This is an entirely student run conference, led by an organizing committee based at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.

We are:


Clara kim

Clara is currently a 3rd year PhD student in Higher Education at OISE. As the coordinator of the Centre for the Study of Canadian & International Higher Education (‘CIHE’), Clara works under the supervision of Director of CIHE and Professor Creso Sa. In this role, Clara helped to organize the 2017 Symposium on Internationalization in Higher Education: New Trends and Future Directions for Ontario, a collaboration with the Ontario Minsitry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Her research interests are focused on identify formation and mobility of Korean-ethnic diaspora communities. 

Diane Simpson

Diane Simpson is a PhD candidate in Higher Education and Comparative, International and Development Education at the University of Toronto.  Her research focuses on international joint universities as a new phenomenon in international program and provider mobility.  She has an MSc in International Planning and Development from the University of Guelph, a post-graduate certificate in International Development from Humber and an undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario. She is the former dean of international at Humber College and spent the early part of her career working in Africa, Central America and Asia focused on partnerships, entrepreneurship and small business development. 


Emma Sabzalieva

Emma is currently writing up her PhD thesis, which is about how higher education responds to major social and political change. Her core research interests are the global politics of higher education and social change, with a regional focus on the former Soviet space. She has taught on courses in international development, international academic relations, and educational theories and methods. Emma blogs about education and society in Central Asia at Before starting her PhD, Emma worked for over a decade in higher education administration in the UK and in education development in Central Asia.

Nadiia Kachynska

Nadiia Kachynska is currently a PhD candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto), specializing in Higher Education and International Comparative Studies. Her research is focused on the issues of institutional effectiveness in higher education from international comparative perspective. Before her doctoral program at OISE, Nadiia managed academic affairs and quality assurance departments at the international branch campuses of two European universities in the UAE. In this role, she was responsible for initial international accreditation of the branches and for their ongoing compliance with quality assurance standards in academic programs and student services. She holds graduate degrees in International Relations and Political Science from Ukraine.

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Scott Clerk

Scott Clerk is a Ph.D. student in Higher Education, with a specialization in Comparative, International, and Development Education. His current research focuses on how higher education systems and institutions in the Global South engage in international cooperation, with a particular focus on Latin America. Scott is recently joined Northern Lights College in British Columbia as Director of International Education. He holds an M.A. in Political Economy of Development from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. Honours in Global Development Studies and Economics from Queen’s University.