This year’s webinar series will support sector recovery through the promotion of professional practice and the three International Education Strategy (2018-2030) goals: Excellent Education & Student Experience, Sustainability and Global Citizenship. Details and registration links for upcoming webinars are below. To view past webinar recordings please go to the the Resource section and to Recorded Resources (ISANA NZ member only access)

Upcoming Looking Ahead webinar:

11am, 29th September – Uncertainty, or an opportunity in disguise?

Recent events have presented serious challenges and in these unpreceded times this fast changing and uncertain world leaves us feeling anxious, confused and worried about what lies ahead.

ISANA NZ would like to provide support to our members during these challenging times with our next Looking Ahead webinar. We are fortunate to have Pratishtha Purohit as our guest presenter who is the founder of Eduventure NZ, a Tedx and a motivational speaker. She also has experience delivering key note addresses at various international conferences. In this workshop she will look at:

How can we use this opportunity to rediscover ourselves in this forced isolation from the world around us? Are we feeling stuck because we are limiting ourselves and avoiding addressing the hidden barriers within us and challenging ourselves? 

  • Sneak peek within us – identifying our hidden barriers acknowledging them and being kind to ourselves
  • Brainstorming upside down- looking at the problem, the cause and solutions in a different way
  • Finding the new you – Update and Download Version 2.0 YOU
  • Let the world know about the new you- LinkedIn and networking tips


Learn more and register now


Previous 2021 Looking Ahead webinars:

24th February –  Leaders panel: Where to from here for the international education sector?

Join four industry leaders who will share their views on what opportunities they see in the future for the sector as well as the risks. Panel guests include:

Jason Cushen – International Director at the University of Otago

Michael Williams – Principal of Pakuranga College and SPANZ Executive Member

Dr Linda Sissons – Acting Chief Executive of UCOL, ENZ board member

Kim Renner – Executive Director, English New Zealand

11am, 24th March –  Wraparound support for international students in COVID times

Join experienced mental health and international student support practitioners in a discussion on how they are providing wraparound support to international students. Investigating the practice of international student support in COVID times.

Panel guests include:

Kelly Feng – National Director of Asian Family Services

Kirsty McClure – Deputy Director, International at Victoria University in Wellington

Lynda Lidgard – Director of International Students at Rangitoto College

9.30am to 11.00am, 21st April – Bring International Students Back to New Zealand


Global Student Mobility Initiative (GSMI) which is designed to create innovative solutions to help fast track the world-wide recovery of student mobility. This webinar was all about New Zealand and was part of a multi-country series designed to bring the world together to fast track, enhance and simplify the return of international student mobility and to strengthen and grow all related businesses.

Presented by:

Dr Keith Suter AM – Futurist and Foreign Affairs Specialist Consultant

Jason Cushen – Director, International University of Otago

Professor Colleen Ward – Professor of Cross-cultural Psychology/Founding Director – Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research, Victoria University of Wellington

11am, 26th May –  Supporting international students still in NZ: tailored accommodation support

Experienced accommodation and international student support practitioners discussed how to support our international students that are still in NZ and provide tailored accommodation support.

Panel guests included:

Lesley McDonald – International Education Consultant, specialist in international student support

Helen Martin – Homestay Manager, Westlake Boys High School

Jacob WaitereHead of Operations – Accommodation, The University of Auckland

11am, 30th June –  Online delivery: providing quality learning and social experiences for international students

Ben Egerton is a lecturer at Victoria University’s School of Education, and provided best practice techniques and advice for online teaching and learning, as well as ways to enable students to socially connect with other students and their institute virtually.

9.30am, 24th August –  Digital Marketing and Communications

Korinne Algie  and KAIE Marketing and Communications offers top-quality marketing and communications services to the international education community. Korinne discussed marketing tools, strategies and activities for small budgets as well as maintaining agent relationships and good practice communication tips.

Looking Ahead webinars 2020:

28 May, 11am Supporting and advising international students in their job searching endeavours

Dr Angela Liew, University of Auckland Department of Accounting & Finance, Business School

(28 May webinar postponed – to be updated)

11 June, 11am Responding to racism in the wake of Covid-19

Lian-Hong Brebner, Diversity Manager, AUT

25 June, 2pm Enabling international student employability in the virtual space

Assoc. Professor Shanton Chang, Associate Dean International, School of Computing and Information Systems, Melbourne School of Engineering

9 July, 2pm Providing tailored mental health support for international students in stressful circumstances

Kelly Feng National Director Asian Family Services

6th August, 2pm A panel discussion: “What would you like to see in Minister Hipkins’ four-year strategy for international education sector recovery?

Ainslie Moore – Deputy Director International, University of Auckland

John van der Zwan – Executive Director, SIEBA

Clare Bradley – Chief Executive, Aspire 2 International, Deputy Chair ITENZ

Dr Linda Sissons – Chief of Operations, UCOL

3rd September, 2pm What would be an optimal recovery plan for the New Zealand and Australian export education sectors?

Professor Ly Tran, School of Education, Deakin University, Australia

24th September, 4pm  Digital Marketing Tips and Tools

Tina Hartung, Marketing Consultant from AO Growth Strategies


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