Ge4 Annual meeting Albi 2022

Ge4 Annual meeting Albi 2022

Ge4 Global Education Webinar 2022

2022 Webinar

Ge4 Global Education Summit 2021

2020 Annual Meeting

The Global Education: Exchange for Engineer and Entrepreneur (Ge4), in collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), will be organizing the Ge4 Global Education Summit 2021.

Ge4 is an international independent non-profit network of universities established in 1996 for the purpose of connecting global industry and academic institutions ( The program will be held on Thursday, 10 June 2021, 11:00 - 14:00 (UTC/GMT+2), 17:00 - 20:00 (MYT/GMT+8)

Ge4 Global Education Summit themed

“Mapping Strategies to Reach Your Vision for Global Education in a Post-COVID World"


Registration will be closed on Tuesday, 8 June 2021, 14:00 (MYT/GMT+8)

Meet the GES 2021 Speakers

Mariu Martinez Muñoz

Tachibana Masahiko

Dr. Laurene Chau-Garcia

Dr. Anthony C. Ogden

Mariu Martinez Muñoz

Pedagog (UAB, 1991),. European Diploma on Educations and Training (Firenze, 2001), Ph D. Ed. (UAB,1995), Associate professor Career Guidance at the Departament of Applied Pedagogy , Faculty of Education UAB (1999-present).

Social Education Degree coordinator (1993-1999) Vicedean of acadèmic affairs (1999-2002), Dean Faculty of Education - UAB (2002-2006). Currently Vicerector (Vicepresident) for International Relations (2016 - present).

Former member at the School council in Catalonia (2004-2008). Former Vicepresident Spanish conference of Deans on Education (2004-2006). Currently President of ECIU (European Consortium of Innovative Universities), one of first 17 European Univesities initiatives founded by the European Comission, one of the largest consortiums (12 members).

Teaching and research activities in Belgium, UK, Portugal, Denmark, Italy, Nicaragua and Chile.

Some relevant publications:

• Martínez, M. Martínez-Roca, C. (2017). Guidance in catalan secondary education. Career Guidance and Livelihood Planning across the Mediterranean. Challenging Transitions in South Europe and the MENA Region. London: Senge Publishers.

• Martínez-Roca, C. Martínez, M. (2017). GPS to a better future: career guidance for social justice in Catalonia’s adult centres. Career guidance for social justice. Contesting neoliberalism. London: Routlege.

• Martínez, M. Arnau, L. (2015). Després de l’ESO que puc fer? Diagnosi i propostes per a l’Orientació Educativa de 12 a 16. Barcelona: Fundació Jaume Bofill.

• Martínez, M. Arnau, L. Sabaté, M. (2015). La qualitat de l’orientació educativa dels joves de 12 a 16 anys a Catalunya. Àmbits de Psicopedagogia i Orientació – Ámbitos de psicopedagogía y orientación. ISSN 2339-7454.

• Martínez, M. Piña, C. (2015). La transición primaria – secundaria en los Institutos Escuela en Catalunya. Revista Electrónica Interuniversitaria de Formación del Profesorado. ISSN 1575-0965.

• Martínez-Roca, C. Martínez, M. Pineda, P. (2015). Building a Social Justice Pilar for Youth Career Development. Responsible Living, Concepts, Educatiron and Future Perspectives. Geneve: Springer International Publishing

• Martínez, M. Gros, B. (2014). Oportunidades y desafíos en la utilización de redes sociales para optimizar acciones de orientación. Procedia: Social & Behavioral Sciences.

• Martínez-Roca, C. Martínez, M. Pineda, P. (2014). El rol de la orientación profesional en el desarrollo de competencias para una empleabilidad socialmente justa. Procedia: Social & Behavioral Sciences.

• Martínez, M. Badia, J. Jolonch, A. (2013). Promoting Leadership in Catalonia and Beyond. Leadership for the 21st. century. Paris: OECD Publishing.

Tachibana Masahiko

Masahiko Tachibana majored Inorganic Chemistry and got his PhD from Tohoku University in 1987. He has been working at Shibaura Institute of Technology since 2001, first as a Twinning Program lecturer for nine years in Malaysia, then engaged to international office after coming back to Tokyo in 2010, now working as Specially Appointed Professor for Innovative Global Program / Center for Promotion of Educational Innovation, in charge of International Affairs, Curriculum Management, Strengthening Students’ English Skills, and so forth in SIT. He also serves as Steering Committee Chairman of Japanese Universities Consortium for Malaysia Japan International Institute of Technology, UTM.

Dr. Laurene Chau-Garcia

Dr. Laurene Chua-Garcia is the Vice President for External Relations and Internationalization of De La Salle University (DLSU) Manila and heads the Internationalization Committee in the Asia-Pacific Region for the International Association of Lasallian Universities (IALU). She also represented the Philippines on behalf of its Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in various assignments with University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) and ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS).

Her academic training is a blend of influences not just from DLSU but also the United States and Europe. While teaching with the Psychology Department at the University, her expertise was shared with various other academic departments. She is also an effective resource speaker and consultant (financial psychology, M&A) with clients from private corporations, non-profits and government institutions. Dr. Chua-Garcia brings a blend of experiences from both academe and industry to her current post. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychologists and the Psychological Association of the Philippines. Her community engagement activities include working with Rotary, the Jaycees and the Tzu Chi Foundation.

Dr. Anthony C. Ogden

Dr. Anthony C. Ogden is the founder and managing director of Gateway International Group, a new organization focused on next generation international education. He is a respected scholar-practitioner with nearly 30 years of experience in international higher education, have held senior international leadership positions at Pennsylvania State University, the University of Kentucky, Michigan State University and the University of Wyoming. Dr. Ogden got his professional start in Japan, where he directed the IES Tokyo Center. A three-time Fulbright recipient, Dr. Ogden completed a doctorate at Pennsylvania State University in Educational Theory and Policy with a dual title in Comparative and International Education. He has produced over 60 professional and scholarly publications focused on international higher education, including the 2020 co-edited booked, Education Abroad: Bridging Scholarship and Practice (Routledge).

Abstract: Next Generation Education Abroad: Where we’ve been and where we’re headed...

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an undeniable and potentially lasting impact on education abroad programming. Emerging developments point to the beginning of a new era, one that is challenging education abroad professionals to reexamine well-established practices, reframe priorities and pursue emerging opportunities. Despite the accelerated changes in delivery, it is still a goal of many institutions around the world to graduate learners who have nuanced understandings of the international dimensions of their chosen disciplines and the intercultural competency skills needed to live and work successfully in a globally interconnected world. This presentation will argue that next generation international learning and engagement might be better conceptualized as a continuum, suggesting that institutions that expand their focus on international education travel to consider other possibilities along a continuum of internationalization will be better positioned to respond to the shifting demands of this new era.

Mr. Simon Watson

César Wazen

Karen Peyronnin

Mr. Simon Watson

Senior Manager, Global Mobility Programs, University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

With over 20 years’ international education experience, at UTS, Simon leads a team of professional learning abroad staff implementing the university’s strategy to extend global experiences to 50% students. He manages year-long, semester and short programs and a successful inbound study abroad program. He has fostered over 70 new partnerships, funding, and innovative programming, including into virtual options.

As current Convener of IEAA Learning Abroad Network, he advocates the value of global mobility for all graduates and is driven by principles of equity and social justice and is particularly proud to have fostered indigenous student participation in learning abroad.

Working in international education for over 20 years, and at UTS for eleven, Simon leads a team of professional learning abroad staff, managing year-long, semester and short programs, and the successful inbound study abroad program. Leading the implementation of the University’s strategy to extend Learning Abroad to 30% of the student body, he has fostered over 70 new institutional partnerships, innovated a range of programs including virtual programs.

As the NCP ILO he has secured over $5m in funding for UTS as well and winning and implementing 13 Erasmus+ grants. He is the lead on an advisory group to the NCP Secretariat.

Simon led the programming and presentation of the 2016 and 2019 IEAA Australian Learning Abroad Forums, and regularly attends and presents at University, national and international conferences on learning abroad. He is the current Convener of IEAA Learning Abroad Network.

A passionate supporter of the value of global mobility and its value for all graduates, he is driven by principles of equity and social justice to create inclusive in learning abroad programs, and is particularly proud to have fostered growing indigenous student participation in learning abroad experiences.

César Wazen

César Wazen’s interests in rankings, academic accreditation and student assessment are backed by extensive experience teaching mathematics and statistics as well as in whole-school accreditation. He holds a BSc in mathematics, a teaching diploma and a master’s in educational administration and policy studies, all from the American University of Beirut and currently pursuing doctoral studies in European and International Studies.

Karen Peyronnin

Karen Peyronnin is the director of the Executive Master programs at École des Ponts ParisTech in France.

She was previously the director of International at BINUS University, Jakarta, Indonesia where she started her career in higher education and was in charge of the first EPAS accreditation for Binus International Accounting Program (awarded in October 2014).

She is French and graduated from ESG Paris (PGSM) with a master in international business Her previous European corporate experience was in international business and supply chain management.

The Ge4 Advisory Board consists of persons who are in charge of Ge4 at their home universities. It offers advice and guide to the Ge4 Executive Direction, is keeping informed of new activities and provides suggestions and help.

Isabella Dufour-Baumgartner


Nordin Yahaya


Guy Fournier


Vladimir Samoylenko


Isabella Dufour-Baumgartner

After higher education in philology and industrial engineering at University of Zürich, Isabella Dufour-Baumgartner, MA, left her homecountry Switzerland for South of France where she founded her family. Since 1997 working in international relations at IMT Mines Albi and joining GE4 since 1999, she is now Deputy Director of International Affairs at IMT Mines Albi and president of GE4. Speaking 5 languages fluently, she is attracted in particular by intercultural challenges.

Nordin Yahaya

Dr. Nordin graduated with BE (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Salford University (1988), MSc. in Offshore Engineering from Cranfield University (1992) and PhD in Civil and Offshore Engineering from Heriot–Watt University, United Kingdom (1999). He is a Professor in Structural Integrity at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). He has been with UTM since 1988. Currently, he is the Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor and Senior Director of UTM International where he is responsible of planning, strategising and executing the internationalisation policies and initiatives at UTM. He also has performed several senior administrative responsibilities in UTM including the Dean of School of Graduate Studies, Senate Member, Deputy Director for the University Marketing. He has served at other positions such as the Manager of International Students Affairs at UTM and the Deputy Dean and Head of Department at the Faculty of Civil Engineering.

Guy Fournier

Guy Fournier is Professor affiliated to Pforzheim University in Germany and an expert in industrial ecology. French born and equipped with a German Doctorate Degree, he has worked primarily in the technology sector in several countries in Europe prior to joining academia. His core interest and expertise, honed by many projects, rests within international economy, sustainable development and new innovative business models. Here he has guided municipalities and companies of German industry towards more eco-friendly and sustainable approaches to energy consumption and mobility, engaging users and producers of cars. In 2012 he got the Award of excellence in teaching from the engineering faculty and the University of Applied Sciences in Pforzheim and in 1994 the Award of best phd in Germany from SEL-Alcatel Stiftung für Kommunikationsforschung (Stuttgart). He is responsible for international development of the Engineering faculty and author of many contributions to journals and books.

Dr. Vladimir Samoylenko

Head of the International Projects and Programmes Department. Associated Professor of Institute of Earth and Institute of Mathematics and IT North-Caucasus Federal University. Responsible person for the academic mobility, joint & double degree programmes, Erasmus Projects. Scientific interests are Information Technologies, Industrial Internet of Things, Wireless Ad Hoc Networks Member of IEEE.
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