Plenary One

2019 National Chinese Language Conference

Pathways and Trends for Global Education

Friday, May 10, 8:15–9:45 a.m.

This plenary will discuss the growing field of global education, including the preparation of American students for the global academic and professional marketplace as well as the growing trend of international students exploring opportunities beyond their home countries. The conversation will discuss innovations in cross-border education and the increased professional demand to attract future-ready graduates, including both linguistic and cultural fluency.


  • Rajika Bhandari, Senior Advisor, Research and Strategy; Director, IIE Center for Academic Mobility Research & Impact, Institute of International Education
  • Anthony Jackson, Vice President, Education, and Director, Center for Global Education, Asia Society
  • Linda Liu, Vice President, International, College Board


  • James Montoya, Chief of Membership, Governance, and Global Higher Education and Secretary of the Corporation, College Board


Introductory Remarks

  • Ma Jianfei, Deputy Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters; Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching

About the Speakers

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Rajika Bhandari

Senior Advisor, Research and Strategy; Director, IIE Center for Academic Mobility Research & Impact, Institute of International Education

Rajika Bhandari, Ph.D., provides strategic guidance to IIE’s research, evaluation and thought leadership activities and directs IIE’s Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact through which she leads the flagship Open Doors and Project Atlas projects on global student mobility. With over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit, private and higher education sectors, Dr. Bhandari serves as a senior spokesperson for IIE on global higher education issues, is a frequent speaker and widely published author, including of six books, and has written for the Guardian,Times Higher Ed, the Huff Post, theChronicle of Higher Education, andUniversity World News.Prior to joining IIE, Dr. Bhandari was a Senior Researcher at MPR Associates (now part of RTI International) in Berkeley, California, and an Assistant Director for Evaluation at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has been an Adjunct Associate Professor at Teachers College and been a Commissioner on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. She is currently on the Board of Advisors for AIFS Study Abroad and on the Board of Trustees of the AIFS Foundation. She holds a B.A. (Honors) in Psychology from the University of Delhi, India, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from North Carolina State University in the U.S.

Tony Jackson

Anthony Jackson
Vice President, Education & Director, Center for Global Education, Asia Society

Anthony Jackson leads the Center for Global Education at Asia Society, which strives to enable all students to graduate high school prepared for college, for work in the global economy, and for 21st century global citizenship. The Center is a platform for advancing education for global competence for all youth through empowering professional development for teachers and school heads, systems change and public engagement. The Center takes a multi-faceted approach, which includes the International Studies Schools Network, a network of over 25 schools around the United States that systematically integrate a global focus within the curriculum; the China Learning Initiatives program, which provides national leadership to support learning of Chinese language and culture; and the Global Cities Education Network, a learning community of high-performing Asian and North American urban school districts dedicated to solving common high priority problems of practice and policy.

Trained in both developmental psychology and education, Jackson is one of the nation’s leading experts on secondary school education reform and adolescent development. Jackson directed the Carnegie Corporation’s Task Force on the Education of Young Adolescents which produced the ground breaking report, Turning Points: Educating Adolescents in the 21st Century, and co-authored the seminal follow-up blueprint Turning Points 2000, considered one of the most influential books on middle-school reform. More recently, he co-authored Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World. He holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MA and PhD in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Linda Liu, Vice President, International, The College BoardLinda Liu
Vice President, International, The College Board

Linda Liu leads the College Board’s work to provide opportunities for students outside the 50 United States to connect with higher education in the US and globally through our English-based programs such as SAT and Advanced Placement.

Since joining the College Board in 2007, Linda has played a key role in a variety of areas including SAT strategy and analysis, SAT Practice, SAT International, and enterprise-level strategy and partnerships. Her responsibilities have included forging key partnerships for the College Board, including with Khan Academy,, and Project Lead the Way (PLTW), defining strategy through competitive analysis and monitoring key trends, and overseeing/establishing key program policies and initiatives to ensure they are serving the needs of students and educators. Most recently, Linda served as Executive Director of Strategy & Partnerships.

Prior to joining the College Board, Linda was a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting advising clients in the pharmaceutical, financial services and professional services sectors spanning new product development, merger integration, IT strategy, and process improvement.

Linda holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

About the Moderator

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James Montoya

Chief of Membership, Governance, and Global Higher Education and Secretary of the Corporation, College Board

Jim leads College Board’s membership, governance, and global higher education teams, managing large-scale, high-impact initiatives that promote equity and access for all students. In this role he directs efforts that engage, support, and mobilize College Board members—including events, conferences, and outreach campaigns. He oversees all matters relating to College Board’s governance structure and Board of Trustees. Additionally, he directs College Board’s work with higher education institutions and leaders across the globe. Working with constituents across K—12 and higher education, Jim and his team ensure that the College Board meets the needs of the diverse member institutions and the students they serve.

Jim has held a number of executive roles at the College Board, including senior vice president of higher education and international, vice president of the Western Region, vice president for higher education assessments, and vice president for higher education relationship development.

Before joining the College Board, Jim served in a number of leadership positions at Stanford University, including chief student affairs officer, vice provost for student affairs, dean of undergraduate admission, and dean of admission and financial aid. He remains a guest-lecturer at Stanford through the department of comparative studies in race and ethnicity. Earlier in his career, Jim served as the director of admission at Occidental College and Vassar College, respectively.

Jim is active on a number of boards and committees, including the board of directors of the Young Women’s Leadership Network in New York City, and the advisory board of the World Leading Schools Association. Jim earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University.

About the Performer

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Leah Markworth

Student at Mission Bay High School

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MA Jianfei

Deputy Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters; Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching

Prof. Dr. MA Jianfei is the Deputy Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters, Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching. 

He worked in the Beijing Language and Culture University for 19 years, during which he served continuously as the Assistant to the President, Director of Teaching Affairs Office as well as Dean of College of Chinese Studies, and the Vice President between 2000 and 2004. He holds a BA degree in Chinese Language from Beijing Normal University, a MA degree in Theory of Curriculum and Didactics, and a PhD degree in Applied Linguistics from Beijing Language and Culture University.

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