Keynote Speakers

We are very pleased to have two keynote speakers at the 7th COIL Conference.

Jason Lane

Dr. Jason E. Lane

  • Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, SUNY System Administration

Jason E. Lane is an internationally recognized scholar in the study of higher education institutions and politics as well as an academic leader at the most comprehensive system of higher education in the United States. Dr. Lane oversees the office responsible for the review of all academic programs across the system’s 64 campuses and the development and implementation of key academic initiatives and policies that support the system’s Strategic Plan, The Power of SUNY. He also provides leadership for the System’s efforts to attract and retain exceptional researchers through the Empire Innovation Program as well as coordinates the annual SUNY Critical Issues in Higher Education conference and book series.

Previously, Dr. Lane served as a SUNY Provost Fellow and continues to serve as the Deputy Director for Research at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, the public policy think tank of the State University of New York. He is also an associate professor of educational policy (on leave), senior researcher at the Institute for Global Education Policy Studies, and co-director of the Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT) at the University at Albany (SUNY).

In his scholarly pursuits, Dr. Lane has written more than 40 journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports; and authored or edited eight books. A Fulbright New Century Scholar, Dr. Lane has been a speaker and consultant in more than 30 countries across Asia, Europe, North and South America, and the Middle East. He is a frequent commentator on global trends in higher education. Additionally, he is a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Worldwise blog and has served on the boards of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Council for International Higher Education (CIHE), and the Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES).

Dr. Lane holds a Ph.D. (higher education policy and administration) and M.A. (political science) from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. (political science and business administration) from Southeast Missouri State University.


Maurits van Rooijen

Maurits van Rooijen, RSA, PhD

  • Rector & CEO at London School of Business and Finance
  • President, Compostela Group of Universities
  • Chief Executive, Academic, Global University Systems (GUS)


Professor Maurits van Rooijen is Chief Executive (Academic), GUS, Rector and CEO of LSBF and Rector, ad interim, GISMA. He has a career spanning 25 years as an international educator and pioneer in the global proliferation of education.

Prof van Rooijen is an economic historian with a PhD from the University of Utrecht. He has held senior positions at several universities across the globe, including Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Leiden, and Victoria University in Melbourne.

Prior to his appointment at GUS, Prof van Rooijen was Rector Magnificus and CEO of Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands. From 1993 to 2009, he worked at the University of Westminster as Executive Vice-President. Under his leadership, the institution twice received the Queen’s Awards; in 2000, for achievements in international education, and in 2005, for innovative ventures such as the opening of the Westminster International University Tashkent, in Uzbekistan.

Prof van Rooijen also initiated Britain’s largest international scholarship programme, for which the University of Westminster won the Times Higher Education inaugural award.

Prof Van Rooijen holds numerous international administrative positions. He is Co-Chairman of the World Association for Cooperative Education, based in the USA, which supports work-integrated learning, and the President of the Compostela Group of Universities in Spain, a consortium that stimulates cooperation and dialogue in the field of higher education.

Professor van Rooijen is also Vice-President of the European Access Network, which encourages under-represented groups to participate in higher education, and until 2012 was Chairman of the Managing Board of the Euro-Mediterranean University in Slovenia, an initiative of the European Parliament.

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