Recap: Education’s best and brightest gather at Istanbul conference
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Recap: Education’s best and brightest gather at Istanbul conference

Global education’s best and brightest minds came together in mid-September for the European Association for International Education’s (EAIE) four-day conference in Istanbul.

This year’s record-breaking event had a truly international theme – ‘Weaving the Future of Global Partnerships’ – and this  was reflected in the attendance, with more than 4,800 delegates representing more than 90 countries.  Over 150 sessions and workshops were held over the four days, ensuring a hectic schedule for everyone in attendance.

This event was a must for anyone with an interest in new trends in international higher education. Delegates and speakers ranged from rectors and deans to managers of international education programmes and government representatives, providing an unparalleled opportunity to build partnerships and exchange knowledge with like-minded professionals.

Workshops and campus tours of Istanbul’s finest universities were run throughout the week, while delegates were also encouraged to join open dialogues on key topics which are shaping the future of international higher education. With more than 100 knowledge sessions over the four days, topics of interest to all higher education professionals were covered.

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More than 350 exhibiting organisations attended this year's event. Pic: EAIE.

The Istanbul conference also added some new formats to the mix. One of the exciting new initiatives for this year’s conference was the Ignite Session, a fast-paced, dynamic session where nine presenters had just five minutes each to discuss their chosen topic. Unsurprisingly, they covered a lot of ground.

Another new addition to the EAIE conference this year was the exhibitor Live Zone, giving attendees the chance to discover some innovative services and programmes developed by higher education organisations. The Live Zone was host to insightful presentations on exciting initiatives aimed at assisting educators in their internationalisation efforts. An exciting line-up of exhibitors included Columbia University, IELTS, Cambridge English Language Assessment, University of Liverpool Online Degrees, St George’s University, and more.

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There were plenty of social events where delegates could unwind and mingle. Pic: EAIE.

The conference didn’t scrimp on the social events either. Morning runs, cocktail cruises, dinners, dances and receptions all allowed delegates to mingle in a less formal setting.

At the Closing Plenary delegates gathered to hear futurist and keynote speaker Jack Uldrich discuss how the latest educational trends are transforming the student-teacher relationship, with a look at the adaptations educational leaders must make today in order to stay relevant in tomorrow’s changing world. The closing event also gave delegates a glimpse at what they can look forward to at the 26th Annual EAIE Conference in beautiful Prague in 2014.

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Pic: EAIE.

2013 Award winners

The following were the winners of EAIE awards during the conference:

Institutional Award for Innovation in Internationalisation
University of Helsinki, Finland

Constance Meldrum Award for Vision and Leadership
Maurits van Rooijen, London School of Business & Finance, UK

Bo Gregersen Award for Best Practice
Jeroen Torenbeek, Utrecht University Summer School, the Netherlands

Tony Adams Award for Excellence in Research
Rahul Choudaha, World Education Services, USA

Rising Star Award
Alva Bruun, Centre for International Mobility, Finland
Edwin van Rest, StudyPortals, the Netherlands

President’s Award
Louise Stansfield, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland