AIEC’s call for session proposals extended

The call for session proposals for AIEC 2013  has been extended and it will now close on 12 April.

This year’s AIEC will focus on the key global, regional and local drivers that influence and shape international education.

Download the submission guidelines and submit your session on the AIEC website before it closes on Friday 12 April.

Also, take a look at our new video for AIEC!

Our new video provides an overview of AIEC 2012 and invites you to join us this year in Canberra for AIEC 2013.

We would like to thank the Council of International Students Australia, Australian Capital Tourism and Brand Victoria for provding us with some of the footage in this video.

Who’s Who Delegate Profile – Sarah Steendam

Welcome to the first of a series of posts giving a little insight into some of the delegates attending this year’s AIEC. We tend to focus on the high-profile presenters and delegates when we profile people, but I find that sometimes it’s the conversations delegates have with the person that they are sitting next to waiting for a session to start that are just as useful as the information gathered from the session itself. Keep an eye out for Sarah when you’re in Adelaide and say hello.

Sarah Steendam, The Netherlands
Sarah Steendam has a major in Communication and Information Sciences, specializing in Intercultural Communication. These studies were a mix between cultural anthropology, international relations, development studies and marketing. This blend of different angles reflects Sarah’s interest and focus in work and life. She engaged in different international positions, starting with international marketing research for the Nuffic (Netherlands organization for international cooperation in higher education, based in The Hague), their Netherlands Education Support Office in Jakarta (Indonesia) and her former university (University of Groningen), working with university offices world-wide and promoting and aligning Dutch higher education in various developing countries (a.o. China, Indonesia, Latin America). Sarah acquired further project management skills in her work as a project leader for the Dutch Refugee Council, working with refugees on image building and awareness raising on immigration and integration.

In the different projects she has worked on her key interests were international cooperation and creating synergies and networks between the stakeholders of a project. She is keen on building bridges between ideals of social improvement and the engagement of other parties (government, communities, higher education institutes, entrepreneurs). She is interested in communication and the creation of a brand or image from both a marketing perspective and as a means to improve the knowledge and efficacy of education projects.

Two years ago Sarah returned to the field of international higher education as senior marketing & communication officer at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. At the IHS she is in charge of the international alumni relations and corporate communication. She was recently promoted as team leader Marketing & Communication. Sarah also sits on the board of DHENIM (Dutch Higher Education Network for International Marketing).

Adelaide: Why not stay for the weekend

Adelaide is a pretty spectacular city. As a Sydney-sider used to crazy traffic, long commute times, and a large and unwieldy city centre, I love spending time in a city where the public transport is free (the tram is free in the CBD), where you can walk easily between meetings, and there seems to be chocolate shop on every corner!

We thought that as you start to plan your travel to Adelaide, you might like to consider tagging a few days onto the beginning or end of your core conference days. Adelaide city has some great attractions – the Giant Panda’s at Adelaide Zoo are amazing! –  and just outside of the city are some of the best vineyards in Australia, penguin’s and whales, amazing coastline, and a plethora of activities both relaxing and adventure to fill your days.

So whether you are a sports fan who can’t go past a visit to Adelaide Oval, or a foodie who has Maggie Beers Farm Shop and restaurant in your sights, start planning your South Australian experience today.