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10 October 2017 Hobart, Tasmania
The concept of embracing diversity – whether it be people, cultures, places, partnerships or education sectors – will be the core focus of the 2017 Australian International Education Conference (AIEC), taking place on 10 - 13 October in Hobart, Tasmania.
Hosted by IDP Education and the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), the conference attracts more than 1200 world-leading experts, researchers, policy makers and international education practitioners to discuss the latest trends and key issues facing the sector.
Key focus areas at AIEC 2017 will include how the sector is responding to changes in the global and political environment, the rise of nationalism, embracing LGBTQI+ communities in international education, how to reinforce the positive contribution of diversity to the wider community and preparing students for life and employment in a multicultural world.
Keynote and plenary speakers at AIEC include:
- The Hon. Simon Birmingham – Minister for Education and Training
- Janet Ilieva – Founder and Director, Education Insight (UK)
- Dr Helen Turnbull – CEO, Human Facets (USA)
- Anjali Rao – Multi-award winning journalist
- Dilruk Jayasinha – Actor, comedian and former international student
Chief Executive Officer of IDP Education, Andrew Barkla, said the international education sector is one of the few sectors in which diversity is already the norm.
“We are fortunate to be part of a sector that supports our next generation of leaders and thinkers achieve their global study aspirations,” he said.
“While the world continues to experience socio-political changes, AIEC provides the international education sector the opportunity to explore the different ways we can continue to embrace diversity, and highlight the important role it plays within the sector and the wider community,” Mr Barkla said.
“The conference is also our opportunity to learn how we can apply innovative practices from other sectors for the benefit of our students.”
AIEC 2017 will formally commence with an Opening Plenary on Tuesday 10 October, featuring the IEAA Excellence Awards.
IDP Education will also release its annual Student Buyer Behaviour study on Thursday 12 October, which explores students’ perceptions of popular English-speaking study destinations including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and United States.
The four-day program will include a host of plenary sessions, workshops, roundtables, exhibitions, presentations and social events at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart. For more information and a full program and speaker schedule, visit the AIEC 2017 website at aiec.idp.com.