In an effort to internationalize, the Abdullah Gül University is dedicated to being involved or participating in all major higher education networking and collaboration opportunities offered by key international conferences and summits such as NAFSA, EAIE and EURIE, which focus respectively on the North American, European and Middle Eastern markets.
Wishing now to also expand towards the Asia-Pacific markets and to reach out and connect with their Higher Education institutions, AGU decided to join the APAIE (Asia-Pacific Association for International Education) Conference and Exhibition, taking place in Melbourne, Australia this year.
The APAIE Association was created by 13 founding members from universities in Australia, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, the USA, India, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Mainland China. The objective was to become the Asia-Pacific equivalent of the NAFSA and EAIE conferences and the Association has already organized 4 previous events in Korea, Singapore, Japan and China.
The fifth edition this year, which was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), had the following theme:
“Asia Pacific – A Global Education and Research Powerhouse: New models of cooperation in research engagement and education mobility for the 2020’s”
The following sub-themes also served as a main thread during the conference:
• Student, educator and researcher mobility
• Educating tomorrow’s global citizens
• Research engagement and collaboration
• Trends and strategic developments
In total, over 50 countries were represented at APAIE, either as visitors, speakers or exhibitors; among which only three of the best Turkish universities, including AGU, were represented. The programme of the week was divided between parallel seminar and panel sessions, the exhibition (where higher education were able to meet and connect), networking sessions, workshops and a campus tour to visit 8 of the Australian Hosting Universities.
AGU, which was represented by Head of the International Office, Emeric Abrignani, joined 30 minute meeting sessions with a total of approximately 35 universities from 15 countries (including Australia, Japan, South Korea, India, South Africa, the USA, Thailand, Germany and the United Arab Emirates) in order to discuss existing partnership opportunities between our institutions and similarities between our programs and research foci.
Joining these events is the opportunity to both create ties with new potential partners and to catch up if our existing collaborators, such as the University of Malaya, with which AGU signed a Memorandum of Understanding last year.
Attending APAIE 2016 was an important step for the University and should have a positive impact on our future activities, as it allowed us to expand AGU’s international network, to gain knowledge about current and future trends in internationationalisation and higher education, to organize our Rector’s future campus visits and to create new strategic partnerships.