The 2016 Asia-Pacific Association for International Education Conference (APAIE), one of the most renowned forums for bringing together global education experts and policy makers, recently met in Melbourne with the aim of improving professional skills and advancing developments in international education.
Held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the 11th Annual APAIE Conference took place from 29 February – 3 March, with many claiming it to be ‘the best APAIE conference ever!’
Exceeding expectations the event attracted a record number of delegates, with over 1600 delegates attending from 48 countries, and 70 per cent of all delegates attending from overseas.
Exhibitor numbers also reached its highest ever level, with a record 90 exhibitors attending, 92 per cent of which were international.
APAIE was jointly hosted locally by nine universities of Victoria, with The University of Melbourne the lead host institution, led by Deputy Provost & Deputy Vice-Chancellor International, Professor Susan Elliott, APAIE President and Club Melbourne Ambassador.
Professor Susan Elliott said “hosting the APAIE conference in Melbourne further enhanced Victoria’s place in the international higher education sector. Bringing the international higher education sector to Melbourne enabled far more members of local institutions the opportunity to meet with their international counterparts, establish international relationships and gain valuable international experience that otherwise would not be possible.
“We appreciate the contribution of Melbourne Convention Bureau through every phase of our preparation for this important international event – from preparation of the bid proposal, to managing the sponsorship with the State Government of Victoria, providing promotional tools and ongoing assistance throughout.”