd Canada Strategic Outlook Session, Wednesday, 9:00 to 10:00 am.  This session discusses the strategic outlook for Canadian institutions and features results from research reports on Canadian international education issues.  Co-chaired by Gonzalo Peralta (Languages Canada) and Dr. Randall Martin (BCCIE).  Open to Canadian institutions only (in cooperation with the NAFSA Canada MIG).
  • Strategic Engagement with International Rankings, Wednesday, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.  The session discusses papers ICG released at the 2012 International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) conference which focus on institutional engagement strategies with international university rankings. 
  • 2nd Australia Strategic Outlook Session, Wednesday 4:00 to 5:00 pm.  This session discusses the strategic outlook for Australian universities. Issues discussed include ICG’s international student forecast and findings from ICG’s international student success and performance benchmark model.  Chaired by Chris Madden (Pro Vice-Chancellor International, Griffith University).

 

 

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in April 2012:

 

  • At the 2012 Conference of the Americas in Rio de Janeiro from25-28 April, ICG's Managing Director, Dr. Daniel J. Guhr, will contribute to three sessions:
  • Making Sense of Student Mobility: What do we Really Know?  Together with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Canada.
  • Education, Innovation, and Talent Attraction: Comparing Santiago de Chile and Vancouver.
  • Mobile Online Learning as a Change Catalyst in International Education.

 

  • A View on Existing Rankings and the Introduction of U-Multirank in the Light of Students as Key Rankings Stakeholders.  Together with Christian Hemmestad Bjerke, University of Bergen, Norway.
  • Institutional Perspectives on the Strategic Impact of Rankings – Implications from a Case Study of the University of Canterbury (New Zealand).  Together with Dr. Nello Angerilli, PVC Student Services and International, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

 

  • ICG is pleased to annouce the award of five summer internship and researcher positions:
  • Jingqiu Guan from Harvard University.  Ms. Guan will graduate with an M.Ed. in the summer.
  • Aleksandra Kozera from the CASS School of Business in London.  Ms. Kozera will graduate with a B.Sc. in Management in 2013.
  • Anuv Ratan from Harvard University.  Mr. Ratan will return as a short-term researcher after a previous January internship. 
  • Swupnil Sahai from the University of California at Berkeley.  Mr. Sahai is a rising junior.
  • Sanja Sontor from the Hertie School of Governance.  Ms. Sontor will graduate with a MPP in 2013.

 

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in March 2012:

 

  • At the 2012 ICSIT Conference from 25-28 March in Orlando, ICG presented three papers.  ICG's Managing Director, Dr. Daniel J. Guhr, co-chaired one ICTs in Society and Education track:

 

  • Dr. Christopher Thompson joined ICG's Academic Advisory Board and will serve as the Principal Investigator for PRISM.  Dr. Thompson's background includes positions as Director of Research for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Senior Director of Research for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Senior Policy Analyst for the National Governors' Association.  He was educated at the University of Cambridge (Ph.D. in local public finance), UC Berkeley (Master's in City and Regional Planning), and University College London (B.Sc. (Hons) in Geography).

 

  • Dr. Lorna Jean Edmonds joined ICG's Advisory Board.

 

  • At the 2012 IADIS Conference on mobile learning from 11-13 March in Berlin, Grace Gair presented a paper on Mobile Device Trends and Their Implications for Mobile Learning at Higher Education Institutions .

 

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in February 2012:

 

  • ICG will present on What is Really Known about the Role and Impact of Language on International Education? at the Languages Canada Annual Conference in Vancouver from 27 to 29 February.

 

 

  • On 22 February, ICG co-hosted a recruiting dinner discussion at Harvard University together with the Harvard College Consulting Group.  Applications for the dinner can be submitted to recruitment at illuminategroup.com.   

 

  • ICG contributed to three sessions and research showcases at the AIEA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, from 20 to 22 February:
  • Is the Promise of International Alumni as Talent Scouts Real?
  • Insights from a Research Project on International Student Pathways: Australia, Canada, and the United States.
  • Promoting Cooperatively: A Canadian Multi-Associations Approach (together with AUCC and CBIE).

 

 

 

 

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News, Events, Presentations, and Publications in January 2012:

 

  • On 31 January, ICG released a report on Provincial Support for International Education Promotion in Canada to EduNova.  The report covers direct and indirect support models of Provincial Governments for international education promotion activities, and includes an eleven category typology of these models.  The report is available to Canadian stakeholders only.

 

 

 

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Newsticker December 2011:

 

  • ICG will be closed from 24 December 2011 to 2 January 2012.

 

  • ICG is pleased to annouce the commencement of a pro bono project for the German American International School in Menlo Park.  The project centers on al benchmarking of the Middle Years Program (MYP) of International Bachalaureate (IB) schools in Australia, Canada, Germany, and the US.

 

  • ICG is pleased to announce the selection of two January Short-term Interns:
  • Anuv Ratan, a sophmore at Harvard University.
  • Maxwell Wang, a freshman at Harvard University.

 

 

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Newsticker November 2011:

 

  • At the CBIE Annual Conference from 20-23 November in Ottawa, ICG contributed to three sessions and workshops:

 

  • On 18 November, ICG presented the results of the Canada's Capacity for International Student Enrollment research report at  the Canadian National Education Marketing Roundtable (NEMR) in Ottawa.  The report was commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAIT) Canada.  The report will be made publicly available by January 2012.  The presentation from 18 November will be made available in both English and French in December.

 

  • ICG is pleased to welcome two new researchers:
  • Aurelie Basha from the London School of Economics.  Aurelia holds a MPP from Harvard University and a B.Sc. in International Relations and History from the London School of Economics.   
  • Brandon Kenney from the London School of Economics.  Brandon holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Bellarmine University.  He has won multiple scholarships, awards, and prizes for his academic performance and writing.

 

  • On 3 November, ICG's Managing Director, Dr. Daniel J. Guhr, delivered the Jean-Pierre Gaboury lecture at the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies' annual conference in Vancouver.

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Newsticker October 2011:

 

  • ICG is pleased to welcome new researchers:
  • Benedikt Dietl from the London School of Economics.  Ben holds a B.A. in Economics from St. Gallen.  He also studied at the Universidade Catolica Portuguesa in Lisbon and attended high school in Bavaria and British Columbia.
  • Dr. Ann Hapka who resides in Madrid.  Ann obtained a doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge in Latin American Studies.  She also holds a M.A. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, a M.A. in Viticulture and Enology from Complutense University in Spain, a MBA from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Minnesota.
  • Ola Kohut from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.  Ola holds a B.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics (first class).  She graduated with a 44/45 International Baccalaureate in Wroclaw, Poland.

 

 

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Newsticker September 2011:

 

 

 

  • On Tuesday, 13 September, ICG hosted an Internationalization Strategy Roundtable, which served as the 2011 ICG ICG Thought Leader Session at EAIE. The Roundtable was limited to a dozen senior administrators and experts and will discuss issues such as: Who actually “owns” internationalization? Are we going to experience a “student as consumer” driven homogenization? If internationalization is so important, why are institutional leaders beginning to move into different directions (by invitation only; no public documentation is being made available)?  

 

  • On Wednesday, 14 September, ICG hosted the Canada Pathways Meeting.   The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) chaired the session.  ICG released results from the currently underway Canada-wide CCIEM pathways survey. The CCIEM Pathways project is supported by CCIEM’s member organizations AUCC, ACCC, CAPS-I, Languages Canada, and CBIE. The project investigates a wide range of student pathways relevant issues, including data availability, business models, quality assurance, and the usefulness of national frameworks (open to Canadian public institutions and governmental agencies).   The presentation file can be downloaded here.

 

  • On Wednesday, 14 September, ICG hosted the Australia Strategy Outlook SessionThe session was chaired by Griffith University.  ICG shared its analysis of the drastic change dynamics in international student intake patterns in Australia based on ICG’s International Student Analytics and Flow Model (ISAFM), which is based on 1.9 million data points and 120+ variables. The session focused on triaging institutional strategy, national policies, and global competition dynamics – and offered perspectives on areas of persistent competitive strength as well as substantial competitive challenges (open to Australian public institutions and governmental agencies).  The presentation file can be downloaded here.

 

  • On Wednesday, 14 September, ICG hosted the Sweden Universities SessionLinköping University chaired the session.  ICG discussed international recruiting perspectives for Swedish universities. This fall, around 1,200 fee-paying students are expected to enroll following the introduction of tuition fees for non-EEA students – a fraction of past free mover intake numbers. The session looked at causes, competitive context, as well as marketing, recruiting, and relationship options to address this decline. Updates were offered on the Study Destination Sweden report An Expanded International Market Positioning Strategy for Sweden and the ICG-sponsored Master’s Thesis by Grace Gair on Tuition Fees for International Students in Sweden – An Analysis of Policy Changes and Institutional Responses (open to Swedish universities).  The presentation file can be downloaded here

 

  • On Wednesday, 14 September, ICG’s Managing Director, Dr. Daniel Guhr, chaired the EAIE Dialogue One Creating a Global Environment for International Higher Education. Questions such as “Is there a difference between international higher education and higher education in the global context?” were explored by a range of panelists, among which feature Eva Egron-Polak, International Association of Universities, France; Marijk van der Wende, Amsterdam University College, Netherlands; Eva Åkesson, Lund University, Sweden; and Alberto Rodriguez, The World Bank Education Department Europe and Central Asia Region, USA.  The organizational file can be downloaded here.

 

  • On Thursday, 15 September, ICG releasd its Web 3.0 in Higher Education report featuring 15 case studies on Marketing, Recruiting, Alumni, Outreach, and Fundraising. The session presented analysis of best practices and strategies ranging from student recruiting models on Facebook and LinkedIn to admissions testimonials on YouTube to internal alumni platforms to web-based governmental outreach efforts. The report drew on ICG’s Silicon Valley location, coupled with ICG's international education strategy and institutional development advisory practices. The session took place in conjunction with Andrew Shaindlin (Alumni Futures) and Mauro Mondino (Hertie School of Governance and ICG) who presented his 2010 ICG Summer Internship research (by invitation only).  The presentation file can be downloaded here.

 

  • On Friday, 16 September, ICG releaseed Version 1-2 of the International Student Analytics and Forecasting (ISAFM) Model. ISAFM is a global student flow forecast model based on more than 1.9 million data points and more than 120 variables. ISAFM forecasts are based on multiple criteria, including degree level, gender, and study field. ISAFM reflects on client work ICG has undertaken worldwide as much as on ICG’s academic heritage of in-depth quantitative analysis.  ISAFM Version 1 was released to clients in April 2011. Version 2 contains updated 2010 and 2011 data (by invitation only).  The presentation file can be downloaded here

 

  • On Friday, 16 September, ICG chaired and spoke at an EAIE session on Reversing Old Paradigms: How Students use Web 2.0 to Counterbalance Institutional Control of the Recruiting Process (Session 10.11). The recruitment of international students has undergone many changes, especially with Web 2.0 technologies being introduced, yet insufficient attention has been paid to how the corresponding behavior of students has changed as well.  This session reflected on case studies and research, which will present examples of student behavior and institutional responses.  Delia de Vreeze from the University of Wageningen spoke next to Dr. Daniel Guhr from ICG.  The presentation file can be downloaded here.

 

  • On Friday, 16 September, ICG chaired and presented in an EAIE session on International Alumni as Talent Scouts: Does the Promise Really Hold Up? (Session 5.22). The role of international alumni – assistance with recruiting the next generation of students – has been discussed for a good number of years. Yet evidence if and how this concept truly works remains sparse and, most importantly, no clarity has been achieved about who is in charge. This session moved from the theoretical promise to case studies, which discuss success and failures of attempts to turn international alumni into talent scouts.  Andrew Shaindlin (Alumni Futures) and Elizabeth Allen (Adaptivate) contributed to the session.  The presentation file can be downloaded here.

 

 

 

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Newsticker August 2011:

 

  • On 31 August, The Australian published Number's Up on Quality which quoted ICG's Managing Director, Dr. Daniel Guhr, extensively.  The article related to the upcoming ICG Australia Strategy Outlook Session at the 2011 EAIE conference in Copenhagen on 14 September.

 

 

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Newsticker July 2011:

 

  • ICG is pleased to annouce the recruitment of Alexander A. Lundberg.  Mr. Lundberg recently graduated with a M.Sc. in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics He will serve as the 2011 Quantitative Analysts Intern with a focus on the International Student and Analytics Forecasting Model (ISAFM).

 

 

 

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Newsticker June 2011:

 

  • At the Annual NAFSA conference in Vancouver from 30 May to 3 June, ICG hosted and contributed to a number of sessions, including:
  • 31 May, ISAFM Advisory Board meeting and the ISAFM client meeting (both by invitation only).

 

  • 1 June, ICG hosted the Sixth ICG Thought Leader Session on "Talent Attraction and Innovation: Vancouver, Melbourne, and Santiago".  Presenters included Prof. Michael A. Goldberg (Dean Emeritus, UBC Sauder School of Business), Prof. Chris Robinson (the former Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at Victoria University (Australia), and Nicolas Shea (the Innovation Advisor to the Minster for Economics in Chile and CEO of Start Up Chile).  The session was chaired by Dr. Randall Martin from the British Columbia Council for International Education (by invitation only).  The presentation file can be downloaded here.

 

  • 2 June, an ICG-sponsored MPP thesis on "Tuition Fees for International Students in Sweden – An Analysis of Policy Changes and Institutional Response" was released by Grace Gair.  This thesis was co-sponsored by Lund University (RSVP required).  The presentation file can be downloaded here.  The MPP thesis can be downloaded here.

 

  • 2 June, an ICG-sponsored MPP thesis release by Mauro Mondino on "An Analysis of Flagship Scholarships - Policy, Communication, and Performance in International Comparison" (RSVP required). The presentation file can be downloaded here.  The MPP thesis can be downloaded here.

 

  • 2 June, the "CCIEM Pathways Session" for Canadian federal and provincial ministries as well as educational associations (by invitation only). The presentation file can be downloaded here.

 

 

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Newsticker May 2011:

 

  • On 17 May, ICG finalized its summer researcher class.  The two in-coming summer researchers will join the 2011 Summer Intern class which was announced on 25 April.  We are pleased to welcome:
  • Krisztina Csortea from the University of Oxford 
  • Paul Fehlinger from the Sciences Po

 

 

 

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Newsticker April 2011:

 

  • On 25 April, ICG finalized its summer intern class from a pool of more than 130 applicants.  We are pleased to welcome:
  • Pratusha Erraballi from the University of Southern California
  • Zung Nguyen from Brown University

 

  • In April, two ICG Advisory Board members announced new leadership positions:
  • Dr. Kirk Simmons took up the role of Director of Global Relations at the Pennsylvania State University.  He had previously served as the Executive Director for International Affairs at the University of Arizona.
  • Andrew Shaindlin will become the Associate Vice President for Advancement as well as the Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Development at Carnegie Mellon University on 1 June.  He previously served as the Executive Director of the Caltech Alumni Association as well as the Acting Asstistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Caltech.

 

  • On 11 April, ICG released the results of a multi-year, interdisciplinary project on modeling and forecasting international student flows - the International Students Analytics and Forecasting Model (ISAFM) (release report).   The first client project was jointly conducted with the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE), Okanagan College, Capilano University, and Simon Fraser University.  The public release of ISAFM took place on 11 April at the Simon Fraser University's Harbour Centre in Vancouver, BC.  ISAFM is based on 1.9 million data points, 128 variables, and a set of statistical and forecaating methodologies including System Dynamics, Bayesian  probablity analysis, multi-variate regressions, and machine based learning (MBL). 
  • ISAFM release media coverage includes:

 

 

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Newsticker March 2011:

 

  • ICG released a report on behalf of Study Destination Sweden (a joint venture of Swedish universities and the Swedish Institute) on An Expanded International Market Positioning Strategy for Sweden (311 p.).  This report is available to Swedish stakeholders and includes a detailed analysis of the introduction of tuition fees for non-EEA students, implications for the recruiting position of Swedish universities, a perspective on the impact on admissions processes and procedures, the rise of Web 2.0 tools and platforms in internaitonal marketing and recruiting, and an overview of tuition fees charged by Swedish universities.

 

  • A presentation on Best Practices in Utilizing Web 2.0 Platforms and Communities in International Education on 10 March.
  • A presentation on Education Pathways of Students in the Asia-Pacific Region togetehr with Chris Madden from Griffith University on 10 March.

 

  • A presentation at the conference's main plenary session on the state of research on language education and how quality research can aid policy decision-making.
  • A presentation in the profesisonal development workshop on pathways programs.
  • A leadership discussion on the development of Canadian international education.

 

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Newsticker February 2011:

 

  • On 18 February, ICG's Managing Director, Dr. Daniel J. Guhr will lead a webinar on behalf of the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) on Utilizing Web 2.0 Platforms and Communities.  The webinar discusses how "Web 2.0 communities will continue to change, shape, and disrupt the way students socialize and communicate, as much as the manner in which universities must reach out to them, or how promotion agencies can market a country as a study destination.  It will draw on case studies as well as technical and policy analyses ICG has compiled for a recent Web 2.0 report."

 

  • On 4 February, the Dean of Graduate Studies  at Memorial University Newfoundland (MUN), Dr. Noreen Golfman, commented on a presentation delivered by Dr. Daniel J. Guhr on international strategy.  The comments, embedded in a larger thought piece on MUN's international role, can be read at There’s a real racket out there about internationalizing our campuses.

 

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Newsticker January 2011:

 

  • Handbook for Leverage and Network Strategy (92 p.).  The Handbook is structured into four chapters.  Chapter 1 covers general background, methodology information, and limitations.  Chapter 2 discusses changing parameters and startegies with regards to conference attendance.  Chapter 3 covers twelve conferences: AIEA, AIEC, APAIE, CONAHEC, EAIE, Going Global, NAFSA, and QS Apple in details, and CAIE, ENZ, IEHE, adn QS MAPLE in brief capsules.  Chapter 4 provides a toolkit which includes a Decision-Making Matrix, conference planners, and recommendaitons how to attend a conference in a low resource mode.
  • Appendix I (98 p.).  The first Appendix includes graphs and detailed data tables covering the twelve conferences.  Data are from 2009 and 2010.
  • Appendix II (7 p.).  The second Appendix contains an analysis of the exhibitionhall presence of countries and regions at the 2010 NAFSA in Kansas City.  This analysis is seperately available from ICG.

 

  • Lund University agreed to co-sponsor Ms. Grace Gair's MPP Thesis on university admissions in Sweden.

 

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Newsticker December 2010:

 

  • ICG is pleased to announce the award of three January 2011 internship positions:
  • Yannis Valtis, Harvard University.  Yannis Valtis is a junior at Harvard University, studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. He currently works at the Center for Regenerative Medicine of the Massachusetts General Hospital as a student researcher, investigating events of regeneration in the adult brain under normal conditions and in cancer.
  • William Chen, Harvard University.  William Chen is a first-year student at Harvard University studying Mathematics and Statistics. He has undertaken research with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Over the academic year, he is working on the staff for IMUSE (Initiating Mutual Understanding through Student Exchange), where he will help develop a cross-cultural student exchange in Beijing.
  • Xumin Hu, UC Berkeley.  Xumin Hu is a third year business administration and political science double major from the University of California, Berkeley. He has over one and a half years of research experience at the Political Science department at Berkeley. He has also served on the Academic Senate as a student representative.

 

  • ICG is pleased to annouce the awarding of two Master's Thesis sponsorship awards for 2011 at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.  Recipients are:
  • Grace Gair.  Ms Gair will write her thesis on the organizational, policy, and regulatory changes to university admissions in Sweden following the introduction of tuition fees for non-EEA citizens.
  • NN.  NN will write his thesis on national policies aimed at attracting talent and a skilled labor force through funding mechanisms such as grants, waivers, scholarships, and fellowships.

 

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Newsticker November 2010:

 

  • On 22 November, ICG presented at the Forum For Internationalization in Stockholm on The Introduction of Tuition Fees: Perspectives on Strategic Changes.  Please refer to the ICG presentation for a complete accounting of ICG's statements. 

 

  • Dr. Kirk Simmons joined ICG's Academic Advisory Board.  Dr. Simmons serves as the Executive Director of the International Affairs Division at the University of Arizona.  He previously served at the Universities of Oregon, Oregon State, and Missouri, as well as at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  Dr. Simmons holds a B.S. degree in Psychology and General Science and an M.B.A from the University of Oregon.  He completed his Ph.D. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Missouri, with a research focus on aspects of multinational technology transfer.

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Newsticker October 2010:

 

  • On 20 October, ICG released a report on International Student Pathways in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand in a session organized by the Canadian Consortium for International Education Marketing (CCIEM).
  • On 21 October, ICG presented the results of a 300+ pages research report on Web 2.0 Tools, Platforms, and Communities in a Web 2.0 workshop.  Presenters include Abigail Kimball (Princeton University) and NN (Hertie School of Governance).
  • On 22 October, ICG presented in a session on the Future of International Education together with Jeanette Velez (Universidad del Rosario, Columbia) and Jean-Philippe Tachjian (Department of Fortein Affairs and Trade Canada).
  • On 13 October, ICG released the 2010 EAIE Exhibition Hall Impressions Capsule.  The Impressions Capsule contains a brief analysis of 25 national presences based on a set of seven factors ranging from staff competence to design to the quality of collateral.  Capsules are produced by ICG researchers as part of their analytical training.  This Capsule is available to ICG clients and select third parties.
  • On 8 October, ICG opened applications for Short-term January/February 2011 Internships in its San Francisco Bay Area headquarter.  January/February Internships are short-term (up to three weeks), between fall and spring term opportunities for undergraduate students.  Internships are offered between 3 January and 26 February.  More information and application guidelines can be downloaded here.
 
 
  • Jaina Hirai (USA)
  • John Hreno (USA)
  • Laura Roman (Romania)

 

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Newsticker September 2010:

 

  • Part-time researcher positions starting in Septemebr 2010 (Berlin)
  • MPP Thesis sponsorhip for 2011 (Berlin)
  • Summer Internship for 2011 (San Francisco Bay Area)
  • Professional Year / Full-Year Internship for 2011/12 (San Francisco Bay Area)

 

  • On 15 and 16 September, ICG chaired a full day workshop on Web 2.0 developments together with Andy Shaindlin (Chair of the CASE Alumni Commission and author of alumnifutures).  Presenters included Christiane Roth (Bocconi University), Delia de Vreeze (Wageningen University), and Mauro Mondino (Hertie School of Governance).
  • On 18 September, ICG chaired a session on international alumni based on the first ever global alumni survey.  The survey was comissioned by the New Zealand Ministry of Education and is publicly available.

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Newsticker August 2010:

 

 

  • Prof. Ravi Rajan, the Provost of College Eight at UC Santa Cruz, joined ICG's Academic Advisory Board.  Prof. Rajan was educated at the University of Delhi (B.A. and M.A.), and the University of Oxford (D.Phil).  He completed postdoctoral studies at UC Berkeley, at Cornell University, and at the Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte.  He has been instrumental at setting up the Green Entrepreneur program at UC Santa Cruz.

 

 

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Newsticker June 2010:

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsticker May 2010:

 

  • ICG is pleased to announce the completion of the 2010 ICG Sponsored Master's Thesis.  On 17 May 2010, Simon Lange from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin passed the defense of his Master's thesis.  The thesis is on International Higher Education Revisited: An Analysis of Country-Specific Trends and Demand Drivers in the Global Market for Cross-Border Student Mobility.

 

  • On 12 May, ICG delivered the findings of its report on the introduction of tuition fees for non-EEA students to the Swedish Institute at a Sweden-wide seminar in Stockholm.

 

  • On 11 May, ICG presented at Mälardalen University  in Sweden on Tuition-Based Competition and International Recruitment.

 

  • ICG is pleased to announce the the class of 2010 ICG Summer Interns, Summer Researchers, and Full-Year Interns:
  • Abbie Kimbell from Princeton University.  Summer intern.
  • Jolie Miao from the University of Cambridge.  Summer intern.
  • Mauro Mondino from the Hertie School of Governance.  Summer intern.
  • Talal Alhammad from Harvard University.  Summer researcher.
  • Ngan Nugyen from the University of Cambridge.  Summer researcher.  
  • Simon Lange from the Hertie School of Governance.  Full-year intern.

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Newsticker April 2010:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsticker March 2010:

 

  • On 25 March, ICG presented at the Swedish Ministry of Education and Research on Tuition Fees and International Recruitment.

 

  • On 24 March, ICG presented at Lund University and at Jonkoping Universityin Sweden on Tuition-Based Competition and International Recruitment.

 

 

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Newsticker February 2010:

 

  • On 21 February, ICG will interview candidates for the 2010 ICG Summer Internships at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.  

 

 

  • On 1 February, ICG's Managing Director, Dr. Daniel J. Guhr was featured on Andy Shaindlin's blog alumnifutures with a second installment of comments on the Bologna Process and Alumni Relations.   

 

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Newsticker January 2010:

 

  • On 28 January, ICG delivered a seminar to British Columbia education providers (secondary and tertiary sectors) in Vancouver on behalf of the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE).  

 

  • On 19 January, ICG ran a full day strategy seminar on international education trends as well as web-based recruiting and marketing tools at Algonquin College in Ottawa.
  • The ICG 2010 Summer Internship Call for Applications for North America-based candidates was opened.  Applications will be accepted until 31 March for internships between June to September.  The internships will be based in ICG's San Francisco Bay Area Office.

 

 

 

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Newsticker December 2009:

 

  • The ICG San Francisco Bay Area Office is closed from 24 December 2009 to 3 January 2010.

 

  • On 11 December, ICG presented at Uppsala University in Sweden on Tuition Fees and International Recruitment.

 

  • On 10 December, ICG presented at Linkoping University in Sweden on Tuition-Based Competition and International Recruitment.

 

  • On 1 December, ICG gave a half-day seminar on International Student Mobility: Trends, Developments, and the Road Ahead for all eight universities in Hong Kong, hosted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

 

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Newsticker November 2009:

 

  • On 30 November, ICG gave a half-day seminar on Alumni Relations and Online Communities for all eight universities in Hong Kong, hosted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • The Proceedings from the ICG-Chronicle-Imperial College seminar on How the Global Economic Crisis Is Shaping Competitiveness Ten Years Out - International Recruiting, Research, and Relationships on 15 September in London are available for download.
  • ICG led two sessions at the 2009 CBIE Annual Conference in Toronto from 8-11 November 2009 on:

 

  • ICG presented at a Citizienship and Immigration Canada seminar on 5 November on web portal, visa processing, and data integration issues regarding international students entering Canada.
  • On 5 November, ICG presented at a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Canada-led federal/provinvial/territorial consultation with Canadian stakeholders on the results of the Best Practices on Managing the Delivery of Canadian Higher Education Marketing report.

 

 

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Newsticker October 2009:

 

  • ICG completed a report on behalf of the New Zealand Ministry of Education titled New Zealand Alumni Survey - Experienced, Attitudes, and Engagement.  This report covers the first ever global survey of a nation's higher education alumni.  It produced more than 320,000 data points and covered more than 3,400 alumni.  It was jointly executed with New Zealand's eight universities.  The report was released by the Ministry on 23 October and can be downloaded in full from the Ministry's Education Counts website.

 

  • ICG completed a report on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Canada (DFAIT) titled Best Practices on Managing the Delivery of Canadian Education Marketing.  The report includes a benchmarking section which covers Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand. the United Kingdom, and the United States.  It also comments on Canada's international education marketing performance and landscape up to now.  This 230+ pages report is slated for release by DFAIT in November 2009.

 

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Newsticker September 2009:

 

  • Dr. Daniel J. Guhr, ICG's Managing Director, spoked on how global economic and policy trends impact educational competition dynamics.
  • Dr. Madeleine Reeve, the Pro Vice-Chancellor International and Development at RMIT University, in Melbourne, spoke on managing international student recruiting.
  • Prof. Mary Ritter, the Pro-Rector for International and Postgraduate Affairs at Imperial College London, addressed trends in international research relationships.
  • Dr. Maurits van Rooijen, the President of the Compostela Group of Universities, a Spain-based consortium, talked about the future development of university alliances.
  • Mr. Andrew Shaindlin, the Executive Director of the Caltech Alumni Association,  spoke on the impact of social media and online communities on student and alumni behavior.
  • INTAL Opening Session: How alumni networks can help drive internationalisation.  Ian Moore from Coventry University and Dr. Daniel J. Guhr from ICG presented on how alumni networks have been largely overlooked in the past as key contributors to internationalisation efforts.  The session will highlight how this situation has begun to change.  International alumni are vital brand carriers, render useful localised services, and can serve as crucial talent scouts.  Not surprisingly, high quality alumni networks contribute to the competitive advantage of their alma mater.
  • Recruiting and branding in on-line communities: what does and does not work.  Andrew Shaindlin from Caltech and Dr. Daniel J. Guhr from ICG presented on how universities have become aware of the potential of social networking sites for marketing and recruiting purposes, but still must decide which Web 2.0 platforms to engage in.  This session deals with the question of which communities work for higher education purposes, and which don't.

 

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Newsticker August 2009:

 

  • ICG chaired the Stakeholder and Experts meeting called by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) on 12 August at Meech Lake.

 

  • ICG hosted the second New Zealand PVC Roundtable at the Education New Zealand conference on 7 August.

 

  • On 6 August, ICG released the New Zealand Alumni Survey - Experiences, Attitudes, and Engagement survey at the Eduction New Zealand Conference in Wellington to New Zealand stakeholders (see the executive summary).  This survey constitutes the first ever sector-wide survey of alumni from all over the world.  In addition, ICG released eight customized reports for the Auckland University of Technology, Lincoln University, Massey University, the University of Auckland,  the University of Canterbury, the University of Otago, the University of Waikato, and Victoria Wellington University.

 

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Newsticker July 2009:

 

  • Dr. Daniel J. Guhr, ICG's Managing Director, will explain how global economic and policy trends impact educational competition dynamics.
  • Dr. Madeleine Reeve, the Pro Vice-Chancellor International and Development at RMIT University, in Melbourne, will speak on managing international student recruiting.
  • Prof. Mary Ritter, the Pro-Rector for International and Postgraduate Affairs at Imperial College London, will address trends in international research relationships.
  • Dr. Maurits van Rooijen, the President of the Compostela Group of Universities, a Spain-based consortium, will talk about the future development of university alliances.
  • Mr. Andrew Shaindlin, the Executive Director of the Caltech Alumni Association, will speak on the impact of social media and online communities on student and alumni behavior.

 

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Newsticker June 2009:

 

  • Universities UK, the Department for Innovation, Universites & Skills, and the British Universities Iraq Consortium released an ICG-authored report on the UK Higher Engagement with Iraq on 23 June.   Coverage on the report's release can be found in the following news articles:


  • Ian Moore joined ICG's Academic Advisory Board.  Ian serves as the Deputy Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Coventry University.  Previous appointments include Acting and Deputy Director of Alumni Relations at the Open University, as well as positions in the publishing industry.  Ian has been a key contributor to the Council of Advancement and Support of Eduation (CASE), for which he served for two years as alumni track chair.  In addition, he continues to oversee the alumni benchmarking project.  He was educated at Coventry, Open, and Sussex Universities.

  • Sheila Pakir joined ICG in June as Head of Research after graduating from Brown University with a B.A.  She holds a number of high academic honors, including having graduated with summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown.   In addition, she was a member of the Singapore World School Debating Championships team.

 

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Newsticker May 2009:

 


  • The Third Annual ICG Thought Leader Session took place at the NAFSA Annual Conference on 27 May. This year's TLS was dedicated to Looking Beyond the Global Economic Crisis - International Education 10 Years Out (proceedings).  Presenters included Andy Shaindlin from Caltech, Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco from the FU Berlin, David Wheeler from the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Dr. Daniel J. Guhr from ICG.  Britta Baron from the University of Alberta chaired the discussion.

 

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Newsticker April 2009:

 

  • Dr. Maurits van Rooijen joined ICG's Academic Advisory Board.  Maurits will soon retire from his position of Vice-President International at the University of Westminster.  Previous appointments include PVC at Victoria University (Australia) and Vice-President at Leiden.  He currently serves as President of the Compostela Group of Universities as well as the World Association for Co-operative Education.  Maurits is a frequent and global contributor to international higher education both as a practitioner and author.

 

  • Invitations to the Third Annual ICG Thought Leader Session at NAFSA on 27 May have been issued. This year, the TLS is dedicated to Looking Beyond the Global Economic Crisis - International Education 10 Years Out.  It uses the current global economic crisis as a jumping off point.  But rather than focusing on today's tactical issues, the session looks at long term trends and explores strategic change scenarios. Themes touched upon include economic and policy trends, the role of alumni, the impact of technology, institutional strategy setting, and global competition dynamics.  Presenters include Andy Shaindlin from Caltech, Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco from the FU Berlin, and David Wheeler from the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Britta Baron from the University of Alberta will chair the discussion.

 

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Newsticker March 2009:

 

 

 

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Newsticker February 2009:

 

  • ICG contributed to three sessions at the AIEA Annual Conference in Atlanta from 22 to 25 February:

 

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Newsticker January 2009:

 

  • The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) published an article on Brave Net World in the January 2009 edition of CURRENTS.  The underlying research was based on a global survey of online communities and higher education to which three ICG members substantially contributed: Mr. Louis E. Alexander (MIT & ICG Advisory Board member), Dr. Daniel J. Guhr (ICG Managing Director), and Mr. Andrew Shaindlin (Caltech and ICG Advisory Board member).

  • On 14 January, ICG rolled out its 2009 International Strategy Seminars schedule.  In 2009, ICG offers 12 dedicated seminar topcis across four major thematic areas (strategy & planning, competition, student recruiting, and regional focus seminars).

 

  • At the end of January, ICG will run the first set of seminars on Understanding Risk and Managing for Opportunities in the Global Economic Crisis in Singapore, Melbourne, Brisbane, and London.  This seminar centers on a detailed briefing on the origins and complexity of the global fiscal and economic crisis, coupled with an analysis of the impact of this crisis on student mobilty funding, mobility patterns, and institutional risk management.

 

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Newsticker December 2008:

 

  • Please note that the ICG office in the San Francisco Bay Area  will close between 23 December 2008 and 5 January 2009.

 

  • ICG contributed a session and two Roundtables at the Going Global 3 conference in London from 4 to 5 December:

 

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Newsticker November 2008:

 

  • ICG contributed to two sessions and a Roundtable at the CEC Annual Conference in Montreal from 22 to 25 November:
  • ICG chaired a Roundtable on International Positioning Initiatives on behalf of the CEC.

 

  • ICG contributed to two sessions at the CBIE Annual Conference in St. John's from 1 to 5 November:

 

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Newsticker October 2008:

 

 

 

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Newsticker September 2008:

 

  • ICG contributed to two sessions at the EAIE Annual Conference in Antwerp from 10 to 13 September:
  • ICG chaired a half-day workshop on Building an International Alumni Network with presenters Lou Alexander (MIT), Ian Moore (Coventry and CASE Europe Alumni Track Chair), and George Hackstette (Goettingen).

 

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Newsticker August 2008:

 

  • ICG contributed to three sessions at the CASE Europe Annual Conference in Brighton from 25 to 29 August:
  • ICG contributed to three events at the Education New Zealand Annual Conference in Auckland between 6 to 8 August:
  • Second, ICG co-chaired an all-NZ session with the Ministry of Education on International Alumni Networks.
  • Third, ICG presented in the High Growth Markets session together with Fiona Morris (JWT), Tim Rogers (IEC), and Scott Wade (LTM).

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Newsticker July 2008:

 

  • ICG's new Academic Advisory Board Member, Andy Shaindlin, hosted the alumnifutures think tank meeting in New York City on 16 July following the CASE Leadership Summit.  Dr. Daniel J. Guhr participated and spoke on The challenge to institutional alumni relations - Why moving to a network-centric, fluid approach is imperative to stay relevant.
  • ICG contributed to three events at the CASE Leadership Summit in New York from 13 to 15 July:
  • Third, ICG held a Roundtable on the Future of Alumni Relations with representatives from higher education institutions and solution vendors.
  • Max Senges, who recently obtained a Ph.D. from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) in Barcelona and now works as a US-based knowledge entrepreneur.
  • Andy Shaindlin, the Executive Director of the Caltech Alumni Association and author of the widely read blog www.alumnifutures.com.
  • Lou Alexander, the Director of Alumni Education at the Massachusetts Intitute of Technology (MIT), and a frequent contributor to CASE and other international education conferences.

 

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