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Recognising Alternative Credentials

November 25, 2021
07:00 CST | 13:00 GMT

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Associate Director of the Institute for the Future of Education
Tecnologico de Monterrey

José Escamilla is associate director of the Institute for the Future of Education ( at Tecnologico de Monterrey. The purpose of the Institute is to generate, transfer and disseminate applicable knowledge on educational innovation, connecting, inspiring, and accompanying those who seek disruptive solutions for the future of higher education and lifelong learning.

He was director of TecLabs, Dean of the Graduate School of Education, and Director of Educational Innovation at Tecnologico de Monterrey. He has worked on the use of technologies in education, artificial intelligence, online education, and various educational innovation projects. He is a Computer Systems Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey and has a Master’s and Doctorate in Artificial Intelligence from the Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble.


Director of Partnership, Development and International
Universitas Sebelas Maret, Indonesia

Dr. Irwan Trinugroho is an Associate Professor of Finance and Banking at the Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Sebelas Maret (FEB UNS), Indonesia. Currently, he is also the Director of Partnership, Development and International of UNS and the Chairman of the Center of Fintech and Banking UNS. Irwan was the UNS best lecturer in 2015 and 2018 as well as the finalist of national best lecturer in 2018. Irwan graduated with a PhD degree in banking and finance from the University of Limoges, France. He is also the Vice President for Program and International Affairs of the Indonesian Finance Association (IFA). He has done some research projects and consulting to the Indonesia Financial Services Authority (OJK), the Indonesia Deposit Insurance Corporation (IDIC), World Bank, USAID and Bank Indonesia.

Irwan has published a number of papers in reputed journals including Journal of Financial Stability, Economic Modelling, Finance Research Letters, Global Finance Journal, British Accounting Review, Economic Systems, Research in International Business and Finance, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, Borsa Istanbul Review, International Economics, Economics Bulletin, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Singapore Economic Review, International Journal of Emerging Markets and Journal of Asia Business Studies. He also serves as managing editor and associate editor to some reputable journals including International Review of Economics and Finance (Elsevier).

Dr. Trinugroho is also an assessor, peer review team member and expert for some higher education international accreditation and certification such as ABEST21, FIBAA and ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA).

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Dr. Punit Gaur is working as Foreign Expert (Associate Professor) at Department of Political Science, Faculty of Journalism and Political Science, Eurasian National University, Nur-Sultan. He is Founder Director of the “International Institute for Eurasian Studies (IIES), India. He is Visiting Professor at Department of Religious and Cultural Studies Faculty of Philosophy and Political Science, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Kazakhstan. He is also working as Visiting Professor at Bukhara State University, Bukhara, Uzbekistan He did his Ph.D. (International Relations) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He was associated with CRRID as Associate Fellow and was engaged in a project “Central Asia between many Silk Roads: Indian Policy at the Crossroads” as Project Director, sponsored by ICSSR, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Prior to this he was working as Assistant Professor with CRRID in the programme/project titled “Cooperative Development, Peace and Security in South and Central Asia” sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. He has more than 10 years of experience in teaching and research field. He has published research papers in books and journals with political analysis which have direct foreign policy implications. He has presented papers in number of national and international seminars in India, Kazakhstan and several other countries. He is also actively engaged in research activities with many associations and organizations of international repute.



Editor and Program Designer
QS Quacquarelli Symonds

Anton John Crace is Editor and Program Designer in the QS Intelligence Unit in Singapore. Through his role, he edits QS’ university news and rankings supplements. He has worked within international education for almost a decade including within an education provider, education agent training platform and media.

He was the Asia Pacific Editor of The PIE News, an international education media outlet, and broke stories including the decision of some universities to pay Indian agents GST and the New Zealand government’s decision to scrap a review into in-study work rights for international students. For many years he was also a familiar face on the conference circuit throughout the Asia Pacific through live tweeting – follow him on Twitter @antoncrace.

Anton was recognized as the Universities Australia Higher Education Journalist of the Year in 2019 at the National Press Club of Australia, and received the Excellence Award for Professional Commentary from the International Education Association of Australian in 2018.


Past Episodes

– Sergio O. Serna Saldivar, Head of CIDPRO – Center for Proteins Research and Development, Head of the Nutriomics and Emerging Technologies Research Group, School of Engineering and Sciences, Tecnológico de Monterrey
– Sonia Massari, Researcher – Educational Area Development, Barilla Foundation
– Carlos A Aguilar-Salinas, Head of Nutrition and Medical Researcher, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Medicas y Nutricion

2020 was the year of online education, driven primarily by global shutdown and health concerns from COVID-19. During that period of mass migration online, concerns were raised over students’ access to education, but an equally big concern emerged on educator’s and researcher’s access and ability to navigate online and digital tools. According to respondents in QS’ academic survey, many still experience a bottleneck in placing their teaching and learning online.

In the lead up to the EduData Summit in June, QS In Conversation will discuss how lecturers, tutors, researchers, and educators can be supported by institutions and platforms to widen the bottleneck, and tap into centuries of expertise and knowledge.

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– Roziah Mohd Janor, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International), UiTM, Malaysia
– Seyit Ali Avcu, Professor, Faculty of International Relations, L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University

Future needs are shifting, and providing an education that covers all is becoming more difficult. If 2020 was a year of reaction to disruption, 2021 is the year to prepare for future changes. How can institutions adapt their models for students today and tomorrow? Is there a method to prepare a student for a lifetime and what does it look like?

– Esra Aldhaen, Executive Director Centre for Quality Assurance and Accreditation, Ahlia University
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– Chris Rudd, Deputy Vice Chancellor & Head of Campus Singapore, James Cook University
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– Raghav Gupta, Managing Director, India & Apac, Coursera
– Joyce Teo Siew Yean, Assistant Vice Chancellor And Vice President (Global Affairs), Universiti Brunei Darussalam
– Sandeep Sancheti, Vice Chancellor, Srmist, Chennai
– Atty Lily Freida T Macabangun-Milla, Officer-in-charge, Office Of The Deputy Executive Director; And Director, International Affairs Staff, Commission On Higher Education, Philippines
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– Nayeli Wild, Director, University Partnerships. Coursera
– Olga Mamaeva, Deputy Head Of Elearning, Hse University
– Peter Szakal, Director, Directorate For Academic Affairs, University Of Szeged
– Ekaterina Lyubimova, Director Of Digital Content Service, University 2035

As the world changes, the skills graduates and workers require for employment are also changing. We look at the findings of QS’ Global Skils Gap report and discuss with employers.

– Sean O Ferguson, Associate Dean, Asia School of Business (ASB)
– Esra Aldhaen, Executive Director, Quality Assurance and Accreditation, Ahlia University Bahrain
– Alex Chisholm, Head of Analytics, QS Quacquarelli Symonds

Many students expect they will be able to find a job after their studies and undertake an internship during it. How are universities engaging with employers and how can they continue to do so during a period of social distancing?

– Beverley Oliver, Emeritus Professor and Principal Consultant, EduBrief
– Kym Nguyen, Director, Global Market Development, QS Enrolment Solutions
– Gordon Scott, Managing Director, Successful Graduate Pty Ltd

Partnerships are integral for growth and innovation. Private sector and education provider collaboration has driven excellence, but creating that collaboration is not straightforward. This episode considers how reputation can be used to foster partnerships for the future.

– Andy Free, Head Of Partner Markets, Impero Software
– Ann Gabriel, Senior Vice President For Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier
– David Reggio, Frsa, Global Head Of Consulting, Qs Quacquarelli Symonds

The traditional classroom model is in many ways a controlled environment which eliminates many distraction. Online, however, removes control from lecturers and tutors. How can institutions maintain student engagement online and avoid losing to other distractions?

– Dr Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer, Coursera
– Alex Chisholm, Head of Analytics, QS Quacquarelli Symonds
– Dr Gog Soon Joo, Chief Futurist, Chief Skills Officer, Chief Research Officer, SkillsFuture Singapore