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Edition 481, 8 October 2012

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International education trending well amidst challenges and change - Australian International Education Conference

Monday, October 8 2012

Flapping lanyards were out in force again across Melbourne’s CBD last week for the 2012 Australian International Education Conference. Again, APCET and its members were an impressive presence at the event, showcasing their educational leadership and entrepreneurial savoir faire in the global educational marketplace.

A conference highlight was Thursday’s launch by Australia’s Race Rights Commissioner Helen Szoke of the landmark Principles to promote and protect the human rights of international students, translated into 11 languages including English. ACPET Board member Gurdeep Dhillon was at the launch to present on behalf of the private sector.

With a conference theme of “International Education in the Asian Century”, ACPET’s International Engagement Manager Ingeborg Loon chaired a discussion session on ‘Positioning: Skills Needs in the Asian Century”. Board member Mel Koumides also contributed to a lively panel discussion on one of the heavyweight issues of the day in global education - educational standards.

Later in the conference, Ingeborg Loon presented again this time on the hot-off-the-press transnational figures from the ACPET 2012 Private Provider survey and the latest results of the ACPET International Student Barometer, which confirmed that ACPET members are continuing to trend strongly and positively in international education.

The overarching theme of the conference was “International education in the Asian Century”, with frank and tough-minded discussion around Australia’s future place in a region powering ahead in economic, strategic and cultural influence, how to grown into that place and the role that education is to play in forging that place.

A key unifying message of the conference was: this is where international education is at this point in time, this is how we got to this point, this is the current and evolving environment, these are the lessons and insights learnt...but where do we go from here.

The conference revealed a thoughtful snapshot in time on international education, standing out from the dynamics of ongoing trends and challenges. Without pulling any punches on today’s issues and challenges ahead, the overall picture emerging from the conference was that international education is strong and dynamic, and Australia is tracking well in educational leadership and entrepreneurial innovation in the evolving global education environment.


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