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

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 www.aiec.idp.com

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.

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