What is the New Normal for Student Recruitment and Mobility?

Revisit the webinar on Youtube.

Universities and colleges are having to rapidly adjust their ways of operating in the uncertain and ever-changing landscape brought by COVID-19. We have already seen a shift to entirely online teaching and learning across much of the higher education sector. Another fundamental area that is significantly impacted is international student recruitment and mobility. Our panel of experts will discuss what this means for their own institutions and the sector, and contemplate the following questions:

  • How does COVID-19 change the way universities recruit domestically and internationally? What are the new models of student recruitment?

  • Has COVID-19 changed the way we admit students?

  • How does student mobility change with limited and changing travel restrictions? Are virtual global experiences feasible?

  • How do we maintain our global partnerships and support our education, research and recruitment partners during this time?



About the Webinar:

Date and Time

  • Wednesday, June 3, 2020

       11 am (Sydney)/10 am (Tokyo/Seoul)/9 am (Hong Kong/Beijing)/8 am (Bangkok)

  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020

       6 pm Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Additional Information

  • This webinar is open to the public and will be recorded for those who cannot attend live.

Christopher Tremewan
Secretary General APRU

Dr Tremewan was elected as APRU’s 4th Secretary General and took up the role from June 2011.

Before heading the APRU International Secretariat, he was the Vice-President/Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) of the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social anthropology from the University of Auckland, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in political science (on Southeast Asian politics) from the University of Canterbury.

He was elected a senior associate member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, in September 1991 from where he published the book The Political Economy of Social Control in Singapore (Macmillan and St Martin’s Press, 1994, reprinted 1996). He was a visiting fellow at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 2003 and a visiting professor at Peking University in 2007 – 2008.

In 1995 he became the founding director of the New Zealand Asia Institute, which he led until 1999. Previously, he held positions as a senior consultant, executive secretary, and research director for international development organizations based in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo.

A specialist on social regulation in Southeast Asia, his research has recently focused on the internationalisation of higher education.

Shane Griffin (Panelists)
Executive Director, Sydney Future Student

Shane Griffin is a senior executive with more than 20 years’ experience in the Higher Education Sector.

As the 2025 Strategy Project Lead, Shane Griffin has led one of the most significant and high-profile changes in UNSW history, the move to a new three term academic calendar. Shane contributes to public debate on Australian higher education policy and has a reputation for excellence in driving change through creative problem solving and leading high performing teams.

Prior to this role, Shane held a number of senior positions in Student Admissions and Scholarships teams where he was an advocate for driving system innovation and business transformation.

Shane has a Juris Doctor from UNSW as well as a BA, BE in History and Economics from the University of Adelaide.

He enjoys travel with his family and is a passionate historian and Francophile.

Kim Lovaas (Panelists)
Director of International Student Services and Associate Director of International Admission University of Washington

Kim Lovaas is Director of International Student Services and International Admissions at the University of Washington. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Western Washington University, including a year abroad at Obirin University in Japan, and a Master’s degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University.

Kim has worked in international education for over 25 years, including international recruitment and counseling, foreign credential evaluations, application review, international student advising, international student policy and strategic planning. She worked in Japan as the Coordinator of the Foreign Teaching Staff for Obunsha, Emmanuel College in Boston as the International Admissions Counselor, and leading international admissions at the UW since 2000. Kim also began directing the international student services in 2009 and has helped shape international student enrollment at the UW. Under her leadership, international student enrollment has increased from 2,647 international students in 2007 to over 8,000 students in 2019.

Kim is a member of NAFSA, AACRAO, CIS, NACAC, International ACAC, NAFSA Region 1, and AWISA. She has served on the NAFSA Region 1 leadership team and has presented at various international, national, and regional conferences on international admissions, foreign credential evaluations, education systems around the world, holistic review at a large, public university, and the Coalition Application platform.

Paul Tonks (Panelists)
Associate Vice President for International Affairs, Yonsei University

Paul Tonks is Associate Vice President for International Affairs at Yonsei University (his third term at Yonsei’s International Office). He is also Associate Professor of Global Intellectual History at Yonsei (Underwood International College) and Visiting Research Fellow in the History Department of King’s College London.

Paul read History as an undergraduate at Oxford and received his MA and PhD at Johns Hopkins. He moved to Korea in 2006 to participate in the establishment of an English-medium Liberal Arts College (Underwood International College) at Yonsei. Paul has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh and serves as an International Advisor to the Scottish Historical Review (Journal) Trust/Board. His research focuses principally on the intellectual history of empire and British engagements with Asia in the early modern and modern eras, with a particular focus on Scottish political, economic and religious thought.

Paul is Director of External Relations on the Executive Committee of the Korean Society of British History and serves on the Executive Committee of the Korea Britain Society. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2018 and of the Royal Society of Arts in 2020.

Tania Rhodes-Taylor (Moderator)
Vice-Principal, External Relations, The University of Sydney

Tania Rhodes‐Taylor joined The University of Sydney in February 2017 as Vice‐Principal, External Relations.

In addition to overseeing the University’s engagement with industry and community, Tania has direct responsibility for the University’s Marketing and Communications, Media and Public Relations, Museums and Cultural Engagement, Events and Student Recruitment, Admissions and Mobility.

Prior to joining The University of Sydney, Tania was Director of Marketing and Communications at Queen Mary University of London where she had overall responsibility for external relations and reputation development.

Tania has previously worked in the corporate and government sectors and began her career with Unisys, including a period working in Asia, before moving to work for government agencies and, since 2007, within the higher education sector.