Leading the way

IDP Education and the International Education Association of Australia have long set the standard for leadership in the Australian international education industry. AIEC 2019 coincides with the 50th anniversary of IDP and the 15th anniversary of IEAA – milestones to be celebrated, but also to pause, reflect and prepare for the future. 

As we navigate increasing disruption, dramatic technological developments, and increasing policy changes and demands, sectoral and industry leadership has never been more important. AIEC 2019 is where the international education industry will connect to discuss, debate and define what leadership means in this new context.

AIEC 2019 will explore:

  • Who are the leaders and innovators in our industry and how can we learn from them?
  • What qualities and skills do leaders in international education need in this new era?
  • How can we support each other across all components of this diverse profession?
  • How can we best equip our students and colleagues to become leaders?

AIEC 2019 is your opportunity to table ideas, collaborate and innovate. It is an occasion to learn from the best examples of good practice across our industry. International education encompasses many sectors and professions, from institutions to governments, from marketing and recruitment to internationalisation strategies, from language instruction to capacity development – it is complex and highly varied and hugely exciting industry.

We are fortunate to be part of an industry that nurtures our global leaders of tomorrow. AIEC 2019 is a unique moment for us to unite to discuss who we see as our leaders and what they can show us about how best to lead the way.

Let’s come together to develop our skills, unlock potential and get ready to play our part in leading our industry into the future.

Online program

Key interest areas


Key dates

21 January - Online submission opens

1 March - Online submission closes

May - Call for proposals notifications

4 June - Registration opens

1 August - Early bird registration closes

8 October - Registration closes

15 October 2019 - Conference starts


The theme for #aiec2019 is 'Leading the way'