Facilitated Dialogues Will Get You Thinking

We have some great facilitated dialogues lined up on the AIEC program that are guaranteed to get you thinking, discussing and debating some of the key issues facing international education. Keep them in mind as you start to plan your week in Adelaide. Here are two of them:


(Weds 12 October 4.00pm to 5.30pm Plenary Room)

 Facilitator: Ms Maxine McKew

 Imagining new possibilities about Australia’s future global role in education, training and research is critically important just now.  In the 25 years following the major paradigm shift represented by the full-fee-paying international student program in 1986, and following phenomenal growth and success, international education in Australia faces a range of possible futures.  We certainly haven’t reached understandings let alone agreement about what future directions might or should be.

 The recruitment to home campuses of international students via differentiated regional and country strategies, conventional marketing techniques and commission agents, has underpinned a successful services export industry and also established a platform for broader developments, including “internationalisation of the curriculum, offshore programs, staff and student mobility, and the formation of cooperative links between institutions”.  Is a return to the level of growth we saw in recent years likely or even desirable?  Is this paradigm sustainable?  Do we need a paradigm shift?

 There are clearly weaknesses in Australia’s current approach.  We have been lax in thinking about and working on cultural/strategic/diplomatic relationships through education.  We lack an international strategy for Australian research. Our training and development assistance motives and achievements are a shadow of what they were between 1950 and 1986.

 We currently lack strategic foresight and a commitment to other and new forms of international education.  This session aims to foster discussion about some new possibilities by imagining the future contribution Australia might make globally in education training and research.

 This is a companion plenary to The Global Future of International Education to be held on Thursday 13 October, 16.00-17.30.  


  • Professor Peter Hoj Vice-Chancellor, University of South Australia
  • Mr Stephen Connelly IEAA and RMIT University
  •  Professor Fazal Rizvi University of Melbourne
  • Ms Megan Lilly Director Education and Training, Australian Industry Group
  • Ms Claire Field, CEO, ACPET


(Thurs 13 October 4.00pm-5.30pm Plenary Room)

 Facilitator:  Dr Neil Kemp OBE

 There is a growing sense that the world of education is changing quite fundamentally and that we are possibly entering a new era.  The challenges facing education at a national level are enormous – burgeoning unmet demand in some countries and regions; massive demographic, social and political shifts; economic and financial meltdown impacting countries differently.  Overlain are increasingly pressing global problems which cannot be solved by countries in isolation – climate change and environmental degradation, scarce energy, problems of war and peace, and international terrorism.  Education plays a part in dealing with these matters, while at the same time being pushed and pulled and driven in a variety of directions by these very forces.

 International education in particular has a role to play.  But what forms will international education take in the future?  We do not necessarily share the same views globally about what international education should do, what the benefits are or indeed that the benefits are being fairly shared.

Are narrow national or regional objectives for international education now less important and pressing?  Should we be opening up to broader, shared and more mutually beneficial perspectives involving both teaching and research? What are the opportunities for a more cooperative, non-national, global approach through international education? What are the roles of the different education sectors? What role might new generation ICT play?  

 This facilitated dialogue between experts from around the globe will discuss and explore these issues, and suggest some possible future objectives and directions for international education globally.

This is a companion plenary to Imagining Australia’s Future in Global Education, Training and Research


  • Ms Gudrun Paulsdottir, President EAIE
  • Ms Nicola Danderidge, CEO Universities UK
  • Professor Simon Marginson, University of Melbourne
  • ProfessorAwang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud, Director, Global Planning and Strategy Unit, University of Malaya
  • Professor John Hudzik, University of Michigan USA
  • Mr Shen Yang, Deputy Director-General, Ministry of Education, Peoples Republic of China
  • Dr Surnedrakumar Bagde, Ministry of Finance, Government of India (invited)

Head to http://www.aiec.idp.com/ for program details


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