• Time: 5:30-7:00PM
  • Date: Wednesday, 2 December 2020
  • Venue: University Museum, CB123W


The world of international higher education is changing. It is clearly the case that the Covid-19 Pandemic has brought immediate challenges to the operation of universities and institutions of higher education across the globe. But it is also the case that the Covid-19 Pandemic and its consequences have highlighted other longer term social and economic trends in the wider society that higher education will have to address in the longer term. It is common to hear colleagues in universities around the world taking about longing for their life and work ‘returning to normal.’ This is most unlikely, and it is particularly unlikely that the internationalisation of higher education which had become a hallmark of the university sector will exist in the ways and to the extent that has been the norm for the last quarter of a century. Instead, international higher education will have to react to the challenges of dislocation in international air travel; of economic crises for all those involved in higher education; of a spirit of the times against globalisation; of a shift in world power away from the Anglophone world; and of the use of digital technology which both obviates the physical international and creates it anew intellectually.


Prof David S G Goodman is Vice President Academic Affairs at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, where he is also Professor of China Studies. He was educated at the University of Manchester, Peking University, and the London School of Oriental and African Studies. In another life he was Deputy Vice Chancellor, International, at the University of Technology, Sydney. During 1990-91 Prof Goodman developed programmes under the Australian Government’s Asian Studies Council for universities to send their students to China, Japan, and Indonesia to study for extended periods. Prof Goodman was the recipient of the 2000 International Educator of the Year Award, from IDP Australia for his work in internationalising the curriculum at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney; and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.