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The Sustainable and Inclusive Internationalization Virtual Conference in Review

By: Astrid Schröder | February 19, 2021

From 20-22 January 2021, York University´s UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability and York International in partnership with the International Association of Universities, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and Okayama University held a virtual conference to reimagine internationalization in higher education in an era of uncertainty.

Sustainability – Inclusivity – Innovation as the three main themes for a post-pandemic world were at the centre of discussion to bring together scholars, international mobility professionals and practitioners and internationalization policy makers with sustainability and global citizenship experts to discuss the evolving status of international mobility in higher education in Canada and globally. In a time of unprecedented COVID-19 disruption, the event was a timely opportunity with more than 500 participants from 60+ countries in attendance and actively engaged to critically reflect and to collectively build a future vision of sustainable internationalization with a focus on inclusive mobility.

The conference participants, comprised of students, youth, lecturers, researchers, policy makers, practitioners and other officials from higher education and participants from government and non-government institutions, private sector, international organizations and global networks, adopted the the 2021 Toronto Declaration on the Future of Sustainable and Inclusive Internationalization in Higher Education. We welcome additional individual and institutional signatories to show our joint commitment to actively contribute to the future of internationalization in higher education in a responsible and inclusive way.

If you missed the event or would like to watch the sessions again, the recordings are now available on our post-conference website. A conference publication is expected later in 2021.