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A new year begins. And with it come our resolutions; taking on the challenges we have been avoiding, at long last solving recurring problems, reaching out to those who need our help, stepping up to take action where we know we can make a difference. What would these resolutions look like for those of us responsible for leadership in international education? As the end of 2019 neared, two things occupied my mind. One is exciting; the other is continually frustrating, knocking us backwards and blocking our work.

As some of us pack away the fairy lights, baubles, and tinsel from the festive season, we also try to find time to pause and reflect. We reflect on what we do, what we have achieved, and where we are going. Occasionally we may go one step further and reflect on why we do what we do? 

Global citizenship is an often-used term and means different things to different people. Setting the tone for 2020, our Symposia on Intercultural Learning will provide a stage for a diverse group of international educators to present their latest research and techniques from their own cultural perspectives and contexts across the globe.

Earlier this year I was invited to attend a gathering of university presidents from around the world as they considered trends and shared strategies to Reinvent Higher Education. We examined issues set to impact academia, government, and the private sector as the future workforce continues to be buffeted by change.

The term “global citizenship” has been a popular and often-used term for over a decade. When I joined Tupperware Brands in 2006 as VP Global Social Responsibility, I was told by the company’s Chairman & CEO, Rick Goings, that he expected me to lead the global citizenship agenda for the company.