IIE PEER Workshop: Asia-Pacific

The Institute of International Education's Platform for Education in Emergencies Response (IIE PEER) is pleased to invite you to our first Asia-Pacific workshop on September 19, 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The event will be held at the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City - Room A2.05 (2nd Floor), UEH Main Campus, 59C Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

As we work to promote university accessibility for displaced and refugee students, engage with leaders in the field on how to best impact the region’s displacement crisis.

See the full schedule of events below!

For questions, please reach out to Benjarat Noppornprom bnoppornprom@iie.org.

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Space to the workshop is limited. We encourage you to register for the event as soon as possible to secure a spot.

Price of this ticket is $25 and will be provided as donation to an institution that has pledged support to displaced students. 

Please ensure that you will be able to attend before registering as the cost is non-refundable. 

Schedule of Events


Registration and Breakfast


Welcome & Opening Remarks - Katherine Miller, Global Education in Emergencies Specialist, IIE 


Keynote Address - Dr. Yi-Chen Lan, Western Sydney University; Nant Smile Lin Htut and Naw Ngee Yee Win, displaced students studying at Western Sydney University


Coffee and Networking Break


Setting the Stage: Contextualizing the Refugee Crisis in Asia-Pacific

  • Mimi Zarina Azmin, Head of Education, UNHCR Malaysia
  • Themba Lewis, Secretary General, Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN)
  • Darren Hertz, Thailand Country Director, International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • Oranutt Narapruet, Development & Humanitarian Sector Specialist, Consultant
  • Moderated by Benjarat Noppornprom, Program Officer, Student Emergencies and Scholarships, IIE

Partnerships: How can we build effective partnerships between universities, NGOs, and funding organizations?

  • Thomas Brittner, Director Higher Education, Child's Dream
  • Dr. Alma Espartinez, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Holy Angel University 
  • Nophol Techaphangam, Country Director, NEXUS Thailand
  • Oranutt Narapruet, Development & Humanitarian Sector Specialist, Consultant
  • Moderated by Dr. Jonathan Lembright, Regional Director for Southeast Asia, IIE 

Lunch and Networking Break 


Scholarships: How can we increase scholarship opportunities, better leverage resources, and maximize impact? 

  • Dr. Gavin Brockett, Associate Dean of Arts, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Iris Ann Castro, Head of Student Affairs, Holy Angel University
  • Chockchai Thararuenroeng, Asia-Pacific International University
  • Greg Tyrosvoutis, Director, TeacherFOCUS Myanmar
  • Moderated by Thomas Brittner, Director Higher Education, Child's Dream

Coffee Break


Admission & Qualifications: How can we reduce the barrier to enrollment?

  • Ko Ye, Manager, Minmahaw Higher Education Program
  • Paul Hastings, Executive Director and CEO, Japan ICU Foundation
  • Dr. Nguyen Trong Hoai, Vice President, The University of Economics - Ho Chi Minh City
  • Moderated by Joanna Zimmerman, Assistant Director, Education for Humanity, Arizona State University

Closing Remarks - Jonah Kokodyniak, Senior Vice President for Program Development, IIE 


Networking Reception



Past Events

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IIE PEER Forum 2019

On April 4, 2019, IIE PEER held it's first annual Forum gathering displaced persons, higher education professionals, and experts in the field of higher education in emergencies. The Forum highlighted university advising programs, building ethical scholarships, creating successful partnerships, and building effective communications strategies. Special featured speakers included Ekhlas Ahmed, a formerly displaced activist and education from Sudan; George Rupp, President Emeritus at the International Rescue Committee, Columbia University, and Rice University; and John Sexton, President Emeritus at New York University. 


If you missed the event, find below the important lessons learned during the Forum!