Australian International Education Conference
12-15th October 2010
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Sydney, Australia
2010 marked the 24th anniversary of the AIEC which has grown into the largest international education conference in the Asia Pacific region and one of the pre-eminent international education conferences in the worldwide calendar.
i-graduate Director, William Archer attended along with senior consultant Kevin Brett who spoke in the session "International Student Barometer: How are we Faring?" along with Steve Nerlich of Australian Education International and Glenn Withers from Universities Australia at 4.00pm on the 14th October.
This presentation provided an overview of the results of the comprehensive survey of the international student experience in Australia in 2010 conducted in partnership with DEEWR and Universities Australia. Speakers identified significant national trends relating to the experience of international students and identified structural and other issues associated with the next phase of international student recruitment. This included strategies for domestic and international student interaction; the university in its region; the quest for diversity; pathways across the sectors; and communication strategies with students.
To arrange a meeting or to find out what opportunities and services are available to your institution or organisation, please contact Kevin Brett on email@example.com.
For further information about AIEC click here.
International Leadership Conference: Managing Global Universities
8-12th November 2010
The University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China
This intensive one week programme was aimed at university senior managers and leaders, both academic and administrative, and focused on leadership and management in an international context.
i-graduate director William Archer was the keynote speaker on Wednesday 10th of November at 10.45am with a session entitled 'Excellence in the global student experience: exploring the latest trends in intentions, perceptions and actions' and focused on international student perceptions and the issues that are critical to them, and how universities can adapt their international strategies to truly meet their students' needs.
For further information about the conference please visit the official website here.
DAAD 2010: Conference Tagung der Leiterinnen und Leiter der Akademischen Auslandsämter und der Auslandsbeauftragten de deutschen hochschulen
10th-12th November 2010
Das Wissenschaftszentrum Bonn, Germany
This intensive three day conference programme was aimed at the heads of international offices and the International Programme of German universities and focused on perspectives of internationalisation for German higher education insitutions.
i-graduate Senior Consultant Nannette Ripmeester was be the keynote speaker on Wednesday 10th at 14.30 in a session entitled 'Ërkenntnisse zum Studienwahlstandort Deutschland: Vorstellung der Umfrage „deutsches International Student Barometer 2009/2010“'.
For further information about the conference please visit the official website here.
22nd Annual EAIE Conference
15-18th September 2010
La Cité Internationale des Congrès Nantes-Métropole
The largest event of its kind in Europe, the Annual EAIE Conference this year disembarking in the enchanting city of Nantes in western France. The four day event brought together international higher education professionals for hands-on interactive workshops and cutting edge sessions that highlighted the latest trends within the education sector globally.
i-graduate were proud sponsors of the opening reception at the stunning Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne in the heart of Nantes, i-graduate director William Archer and the i-graduate team welcomed everyone to what transpired to be a glorious sun-kissed evening of regional culinary delights, local wine, traditional Breton music and stimulating conversation. Senior Consultant Nannette Ripmeester also spoke in session 8.04 'Using Statistics to Measure Success' . This session allowed experts to share their insights and expertise in using statistics when drawing up marketing plans and policies, it also effectively demonstrated the use of statistics in measuring success.
For further information about the 2011 conference please visit the official EAIE website here.
StudyWorld London 2010
6-8th September 2010
Hilton London Metropole, London
Widely recognised as the best-connected and best-value international event for study-abroad professionals, StudyWorld gives you the opportunity to connect with more than 850 industry contacts from over 60 different countries.The forum brings together quality education providers, study abroad agents and related service providers in a relaxed, comfortable and sociable atmosphere.
i-graduate Director William Archer presented a seminar entitled 'From Agents to Application: the pre-arrival international student experience' . Drawing on results from our most up-to-date Barometer study (and other i-graduate research), William Archer provided insights into how students make their decisions and how the pre-arrival experience determines the decisions they make. Institutions can use this information to improve the experience for prospective students, converting more applications to enrolments. The seminar also included an informative Q&A session.
2010 New Zealand International Education Conference
5-6th August 2010
Christchurch Convention Centre, New Zealand
The New Zealand International Education Conference is an opportunity for education institutions from New Zealand to network and share successes, contemplate the future and develop their staff capabilities. The aim of the conference is to not only provide a forum for discussion and learning, but also an opportunity for delegates to develop new business relationships.
i-graduate were proud Silver Sponsors for this, the 19th Annual New Zealand International Education Conference, and our in-country specialist, Sharon Calvert led a a session entitled "TNE - The Student Experience" that looked at the results of a survey undertaken by i-graduate in an effort to understand the experience of those students on transnational education programmes.
For further details of the 2011 New Zealand International Education Conference, please click here.
UKCISA Conference 2010
12-14th July 2010
University of York
The UKCISA Conference is the main professional updating opportunity for staff who support international students in UK further and higher education.
i-graduate were delighted to have been invited to address delegates at the event. i-graduate Senior Consultant, John Taylor led a session on the Tuesday entitled 'Tracking the international student experience at FE colleges in the UK', in which he presented findings from i-graduate's latest research.
i-graduate were also a proud sponsor of the UKCISA Conference 2010 and John Taylor along with Emma Fromant from our ISB team were delighted to meet everyone who attended the i-graduate sponsored drinks reception on Monday 12th July, the event took place at the amazing York National Railway Museum., a good time was had by all and we look forward to seeing everyone again at the 2011 UKCISA Conference.
Higher Education Futures Conference
23rd June 2010
Bloomsbury Hotel, London WC1
This major conference was the first opportunity following the general election for the HE sector in the UK to understand and set the real framework and future for higher education. The conference set out how institutions are planning a decisive route and role at a time of severe public sector restraint, demographic decline, rising student expectations, a more competitive international market and demands from all political parties for an improved offer to business.
i-graduate representatives Jamie Taylor, Lizi Milne and Emma Fromant from our ISB Team attended and exhibited at the event, and not only had an opportunity to meet and greet everyone who attended but also got embroiled in the high level content that the HEF Conference had to offer.
For further details of the Higher Education Futures event, please click here.
The Changing Academic Profession
22nd June 2010
Woburn House, London WC1
Universities UK hosted this one day conference entitled 'The Changing Academic Profession' on 22 June 2010, which was chaired by Professor Les Ebdon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bedfordshire and Chair, Million+.
i-graduate was represented at the event by Senior Consultant John Taylor, who will led a discussion group to consider the outcomes of the pilot Higher Education Careers Barometer study. Run by i-graduate in partnership with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education with 26 UK universities, this study examined career motivations amongst those working in higher education.
The conference also launched a report by the Centre for Higher Education Research and Information (CHERI) on the “Changing Academic Profession: UK and beyond”, part of an international study, which examines issues such as the internationalisation of the profession and academic work; the ‘casualisation’ of the academic workforce; and the diversity of academics and academic activities.
For further information about this conference, please visit the Universities UK website.
UCAS International Recruitment and Admissions Conference
21-22nd June 2010
i-graduate Director William Archer presented a keynote address at the forthcoming UCAS International conference and exhibition. This residential event is aimed at all those involved in international student recruitment and admissions to higher education in the universities and colleges of the United Kingdom.
The event focused on key factors affecting international student recruitment both today and in the future, including:
• The likelihood of the current recession having longer term effects
• The internationalisation of higher education
• The growth of different types of delivery of higher education by the United Kingdom in other countries
• The growth of international recruitment in countries which were once exporters of students but now see themselves as destinations for international students.
• The effect of government policy on international recruitment in the United Kingdom.
For further information about the event, please visit the UCAS website.
NAFSA 2010 Conference and Expo
30th May-4th June 2010
Kansas City, USA
One of the key events on the calendar of many international educators, the NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo, took place deep in America's heartland, Kansas City, Missouri and brought together over 7000 of the worlds most influential international education professionals. Several members of the i-graduate team attended the conference and were delighted at the response and interest shown in our services by the delegates.
The i-graduate team that represented us at NAFSA were:
- Pamela Barrett (Senior Consultant)
- Nannette Ripmeester (Head of Client Services, Europe)
- Louise Nicol (Consultant)
- Lizi Milne (ISB Account Manager)
- Francesca Sanders (ISB Account Manager)
i-graduate Senior Consultant Pamela Barrett also spoke authoratitvely in session GS156 'International Recruitment, Bridging Research and Practice' that took place in the early morning 8.00am breakfast slot on Friday 4th June. This interactive session considered how research can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of international recruitment practices and what are the opportunities and challenges. Participants will learn to use research findings to create or improve strategic recruitment plans.
For further information about the NAFSA 2011 Conference in Vancouver please click here.
Going Global 4
25-26th March 2010
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Central London
Going Global is the largest international education conference in the UK, providing the opportunity for delegates to debate the drivers and motivations for international education, at both national and institutional level. This year's conference theme was World Potential: Making Education Meet the Challenge. The event explored the trends and implications; explored models for change drawing on case studies from across the world; examined the barriers; and delivered frameworks for action across the following areas:
• Staff and student mobility
• Global partnerships
• Global citizens
• Policy and leadership
i-graduate Director William Archer participated in two sessions at Going Global 4:
1) What do the students want?
Friday 26th March
The ‘what do the students want?’ panel debate drew on four major studies of students' attitudes when choosing where to pursue their education, including i-graduate’s International Student Barometer, the largest annual study of international students in the world.
The studies have focused on students' behaviour over time and across continents, aiming to capture the dynamic nature of the student decision making processes over time. A common theme is the increasing role of targeted marketing if a university is to be successful in international student recruitment. This session offered a unique opportunity to find out the latest trends in students’ behaviour when deciding where and when to pursue their studies.
Chair: Hanneke Teekens, Director of Communications, Nuffic, Netherlands
• William Archer, Director, i-graduate, UK
• Rachel Fletcher, Director, Enrolment Management Services, Hobsons PLC, UK
• Dr Janet Ilieva, Senior Advisor, Education Market Intelligence and Research, British Council, UK
• Rebecca Loades, Associate Director, Graduate Management Admission Council, UK
• Jonathan Pratt, Marketing Director, StudyLink, Australia
To view a video of this panel debate, please click here.
2) Managing expectations and supporting the international experience
Friday 26th March
Chaired by Dominic Scott OBE (Chief Executive, UKCISA) this session took an insightful, evidence-based look at two significant groups of international students in the UK: students who come to the UK to learn English and students who come for higher education.
Will Archer and Tony Millns (Chief Executive, English UK) reported the results of a study of over 50 English language teaching (ELT) schools and over 2,250 ELT students to address a range of questions: How successful is the provision of English language programmes in the UK? How does the student experience vary at private and public institutions? What can the Government and institutions do to improve the experience for this group of learners? How can the UK retain and improve its global reputation as a leading provider of quality education for international students? Catherine Walter, University Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, University of Oxford, reported on a study of the experiences of postgraduate international students in UK higher education.
For further details of the conference programme, visit the Going Global website.
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APAIE Annual Conference
14-16th April 2010
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
APAIE is an international non-profit organisation whose goal is to activate and reinforce the internationalization of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world. Each year APAIE holds an international conference hosted by a University in the Asia-Pacific Region.
i-graduate Director Will Archer and Kevin Brett, Director of Client Services Australia delivered an interactive session at the APAIE 2010 Annual Conference and Exhibition, hosted by Griffith University on Australia’s Gold Coast. The session, entitled ‘Developing Best Practice for the International Student Experience', provided case studies of evidence led interventions by education providers to improve the international student experience.
For further details of the conference programme, please click here.
Quality, Price and Reputation
24th February 2010
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Woolgate Exchange, 25 Basinghill Street, London
Thank you to all who attended Quality, Price and Reputation conference on 24th February 2010, hosted by the UK Higher Education International Unit and i-graduate, with the support of Universities UK and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. The event attracted over 100 delegates from the international HE sector.
The conference explored perceptions of excellence in an international higher education context and the relationship between pricing, quality and institutional reputations worldwide. Key themes included the impact of price on decision making; prestige vs. cost; the relevance of quality; and imaginative new approaches to pricing. We gained insight from international methods, including from the United States and Europe, and considered a business approach to pricing issues to assess how universities can attract the brightest and best students to their campuses. In addition to the plenaries and a panel debate, concurrent 'theory' workshop sessions explored issues relating to quality, price and reputation.
Will Archer, Director, i-graduate
Professor Nicholas Barr, Professor of Public Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science
Professor Sir Drummond Bone, Chairman, International Advisory Board, Laureate Inc, UK
Carolyn Campbell, Head of International Affairs at the Quality Assurance Agency
Dr David Docherty, Chief Executive, The Council for Industry and Higher Education
Dr Dean L. Hubbard, President Emeritus, Northwest Missouri State University
Dr Neil Kemp, Visiting Fellow, Institute of Education
Arnold Longboy, Marketing Director, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Europe Campus
John Quirk, Director of International Affairs, University of Central Lancashire
Dr Keith Sharp, Head of UK HE International Unit
Professor Steve Smith, President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter
Wes Streeting, President, National Union of Students
Elizabeth Tromer, International Affairs Department Director, Technical University of Denmark
David Willetts MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Universities and Skills
Please click here to view the Quality, Price and Reputation conference agenda.
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Meeting the Residential Needs of International Students
29th January 2010
Imperial College, London
i-graduate Director William Archer gave a keynote address at this one day conference, organised by Unipol and UKCISA in association with CUBO. The event was aimed all those working with international students in a residential context. Will's session, entitled 'How Effective are Accommodation at Responding to the Needs of International Students' examined how feedback and benchmarked data from international students can be used to improve accommodation services.
Association of International Education Administrators 2010 Annual Conference
14-18th February 2010
One of the key events on the calendar of many international educators, the AIEA Annual Conference 2010, took place in Washington DC from 14th to 18th February. i-graduate were an event sponsor, and i-graduate Director Will Archer addressed delegates at the Networking Reception on 16th February.
New data from the International Student Barometer was presented during an interactive session entitled ' The Ohio experience, key findings and best practice from the International Student Barometer’. Will Archer spoke alongside David Fleshler, Associate Provost for International Affairs at Case Western Reserve University and Ronald Cushing, International Director at the University of Cincinnati.This session aimed to:
- Share the latest data from the largest annual study of international students
- Discuss examples of excellence through case studies from leading institutions worldwide
- Explore the use of benchmarking data to facilitate improvement in the student experience
The i-graduate team were represented at AIEA by:
- Will Archer (Director)
- Pamela Barrett (Consultant)
- Jessica Howlett (Senior Client Relations Executive)
For further information about the AIEA conference, please click here.
Emap Education: Recruiting and Supporting International Students Forum
21st January 2010
ICO Conference Centre, London W1
The Recruiting and Supporting International Students Forum, organised by Emap, consisted of two stand alone but complementary conference days specifically designed to help HEIs position themselves in a competitive market and provide an excellent student experience.
William Archer joined speakers from UKCISA, AGR, QAA and NUS on Day Two of the event: Meeting International Student Expectations. The plenary session, entitled 'Understanding the needs of international students: An insight into decisionmaking, expectations and experiences of international students' focussed on institutional benchmarking and enhancing competitive advantage and discussion as to how institutions can use international student feedback to inform departmental and institutional decision-making.
For more information about the Emap event, please click here.