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The end of internationality as we know it: has Covid thwarted universities’ global ambitions, or paved new roads to international collaboration?

Session Overview

This video was part of the July 2020 REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit

How can universities redefine the concept of internationality? How will global mobility change? How can universities prepare themselves to not lose the international students they have been serving until now? What shape will transnational collaboration take and what will be the main ingredients of the global footprint of a university?

This panel is managed and moderator by our content partner, Times Higher Education, the publisher behind the world’s biggest dataset that produces the annual THE World University Rankings, with an expertise in independent higher education reporting and analysis spanning 50 years.


Doug Becker

Founder and Chairman, Cintana

Doug is the founder & CEO of Cintana Education, which was formed in partnership with Arizona State University, to connect universities around the world with the world-class expertise, innovations, and resources needed to develop and scale high-quality academic programs.

Doug founded and led Laureate Education from its inception in 1999, building the largest global network of colleges and universities. He served as CEO until the end of 2017, and as Chairman through 2018, when Laureate supported over 1,000,000 students enrolled at 70 campus-based and online institutions in 29 countries around the world.

Doug has served on many non-profit boards and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Johns Hopkins Medicine and Johns Hopkins International. He is also Chair of the Board of the International Youth Foundation (, a global NGO focusing on the needs of youth in over 100 countries, including many of the most impoverished nations.

Jo Johnson

Chairman, Tes Global
Jo Johnson is president’s professorial fellow at King’s College London and chairman of Tes Global, owner of _Tes_ magazine and peer-to-peer marketplace for teacher resources, recruitment and software services. An MP until December 2019, Mr Johnson held key ministerial roles in the past three governments, including head of the No 10 Downing Street Policy Unit, and universities and science minister. Before entering Parliament, he was at the _Financial Times_ for 13 years, including four years as South Asia Bureau chief, based in Delhi. He remains active in UK-Indian relations and co-edited _Reconnecting Britain and India: Ideas for an Enhanced Partnership_.

Dorothea Ruland

Secretary General of the German Academic Exchange, DAAD
Dorothea Rüland studied German Literature, History and Musicology at the University of Freiburg and completed her PhD in 1984.

She has been Secretary General of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) since October 2010.

Before coming back to the DAAD, she was Director of the Centre for International Cooperation at the Free University Berlin for two years from 2008-2010. During her time at DAAD from 1980-2008, Dr Rüland was responsible for several regions of the world. In 2004 she was assigned Deputy Secretary General of the DAAD. From 1999 until 2004 she oversaw diverse DAAD activities in Asia, Africa and Latin America; from 1994 to 1999 she was head of the DAAD office in Indonesia.

She is a member of several national and international associations and administrative boards (Board University Freiburg; Board of Governors GUTech Oman; Board of Governors German University Cairo; Board of Trustees TUM-IAS Munich; Board Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)).

Eillie Bothwell

Rankings Editor, Times Higher Education
Ellie Bothwell is rankings editor and international reporter at THE. She oversees editorial content for THE’s global series of rankings, including the flagship World University Rankings, and reports on all areas of internationalisation, including student and staff mobility, research and institutional partnerships, and branch campuses