IELTS Research Grants – Apply Now!

April 10, 2014

Up to AU$70,000/£45,000 available per project

Educational institutions and suitably qualified individuals are invited to apply for funding to undertake applied research projects in relation to IELTS for a period of one or two years.

Total grant funding of up to AUD$215,000 (£130,000) may be provided with up to AU$70,000/£45,000 available per project.

Research areas of interest include test development and validation issues, issues relating to contexts of test use and  issues of test impact.

Applications must be submitted by 30 June 2014.

How to apply

Latest recipients

Congratulations to the successful research grant recipients grants who applied last year to undertake projects funded by IDP IELTS Australia this year:

  • Professor Jill Blackmore, Professor Lesley Farrell, Dr Anne Marie Morrissey and Dr Cate Gribble from the Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation at Deakin University, Australia, will investigate the use of IELTS in determining employment, migration and professional registration outcomes in healthcare and early childhood education in Australia.
  • Dr Philip Chappell and Dr Heather Jackson of Macquarie University, Australia, will look at the impact of teacher cognition and classroom practices on IELTS test preparation courses in the Australian ELICOS sector.
  • Dr Aek Phakiti from The University of Sydney, Australia will undertake a study of test-takers’ calibration and strategy use in IELTS listening tasks.

View a full list of recipients

New research

Recently published research includes a qualitative study exploring stakeholder perceptions of the IELTS test as a gateway to the professional workplace for teachers in Australia and New Zealand.

Tips for Submitting a Proposal to AIEC 2014

March 15, 2014

With call for proposals ending Friday, 28 March, only a few weeks left!

Are you still undecided on whether to submit a proposal?

This year, with all the new different formats and options, it can feel a little daunting, so I thought I’d make a selection of my top tips, which hopefully will encourage you to submit, and improve your chances of your proposal being accepted.

Read examples from previous conferences
Before you start your proposal, read examples of sessions on the website from our previous conferences. It will give you a good idea of the tone, topics and angles that tend to fit the conference. We want to avoid repeating the exact topics from one year to the next, so we suggest the reading as background only, but it’s good to get of a sense of what the titles and abstracts should focus on.

Can your title stand alone?
It’s common to go for the quirky or goofy title, to the detriment of a meaningful, albeit slightly more boring title. While an ‘out of the square’ title can sometimes be the right way to go (there have been great examples in the past), please ask yourself first whether this title can stand alone, and whether it provides readers a good idea of what the presentation will be about, without having to read the abstract.

Go straight to the point
The abstract is only 150 words, so it’s important that you get straight to the point and tell us what your presentation (or panel) is about. Don’t just set up the question or state the obvious, make sure the abstract conveys what content you will be presenting or talking about.

Think of your target audience
While there are certainly topics that are so niche that we can’t accept them due to the limited audience, there is also the risk of being so general we can’t see attendees getting enough concrete from the presentation. Before you conceptualise your proposal, think about the intended audience and what they will want to hear/learn.

Think how you want to present the information
The conference is offering different types of formats, so you also need to keep the target audience in mind when deciding what the best delivery format will be. For example, if your proposal would only appeal to a very small number of people (under 15) don’t select ‘expert lecture’ as your only ‘session type’! You’ll have much better chances to be accepted if select café session or poster.

Don’t give us a sales pitch
Speakers from specific companies or company representatives that may appear on the program are chosen because they are bringing lessons learned from a peer-to-peer perspective, and not because they are delivering a sales pitch. The main challenge for you, especially if you work in the PR or marketing department of your organisation, will be to figure out how your talk can contribute to the industry, and articulate that. It’s about what you’ve learned, not about how great your product is.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and wish you the best of luck!

We Cannot Predict the Future, but We Can Invent it

January 14, 2014

The adage ‘we cannot predict the future, but we can invent it’ has been known to come in many forms, and attributed to many people.

When I researched the origin of this maxim, I discovered popular belief has it that the phrase was originally coined in 1971 by computer scientist, Alan Kay. Years later at a conference in 1982, Alan responded to managers wanting to know how to plan future products, with ‘the best way to predict the future is to invent it.’ Other similar quotes replace ‘inventing’ with ‘creating’, but at the very essence of them all is the idea that the future is in our hands, we are not helpless, and we can do something about it… now. As Alan later stated, ‘we should decide what we want and then make it happen’.

The theme the Committee has chosen for the AIEC 2014 is about understanding that we must evolve, recreate and keep up with the transformations our industry is experiencing: How we deal, accept, respond and evolve to current emerging technologies and innovation today, and how this will impact the way we will operate in the future. Not just next year, or the year after, but in ten years and beyond. The focus in Brisbane will be on the future and our responsibilities in shaping it.

Why is this important? There are many obvious reasons, but to quote American inventor, Charles F. Kettering, ‘My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.’

So, what’s next for international education? Personally, I would like to see AIEC 2014 as a forum that connects delegates with everyone and everything moving the sector forward. I’m excited to meet and hear from the people, companies, governments and institutions that are helping shape the future of international education. What disruptions are you experiencing now, and what are you doing about it? What are the latest tools, strategies and insights busy professionals can later apply to their work once the conference is over? How are you collaborating with others in the industry or outside the industry to keep up with new technologies, new policies and new environments? What are the trends and evidence telling you about where we will be 10 years from now?

The Committee is calling upon creative thinkers with innovative ideas that are identifying, defining and preparing for the future of international education to submit their proposal for the AIEC 2014.

Our submission guidelines and instructions will be available from the AIEC website shortly. If you have any questions about the process please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Josephine Wiliams, Conference & Events Leader at IDP Education

AIEC 2013 presentations available for download

November 1, 2013

The presentations from the 2013 Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) are now available for download.

More than 110 presentations and research papers are available from some of the world’s leading international education experts.

Thank you to our AIEC presenters who have kindly made their research and insights available.

Download from the AIEC website.


AIEC 2013 – It’s a wrap!

October 14, 2013

Thank you to everyone who contributed in making the 27th Australian International Education Conference in Canberra a great success. For those who attended, we hope that you gained insight and inspiration from the high quality presentations, panels, workshops and plenaries.

Thank you to the Conference Committee for contributing their time and expertise. They brought together a dynamic program representing research topics of international scope and professional significance.

Thank you to our exhibitors and sponsors for showing their support for the international education sector, in particular our platinum and silver sponsors and media partner. Thank you to all the speakers and chairs who kept discussions well framed and lively.  And thank you to our conference crew team who helped ensure the conference sessions ran smoothly.

The Conference Committee were delighted to host this event in Canberra and trust that you enjoyed your experience and the learning and networking opportunities that the conference provided. We would like to thank you again for your contribution to making it such a successful conference.

In case you missed them during the conference, check out the Daily AIEC 2013 news videos here!

We look forward to seeing you at the next AIEC in 2014 in Brisbane!

The Hon. Christopher Pyne to outline future vision of international education at AIEC

October 6, 2013

This Wednesday, The Honourable Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education, will address leaders of the international education industry at the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) in Canberra.

Mr Pyne will join more than 1,000 delegates from around the world for the largest annual international education conference in the Asia Pacific region.

Presented by IDP Education and the International Education Association of Australia, this year’s AIEC will focus on the theme “Global Imperatives – Local Realities“.

Andrew Thompson, Chief Executive Officer at IDP Education, said the conference was an opportunity for researchers, academics, policy advisors, and industry leaders to come together to discuss and shape the future direction of international education in Australia.

“The international education sector – Australia’s fourth largest export industry – is experiencing rapid changes,” he said.

“Forums such as AIEC provide us with an opportunity to share best practice case studies which in turn help us improve our sector so we can best meet the needs of today’s international student.”

This year’s AIEC will feature presentations from 200 leading international education experts, including:

  • Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta. a member of the National Security Advisory Board for the Government of India and was Member-Convener of the Prime Minister of India’s National Knowledge Commission who will deliver a keynote address reflecting on the globalisation of education.
  • Phil Baty, Editor of the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings who will discuss the latest rankings and what it means for Australia.
  • Dr. Joanna Newman,  Head UK Higher Education International Unit who is speaking on the launch of a blue sky thinking report that analyses what International education will look like in 2020.

AIEC details: 27th annual Australian International Education Conference 8 – 11 October 2013 National Convention Centre, Canberra

About AIEC and IDP Education The AIEC is the major annual event in international education in the Asia Pacific region. It was founded by IDP Education in 1987 and is now co-hosted by IDP and the International Education Association of Australia. IDP Education is a world leader in assisting international students find the right overseas study option for them and is a joint owner of IELTS, the world’s most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test.

Monitoring MOOCs

October 4, 2013

 Exploring international students perceptions of Massive Open Online Courses

In recent years, the rise of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has dominated discussion amongst the international higher education sector.

The sector has largely embraced MOOCs as an opportunity to provide education to those who – due to their geographic location, economic circumstances, or time commitments – would not have had access to it under traditional learning models.

During AIEC, Professor Jane Klobas, Adjunct Associate Professor Bruce Mackintosh and Associate Professor Tanya McGill will present information that examines the current attitudes among international students towards MOOCs and discover if MOOCs are seen as a substitute for or a supplement to an international education.

The presentation will be part of the Inside the Minds of Today’s International Students: IDP’s Latest Research session.

The session, led by Lyndell Jacka, Head of Research at IDP Education, takes the pulse and temperature check of international students to see what they are thinking about the world of education.

Session Details
Inside the Minds of Today’s International Students: IDP Education’s Latest Research

Date/time: Thursday 10 October, 9.00am – 10.00am
Room: Ballroom

Ms Lyndell Jacka, IDP Education, Australia
Professor Jane Klobas, Bocconi University, Italy, and Adjunct at Murdoch University
Adjunct Associate Professor Bruce Mackintosh, The University of Western Australia
Associate Professor Tanya McGill, Murdoch University

Target audience:
The session will be useful for those who are responsible for marketing to or recruiting international students and for those with an interest in the student experience, as well as those interested in whether MOOCs are a disruptive technology for international education.

Key interest: Marketing, recruitment, cooperation and competition Sector(s): Higher education, English language.

More information on the AIEC program is available here


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