Monday 22 - Wednesday 24 May
We will be exhibiting at the 2017 Going Global conference in London. The theme is 'Global cities: connecting talent, driving change'. The conference will explore how universities and colleges support city-regional economies and social and civic engagement, connecting the world's cities to global knowledge and talent and addressing global challenges.
This will be examined through four key themes:
Monday 20 - Thursday 23 March
We are proud sponsors of the 2017 APAIE conference taking place in Taiwan.The five day event will include pre-conference workshops, exhibitions, keynotes, parallel sessions, networking coffee breaks, campus and city tours.
The conference theme is 'New Era, New Horizon, New Frontier Higher Education in Asia Pacific' and will cover the following sub-themes:
Tuesday 14th March
The Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
We have partnered with the Hotcourses Group for our inaugural 'International Student: Attraction and Engagement Summit', taking place at the Royale Chulan Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on 14th March.
It is more important than ever for universities and colleges to understand and navigate the growing marketing landscape. The summit will focus on strategies to attract and engage with international students as well as ways of measuring your marketing and recruitment activities and success through sophisticated analytics and data which will ensure an effective return on your investment.
Sunday 19 - Wednesday 22 February
Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington DC
We are pleased to support the 2017 AIEA Conference being held in Washington DC. This year's theme is 'Internationlisation through difference: transcending boundaries'.
The 2017 AIEA Annual Conference focuses on the interplay between boundaries and connections in internationalization. International education leaders must negotiate boundaries due to cultural differences, wide-ranging institutional structures, divergent motivations and meanings, and distinct resource allocations – all of which vary from institution to institution, and nation to nation. Boundaries create silos which, as Gillian Tett explains (in The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers, 2015, Simon & Schuster), present both problems and possibilities for advancement. Silos can create blinders and tunnel vision, discourage progressive thinking, reinforce status hierarchies, and foster skill sets that are epistemologically static and difficult to expand. On the other hand, utilizing and sometimes repositioning silos can be productive, by encouraging strategic thinking and avoiding inward looking approaches and proprietary impasses.
Tuesday 10th - Friday 13th January
Regent's University London
The International Partnerships Office at Regent's University London will be hosting this conference in partnership with The Observatory on Bordeless Higher Education.
The event brings together leading figures in the higher education sector as well as guests from the business community to discuss issues facing international higher education. Participate in workshops, choose from a variety of informative sessions to attend, share best practise and network with like-minded professionals.
Tuesday 10th January 2017: Regent's Partner Institutions check-in
Wednesday 11th January 2017: Pre-Conference day, only available for Regent's Partner Institutions
Thursday 12th and Friday 13th January 2017: Conference
Friday 18th - Monday 21st November
We are pleased to announce we are platinum sponsors of the Navitas Business Partners Conference, taking place in Vietnam in November.
Thursday 17th November
PolyU Hung Hom Bay Campus, Hong Kong
Institutions have been putting more and more efforts into enhancing the learning experiences of students in order to meet the emerging educational needs of the society. Co-organized by the Federation for Self-financing Tertiary Education (FSTE) and Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ), the conference aims to provide an opportunity for all stakeholders in the sector to report their latest research, explore ideas, views and experience, and share their professional experience with others.
Dinner: Wednesday 9th November
Global Forum: Thursday 10th & Friday 11th November
The Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
We are delighted to announce the programme for our forthcoming conference. This event will take on some of the complexities of transnational education in the 21st century.
Confirmed speakers include:
Global Forum Registration
The Global Forum is attracting delegates from Malaysia, South East Asia and around the world, representing universities and colleges, governments and education companies.
Register your place now
Tuesday 18th - Friday 21st October
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
AIEC is the premier forum in Australia to connect people, ideas and research in international education. Since its first conference in 1987, connectivity has become woven into AIEC’s DNA. It is fitting, therefore, for AIEC to celebrate its 30th anniversary event around the theme of connectivity. This theme also recognises that international education is now an inextricable part of a hyper-connected world. Enhanced technology, global citizenship and greater leveraging of networks and partnerships all combine to influence the growth and success of the international education industry. AIEC 2016 will explore the concept of connectivity, its disruptions and opportunities, across three broad contexts: technology, people and partnerships.
We will be presenting four times at the AIEC conference:
Wednesday 19th October: Reporting student experience in the VET sector – the national profile
Thursday 20th October: More than a roof over their heads?
Thursday 20th October: First look at the 2016 International Student Survey
Friday 21st October: The AUIDF benchmarking data 2016: from analysis to action
i-graduate are proud sponsors of the IEAA Excellence Awards which will be announced at AIEC 2016.
Tuesday 13th - Friday 16th September
In September 2016, the EAIE is taking place in Liverpool for the 28th Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition. Come and visit our i-graduate stand at booth 311.
We will also be presenting on eight occasions at the conference:
Wednesday 14th September: Imagine: what data can do for international higher education marketing
Wednesday 14th September: Mind the gap! Student 'wants' vs. 'experiences' in becoming intercultural
Wednesday 14th September: The game is on: gamification of employability skills
Thursday 15th September: From learning to earning: employers' perspectives on employability
Thursday 15th September: Life after #Brexit: UK-EU partnerships (research, student and staff mobility)
Thursday 15th September: A tale of two cities: perspectives from Singapore and Hong Kong
Thursday 15th September: Expecting more from student accommodation
Friday 16th September: The real cost of recruitment
Thursday 18th & Friday 19th August
Auckland, New Zealand
Kyla Steenhart will be representing i-graduate at this event and presenting a session on New Zealand versus key competitors, comparing the international student experience using data from the Competitive Advantage reports. There are two other sessions which will explore i-graduate data, one on the ITP ISB and one on the schools ISB.
Thursday 14th & Friday 15th July
University of Liverpool
i-graduate are sponsors of the 12th annual BUILA conference, being held at the University of Liverpool. We will have an exhibition stand on Thursday and Friday in the refreshment area.
The conference theme is 'A Brave New World' and Dan Shah will be sharing insights from the UK's Competitive Advantage reports with data from i-graduate.
Wednesday 5th July
Carolyn Campbell, Senior Consultant at the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, will be speaking at the Westminster Higher Education Forum on 5th July. The seminar will include a keynote address from Anne Marie Graham, Head of Programme, Outward Student Mobility, UK Higher Education International Unit.
Delegates will consider how best to further address the major barriers to outward mobility, including language issues, funding and access. The seminar will also bring together examples of best practice in fostering relationships between UK universities and their counterparts abroad, including with transatlantic partners and key emerging economies. Issues arising from the Erasmus+ program will also be examined and delegates will have the opportunity to consider the UK's involvement as the scheme enters its third year and following the EU Referendum.
29th May - 3rd June
We will be at NAFSA on Tuesday 31st May and Wednesday 1st June and our team will be available to meet with you over a cup of coffee on these two days.
We can talk through any questions you may have about the upcoming Barometer, which has now been implemented by over 1400 universities, institutes and colleges in 32 countries, and other exciting developments on the i-graduate side. We’ll be showcasing bespoke research services which guides overseas campus strategy, offshore delivery and programme testing. We’ll also be sharing insight from Benchmarking International Operations and how this is helping institutions with their international marketing, recruitment and agent strategies. We can also share updates on distance and online learning and how we are providing quality benchmarking in this rapidly expanding area.
If you would like to book in a meeting with us, please email Caitlin Mills Lyle.
15th & 16th June 2016
We will be hosting a workshop at the SFCA summer conference with Oldham Sixth Form College. In 2015 Oldham Sixth Form College undertook a programme of market research to contribute to decisions on future college strategy working with i-graduate. The workshop will cover practical issues & problems encountered and overcome: exploring the research method and sample provision, survey response rates. We will present a range of key selected results and examine how the research contributed to the approaches taken by Oldham Sixth Form College.
15th June 2016
Woburn House, London
We are pleased to be headline sponsors of the UK Higher Education International Unit conference on enhancing the international student experience.
This conference will examine how universities can put international student experience at the centre of their institutional strategies. Delegates will hear examples of effective projects that have improved international student experience and gain a better understanding of how to implement changes effectively at all stages of higher education, to improve the experience of all international students - from undergraduates to postgraduate researchers.
Key themes at this conference on international student experience will include:
Why are we talking about international student experience now?
The recent Competitive Advantage report shows that the UK is the most recommended major English-speaking higher education destination in the world by international students, and has improved satisfaction across all aspects of the learning experience. However there are some key areas where improvements still need to be made, and the UK cannot afford to stand still while our global competitors continue to improve at a rapid rate.
In this increasingly competitive global higher education sector, a first rate international student experience is essential for international student recruitment and retention. With experts from innovative and award-winning institutions, we will explore both institutional and sector wide approaches to improving the experience of international students in the UK.- See more at: http://www.international.ac.uk/media-centre/events-diary/2016/06/enhancing-the-international-student-experience.aspx#sthash.RQFeKyVB.dpuf
Key themes at this conference on international student experience will include:
For more information click here.
Our next European Best Practice Exchange is taking place in Rotterdam on Thursday 12th May.
Join us for:
On 21st April 2016, delegates gathered at King’s College London for i-graduate’s annual Best Practice Exchange. Held in the Great Hall of the Strand Campus, delegates heard from experts across the sector including Daniel Shah sharing insights from the UK’s Competitive Advantage reports, Dominic Milne & Laura Ginsberg showcasing how they have raised the Student Barometer profile in the University of Aberdeen and Nannette Ripmeester discussing what makes a good learning experience with a panel of international students.
Delegates also shared their thoughts on how to improve the student experience in roundtable discussions on increasing response rates, good practice in student integration, turning data into action and providing a warm welcome.
13th - 16th April 2016
Barton Carlyle will be exhibiting at the NAGAP conference on 13th - 16th April. They will be providing information on the ISB on behalf of i-graduate.
1st March 2016
Kensington Olympia, London
i-graduate are pleased to announce we are headline sponsors of the joint Universities UK and UK Higher Education International Unit International Higher Education Forum on 1st March.
The fourth of its kind, this forum will bring together speakers including vice-chancellors, policy makers and experts from the UK and around the world to examine the latest trends in internationalisation policy and strategy.
Confirmed speakers include:
Throughout the day, delegates will be able to build their own programme, tailored to their individual needs, by choosing from breakout sessions structured into five specialist streams.
29th February - 4th March 2016
i-graduate are proud to be sponsoring the 11th Annual APAIE Conference in Melbourne. Guy Perring, our Director of Client Services Asia will be hosting a pre-conference workshop on Building Employability Skills through International Mobility. Will Archer will be chairing the Global Dialogue on 3rd March.
On 4th March we will be joining the Universities Australia seminar where Will Archer is a guest speaker.
For more information on the conference click here.
22nd - 24th February 2016
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
We are pleased to be Gold Sponsors at the AIEA Annual Conference at Palais des Congres de Montreal. The theme for this year's programme is 'Building a Better World: the Academy as Leader.'
20th January 2016
Woburn House, London
i-graduate are pleased to sponsor the joint Universities UK and CASE Europe senior-level conference on how to develop philanthropy in higher education institutions.
2nd & 3rd December 2015
Regent's University London
The New Landscape of Higher Education: pathways, partnerships and performance
This event will take on some of the complexities of international higher education in the 21st centruy. The sector has never been more open and entrepreneurial, while at the stame time universities must contend with growing regulation at home as governments grapple with the seemingly impossible formula of widening access, improving quality and lowering cost.
Topics will include: Pathways and progression, transnational education, multinational universities and online learning.
To view the programme, click here.
Click here to view conference presentations.
Pie News: Article: How is the UK pathway sector evolving? More focus on integration, TNE, transparency
Conference photos on the Pie News Gallery.
Times Higher Education: Article: UK should learn from 'downsides' of US higher education
StudyTravel Magazine: OBHE conference focuses on pathways and transnational education
7th October 2015
The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education will be exhibiting at the UUK conference on transnational education.
For more information on the event, click here.
6th - 9th October 2015
Team i-graduate will be exhibiting alongside Tribal Group at the AIEC conference in Australia.
We are also presenting as follows:
‘2015 research agenda: Australian Universities International Director’s Forum
Presented by Will Archer - i-graduate, Kevin Brett - i-graduate, Kelly Smith - University of Western Australia and Melissa Banks - Swinburne University
‘Game on: gamification and the quest for employability’
Presented by Nannette Ripmeester - Expertise in Labour Mobility / i-graduate, Netherlands and Edilio Mazzoleni - Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
‘Key drivers of internationalisation – a comparison between ‘cathedrals of learning’ and ‘cathedrals of earning’
Presented by Nannette Ripmeester - Expertise in Labour Mobility / i-graduate, Netherlands and Irene Jansen - DAAD
We are proud sponsors of the IEAA Excellence Award for Oustanding Postgraduate Thesis. The winner will be announced at the AIEC conference.
15th - 18th September 2015
Team i-graduate will be exhibiting once again at the EAIE conference - please come and visit us at stand 117.
We are also presenting as follows:
'SAFSA Feature session: Ten years of the global student experience'
Wednesday 11.30am - 1.00pm, Level 0, Clyde Auditorium
Presented by Will Archer - i-graduate, Nico Jooste - Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Office for International Education, South Africa, Robert Coelen - Stenden University, Netherlands, Dominic Milne - University of Aberdeen
'Wealth of knowledge: fostering employability skills for incoming and outgoing international students'
Wednesday 5.00 - 6.00pm, Level 1, Carron
Presented by Nannette Ripmeester - Expertise in Labour Mobility / i-graduate, Netherlands, Katie Orr - Nova Scotia Community College, Canada, Kimmo Kuortti - University of Oulu International Relations - Finland
'Are you supporting or coddling your international students?
Thursday 10.00 - 11.00am, Level 0, Hall 1
Presented by Nannette Ripmeester - Expertise in Labour Mobility / i-graduate, Netherlands, Lea Senn - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy, Veronika Norvaisaite - Expertise in Labour Mobility, Netherlands, Jaana Severidt - University of Lapland, Finland
'Wealth of nations: is the work of an 18th century economist relevant to international higher education?'
Thursday 2.00 - 3.30pm, Level 0, Lomond Auditorium
Presented by Will Archer - i-graduate, Scott Blair - Transnational Learning Consulting, LLC, France, Michael Woolf - CAPA International Education, Craig Smith - University of Glasgow
'Beyond intercultural skills: exploring the real and understood value of internationalisation'
Thursday 2.00 - 3.00pm, Level 0, Alsh
Presented by Nannette Ripmeester - Expertise in Labour Mobility / i-graduate, Netherlands, Robert Coelen - Stenden University, Netherlands, Mika Saarinen - Centre for International Mobility (CIMO), Finland
'Toward transnational learning in South East Asia and Europe'
Friday 10.30 - 11.30am, Crowne Plaza, Level 0, Argyll 2
Presented by Will Archer - i-graduate, Annabel Kiernan - Manchester Metropolitan University, Mien Wee Cheng - Sunway Education Group, Malaysia, Anthony Luxon - Lancaster University
20th - 21st August
Kyla Steenhart, Director, New Zealand will be attending the New Zealand International Education Conference on the theme 'accelerate your growth'.
9th July 2015
'Employability and internationalisation: student satisfaction, institutional models and alternative providers'
In partnership with IEAA, on 9th July the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education will be hosting a one day event in Melbourne focussing on employability and internationalisation.
A premise for study aboard has long been enhanced student employability, however as the number of mobile students continue to grow what do we know about the employment impact of international study?
Universities worldwide are under pressure to connect degree-level study and employability through the curriculum, work experience and enhanced reporting. To what extent does international experience feature in these efforts?
In response to the perceived need for a return on investment, alternative providers have emerged seeking to complement or compete with conventional degrees in terms of enhanced employability. What exactly are the alternative providers offering and what is the balance between collaboration and competition with conventional universities?
Join us on 9th July where we will explore trends on the above themes, examine the nature of the evidence and sketch out directions for future research.
30th April 2015
RSA House, London
11th June 2015
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
April 2015 is i-graduate’s 10th birthday. That’s 10 years spent researching, analysing and understanding the student experience. We now have feedback from over 2.3 million students across 30 countries. Want to find out what we have learnt?
Join us at our Best Practice Exchange 2015-16.
Discount for ISB/SB partners.
Join us for:
To view the Best Practice Exchange Rotterdam 2015 report click here.
Please email Nannette.Ripmeester@i-graduate.org to take part.
3rd - 4th December 2014
Regents University London
The Observatory has organised a great line-up of speakers for their next conference on the future of PPPs. See programme for details. We are sure that once again there will be some stimulating and thought-provoking sessions and some great debates, along with plenty of networking opportunities and the chance to catch-up over a coffee or glass of wine.
16th - 19th September 2014
Team i-graduate will be exhibiting once again at the EAIE conference - please come and visit us at
We are also presenting as follows:
'Impact of exchange: new research findings from Asia’s leading universities' Thursday, 08:30
Presented by Will Archer, i-graduate, Guy Perring, i-graduate and Gordon Cheung, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
'Handling internationals: the debate over spoon-feeding students' Thursday 08:30
Presented by Nannette Ripmeester, i-graduate, Lea Senn, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Archibald Pollock, Expertise in Labour Mobility/i-graduate and Maria Johansson, Lund University International Office.
'Student employability and social media: a match made in heaven?' Thursday 13:30
Presented by Nannette Ripmeester, i-graduate, Jessica Winters, University of Groningen and Katie Orr, Nova Scotia Community College.
'Transforming study abroad into a global employability statement' Friday 08:30
Presented by Selene Siregar, Expertise in Labour Mobility, Nannette Ripmeester,i-graduate and Alexandra Haaxman, Murdoch University.
'Actionable intelligence: navigating the metadata minefield' Friday 15:00
Presented by Will Archer, i-graduate and Emma Hägg, Karolinska Institutet.
9th - 11th July 2014
i-graduate will be supporting the BUILA conference and we are pleased to be sponsoring this event once again.
12th - 13th June 2014
William Archer, CEO and Guy Perring, Director, Asia, are delighted to be attending this event and sharing results from our new iMPACT survey, our latest research initiative exploring the impact of student exchange and study abroad.
25th - 30th May 2014
San Diego, California
Richard Garrett, Director of North America,will be heading to NAFSA for the annual conference, this year on the theme of Pathways to Global Competence.
9th April - 1st May 2014
Miami Beach Convention Centre
Director of North America, Richard Garrett, will be heading to Miami at the end of this month for Going Global - the conference for global leaders of international education.
3rd April 2014
RSA House, 8 John Adams Street, London
The event will focus on a series of roundtable discussions, giving delegates the opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences on how to improve the student experience. There will also be presentations from professionals across various UK institutions.
We hold a series of Best Practice events over the globe. For details, please contact us on the e-mail address above.
Read the event report here.
11th-12th December 2013
The Observatory held a 1.5-day conference at Regent’s University, London, on the international education industry revolution and the impact of current technological developments, including on MOOCs, patterns of international student mobility, how qualifications are gained and recognised, and why and how universities form partnerships and networks.
Speakers travelled from Mexico, Malaysia, India, Hong Kong and continental Europe. Some 170 participants representing universities, agencies and the business sector were from Canada, US, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Uganda, South Africa, India, and many European countries.
The event kicked-off on Wednesday evening, with Sir Michael Barber of Pearson giving a keynote lecture on how he sees education delivery changing. This was followed by a presentation by Google and education consultancy firm OC&C on their recent report, which identifies which international markets show the greatest growth potential for UK institutions and which of the country’s top 50 universities are most popular, based on Google searches. David Black from Google UK presented a number of statistics to illustrate the rapidity of technological change and the behavioural changes that attend this, including that fact that Britons now spend one in every 12 waking minutes online.
The presentations were followed by a drinks reception, co-hosted by Google.
On day two, David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, gave an enthusiastic overview of MOOCs. An animated panel discussion brought together the conference themes and the event closed by Professor Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Warwick, who used a discussion of the Monash-Warwick Alliance and Warwick’s participation in the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) in New York as examples of institutional responses to current pressures in higher education.
10th-13th September 2013
The theme for the 25th annual EAIE conference is 'Weaving the future of global partnerships'
We hope you will have some time to come and see us at our stand, 402.
Nannette Ripmeester will be also be chairing a session 5.04 'Engaging in the debate: what do international students want and need?' on Thursday 12 September 2013, from 14:00 to 15:15. Archie Pollock (i-graduate), Nico Joosten (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa) and Kimmo Kuortio (University of Oulu, Finland) will be presenting.
17th June 2013
Senate House, London
Speakers from i-graduate, including Will Archer (CEO) and Jamie Taylor (Director, Continuous Surveys), will share national data and trends from the latest wave of the Barometer, plus offer guidance on how to increase survey response rates. Plus professionals from UK Higher Education institutions will deliver sessions on themes such as the integration of international and domestic students.
In the afternoon, we will we hold Best Practice sessions, where delegates will be able to choose from topics including the learning experience, providing a warm welcome and improving support services – and discuss current issues and share best practices. We aim to provide practical actions for you to take away from these sessions.
19th June 2-13
An opportunity for our clients in Europe to meet to share best practice insights and discuss how to get the most from Student Barometer data. Nannette Ripmeester, i-graduate’s Director of Client Services Europe, will share an overview of trends from the ISB 2012/13. Plus professionals from Higher Education institutions will deliver sessions on themes such as the integration of international students, accommodation issues and using social media to manage student expectations.
St Louis, Missouri
Pamela Barrett, Nannette Ripmeester and Lizi Skilton will be at stand 1604.
Pamela will also be holding the following workshops and sessions:
Workshop: Tuesday 28th 0900-1200
Advancing International Enrollment Management: Big Picture Considerations and Institutional Guidance
Session: Thursday 30th 0800-0900
Great Expectations: Managing International Students’ Decisionmaking and Preparation
Using examples from cutting-edge business theory, student insight data, and institutional examples, this session shows how to set and manage the International Enrollment Management communications flow. Participants learn how to ensure that students make positive decisions and arrive well prepared for their experience.
Session: Friday 31st 1515-1615
Unleashing the Power of Data to Drive International Enrollment Strategy
As institutions seek to expand international enrollment management, data can be an ally. Yet many offices lack coherent data strategies. In this session, practitioners discuss leveraging data sources such as market intelligence, digital media, and performance management metrics to drive an informed and cost effective international enrollment management strategy.
5th February 2013
Senate House, University of London.
This one-day seminar, organised by The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, University of London International Programmes and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, is aimed at senior managers and policy makers in higher education, as well as other stakeholders and innovators in both the public and private sectors. It will take a critical look at the current surge of online and open-access higher education in the US, as well as its emergence in the UK and elsewhere. What does it have to offer – to students and to universities seeking to adapt to this new landscape?
20th - 22nd February 2013
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
i-graduate are pleased to participate in the 6th Annual Conference of Languages Canada: Passport to Quality Education to be held at the Westin Nova Scotian hotel in Halifax.
17th - 20th February 2013
New Orleans, USA
i-graduate are pleased to announce that we are Gold Sponsors at the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) Annual Conference at New Orleans Marriott. The theme for this year's event is “Re-imagining Higher Education in a Global Context"
We have an exhibit booth, Stand 16: visit us during the conference to learn more about i-graduate and our set of insight tools for international educators, featuring the globally acclaimed International Student Barometer (ISB).
We hope that you can include the following breakfast session on your schedule:
"Strategic Management for Internationalization: The International Student Barometer" Tuesday, Feb 19, 7:45-8:45AM, Galerie 1
28th - 29th January 2013
Washington DC, USA
i-graduate are pleased to participate in this event where key embassy personnel gather together to learn about the latest trends in international student recruiting, admissions, and campus life. The conference will be held at the University of California Washington, DC Center.